With the Class 10 and 12 CBSE Board examinations just three weeks away, the board is helping students cope with several nuances of the examination — from newly -introduced question patterns to textbooks that must be followed.
Question 1: Where can I get CBSE board exam question papers of the last 5 years (2008-2012) with solutions?
Reply: You may find the board’s question papers and their marking schemes of the years 2008, 2010-2012 in the CBSE website under Examination related material and its Archive.
Question 2: In application-based subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics, is studying NCERT textbook enough? Are there any other reference books one can use?
Reply: Textbooks published by NCERT are the only textbooks prescribed by the board and these are sufficient. However, in order to have an understanding of concepts covered under different sub-topics, in a different manner, one may like to refer to some other standard textbooks. Different topics are dealt with differently in various textbooks. However, it is not advisable to refer to new textbooks at this point of time.
Question 3: I am very scared of board exams and despite studying the whole year, I am not confident.
Reply: During this time of the year, many students face a high level of performance anxiety. You must stay relaxed. Start writing down whatever you learn in order to avoid making mistakes. Solving board sample papers within the stipulated time limit will help you retain the subject matter.
This will also make you confident. You must also take frequent breaks.
Question 4: I am a class 12 student from the commerce stream. What is the importance of the value-based questions that have been introduced this year?
Reply: The Framework on `Education for Values in Schools’ brought out by the NCERT focuses on the environments in which the learners grow and live.
It intends to prepare students for living in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious country.
The board has decided to follow an interdisciplinary approach in value education where values are intermingled with the content of all the major subjects in classes 9 to 12.
The board has also decided to assess students in the major subjects (English, Hindi, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, accountancy, history, geography, business studies, entrepreneurship and economics) by setting aside five percent for the value-based questions in classes 11 and 12.
Question 5: It is generally perceived that humanities students do not score as well as science and commerce students. What can I do to get above 90%?
Reply: Subjects such as history, political science and sociology, etc., deal with the study of human behaviour that requires methodologies which are more analytical, critical and speculative making it difficult to score full marks.
But the question paper designs in these subjects are comparable with those of science and commerce subjects.
With the introduction of project work in sociology and history, students get marks on their year-long efforts. Students also need to develop conceptual clarity, analytical way of progression to fetch good marks.