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International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) - Science

16th International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) - Science - 2016-17

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is a leading international student assessment service that provides an objective, in-depth, external assessment of student skills in key learning areas. IAIS is a diagnostic assessment which brings to light the strengths and weaknesses of a student on the four core subject areas of English, Science, Mathematics and Digital Technologies.

The International Assessments for Indian Schools more popularly known as IAIS provides an objective, in-depth assessments of student skills in key learning areas that are essential for success in school & beyond. IAIS is not a competitive exam, it’s purely a diagnostic assessment benchmarked against global standards that reveals academic strengths and weaknesses of students through scientifically graded assessment questions, which demand application of basic to higher order thinking skills from students.

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  • Exam Format
    • The Assessments consist of a range of multiple-choice and free-response questions.
    • For the multiple-choice questions, students will have to choose the correct answer from the four possible options.
    • For the free response questions, students will have to write the answers in the boxes provided.
    • Each question is worth one mark.
    • The total score is the number of correct answers.
    • No marks are deducted for wrong answers.
    • Papers are ordered from the easiest items to the most difficult items.
    • The items towards the end of the paper are designed to provide an opportunity for the most able students to demonstrate a high level of skill.
    • The questions are carefully graded to cater to a wide range of student abilities using contexts that stimulate students' interest and engage their attention. Students at all levels of competency stand to benefit from participation in the diagnostic assessments.

Skill Assessed
The key skill areas assessed are Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Creativity and higher order thinking skills like Reasoning & Problem Solving. IAIS generates an error free report reflecting students’ learning and performing abilities. It gives valuable inputs that can be used by stakeholders to make necessary adjustments in their teaching and learning strategies to impact the learning outcomes. IAIS programme does a complete SWOT Analysis across the learning spectrum of students in order to bring them at par with international standards.

  • Major skills assessed during Science Examination are
    • Interpreting data
    • Investigating
    • Measuring and observing
    • Predicting / Concluding from Data
    • Reasoning / Problem solving
  • Duration of Papers
    • Classes 3 & 4 : 30 multiple-choice / 45 minutes
    • Classes 5 & 6 : 40 multiple-choice / 55 minutes
    • Classes 7 & 12 : 45 multiple-choice/ 60 minutes

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  • The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) - Science is in two levels:
    • Level 1: The first level of the test is organized in the respective schools of the participants during the school hours.
      • The level 1 competition is a written objective-type test of 60 minutes duration comprising 35 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 2 to class 4 and 50 objective-type (Multiple Choice) questions for class 5 to class 12.
      • The question paper consists of :
        • Logical Reasoning
        • Science
        • Achievers Section
      • There will be separate question papers for each class
      • The medium of the test is English
      • CBSE, ICSE/ISC and State Board syllabus is followed for setting the test papers
    • Level 2: The qualifiers to second round would include the following
      • Exams are conducted off-line
      • No Level 2 exams will be for class 2 students
      • Top 5% of students, class wise, who appeared for the 1st level Olympiad
      • Top 25 rank Holders, Zone wise & Class wise
      • Class topper, where
        • Rule 1: section topper with over 25 participants & scored 50% or more marks
        • Rule 2: 10 or more students from a class appeared for the NSO and scored 50% or more marks
    • International Informatics Olympiad (iiO) - Exam Date: 3rd November & 2nd December 2016 (Classes 1 to 12)
    • IAIS - Digital Technologies - Exam Date: 27 August 2016 (Classes 3 to 10)
    • Unified Cyber Olympiad(UCO) - Exam Date: 21st October 2016 (Classes 3 to 10)
    • Brilliant International Informatics Olympiad (BIIO) - Exam Date: November 2016 & January 2017
    • International Cyber Olympiad (ICO) - Exam Date: 2nd November 2016

Exam Date and Venue Detail for 16th International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) (Session 2016-17):
  • Level - 1
    • The IAIS - Science will be held in. 26th August 2016
    • Venue: participating schools
  • Level - 2
    • NSO Level 2 Exam Date: 12th February 2017, 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
    • Venue: at over 500 centre in 25 countries

Exam Pattern and Syllabus of International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) :
IAIS Class 2 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 35
    • Total Marks: 40
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Measuring Units, Odd One Out, Series Completion, Geometrical Shapes, Analogy, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Coding-Decoding, Embedded Figures.
    • Section –II (Science) : Plants, Animals, Human Body, Food, Housing and Clothing, Family and Festivals , Occupations, Good Habits and Safety Rules, Transport and Communication, Air, Water and Rocks, Earth and Universe.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II. Each question carry 2 marks
IAIS Class 3 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 35
    • Total Marks: 40
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures, Alphabet Test, Ranking Test, Grouping of Figures, Figure Matrix, Geometrical Shapes, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations.
    • Section – II (Science): Plants and Animals, Birds, Food, Housing and Clothing, Transport and Communication, Human Body, Earth and Universe, Matter and Materials, Light, Sound and Force, Our Environment.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 4 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 35
    • Total Marks: 40
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 5 questions in section I, 25 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Alphabet Test, Coding-Decoding, Mirror Images, Embedded Figures , Geometrical Shapes and Solids, Ranking Test, Direction Sense Test, Days and Dates & Possible Combinations , Analogy and Classification.
    • Section – II (Science): Plants, Animals, Food and Digestion, Clothing, Matter and Materials , Force, Work and Energy, Our Environment, Earth and Universe.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 5 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Patterns, Analogy and Classification, Coding-Decoding, Geometrical Shapes , Mirror Images, Water Images, Embedded Figures, Direction Sense Test, Ranking Test, Alphabet Test and Logical Sequence of Words, Puzzle Test.
    • Section – II (Science): Animals, Human Body and Health, Plants, Natural Resources, Pollution and Calamities, Earth and Universe, Matter, Force, Work and Energy.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 6 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Motion and Measurement of Distances, Light, Shadows and Reflections, Electricity and Circuits, Fun with Magnets, Our Environment, Sorting and Separation of Materials, Changes Around Us, Living Organisms and Their Surroundings, Food and its Components, Fibre to Fabric.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 7 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Heat, Motion and Time, Electric Current and its Effects, Winds, Storms and Cyclones , Light, Acids, Bases and Salts, Physical and Chemical Changes, Weather, Climate and Adaptations of Animals to Climate, Fibre to Fabric, Nutrition in Plants and Animals, Respiration in Organisms, Transportation in Plants and Animals, Reproduction in Plants, Natural Resources and Their Conservation.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 8 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Crop Production and Management, Microorganisms, Synthetic Fibres and Plastics , Metals and Non-metals, Coal and Petroleum, Combustion and Flame, Conservation of Plants and Animals, Cell , Reproduction and Endocrine System, Force and Pressure, Friction, Sound, Chemical Effects of Electric Current , Some Natural Phenomena, Light, Stars and the Solar System, Pollution of Air and Water.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 9 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Motion, Force and Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Work and Energy, Sound, Matter in Our Surroundings , Is Matter Around Us Pure, Atoms and Molecules, Structure of Atom, Cell - The Fundamental Unit of Life , Tissues, Diversity in Living Organisms, Why Do We Fall III, Natural Resources, Improvement in Food Resources.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 10 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Chemical Reactions and Equations, Acids, Bases and Salts, Metals and Non-metals , Carbon and its Compounds, Periodic Classification of Elements, Life Processes, Reproduction in Organisms , Heredity and Evolution, Light-Reflection and Refraction, Human Eye and Colourful World, Electricity , Magnetic Effects of Electric Current, Sources of Energy, Our Environment and its Management.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II.
IAIS Class 11 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): History, Generation and Types of Computers, Working with OS, Input, Output & Memory Devices, Data Representation, Basics of IT, Internet Services and Protocols, HTML, MS-Word, MS-Excel, Networking, Viruses and Antiviruses, Introduction to C++ till Data Structures.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II. Each question carry 3 marks
IAIS Class 12 Syllabus and Exam Pattern
  • Pattern:
    • No of questions: 50
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Time allowed: 60 minutes
    • There are 3 sections: 10 questions in section I, 35 in section II and 5 in section III.
  • Syllabus:
    • Section – I (Logical Reasoning): Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
    • Section – II (Science): Programming in C++, Database Concepts, SQL, Boolean Algebra, MS-Word, MS-Excel, HTML, Networking & Topologies, Network Security Concepts, Cyber ethics, Viruses and Antiviruses, Open Source Terminologies.
    • Section – III (Achievers Section): Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – II. Each question carry 3 marks

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