Grade 5 Scholarship Examination

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What is Grade 5 Scholarship?

පහේ ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගය, එයට සුදානම් වන ආකාරය සහ 2010 විභාගයේ ලකුණු පරාසයන් සහ එහිදී ලැබුණු ජනප්‍රිය පාසල් පිලිබදව මෙම ලිපියෙන් විස්තර කෙරේ.

Every parent like to enroll their child to a popular good school in Colombo or other major cities such as Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara, Gampaha. If you fail in the first round to enter your child to Grade 1, then your next goal wiould be to get a good school by preparing your child to obtain a high mark in Grade 5 Scholarship examination.

In the Grade V Scholarship examination, students get direct raw mark, unlike other examinations where you get grades such as A, B etc. Therefore Grade 5 Scholarship exam may be the hardest exam in the Sri Lankan school system, considering the age of the candidates.


There are 2 main subjects for the Scholarship.

  1. Sinhalese/ Tamil (Mother tongue )
  2. Mathematics

There are few other subjects, which have less weightage

  1. Science
  2. English (Second Language)
  3. Environmental Studies
  4. Tamil

Structure of the exam paper

There are two sections in the test paper. They are called as First Paper and the Second Paper.

In the 1st paper, most of the items are presented in the verbal form. Problem solving ability, Relationships, Organization of facts and Information, Perception, Interrelationship, and Conclusion are fairly represented in that paper. Ability to identify causes and effects and ability of observation are two other areas that have been adequately represented in the 1st paper. Mathematics plays a major role in the first paper.

2nd paper is slghtly more complicated than the 1st one. Nearly 50% of the items are for testing ability in comprehension. Writing ability has been tested throughout the years. Creative writing ability has been measured by asking students to write few sentences on a given topic or a given picture. Most important and measurable language skills are included among language test items. Approximately 20% of the test items were on Mathematics. Approximately 40% of the items comprise questions on Environmental related activities. More emphasis has been given to measure science-based knowledge. Majority of items connected to English and Environmental Related Activities are based on knowledge.

How to plan for the exam

Although this exam concentrates a lot about school syllabus, students are supposed to study the materials they learnt since Grade 1. There are some questions which will check your general knowledge. Therefore students are supposed to read newspapers, watch TV news, listen to the radio, etc.

Most important element of the exam is practice and time management. When you go through a past paper or a model paper, you will see the structure of the paper more clearly. Therefore, the best method to tackle the paper is to get familiar with the structure. There are frequently asked questions in the past papers, for example some mathematical theories get repeated over and over again.

Additional resources

Students are required to do past papers, read text books and notes. Answering model papers will make the exam even easier.

Model papers

Model papers are published by several private institutes.

To check exam results
Update 25 Sept 2012:- 2012 Examination Results and cut off Marks Released today.

Cut- off marks and School Rankings 2010

In 2010 Scholarship examination, accodring to Ceylon Daily News (26 September 2010),  267,750  of the 315,000 students sat the Grade 5 scholarship examination and obtained 70 marks or more. Out of these 16,000 students gained admission to popular schools in the country. Students who obtained best marks will get into following popular school in Colombo or other major Cities in Sri Lanka.

Boys’ Schools

Rank Name Cut off mark No. allocated students
01 Royal College Colombo 179 189
02 Dharmaraja Vidyalaya Kandy 175 58
03 Ananda CollegeColombo 174 229
04 Maliyadewa College Kurunagala 174 68
05 Nalanda College 171 139
06 Kingswood College 171 153
07 Richmond College 170 50
08 St. Anne’s College Kurunagala 170 48
09 D. S. Senanayake College Colombo 169 158
10 Isipathana College 166 69
11 Rahula College Matara 166 95
12 St. Sylvester’s College 165 77
13 Mahinda College 165 51
14 Thurstan College 164 107
15 Mahanama College 162 99
16 Bandaranayake College Gampaha 161 353
17 Vidyartha College 161 73
18 St. Aloysius College 161 47
19 Kegalle M.Vidyalaya 161 40
20 Asoka Vidyalaya 161 42

Girls’ Schools

Rank Name Cut off mark No. of allocated students
01 Vishaka Vidyalaya 179 136
02 Devi Balika Vidyalaya 174 188
03 Mahamaya  Vidyalaya 173 79
04 Maliyadewa Vidyalaya Kandy 172 89
05 Srimavo Vidyalaya Colombo 171 115
06 Southlanda Vidyalaya Galle 169 57
07 Anula Vidyalaya 168 86
08 Girls High School Kandy 168 94
09 Holy Family Kurunagala 168 46
10 Ratanawali Balika Gampaha 167 234
11 St. Paul’s Milagiriya 166 45
12 Sujatha Balika Matara 166 98
13 Viharamahadevi Balika Kiribathgoda 164 46
14 Sangamiththa Balika Galle 164 69
15 Ferguson Girls Ratnapura 163 87
16 St. Joseph’s Balika Kegalle 163 107
17 St. Joseph’s Balika Nugegoda 162 55
18 Yasodara Balika Gampaha 161 129
19 Pushpadana Balika Kandy 161 209
20 Holy Family Girls Wennappuwa 161 54

Updated (2011 December) 2011 Cut off Marks

Cut off marks for the Grade 5 scholarship examination held in 2011 were released today (Dec. 23). Highest cutoff marks for popular schools are as follows..

182 – Royal College, Colombo
180 – Dharmaraja College, Kandy
178 – Ananda College, Colombo
184 – Vishaka Vidyalaya, Colombo
180 – Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo
180 – Mahamaya Girls’ College, Kandy

Tamil medium cut off marks:

185 – Royal College, Colombo
175 – D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo
158 – Jaffna Hindu College
171 – Muslim Ladies College

Mixed schools cut off marks:

169 – Highlands Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Hatton
165 – Zahira College, Mawanella
159 – Al-minhaj National School, Hapugastalawa


Mixed schools Sinhala medium cut off marks
170 – Dharmapala College, Pannipitiya
170 – Horana Thakshila Central College

Top students of 2011 Scholarship Examination
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