CBSE Class 12 boards: Here is some advice from teachers for you

  • Anish, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2016 18:41 IST
The common advice all teachers gave examinees was to practise sample papers and question papers of previous years within the stipulated three-hour deadline as in an examination. (HT file photo)

Having dispensed with major subjects in the CBSE Class 12 series: ’What Teachers Advise’, we now present a quick recap of what teachers of various subjects, whom we talked to, advised the examinees on what should be their strategy ahead of the examination, which is just a couple of days away.


The common advice all teachers gave examinees was to practise sample papers and question papers of previous years within the stipulated three-hour deadline as in an examination. They also advised students not to learn new chapters at this point of time, saying that doing so would only confuse them. There was also a strict ’nono’ to extra words while writing answers. The teachers categorically stated that writing extra will not fetch any marks. Instead, examinees should stick to prescribed word limit as per the marks the questions carry. The recommendation that students only follow their NCERT textbooks was also given by all. They should learn the solved questions, numerical, casestudies and topics in the books thoroughly.

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The value-based questions, which pose real-life scenarios to test how well students apply their classroom learning to the situations, should be done last, as they require some thinking. Underlining important points in answers, leaving at least one line of space between two answers and writing question numbers correctly was also suggested. Attempting questions sequentially is preferred, but is not compulsory. Students should follow a sequence only if they think they can manage it. Be specific in the answers and do not try to explain your answers unless necessary. Be brief, to-the-point and write only as many points as there are marks. Also, do not write answer to the same question twice. Remember to carry ruler, pen, pencil, eraser and sharpener to examination hall.

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In the reading time, students should read the question at least twice but ensure that they do not just skim the paper. They should also try to strategize how they would attempt the paper. Marking important points in the questions is okay.


ENGLISH (March 1)

Practise your presentation and writing, read questions asked in comprehension portion before reading comprehension passages, learn content of chapters in literature, practise the format for writing portions and catch up on on current events, decorate posters and use short, crisp sentences in them.


Learn case studies well, learn from chapters from where onemark questions and questions that test high order thinking skills are asked, write in points instead of paragraphs and avoid selective studying.

PHYSICS (March 5)

Ensure that your concept is clear for solving numerical, reproduce diagrams given in NCERT textbooks to fetch better marks, make diagrams when questions ask ‘principle, construction and working’, attempt questions in descending order if possible.


Balance equations, use correct nomenclature, learn reaction mechanisms and name reactions and understand the text and in-test questions.


Write and learn formulae and their basic derivation, linear programming is important, show steps while solving problems, draw correct diagram and mention the correct formula in answers wherever possible.


Show calculations in steps, be systematic in revision, learn topics like partnership, share and debenture, practice is important. BIOLOGY (March 21) Use the correct terms while writing answers, avoid adding words on your own, neatly draw and label diagrams, donft intersect lines while labelling, draw diagrams wherever the need is felt.

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(March 26) Ensure accuracy in syntax, do not be in a hurry to finish the examination, pay extra attention to questions that use ’loops’, begin with portions where questions are based on MySQL.

ECONOMICS (March 31)

Do not write long answers, write points and explain the points briefly, practise graphs and learn formulae, attempt questions in one section together.

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