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Answer questions in any order, but keep all its parts together
February 17, 2012
First Published: 00:32 IST(17/2/2012)
Last Updated: 01:45 IST(17/2/2012)
While studying, you must also write down the points. This will help you in remembering the content and concept. Raj K Raj / HT photo

This week, students ask CBSE how to prepare for specific subjects, keeping in mind time management and weightage given to different topics in the Board examinations.

In a theoretical paper such as business studies, history or sociology, is it important to follow the serial order, or can I answer questions in the order that I feel comfortable with?  Do I stand to lose marks if I do so?

Questions can be answered in any serial order and no marks will be deducted for not following the same. Candidates, however, should ensure that the serial numbers given of the answers are correct and distinct and all parts of a question are answered together.

Are marks provided for steps in the mathematics paper? If I get most of the steps correct but my final answer is incorrect, how many marks are deducted for the same?

In the mathematics paper, the marking scheme is spread across various steps of solving the problem and also for the final answer. Accordingly, if the steps are correct and the final answer is wrong, the question will be marked as per the  marking scheme provided to the examiner. You may also refer to the marking scheme of last year's mathematics question papers given on the CBSE website.

I am about to appear for my Board exams and I'm feeling very nervous. I still have not completed my syllabus. I have three topics pending in maths, one topic in physics and six topics in chemistry. I also tend to forget whatever I have learnt. Please advise me on how to work around this.

There are still 15 to 20 days before the Class 12 examinations begin. Three topics in mathematics, one in physics and six in chemistry can easily be prepared during this period, if you utilise your time judiciously. While studying, you must also write down the points. That will help you in remembering the content and the concept.

I have gone through several sample papers and reference books for Class 12 mathematics. But I find it extremely difficult to work out questions on analytical topics such as probability, permutation and combination and limits.  Since these topics have considerable weightage in the exams, what do you suggest I do?

For Class 12 exam, you need to prepare all topics given in the syllabus to score good marks.  Practice as many questions as you can - first from NCERT textbooks and then from reference books.

What are HOT questions? Can you tell me what some of the HOT questions for the Class 12 economics paper are, since everything that I study in the subject seems important?  Please guide.

HOT questions are Higher Order Thinking questions, which involve application of concepts learned to new given situations. You may refer to  a brief  write up along with examples on the CBSE website.

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