The Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examination were instituted in the year 1880 by the Art Directorate of the Government of Maharashtra. It started with 18 students for the first ever examination, moving onto around 200,000 students who appear for this examination, every year. These exams were instituted with the idea of encouraging and developing an interest of art education amongst young aspiring individuals.
Students like me undergo rigorous training in various subjects, like Still Life, Nature Drawing, Memory drawing, Design etc for the exams that are held annually. Appearing and training for these exams changed my course of life. With the historic results, I was able to pursue my talent and continue drawing and painting from a very young age. A artist with in me was born with these exams.