Prepare yourself for board exams, Do's and Don'ts
your syllabus: Refer to the CBSE website for the updated
syllabus of this year, and know it completely. As you go through the contents
table of your subject textbooks, you will see familiar topics, which may have
already been introduced in your previous classes, especially in math and
science. You should have a clear picture of familiar and unfamiliar topics.
NCERT textbooks rule :
Irrespective of the books prescribed by your school, ensure that you
always refer to the NCERT textbooks, carefully. It has been a tradition with
CBSE to mostly map the question papers to NCERT textbooks.
Previous years' papers always
help : Get into the habit of solving questions from
previous years' papers. These are easily available and accessible on educational
websites like CBSE. You can also
pick them up from book shops, but make sure the publisher is authentic. Make
sure you have the latest papers, too.
Follow CBSE (or relevant board)
sample papers only: These are generally released in September or
October on the CBSE website. Whenever it happens, consider it your 'first
standard mock test' before moving on to any private publisher's papers.
Keep your eyes and ears open:
CBSE, being a dynamic body, is continuously in the process of
reforming testing mechanisms by changing the s
yllabus, marking schemes, exam
patterns, etc. So, stay updated.
On your marks, get set, go!
Understand the marking scheme followed by CBSE, by going through SMART answers
of previous years' papers solved by experts or CBSE. Every question has a
specific marks break-up. Your familiarity with the format will help you guess
the probable marks allotted for the various steps involved in the correct
It's important to learn and understand your concepts well, if you want to score
more in the exams. Cramming, without understanding, will take you nowhere. So,
make sure you have understood the concepts well before cramming anything.
to your CBSE syllabus: Don't put unnecessary pressure on
yourself by studying more than the scope of your syllabus. Nothing apart from
the prescribed syllabus will appear in your exams.
Refresher books are for
revision: The key to success in the exams is to always start
with NCERT textbooks. Use refresher books or guides only to refresh what you
have already studied. This will confuse you less.
No 'guess papers' at the start:
These papers are for practising, only when you have finished revising the
entire syllabus of a subject, at least once. By starting with these you will end
up confusing yourself and panicking.
Avoid peer pressure:
Always prepare for the exams as per your needs and abilities. Studying
what's outside of your syllabus just because your friends are doing so could
prove to be a waste of time.