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Board exam tips: Take mock tests, focus on two subjects a day

Starting today, HT launches series in which we will help students tackle exam pressure with tips from teachers, experts.

education Updated: Feb 10, 2014, 14:39 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times

The clock has begun to tick. With less than a month to go for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board examinations, several lakh students across the country will be put to the test.

For class 12 students, these exams decide whether they will be able to take up a course of their choice in college or not.

For students of class 10, the continuous and comprehensive evaluation system (CCE) is as pivotal because it is their performance that is the deciding factor for schools in granting students the stream of their choice in classes 11 and 12.

To help students sail through the next few weeks, HT brings the “Cracking the Boards” series, which will include tips from principals, teachers and experts to aid students in preparing for the exams.


This month is crucial since correct planning and strategy at this stage that could stand students in good stead. While focus must be on working towards a higher overall score, it is also important to focus on individual subjects and topics.

Every subject has topics that carry greater weightage. For example, in Mathematics, topics such as Probability or Calculus carry more marks than other topics. These individual topics, teachers say, need greater attention.

Focus on tackling two subjects per day. Identify and write down topics that carry more weightage. Mark out important questions from each topic so that it is easier to revise. Before going to bed, gloss over what you have studied through the day.

However, experts suggest that students, with different degrees of academic merit, need to strategise differently.

“Students who aim very high need to focus on maximising their potential. However, there are other students who are average or below average. These students need to focus not on the entire syllabus, but on topics in which they have been doing well, so that they are secure in those areas even in the Boards,” said Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School.


It is important for students to know their strengths and weaknesses. However, students must necessarily work on subjects such as English, since it is always included while calculating the best of four aggregate.

Similarly, for students looking at taking up Commerce or Economics in colle g e, Mathematics must necessarily be paid more attention, as the subject is a pre-requisite in colleges. So while studying everyday, remember to include at least one topic from English and a topic from a subject that maybe a deciding factor for your stream.

With less than a month to go and students also appearing for practical exams this month, time is now at a premium. However, the fundamental rule that students must not skirt, is to do the sample papers thoroughly.

“Instead of trying to tackle everything they must focus on what to optimise on. Students must sit with sample papers everyday and do them as they would have done their main exam, so that they know what their strengths, weaknesses and areas of anxiety are,” added Pandey.


Over the last few years, performance in board exams has also become integral to getting into premier institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT). At the same time, for Commerce and Humanities students make a beeline for some of Delhi University’s top colleges. This, teachers and principals say, is a major factor that puts students under pressure. Instead, the focus must be on making optimal use of this time to ensure that scores in individual subjects see an improvement.

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