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Social Science Exam Preparation Tips Tricks and Strategies for Getting Good Marks in Board Exam

Broadly, Social Science syllabus can be divided into 7 parts. When we analyze a chapter of Social Science, we find that a chapter consists of 7 main categories i.e

Wise students read lesson intensively and develop a deep level of understanding in Social Science subjects “History, Geography, Political Science and Economics”. Getting high score in board examination heavily depends on comprehensive knowledge of different historical, social, political and economic key points and issues along with learning ability of “different terms, concept, days , dates and data, facts, figure writers, explorer, thinkers, books and crucial core issues of past, current and major challenges in near future.

How to develop a comprehensive knowledge in Social Science t? How can we score high marks in Social Science? What are the tips, tricks and strategies for getting good marks in social Science?

“Important Terms and Concepts”

“Important Terms and Concepts”   Subject Wise
Nationalism, Despotism, Ethnicity, Peace settlement, Domino effect, Rowlatt Act etc, History
Sustainable Development, Green Revolution, Geo-thermal energy, Golden Quadrilateral Geography
Power sharing, Legislative, Linguistic state, Family Laws, Mobilization, Social Movement Political Science
Primary sector, Literacy rate, Underemployment, Demand deposits, Globalization, Per capita income Economics

Tips to Score High Marks in This Section

This section is very easy for students. Students learn important terms and key concepts word to word. Generally, important terms and key concepts consist of 1 word to 30 words, therefore it is very easy to learn and reproduce. Each student has own technique to remember something for a long time, however there are two well tried techniques help students to remember important key terms and concepts for a long time.

1st – Repetition – learning key terms and key concepts so many times and reproducing those points either in terms of re-writing or verbally representation so many times

2nd – Revision – revising key terms and key concept frequently over a period of time (7days/10 days/15 days/30 days

Wise students present important terms and key concepts word to word as it is mentioned in the text book. There is less space and opportunity for students to deviate from the prescribed statement.

“Important Days & Dates/Periods,”

“Important Facts/Figures/Revolutionary Figures/Writers/Explorers/Thinkers/Books”

“Definitions and Descriptions of an Event and Its Impact on Society, Nation and at World Level, “Characteristics of an historical, cultural and economic event/incident/decision”,

“Classification & Differences between two events/incidents/social issues/issues related to different systems”,

“Classification & Differences Subject Wise
 Difference between ‘Nationalism and Romanticism/Liberalism and Conservatism/Non-cooperation Movement and Civil Disobedience Movement History
Difference between ‘Conventional and Non- Conventional Energy’/‘Agro-based industries and Mineral- based industries Geography
Difference between ‘ Coming Together and Holding Together Federation, One Party System and Multiparty System, Democracy and Dictatorship/ Political Science
Difference between ‘ developed countries and developing countries, organized sector and un-organized sector, investment and foreign investment / Do you think the classification of economic activities into primary, secondary, and tertiary is useful? Explain how. Economics

Tips to Score high Marks in this section:-

  1. Be precise
  2. Write points wise according to questions (words limits/limit points) and marks allotted for a specific question
  3. Include and integrate related key words/key terms in your point
  4. Give appropriate examples if it requires to include( Condition)
  5.  Do not repeat same points several-times
  6. Remember the theory of ‘demand and supply’

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Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks for Student 

NCERT developed an integrated curriculum for class IX & X. Social Science syllabus appears quite lengthy for most of the students; however it is not lengthy but a comprehensive syllabus. Students score very high marks in CBSE board examination. Wise students complete CBSE prescribed syllabus on time. Intensive reading, better comprehension and better expression are keys for getting the highest score in Social Science.

How to score good marks in Social Science

Let first understand the objective of Social Science Curriculum for class IX & X 

The main objective of Social Science Curriculum is to

  1. Develop an understanding of the process of change and latest development
  2. View different life perspectives in a wider context of time , space and place
  3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of Indian and World Cultural, Historical, Economical and Societal development over a period of time (from ancient, medieval and modern time)
  4. Develop a comprehensive understanding of its surrounding systems i.e. Function of Government, Elections, etc

A better understanding of question paper pattern and nature of questions lead to get high score in board exam.  Social Science question paper consist four types of questions for evaluating different level of understanding.  Social Science Question Paper has 27 questions in all. 

  1. Questions from serial number 1 to7 are very short answer type questions. Each question carries one mark. (1x 7=7)
  2. Questions from serial number 8 to18 are 3 marks questions. ( words limit -80) (11x 3=33)
  3. Questions from serial number 19 to 25 are 5 marks questions. ( words limit -100) (7x 5=35)
  4. Question numbers 26 & 27 are map questions from History with 1 mark each. Question number 28 is map question of 3 marks from Geography. (2x 1=2)
  5. For Q. Nos. 26, 27 and 28 (map based questions) one outline political map of India is provided. (3x 1=3)
  6. Questions at Serial Number – 20, 22, 24 & 25 have Internal Choice. Students must attempt “any one option” out of the given in each of these questions.

Assessment & Evaluation Facts to Remember for Developing Better Understanding ,and  Planning for Scoring High in Board Examination

Road Map of Social Questions-Typology of Questions (Secondary School Curriculum)

  1. Remembering (Knowledge based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles, or theories; identify, define or recite information)- {20 %}
  2. Understanding (Comprehension – to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase, or interpret information)-{20 %}
  3. Application (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations, use given content to interpret a situation, provide an example, or solve a problem) -{26 %}
  4. High Order Thinking Skills (Analysis & Synthesis – Classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information, Organize and/or integrate unique pieces of information from a variety of sources) {20 %}
  5. Creating, Evaluation and Multi-Disciplinary (Generating new ideas, product or ways of viewing things, appraise, judge, and/or justify) – {8 %}
  6. Map Skill -{06 %}

Tips and Tricks for Scoring High in Social Science  

Hard work is keys to success. Scoring high in board examination solely depends on student’s understanding of different topics in his own language. Most of the key terms and concepts can be correlated to daily life circumstances. Wise students correlate textual knowledge with worldly knowledge.

Read the chapter thoroughly

Intensive reading helps students in developing a better understanding of the subjects. Contextual reading helps student to remember something for a long time, because key terms, definition, date and differentiation mentioned in the textbook with proper examples. Isolated learning of key terms and different crucial date confuse student at exam time.

Preparing own notes

Since, Social science is vast subject. Students need to develop a comprehensive understanding of complete syllabus. Wise students prepare own notes. It helps student to remember Social Science facts and figure, i.e. mind map, flow chart, pie chart, key points and key terms in simple way.

Practice board based question paper

Generally, it has been observed that students learn key terms but when it comes to solve questions mentioned it question paper. They become confuse. A better understanding of question paper helps student to right specific content for specific question. Usually, board question paper evaluates students’ skill to remember facts, figure and dates (factual understanding), comprehension skill to interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase, or interpret information, question based on application evaluates students to use appropriate content for interpret a given situation, provide an example, or solve a problem, question based on HOTS to classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information in unique way, generating new ideas based on given context/ correlating given context/integrating new ideas in developing good context with appropriate examples.

Write Appropriate Answer with Relevant Key Words and Illustrations

Wise students develop own quality content in terms of writing appropriate words, relevant sentences and interpret a given situation with justifiable illustration. Learning is not enough if we could not express with suitable key words and keys points. The writing skill will develop only when student practices short questions, very long questions and HOTS question, shows his/her answer to the teachers and peers, takes real feedback, and correct his/her weak points in a next attempt. It is continuous process because (a) application based questions (b) long questions and (c) HOTS question demand appropriate precise content, fluency of ideas and accuracy of sentence.

Proper Practice of Maps

Map consists of 5 marks in paper. Proper knowledge of “Political as well as Physical Map” helps students to score high marks in Social Science. General students may or may not attempt Map questions; wise students learn properly the skill of “Location Identification and Labelling” different place, i.e.  Major countries of First World War/ Nantes, Paris/ Allied Powers – France, England, (Russia), America (History) and India-States with Capitals, Tropic of Cancer, Standard Meridian National Parks : Corbett, Kaziranga, Ranthambor, Shivpuri, Kanha, Simlipal & Manas (Geography) on Map. It is quite technical. Practice location identification and lebelling it on proper map lead towards better understanding of different locations.

Deep understanding with appropriate expression on Paper

Learning “Important Terms and Concepts”, “Important Days & Dates”, “Definitions and Descriptions of an Event and Its Impact on Society, Nation and at World Level, “Characteristics of an historical, cultural and economic event/incident/decision”, “Classification & Differences between two events/incidents/social issues/issues related to different systems in Social Science is essential needs but expressing facts, figure, data, data interpretation precisely and appropriately in another most crucial thing. Getting high score in Social Science is integration of understanding of facts and figure and expressing them appropriately.

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Board Exam-How to Score High Marks-Important Tips for Students-Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks

Students,teacher, school management and parents are little worried about the board(CBSE, ICSE, CIE intermediate, advance level) examination. Students are worried too much. The giant question is “How to Prepare/How to Memories/How to Manage Time for All Subjects” etc. Experienced educator, capable parent and skilled researcher agree on one essential aspect of learning that complete knowledge of prescribed syllabus, proper planning and regular study throughout the academic session help a lot for getting good marks in annual/board examination. A wise student plans ahead for the examination based on his own capacity, capability and proficiency.

In several countries examination system heavily depends on the students’ performance in a scheduled annual/board examination.  Proper planning of a Student helps him to cope up all different types of examination related stress timely.Understanding of Question Paper Pattern is one the most crucial aspect forgetting good marks in board examination. The basic question arises that who will plan and how will chalk out the plan.

Having Knowledge of prescribed syllabus

Wise student develop a better understanding of prescribed syllabus in whole academic year with the help of self-study, teacher and in some case parent. Student covers all syllabuses without distinguishing between interested and non -interesting topic. There is nothing like interested and uninterested topics in prescribed syllabus. Examination expert sets question paper based on complete syllabus.

Having Knowledge of Question Paper Pattern

Wise student develops a better understanding of question paper pattern with the help of teacher. S/he tries to draw an outline of question paper i.e.

a.       How many questions will be there in a set of question paper?

b.       How many sections i.e. Section A, Section B will be there in a question paper?

c.       What will be weight-age of each question in different sections?

d.       What will be nature of questions in different sections?

e.       What is different typology of questions i.e. based on ‘remembering’, ‘understanding’,application etc?

f.        Will there be internal question choice in different sections?

g.       What are words length mentioned for each question?

h.       What is duration of examination?

i.         How s/he will attempt all the questions within prescribed exam time?

Having Knowledge of Nature of Questions Section wise

Wise student plans ahead on the basis of different types of questions mentioned in a section. Suppose that  Science will consist of 27 questions, however an internal choice will be provided in three questions of 3 marks each, two questions of 5 marks each and one question(for assessing the practical skills) of 2 marks.

Having Knowledge of Different Questions Typology 

Wise student essential needs to plan like question numbers 3 to 5 in Section B,  are of two marks. The word length of these questions will be about 30 words each. When a student prepares plan for writing these questions,she finds out that out of 3 questions in this specific section, one question will be based on ‘remembering’ (knowledge based on simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles, or theories, identity,define, recite, information) or in ‘Social Science’ question from serial number 19 to 25 are 5 marks questions. Out of 7 questions weight-age of 5 marks, word limit 100, 1 question will be based on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), and 2 questions will be application based (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations, use given content to interpret a situation, provide an example, or solve a problem), 2 questions will be based on ‘understanding’ and another 2 questions will be based on ‘remembering’. 

Having Capability to Write Quality Content/Quality Answer

The most crucial point which a wise student remembers while planning that is typology of question i.e. based on Application, HOTS, and Multidisciplinary should be answered according to nature of question. The content of answer of these different types of questions change(choice of words, use of different types of sentence i.e. assertive sentence,descriptive sentence, factual sentence, comparative, data analysis,interpretation of data,  etc). Indeed, this helps wise students in developing concise, precise, accurate and detailed quality content purely based on the nature and demand of a particular question.

Having Skill to Manage Time Properly    

What do you think? If a student is very brilliant i.e. having command on subject, having clear concept , having vast knowledge on  nature of question paper etc but having very poor time managing skill; will s/he able to write all questions in a given time frame! Student cannot increase and decrease duration of examination. S/he can only develop skill of managing time wisely. Examination time is purely not Jio Internet Pack which we can buy even after finishing given value pack (1GB/2GB)on daily basis. Wise student plans for each and every section of question paper i.e.

a.       Total Time (Hour/Minutes) of Examination

b.       Time taken in other essential official work in the examination hall

c.       Total number of questions

d.       Consumed time on a question

e.       Complexity level of question

f.        Time for written answer revision

A wise student investigates, inquires and thinks over best planning, moreover s/he works on executing early discussed and developed plan in the examination hall forgetting good marks in board exam. S/he tries several times well before examination in terms of developing concepts, relevant illustration, writing skill and practicing different question paper. Practice and review of outcome will help each and every aspirant to achieve high score. So, be the first to do it! Will You—–

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Exam Preparation Tips: 15 best ideas and techniques for getting high grades/score in an examination


Believe in yourself. You have inborn ability and capacity to learn.  Nobody is superior and nobody is inferior in this world. We are unique individuals. There is only a thin layer difference between success and failure. Successful people accepts challenges and work very hard to achieve them; failure people blames his failure on different other aspects. We are complete human beings.

Believe in yourself. You can perform well in the examination. Yes, I am not less than other. It may be possible that other’s has more facilities than ‘I’ but textbook is same, syllabus is same, curriculum is same, teacher is same and question paper is same for one and all therefore I have same opportunity than others to crack the illusion of an examination.

Believe in your gained knowledge of subjects during academic year. I will appear in the examination. I will write in the examination so I will prepare my complete prescribed syllabus during an academic session. A wise student studies well and studies continuously for covering prescribed syllabus. It does not matter that some had studies 5 hours in a week and 30 hours in a month but if a student studies 1-2 hours regularly, s/he will make a big difference in the examination.


Take care of your health during examination. A wise student not only works very hard for an examination but takes care of his health before and during the examination. It is crucial time for proper study and rational revision. Falling ill for one day can have negative impact on our mind. So  wise students:

@ Drink Enough Water

@ Do Breakfast Regularly and on time

@ Take Healthy Diets

Practice according to your own capacity. We are unique in all most all aspects. If we rely on our own way of learning styles and practice adequately according to our need, we will surely be a good performer. It is always attractive to know other’s way of learning but I cannot copy and instill other’s personality traits into my own personality. It is always better to practice according to need and nature of an examination. Wise student ensure learning so that at the time of examination he can recall and write on the answer sheet. Proper practice and practice several times using different tools and techniques are best solution of many problems.

**Revise learnt topics as many times as you can** rather than worrying about what you do not know

Keep yourself engaged for a short while with your social or other recreational activities. Mind retains information for a long time only when we collect it in a peaceful mind. Learning is a complex phenomenon. Peaceful mind receives more information than information collected in a complex situation. Wise student takes a short time break during revising lessons or learning different topics. (***** Warning it must be for a short period***** otherwise ***)

Follow healthy habits and learn from each and every experience in life. Positive habit formation helps an individual to become an integrated personality. Good performers always form right habit for learning new things, at the beginning of a new academic session. We learn from our different experiences. We analyze different hurdles, complexities and difficulties during our learning. We modify our learning styles to rectify these difficulties for a better performance.

Fix a comfortable place for study i.e. chair, table or other things. We train our mind to study well and retain information for a long time. When we fix a place for doing study, it helps us in studying well. It avoids distraction and increases concentration of student. We know that “more concentration, more understanding”. Our place of study should have proper light and availability fresh air for peace of mind.

Proper light and fresh air ***

Prepare a time table suitable to your ability, capacity, persistent and consistent nature. Generally it is observed that student makes a compact time table which may be continue for a few days but it fails in long term learning. No need to follow other’s instructions, suggestions and styles while preparing our time table. We need to prepare a concrete and rational time table for study different subjects. We need to evaluate our own capacity i.e.

How much time I will be able to sit?

How much time I have for self study?

How much time I can give for revision while performing other life essential tasks?

How much time I need for prepare myself for next tasks?

Develop a habit for reading consistently for whole year; no matter even if only one hour in a day. I never find a miraculous person in my life who has achieved great result in an academic field by working hard at 11th hours of examination. Working very hard before an examination is completely destroying one’s self because magic happens with once and at once in millions of people, otherwise a person who studies consistently for whole academic year; s/he only creates wonder in life. A wise student studies rationally and practice well before an examination for a better result. What do you think?

Have all your materials ready before you begin study-pencils, pens, papers, books, notebooks, notes or other study related materials. A better concentrated mind works well during a tense situation.  We should keep all necessary study materials near our study table so that whenever we need it, we can access it on right time. It saves our time as well as makes us efficient learner. It does not make any extra pressure.

Do not depend on others; work at your own pace. A good learner does not depend on others notes and resource materials. A good learner does not think about other’s way of working. Learning is completely a personal phenomenon. He develops own rational ways, techniques and tools for concrete learning. Wise learner does not expect magical support from other in the examination hall.

Do not waste your time with friends for collecting new notes on untouched topics day before examination. Wise student takes wise decision for better performance in the examination. Suppose if a student has prepared 94 percent of syllabus before one day of examination so he will adopt practical approach. I think it is better to ensure complete learning of covered syllabus, proper revision and proper practice so that there is no place of a little confusion. It may not be wise to ask notes from friend and preparing it just before examination. It is completely wasting of time. We want to reach everywhere but time does not allow us therefore revision is best medicine rather wandering here and there.

Do not learn any new material the night before the examination. Whatever happened, it happened for good thing. Whatever you studied, you studied for good result. Now, it is time to fix your learning. It is time to ensure that you have learnt very well. Develop a sense of satisfaction, a sense of confidence and strong will power to rethink, reconsider and recapitulate for better performance in the examination. If we write quality answer only then examiner will evaluate our answer properly. It is not wise to waste most precious time on exploring new material before examination.

Restore, Refresh, Relax, Rejoice, & Rejuvenate Yourself before an Examination. Can we talk with our friend? Can we talk with our family members? Can we hear our favorite music? Can we draw a picture? Can we dance to release our stress? Wise students act on various ways and means for developing concentration level before an examination. It will be purely our own choice.



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Fear of examination: What are the basic reasons for fear of examination?

We are integral part of an examination driven system. Our capability is judged by our performance in the examination. Examination system truly evaluates attitude and aptitude of an individual. Examination system assesses persistent and consistent quality of an individual. An examination system evaluates our consistent nature for performing a task over a period of time. We prepare in advance for appear in an examination.

Generally, it is observed that if an individual studies consistently thorough out an academic year; he performs exceptionally well. Examination system evaluates our desire to learn, our desire to understand and our desire to do more and more practice over a period of time.

A good academic performer studies properly and rationally in an academic year. He properly plans ahead for walking miles and miles on known and unknown world of knowledge. He minutely analyzes existing curriculum, syllabus and question patterns for timely preparation for an examination.

We are unique. Indeed, each student wants to do well in studies, but conversion of thinking into action on real ground makes all the differences******Is it so, isn’t it? What do you think?   What are the reasons of failure and disinterestedness in studies?

Too much thinking but less study during an academic session

This subject is easy. That subject is very difficult.

We know the fact that we have to study these subjects and units. We know the fact that each subject has equal importance. If we have no choice; if we have choice and we have selected concerned subject then,  is there any need to differentiate or leave without proper study>

Thinking too much without proper study

Our task is to know our curriculum and syllabus. Our task is to study prescribed syllabus not to think and think without study>

Showing too much love for a single or more than one subject

Generally, human being loves to choose comfortable side rather than selecting a little difficult side for the betterment. We choose difficult thing under a coercion situation. If we have choice, we enjoy it rightly at appropriate time. We have to complete our prescribed syllabus in a given duration. Smart students start working on it and other develops love for one subject and leave other main subject for the God sake. He does not want to study one or two core subjects other than favorite subject i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Math group (2 subjects intensive study, one subject untouched for whole academic year).

How to make notes?

Smart student initiates reading and learning text but so many students keep themselves busy on thinking ‘how’ but do not initiate learning properly and timely. Smart student develops his own tool and techniques and rest of students think so much for selecting better one.

No proper study before the examination, only vague thinking and void planning

Examination creates fear when we do not do proper study and had wasted our time on vague thinking.

 Keep highest expectation without adequate study of prescribed syllabus 

Thinking high is first step of a high ladder but we have to put our first foot on first step to go on to second step. Keeping both the feet on ground and thinking to reach at highest points never helps us in growing. When we expect high without adequate study & without reasonable practice then its result is negative rather frustrating. *Expecting to get highest grades/marks*

Mind wanders  from one thing to another i.e. collecting so much resource material but could not read them before the examination

 Too much weak in a subject, * No proper study*, *No textbook reading*, *No writing practice* = Only worry*

 Parents, relative, favorite teachers**क्या सोचेंगे अगर**,  **If not then@

We are socially dependent on each other for more than thousand reasons. We are socially connected to each other. Each one has expectation with another one. It is fine. It has no harm but at the same time we have to understand it that It is “I” who will do something for me; my family member can only provide timely support. It is “I” who will complete my prescribed syllabus my family member and my friend will not do it for me. Let them to think! I will do adequate study with relevant materials and proper time management.

What will happen if results will be poor?

A Good person starts doing work timely. Thinking ahead is good but in the beginning, middle and during the examination, our main task is to perform well but not to think of examination result right now. Whatever we can do it right now, will do it right now that is to complete our prescribed syllabus. We will plan and develop strong will power to execute our planning. Later I will think—-


Sincere students make sincere efforts on right time to achieve target.


Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist

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