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Lengthy explanations do not fetch any extra marks in subjective questions. Get valuable tips from CBSE counsellors on how to ace the Board exams

education Updated: Mar 06, 2013 14:26 IST

I am a Class 12 student from the commerce stream. I want to know how to answer value-based questions. How will the questions be marked?

— Bhuvan Chhabra

Effective from the Board examination 2013, the question papers of Class 12 will also include value-based questions to the extent of 5-10%. Such questions are based on the values, integrated in the content. Questions will be marked based on the marking schemes which will be comprehensive enough to include all possible relevant answers.

Please stick to the word count

How does one determine the adequate word count while answering a subjective question in papers such as history, geography and political science?
— Shilpa Rai

Word limit is advised for the benefit of the student to save his/her time in order to complete the entire paper in the given time. Unnecessary lengthy explanations do not fetch any extra marks. Hence, answers should be restricted to what is asked for in the question.

Why do students tend to lose marks in economics even when the answers written are correct? Please tell me about the important points which one needs to keep in mind while attempting the economics paper.
— Akanksha Malhotra

In economics, the answer should correctly relate to what has been asked for in the question. Write logically and step wise. State the formulas wherever required.

Unnecessary explanations should be avoided. Diagrams should be drawn only when specifically asked for in the question. In diagrams, be specific about the origin, slope and directions of the lines drawn and correct labeling. For guidance, you may refer to the Board’s sample question papers and the previous years’ question papers and their marking schemes available on the CBSE website.

I am a Class 10 student. I have not scored well in my in pre-board exams. I forget whatever I learn even when I practise by writing. I want to join the science stream in Class 11. What should I do for securing good marks in my Board exam?
— Tanmay Sharma

Do not worry much about your performance in the pre-boards. Learning with understanding will help. Summative assessment 2 in Class 10 has a weightage of only 30%. Concentration and confidence at this stage will help.

I like chemistry of Class 12 but I still lose marks in exams because of silly mistakes. What should I do?
— Bhishm Chopra

You have to write your answers with full concentration and a cool head. Have faith and confidence in your abilities.

I am topper of my school and I my target is to score minimum 95% in the Board examination. I scored 92 in chemistry, 90 in physics, 93 in computers and 83 in maths in my pre-boards that disappointed me a lot. I am confused whether I should stick to revision of subjects or revising those chapters in which I have lost marks in the pre-boards? How should I organise my time such that I devote equal time to all my subjects?
— Varun Sharma

Devote equal time to all the subjects. Spend more time revising those topics in which you are not confident. Do not worry too much about your score in the pre-board exams. You are a school topper. Be confident.

Are additional exercises given in the NCERT Class 12 textbook included in the Board exam syllabus?
— Sudarshan Shukla

The theory syllabus for March 2013 exam is given on www.cbse.nic.in. Questions given in additional exercises are meant for acing related concepts. Some of the questions in additional exercises are beyond the scope of Class 12 examinations and are meant for competitive examinations. So, do not worry too much if you are not able to devote time to solve all these questions.

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