# Keep tabs on time while attempting the math paper

• Raman Gurucharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
• Updated: Jan 29, 2015 13:23 IST

One thing that remains unchanged in any exam is that the student should have in-depth knowledge of all topics. By this time you may have finished the syllabus and started your revision. While revising you should prepare small notes related to important concepts and formulae. When you work on questions, your focus should always be on getting your concepts clear and understanding sums of all types. Along with content you should also keep tabs on your time. Each one mark should be secured in 1.5 minutes.

It is important to make yourself aware of the weightage of each unit, number of one mark, four mark, six mark questions that would come in that unit, including the type of questions that would fit into each category. This can be achieved by working on practice tests on each unit in rest of the time and focusing on the break-up of the 26 questions that you need to answer during the examination.

For example, matrices and determinants - 13 marks. Pattern of questions placement: (6+4+1+1+1) Time: 20 minutes.

This means that you should practice writing five to six sets of topic tests in M&D, on the said bifurcation.

On The day of the EXAM
Start attempting the question paper from Section III which consists of seven six marks questions. Try to complete this section in 70 minutes.
# Start each question of this section from a new page, preferably left page, and wind up your attempt by the end of the right page
# In this section, you will have to draw figures in a few questions. Draw them with pencil and proper instruments. They should be properly labelled
# Then attempt Section II which consists of 12 four marks questions. Try to finish this section in 80 minutes
# The next 15 minutes should be spent on questions of the one mark category

I started focusing on the main concepts from Class XI itself. I Also ensured that I first looked at the weak areas ---Shivam Tiwari, 100% in mathematics, cbse class XII national topper 2014 - mathematics

(The author is professor of mathematics (11-12), Studymate, and can be reached at studymate@hindustantimes.com )