Centralized Exam – 2019

The Centralized Exam for Class X marks the completion of a program of study on the fundamentals and faith of our Holy Church. The information contained in  his document is a high-level overview of the exam, process, expectations, etc. please feel free to contact the CEP Team, at any time with questions, comments, and concerns. We look forward to the success of all our students this year.

We extend best wishes in the preparation phase.
Best regards,
James George
CEP Director

Contacting the Centralized Exam Panel

Questions/Comments/Concerns regarding the Class X Centralized Exam can be sent to the CEP at cep@msossa.org

2019 Exam Date / Duration

Date: November 23rd, 2019 (Saturday)
Time:  2:00 – 4:00pm (Eastern Time)
1:00 – 3:00pm (Central Time)
12:00 – 2:00pm (Mountain Time)
11:00 – 1:00pm (Pacific Time)
Duration: 2 hours

Registration Requirements

All students taking the Class X Centralized Exam must register on or before August 30th through the Online Form.

Online Registration Form: https://forms.gle/NPpGuvLrsuU9Z968A

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any student, who has completed the assigned 10th Grade Sunday School course from one of the Churches under the jurisdiction of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church in North America, during the current year, is eligible to take the exam.
  • There are no age restrictions for participating in the exam. However, only those students who are of age 18 or below, and have completed the 10th Grade curriculum in the current year, are eligible to be rank holders.
  • Students from the previous years (either who did not pass or did not take the exam in the year of their course completion) are also welcome to take the exam. However, they will not be eligible for ranks.

Content of the Test

Content Breakdown

  • 30%: Holy Bible
  • 15%: Holy Church and Tradition
  • 15%: Faith in Practice
  • 20%: A Guide to the Holy Qurbono, published by H.E. Yeldho Mor Titus, (whole book)
  • 10%: Songs
  • 10%: Prayers

Question Format (Total 100 Points)

Question TypeQuantityTotal Points
Multiple Choice25 Questions x 2 pts each50
Short Answer10 Questions x 3 pts each30
Song2 Songs x 5 pts each10
Prayer1 Prayer x 10 pts10

Question on Prayer

The following prayers will be subject to testing on the actual exam. All students are encouraged to memorize all three. One will be chosen for examination purpsoes. Prayers can be written in Malayalam, English or Manglish.

9/1 Update: On the exam there will be a choice of two of the above prayers. One will be required to write.

Question on Song

The following songs will be subject to testing on the actual exam. All students are encouraged to memorize all five songs. 2 songs will be chosen for examination purposes. Songs can be written in Malayalam, English or Manglish.

9/1 Update: On the exam there will be a choice of three of the above songs. Two will be required to write.

Short Answer Guidelines

Students will be required to answer 10 questions in this sections. Students must answer the question in 2-3 complete sentences.

Exam Evaluation / Scores

The Exams will be evaluated by a panel of qualified volunteers at our Archdiocesan Headquarters. The Panel usually consists of Headmasters, 10th Grade Teachers, Teachers and Sunday School Graduates. The exams are evaluated under optimal conditions while protecting the student’s name/identity to provide unbiased grading.


  • Rank system (from 2017) has been eliminated
  • Awards: Instead of rewarding only 3 rank holders. Everyone who passes with distinction will be rewarded with a scholarship(amount to be decided by Archbishop and Board of Directors).
  • Grading: Exam papers will be graded as it was in the past. However, instead of finding a cumulative score with two decimal digits and identifying the top rank holders based on those scores, each student will be placed in one of the following category:
    • Pass with Distinction( Score of 90 or above)
    • Pass with Honors (Score between 80-89)
    • Pass ( Score between 79-passing mark)
  • Subsequently, the results will be published to Regional Directors based on ONLY the category. The raw scores will remain with the CEP Director for official use only.

Note to the Students

Communication: As explained above, a special email id (cep@msossa.org) has been set up for your convenience to approach the CEP with any questions or concerns you may have about the centralized exam. Please let the CEP know if you have any questions or comments.

Student Survey: Student feedback obtained from the past tests have immensely helped in the restructuring and improving the centralized test questions. As in the past, this year’s final test also will have a feedback session and you are requested to provide your candid comments. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Reference Materials: Please refer to the Sunday School page on www.malankara.com. The Guide to the Holy Qurbono book must be purchased from the Archdiocese Headquarters. Please contact the Archdiocesan HQ at (845) 364- 6003, or email malankaraoffice@gmail.com.