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Trade Test Procedure for Trade Apprentices under the Apprentices Act, 1961


Every trade apprentice who has completed the period of Apprenticeship training shall appear for a test to be conducted by the National Council for Vocational Training to determine his proficiency in the designated trade in which he has undergone his apprenticeship training.

The Director of Training / Secretary,  National Council for Vocation Training will make arrangements to set the question papers both for practical as well as related  instruction including the required bill of materials and special tools, instruments and gauges, if necessary, for each trade and instruction for assessment by appointing suitable experts as far as possible from the respective Trade Committees, six months in advance of the trade test.

The question papers will be moderated by a Board of Moderators consisting of two or three Technical Member of the Trade Committee concerned. Two representatives of the recognized Engineering Associations with the Director of Training / Secretary, National Council for Vocational Training as convener. Some Local experts may also be co-opted by the Chairman to assist the Moderation Board as and when their assistance is required. The Moderation Board will furnish their proceedings three months in advance of the trade test due to be held.

The All India trade test will be held once in every six months generally in April and October every year. The date of commencement of the trade test on All India basis will be fixed by the Director of Training, Directorate General of Employment and Training (Secretary, National Council for Vocational Training) and intimated to the State / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser and Regional Directors, at least two months in advance. As per DGET letter no.DGET-21/01/72-AP. dt. 28-08-1974.

(i) The following categories of apprentices will be permitted to take the trade test: -           
(a) Whose contract is registered with competent authority.
(b) Those who have completed the specified period of training and have not availed of any leave other than that specified in the Rules made under the Apprentices Act, 1961.
(c) Those who have completed the specified period of training and whose period has been extended by the employer for the reasons given in Rule 7(2).
(d) Apprentices who are completing their Apprenticeship Training by 15th April and 15th October each year are eligible to appear at the All India Trade tests to be held during April / May and October / November respectively.
(ii) Apprentices who have failed six times within a period of THREE YEARS including the 1st trade test (irrespective of his attendance / absence) after the completion of training will not be allowed to appear for any subsequent trade test as per DGET letter no. (DGET- 49(1)/82 -  AP. dt.22-08-1983).
Note:- If any apprentice fails six times in the trade test, he may be permitted to appear as a private candidate in the all India Trade Test conducted by the NCVT for the award of National Trade Certificate in the Trade Concerned. This will be only applicable to such apprentices who have not qualified earlier for the award of National Trade certificate by the NCVT.

No examination fee will be charged from the apprentice appearing for the first time. If he fails in the first attempt or remains absent in the first attempt, he will have to pay a fee of Rs. 75/- each time he appears for a subsequent test.

(i) Every establishment which has engaged trade apprentices in any of the designated trade should intimate to the State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director concerned at least six months in advance of the trade test i.e. by the end of November and July for the tests to be held in following April and October respectively, the particulars of the eligible apprentices who are likely to appear in the Trade Test in APP-3 Return. The Apprenticeship Adviser concerned should ensure by checking the records available with them, that all the apprentices who are eligible to take the trade test are sponsored by the employers.

(ii) The State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director concerned will also locate suitable centres for conducting the trade test in the premises of establishments and / or ITI in consultation with the employers and Principals, who will extend all the facilities for holding the Trade Test.


(iii) State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director concerned will submit a statement indicating the particulars of the centres of trade test along with the trade wise number of apprentices likely to appear for the trade in each centre in the prescribed proforma to the Director of Training (Secretary, National Council for Vocational Training) four months before the trade test is due to be held.


(iv) The Ex-failed, apprentices eligible for trade test as mentioned In Para 5(i)(c) should apply to the State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser at least 4 months in advance of the Trade Test to be held. The State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser shall furnish the particulars of such eligible candidates in the proforma as mentioned in Para 7(3) above at least four months before the Trade Test due to be held.


Permitting the workers to appear as private candidates in the All India Trade Test for apprentices

DGET vide letter No. DGET-9 (9)/83, AP dated 11/04/1987 has issued the recommendation of CAC for implementation on the above subject; the following guidelines are to be followed in this regard:-

1. Only those of the candidates will be allowed to appear as private candidates who have already acquired the National Trade Certificate (NTC).

2. The experience of the candidates wishing to appear as private candidate after obtaining NTC should be in the same trade in which he proposes to acquire the National Apprenticeship Certificate.
3. Private candidate should  possess the minimum educational required for engagement as an apprentice in that particular trade and possessing minimum experience as stated above would only be permitted.
4. No RI classes are required to be held for candidate for acquiring NAC privately.
5. Candidates are to be sponsored by an establishment and should not be entertained directly.
6. The experience acquired by the candidate in an establishment implementing the Apprentices Act, 1961 should only be considered and such certificate should be issued by the officer in charge of Training.
7. The candidates must pay and examination fee of Rs. 50/-. This could be enhanced as per the discretion of the Central Government. Private candidates satisfying the above conditions should apply to the State Apprenticeship Adviser, in case he is employed in an establishment of the state sector and concerned RDAT if he is employed in the central sector. Candidates permitted to take the AITT for apprentices will have to be present at the specified trade testing Centre at their own expenses, in time and on the date which will be intimated to him in writing by the above concerned authorities. The concerned RDAT / SAA will verify the authority and the particular of private candidates who fail in the first attempt can appear for subsequent tests on payment of examination fee of Rs 75/- each time they appear.

8. Applications of the candidates in the prescribed form should reach the concerned RDAT / SAA, latest by the end of November for the trade test scheduled in April next year or by the end of May for the trade test scheduled for October, that year.
i. Trade Testing Centre’s Located in center government purview:
A local Board of Examiners will be constituted in respect of every centre mentioned above by the Apprenticeship Advisers in Consolation with the state Council for Vocational Trades for conducting and evaluating the trade test of State / Central Sectorapprentices. The Local Board of Examiners will consist of the following;
(a) State Director in charge of Training / State Apprenticeship Adviser (Secretary, State Council for vocationalTraining) or his. Nominee (who must be a fully qualified technical person) as Chairman:
(b) Suitable experts not below the rank of foreman from various industries / institutions depending on the trades in which the test will be conducted at the centre.
Note:  Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director / State Apprenticeship Adviser may depute an observer not below the rank of Assistant Director of Training at any center mentioned above wherever possible.

ii. Trade Testing Centre located in establishments coming under the purview of State Government:
     
A local Board of Examiners will be constituted in respect of every Centre mentioned above by the State apprenticeship adviser for vocational training for conducting and evaluating the trade test of state / central sector apprentices on the spot. The local board of examiners will consist of the following:
(a) A Chairman nominated by the State Director in-charge of training / State Apprenticeship Adviser in consultation with employer in whose establishment the trade testing centre is located.
(b) Suitable expert from industries / institutions depending on the trades in which the test will be conducted at the centre.
Note: The Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser may depute an observer not below the rank of Assistant Director of Training at any center mentioned above wherever possible.

iii. Trade testing center located in establishments coming under the purview of the Central Government:
A local board of Examiners will be constituted in respect of every centre mentioned above by the chairman trade testing Centre which will be got approved before hand from the Regional Center Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director consists of the following:
(a) A Chairman appointed by the employer in whose establishment the trade testing centre is located.
(b) Suitable experts from Industries institutions depending on the trades in which the test will be conducted at the centre.
Note: The Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser may depute observer not below the rank of Assistant Director of Training of any centre mentioned above wherever possible.

9. While appointing the experts from industries / institution, care must be taken that no examiner is required to evaluate the performance of more than 30 apprentices to ensure proper assessment in the trade test.

10. The Local Board of Examiners mentioned above in Para 8(1)/8(2)/8(3) will have to be present on the day of commencement of the trade test and on all the days of practical test for evaluating the test on the spot.

11.
(i)   The bills of material will be supplied by DGE&T directly to Regional Director of RDAT’s  and also to State Director (dealing with Apprenticeship training). The Regional Director and State Directors shall multiply the same localy and ensure to dispatch to the entire Trade Testing Centre under their control well in advance.

(ii) Items and the quantities indicated in the bills of materials and the special tools, instruments and gauges, if necessary required for the trade tests will be kept ready by the Employers / Principal concerned at least two weeks before the trade test.

12. Each apprentice will be given a Roll Number and the test piece and be stamped or punched with the corresponding number by the Chairman / Principal concerned before submitting the test piece to the examiner. Before starting the Practical work, each apprentice will be given a test piece bearing a number allotted tohim. No second test piece or components will be supplied by the testing authority / Board of Examiners unless  it has been proved to their satisfaction that the particular test piece could not be worked due to some inherent detect in it or due to circumstances beyond his control.

13. (i) Each apprentice will be provided with a Badge indicating the trade and the Roll number of the apprentice concerned. These badges should bear the signatures of the Chairman / Principal and should be worn by the apprentices during the entire period of Trades Test.
(ii) At the time of trade test each apprentice must have an identity card bearing his photograph attested by his employer.
(iii) Apprentice who does not have such badge and identity card will not be allowed to enter the examination hall or the workshops in which the practical trade tests are being conducted.

14.
(i) A seating plan will be prepared for the theoretical examination allocating seats to candidates which will be put up outside the examination hall. The seating arrangement should be such that no two apprentices of the same trade sit next to each other.

(ii) Suitable arrangements for carrying out practical tests win also be made by the establishments / Principals. Work Diaries maintained by the apprentices during the course of their training should be collected by the employers before the commencement of the test and sent along with the progress cards of the trainees to the Chairman of the Local Board of Examiners for assessment of sessional work.
(iii) In  respect of oral examinations, care should be taken to see that apprentices who have been interviewed by the examiners do not discuss questions with others who are waiting for their interview.

15. Arrangement to appoint invigilators for the trade test will be made by the Chairman / Principal and the same be got approved by the  Competent authority in advance. It will, however, be ensured that in respect of practical / theory examination, instructional staff should not be appointed as invigilators in the same trade to which they belong.

16. Chairman / Principal will arrange to keep ready in advance adequate number of answer books of 13 1/2" x 10" size approx., together with sufficient number of spare papers and drawing sheets. To guard against misuse, each answer book should be stamped before these are issued  to the apprentices. The supplementary books should also be similarly stamped. Pages inside the answer books should be serially numbered. Care should be taken to see that no blank answer book is taken out of the examination hall by the apprentices.

17. The front cover page of the answer book should contain the following information: -
   (i) Name of the establishment………………………………………….....…
   (ii) Trade………………………………………………………………………………
   (iii) Subject…………………………………………………………………….……….
   (iv) Roll No …………………………………………………………………...………..              
   (v) Registration No ………………………………………………………………..        
   (vi) Date of examination ……………………………………………………........

Particulars against each of the above items should be filled in by the apprentices. No name should be written anywhere in the answer book or drawing sheet. Besides the above, the front cover page should also contain the following instructions to apprentices;

(a) 38 mm (11/2“) margin should be left on the left hand side of the paper.
(b) Answer should be written on both sides of the paper.
(c) Written matter not required to be examined should be scored out with a line across it.
(d) On no account should any page be tom out of the answer book.
(e) Apprentices found engaged in malpractices may be disqualified for the whole of trade test by the Chairman himself.

18. Question paper required for examination in all the trade testing centres will be dispatched by DGE&T, New Delhi to the Public Sector Bank where arrangement is already made by Testing Centre as per NCVT decision, accordingly DGET vide their letter No. DGET 18011/01/2013-TTC dated 24/09/2012. The packets would be handed over by Bank to Center Superintendent one hour before the schedule time of Examination. The officers deputed by the Departments for the purpose shall carry some bag / box for taking the safe delivery of the question papers. (This shall be applicable from 98th AITT to be held in April 2013 and onwards).

19. The sealed covers containing question papers should be handed over by the employer / principal to the Chairman of the Local Board of Examiners, who will open them in the presence of other examiners 15 minutes before the commencement of the trade test, as per instructions contained on the packet.

20. The apprentices will take their seats in the examination hall 10 minutes before the commencement of the test.

21. The apprentices should not be allowed to bring in any book or piece of written or blank paper in the examination hall. Invigilators should warn the apprentices in the respect before distributing the question papers.

22. The answers book / test pieces should be distributed to apprentices five minutes before thecommencement of the test.

23. Necessary directions should be given to the apprentices by the invigilators for filling in particulars on the front cover page of the answer book correctly.

24. At the end of each theoretical examination, the Invigilator / Superintendent will collect the answer-books, check them for their correct number and hand them over the Chairman of the Local Board of Examiners, who in turn, will hand them over to the respective examiners for evaluation.

25. In case where the specified duration of practical test exceeds one day the practical jobs should be collected by the examiners and kept under safe custody at the end of each day. Unfinished jobs, if any, will be issued to the apprentices concerned on the next day by the examiners.

26. (i) In the absence of any member of the Local Board of Examiners, arrangements for conducting the trade test and evaluation will have to be done by the Chairman with the help of the other examiners.
(ii) The answer books for the written papers, and Practical Test Jobs after they have been evaluated, should be taken over from the examiners by the in charge of Trade Testing Centres and kept under safe custody for four months from the date of completion of the Trade Test.

27. The respective State Director / Regional Director of Apprenticeship Training may award a maximum of 5 grace marks in Engineering Trades and 2 grace marks in Non-engineering trades (except in Practical).  The grace marks could be awarded in one or more theoretical subjects within the maximum limit of such marks as per DGET letter No. DGET-2 (12)/82·AP, dated 12/06/1984.

28. Trade Test Expenses – The following enhanced rates of remuneration to be paid towards all the trade tests being conducted in the field institutes by DGE&T under NCVT.

                     
Remuneration to examiners
Rs. 150.00
Cost of raw material
Rs. 75.00
TA & DA to examiners
Rs. 20.00

29. Breakup of Rs. 150/- towards Remuneration to the examiners is as follows:

                        
Practical including oral Rs. 50.00 per trainee.
Trade theory
Rs. 25.00 per trainee.
Workshop cal. & sc.
Rs. 25.00 per trainee.
Engineering Drawing
Rs. 25.00 per trainee.
Social Studies
Rs. 25.00 per trainee.

30. Allowances to Superintendents, Chairman Project guide (External & Internal), invigilators and Group C & D staffs are allowed at the rates mentioned below.

                        
Chairman Board of Examination Rs. 200.00 per day
Superintendent of Examination
Rs. 150.00 per day
Invigilators
Rs. 100.00 per session
Project Guide

a. External @ Rs. 400.00

b. Internal @ Rs. 200.00
Group ‘C’ staff
Rs. 100.00 per session
Group ‘D’ staff
Rs. 60.00 per session


31.
(A) (i) The All India Trade Test (Engineering Trades) Consists of the following subjects in respect of Fresher trade Apprentices:-

1. Practical, including sessional work done.
2. Trade Theory, including sessional work done.
3. Workshop calculation and science, including sessional work.
4. Engineering Drawing, including sessional work.
5. Social studies / Employability Skill.
      
The total marks and the minimum marks required for a pass for the different subjects in respect of fresher trade apprentice will be as follows in Engineering Trade as per DGET letter No. DGET-9(10)/82-A.P. dt 19-01-1983.

Note:
1. Minimum pass marks, in the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill is 17 out of 50. These marks will be added to the final trade test result. Every apprentice has to pass the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill failing which his Trade test result will be withheld till he passes this subject in subsequent attempts. The apprentices who have passed the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill at ITI need not undergo this subject during Apprenticeship Training.


2. For A Pass – “An Apprentice has to secure 40% marks Exclusively in theory subjects as well as of the total marks after adding the sessional marks of that subject.”

3. In Practical trainee should secure 60% marks in aggregate. (vide DGET – 19(15)/92-Cd dated 02/07/1992)

31.
(A) (ii) The total marks and the minimum marks required for a pass for All India Trade Test of Apprentice for NTC holder apprentices would be as follows:-

Note: 1. Minimum pass marks, in the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill is 17 out of 50. These marks will be added to the final trade test result. Every apprentice has to pass the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill failing which his Trade test result will be withheld till he passes this subject in subsequent attempts. The apprentices who have passed the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill at ITI need not undergo this subject during Apprenticeship Training.

2. For A Pass - "An Apprentice has to secure 40% marks exclusively in theory subjects as well as of the total marks after adding the sessional marks of that subjects."

3. It has been recommended by CAC in the 18th meeting the such of those apprentices who have recognized Government examination certifying a minimum speed of 30 wpm in typewriting, be exempted from the typewriting practical examination under the Act. [vide DGET letter No. DGET-42(2)/86-AP-dt. 2-05-1986].
(C) Total subject wise marks in the non-Engg. trades where workshop calculation & science and Engineering Drawing are not applicable.

Note: 1. Minimum Pass marks, in the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill is 17 out of 50. These marks will be added to the final trade test result. Every apprentice has to pass the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill failing which his Trade test result will be withheld till he passes this subject in subsequent attempts. The apprentices who have passed the subject of Social studies / Employability Skill at ITI need not undergo this subject during Apprenticeship Training.

2. For A Pass - "An Apprentice has to secure 40% marks Exclusively in theory subjects as well as of the total marks after adding the sessional marks of that subjects."

Note: 1. Minimum Pass marks, in the subject of Social studies/ Employability Skill is 17 out of 50. These marks will be added to the final trade test result. Every apprentice has to pass the subject of Social studies/ Employability Skill failing which his Trade test result will be withheld till he passes this subject in subsequent attempts. The apprentices who have passed the subject of Social studies/ Employability Skill at ITI need not undergo this subject during Apprenticeship Training.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

(i) An apprentice will be required to obtain minimum number of marks in all the subjects of the test for a Pass.
(ii) Each apprentice will submit his sessional work to the Chairman indicating his Roll No. The Chairman will give the Sessional work to the examiner concerned for evaluation.
(iii) Sessional work for practical training should be assessed by asking oral questions & examination or work diary, progress report APP-1, APP-1(a) etc. Intermediary tests will be given to apprentices either at regular intervals or every time an apprentice moves from one section to another. This test will be administered by the employers and the results of this test should be utilised for grading the work of the apprentices in the progressive records maintained by them. There progressive records and the remarks of the officer in charge of training will be counted towards the assessment of sessional-work.
(iv) Sessional work for theory classes in trade theory, workshop calculation and science, engineering drawing should be assessed by examining the note books / drawing sheets and other records maintained by the apprentices during theory classes and also the progress of the apprentice as indicated in quarterly report.

32. The Local Board of Examiners will watch the performance of the apprentices in the practical examination and evaluate the practical work. Great care will be exercised to see that the test pieces are the original work of each trainee and bear the corresponding roll number. All answer books / test pieces will be marked in accordance with marking instructions of the paper setters. The Chairman will help the examiners in this connection as well as necessary guidance in respect of evaluation of practical jobs and sessional work as and when necessary. From these detailed mark sheets, the total marks, will be entered in the consolidated mark sheet. The Local Board of Examiners will hand over the detailed mark sheet together with their comments to the Chairman, Who will thoroughly check the entries in the mark-sheets including the totals.

33. The Chairman of the Local Board of Examiners constituted at every centre will finalize the results in respect of each apprentice and would forward the results with the consolidated mark sheets to the State Apprenticeship Advisers / Regional Central Apprenticeship Advisers concerned in a prescribed proforma as shown at Appendix-I personally or by registered post with A/D in a sealed cover by name within a week's time from the completion of the trade test.

34. State Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser will communicate the results to the employers / officer-in-charge of the establishments concerned and to the ex-apprentices directly, within two months of the date of the last trade test vide DGET letter No. DGET-19(14)/96-CD, dt. 14-05-1997.

35. The answer-books for the written papers and practical test pieces after they have been evaluated should be taken over from the examiners by the persons-in charge of trade-testing centre and kept under safe custody for four months from the date of completion of the trade test.

36. Every apprentice who passes the test shall be granted a certificate of proficiency (National Apprenticeship Certificate) in the trade by the Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser / State Apprenticeship Adviser may issue mark sheets to the Apprentices if they make request for it.

37. Requisition for certificates will be made by the Secretary State Council for Vocational Training / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Director to the Director of Training (Secretary, National Council for Vocational Training).

38. Provisional certificate in the form prescribed may be granted to the apprentices who have qualified in the trade test by the concerned state Apprenticeship Adviser / Regional Central Apprenticeship Adviser and he may arrange to issue the original certificate within 3 to 6 months of the trade test.

39. Issue Of Duplicate NAC -In case of loss of certificate it should be reported to Police. The applicant should deposit a Demand Draft payable to DDO, RDAT, Chennai, of Rs. 100/- as fee for the issue of Duplicate NAC, along with request in prescribed form (Affidavit on Rs. 20/- non-judicial stamp paper) and with copy of FIR.  While issuing Duplicate NAC, Apprenticeship Advisor may ensure that all the related formalities are complete and then only issue it after affixing the word "DUPLICATE" - which should be stamped at the front page of the certificate.

                                                                               [DGET letter No.DGET.23(3) / 90-AP. dt 31-05-1990.]

40. ACTION AGAINST BREAKAGE OF HAND TOOS & EQUIPMENT DURING THE TRADE TEST:
Every trade apprentice has to obtain a clearance certificate from the section-in-charge of the shop floor where he has been trade tested and present the same to the superintendent of the Examination. In case, the apprentice fails to submit the clearance certificate and loss of any item reported against him, his result will be withheld and will be declared by the concerned authority on the production of his clearance certificate from the trade testing centre. The final discretion to withhold the result will rest with the concerned Apprenticeship Advisor / RDAT under whose control the final trade test is conduct.

                                                                              [DGET letter No. DGET-42(2) / 87-AP, dated 7/7/1987]
APPENDIX – I
APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SCHEME

All India Trade Test Under the Apprentices Act, 1961

Consolidated Marksheet for Trade Apprentices
Minimum Pass Marks : (i) 60% marks in practical, Test including sessional (ii) 40% marks exclusively in  the theory subjects as well as in aggregate including the sessional marks : (iii) 17 marks in Social studies / Employability Skill.

STATE / REGIONAL DIRECTORATE: …………………………….         Date of Trade Test: ………………….

TRADE TESTING CENTRE: ………………………………………….           From: ........................ To: .....................



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