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Textbooks first

With Board examinations just a fortnight away, it’s time that students concentrate on revision. And what better way to do this than solving sample papers.

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2009 23:31 IST

With Board examinations just a fortnight away, it’s time that students concentrate on revision. And what better way to do this than solving sample papers.

Markets are inundated with guidebooks. But CBSE officials stress upon the need to first thoroughly study NCERT books.

“Class X students should ensure they know their NCERT texts very well as the Board prescribes it. The NCERT books are exhaustive in content and studying them is good enough for any student,” said MC Sharma, controller of examinations, CBSE.

“The syllabus is vast for Class XII and the Board recommends NCERT texts at this level. There’s a difference between ‘prescribes’ and ‘recommends’. So if students feel a topic is not covered well in the NCERT text, they can refer to another book,” added Sharma.

Once done with the text, the sample papers up on the CBSE website should be given preference for these will give you an idea of the kind of questions that could be expected.

The key provided for these sample papers introduce the student to how these questions should be answered.

“Referring to guide books definitely helps a student get familiarised with the pattern of the question papers. It goes a long way in time management as well. Practice makes perfect and reduces fear,” said CBSE counselor Gitanjali Gupta.

“Most students feel the more guide books they solve the better will be their preparation. That may be true but one should careful he/she is solving one guidebook at a time. The idea is to solve the biggest variety of questions from one topic and that is possible only when you concentrate on one book at a time,” she added.

Going by the key of the guidebook, however, may not be the best idea. Try and get your solved sample papers corrected by your school teacher as he/she has a better idea of the CBSE marking scheme. While your tuition teacher or parent may be adept at explaining the concepts well, they do not know the kind of answers the examiner is looking for.