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Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Test (FLNAT)

Why is it in the news?

  • The Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), under the Ministry of Education, conducted the Foundational Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Test (FLNAT) across 23 states.


  • FLNAT is a nationwide assessment test conducted as part of the Understanding Lifelong Learning for All in Society (ULLAS) initiative.
  • The test aims to evaluate the foundational literacy and numeracy skills of registered non-literate learners aged 15 and above.
  • Conducted in the learners’ regional language, aligning with the multilingual focus of the National Education Policy 2020.
  • Subjects Covered: Reading, Writing, and Numeracy, each carrying 50 marks, totalling 150 marks.
  • Certification: Successful candidates receive a certificate from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
  • In 2023, FLNAT was conducted twice, in March and September.

ULLAS Initiative

  • Its aim is to revolutionize education and literacy by creating a learning ecosystem accessible to all individuals, addressing gaps in basic literacy and critical life skills.
  • Target: Citizens aged 15 and above who missed the opportunity for formal schooling.
  • Curriculum: Includes basic education, digital and financial literacy, and other essential life skills.

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