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

RankNameCut off markNo. allocated students
01Royal College Colombo179189
02Dharmaraja Vidyalaya Kandy17558
03Ananda CollegeColombo174229
04Maliyadewa College Kurunagala17468
05Nalanda College171139
06Kingswood College171153
07Richmond College17050
08St. Anne’s College Kurunagala 17048
09D. S. Senanayake College Colombo169158
10Isipathana College16669
11Rahula College Matara16695
12St. Sylvester’s College16577
13Mahinda College16551
14Thurstan College164107
15Mahanama College16299
16Bandaranayake College Gampaha161353
17Vidyartha College16173
18St. Aloysius College16147
19Kegalle M.Vidyalaya16140
20Asoka Vidyalaya16142

Girls’ Schools

RankNameCut off markNo. of allocated students
01Vishaka Vidyalaya179136
02Devi Balika Vidyalaya174188
03Mahamaya  Vidyalaya17379
04Maliyadewa Vidyalaya Kandy17289
05Srimavo Vidyalaya Colombo171115
06Southlanda Vidyalaya Galle16957
07Anula Vidyalaya16886
08Girls High School Kandy16894
09Holy Family Kurunagala16846
10Ratanawali Balika Gampaha167234
11St. Paul’s Milagiriya16645
12Sujatha Balika Matara16698
13Viharamahadevi Balika Kiribathgoda16446
14Sangamiththa Balika Galle16469
15Ferguson Girls Ratnapura16387
16St. Joseph’s Balika Kegalle163107
17St. Joseph’s Balika Nugegoda16255
18Yasodara Balika Gampaha161129
19Pushpadana Balika Kandy161209
20Holy Family Girls Wennappuwa16154

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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  1. Indira December 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm - 

    pl.tell the cut off marks for visaka vidyalaya 2011scholarship exam

  2. Malisha Nayani October 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm - 

    Educationists and psychologists in Sri Lanka criticize the examination calling it an extreme stress to 10-year-old children.

  3. thilagesh July 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm - 

    thanks for wrok

  4. dinuka June 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm - 

    Thanks for giving valuable info on this grade 5 schol exam.

  5. කල්ප දිසානායක June 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm - 

    ශිෂ්‍යත්ව විභාගය පොඩි අයව මෝඩ කරන විභාගයක්

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