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How to Get Good Marks-English-Board Examination-Exam Preparation Tips for Students

How to Get Good Marks in English Board Exam

Students’ planning, preparation and practice decide the result of an examination. Annual examination result heavily depends on his self determination to complete the syllabus on time and practice more for having command on it. It is very easy to perform average in all subjects if a student studies regularly in a complete academic session. Wise student plans meticulously for achieving high marks in an examination. To get high score in board examination depends on student’s planning and timely executing of that planning.

English is taught as Second Language in India. English is the second language for most of the Indian students. A large number student in CBSE/ICSE affiliated private/government school study English language from kindergarten. They feel at ease in English language. Generally it is observed that most of the students score 60-80%, if they study prescribed English language syllabus properly during an academic session. The student who wishes to score high in English Subject works very hard on each and every question.

English Language Teacher observes a common study trait among high scorer, average scorer and below average scorer in board exam. High scorer strategically plans for each section and for each question.Recent board pattern of .English question paper consists of 3 broad sections i.e.

Section A: – Reading (20 Marks)

Section B: – Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)

Section C: Literature (30 Marks)

How to score 20/20 in Section A: – Reading Skill (20 Marks)

Nature of Question Paper Pattern of Section A- Reading Skill

This section will have two unseen passages of a total of 700-750 words as per the details below:

Q.1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type (VSA) Questions. (8 marks)

Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions of eight marks to test inference,evaluation and analysis and four VSA to test vocabulary and comprehension (two VSA for vocabulary and two for comprehension) (12) marks  (Secondary School Curriculum)

How to perform well for scoring High Marks in Reading Comprehension

Practice Reading Passage before Board Examination

If we wish to score high in Reading Section, we need to practice “different types of passages” well before examination. Generally student thinks that s/he will solve Reading Section at the examination hall only. Everyone knows the fact that nothing comes in our life easily. There is a big question “how will a student solve all questions of reading passage in the exam on the basis of his/her reading at exam time only. Reading passage evaluates students’ factual as well as global understanding which includes “Reading Speed, understanding of vocabulary and understanding of grammatical items mentioned in it.

How does practice reading passage well before examination help students?

  1. Develop skill of reading text properly and in a balanced speed
  2. Develop skill of identifying facts mentioned in the reading passage (where, which, who, when), i.e. who is the king, when was the first international match played, when did the ODIs begin etc.
  3. Develop skill of identifying key concepts mentioned in the reading passage
  4. Develop skill of drawing inferential meaning of the text i.e. why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite?
  5. Develop skill of finding out meaning of different difficult words mentioned in the text/Finding inferential meaning of a particular word mentioned in any paragraph i.e. which word in paragraph no..3 means the same as ‘indispensable’ /on the basis of your reading of the passage supply appropriate words/phrases

How to Score High 20/20 in Reading  Passage

  • Read the passage carefully

(a)  Underline only key concept and key words

  • Read the question carefully

(a)  Write answer of factual questions

  • Read the inferential/conceptual question carefully

(a)      Once again re-read the paragraph well before writing answer of conceptual question/inferential question

(b)     It is suggested to read the previous sentence/main sentence/next sentence before writing answer of conceptual question/inferential question

(c)      Stop for a moment before writing question based on (evaluate student’s conceptual understanding, decoding skill, analyzing, inferring, interpreting,appreciating) – Analyze/Evaluate your content/answer well before writing answer so fast for a little bit complex/ inferential question. It may be possible that complexity of question demands you to look back whole passage for final interpretation and inferences of that special question. Generally, 1-2 questions evaluate student’s conceptual understanding, decoding skill,analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating skills etc.

Vocabulary in Reading Comprehension Passage

Vocabulary (interpreting actual meaning of words/phrases/antonyms/synonyms) brings a big difference between high scorer and low scorer. Generally student writes all the questions based on “Reading Passage” but struggles a lot in supplying accurate answer for vocabulary based questions. It is observed that 2 among 10 students score 4/4 marks otherwise it can be 1/4, 2/4, 3/4. So the big question is :-

 How to Score High in Vocabulary Based Questions

Intensive reading habit helps students in scoring high marks in questions based on vocabulary. Students, who score well in this section, possess good reading skill and practice so many reading passages (descriptive, argumentative,persuasive, interpretive and literary passages etc) in an academic year,however a little alertness and awareness during exam can also help student to score high in “reading passage”. Wise students go through the text and try to interpret the text wisely while selecting correct answer for vocabulary based question, wise student tires to read previous, main and following statement to find out the actual meaning of given words.

Vocabulary Based Questions becomes a game changer in almost all examination. This section differentiates between a top performer and a low achiever. Intensive practice of ‘Reading Passage’ helps student to score high.Individual student’s skill develops in a passage of time. Board exam aspirant’s“Reading Skill” can be developed only  with the help of reading different passages and solving questions based on text.   

Reading Passage helps different level of students to score good marks inboard examination. In fact, ‘reading passage’ tests a candidate ability to read and understand the text. The main objective is to evaluate global as well as factual comprehension. Teacher awards the marks on the basis of understanding of complete passage. Generally, English Language Teacher does not deduct marks in ‘reading passage’ on basis of spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes as well as for punctuation error. No doubt at all, “Reading Passage” is really blessings for one and all students. Reading Passage helps a low academic achiever to cross the fail border easily, gives a wonderful opportunity for the medium academic performer to cross the distinction border and of course high academic performer to write history in board exam.

Rajeev Ranjan

How to Get Good Marks in English Board Exam/Tips to Score 100% Marks in Writing Section/Essay Writing/Letter Writing/Report Writing Skill

Examination Preparation Tips

Writing skill demands a great patience, a lot of practices and will power to edit your own written text, arranging it properly and systematically for writing a meaningful sentence and developing a meaningful paragraph. This is in fact, beautiful art to draw attention to the reader without being present at that time for explaining, actually what have you written and what message do you wish to convey to your reader. It fact, writing a meaningful paragraph depends on the practices you do before the final examination. Teacher does not know the identity of student; s/he only knows what is written in the answer sheets. S/he interprets and evaluates what has been written actually.

Getting good marks in any board examination in “writing section” heavily depends on the way a student practices during an academic session. First of all, board students should consider the ‘question pattern of English Language Paper i.e.

  1. How many questions will consist in a question paper?
  2. How many types of questions i.e. Formal/Informal Letter, Story Writing, Essay Writing, Article Writing, Biography, Message, Notice Writing, Report Writing
  3. What are the prescribed words length and marking scheme for each and every question of ‘writing skill section’?

English Communicative (101)

Section B: Writing And Grammar                                                                                                     30Marks

Q. 3: Writing an Article/ Descriptive Paragraph (person/ place/ event/diary entry) in about 100-150 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. (8 marks) Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150 – 200 words. (10 marks)

English Language and Literature (184)

Section B: Writing And Grammar                                                                                                            30Marks

Q 3: Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. (8 marks) Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. (10 marks)

What are objectives of Section B: Writing and Grammar?

Section B: Writing and Grammar consists of 5 questions. 2/5 questions are based on “writing skill” remaining 3 questions is based on Grammar. We will discuss in details of first 2 questions which is  based on writing skill.

Creative expression of an opinion, reasoning, justifying, illustrating, appropriate style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, (Secondary School Curriculum)

Generally if a question carries 8 marks then the evaluator gives marks on the basis of following criteria:-

Content- 4 Marks (precise, concise, specific, exact, accurate, details, summarizing, illustrious, relevant examples, creative thoughts, logical and judicious points related to the topic)

Fluency -2 Marks (Development of ideas in sequence, chronological order, flow of thoughts in right order)

Accuracy- 2 Marks (Grammatical Accuracy-Meaningful sentence, Spelling)

If a question carries 10 marks then the evaluator gives marks on the basis of following criteria:-

Content- 6 Marks (precise, concise, specific, exact, accurate, details, summarizing, illustrious, relevant examples, creative thoughts, logical and judicious points related to the topic)

Fluency -2 Marks (Development of ideas in sequence, chronological order, flow of thoughts in right order)

Accuracy- 2 Marks (Grammatical Accuracy-Meaningful sentence, Spelling)

Writing style differs from one question to another question but what does not change that is writing a meaningful, well developed and well-structured paragraph in appropriate language based on (given inputs) literary points. Students need to plan, organize and present ideas coherently. Student uses wonderful ideas (given inputs) as an opportunity for him to get ready made ideas.   

How to Write a Good Paragraph – Writing Skill

How to Write a Letter -Writing Skill

Report Writing Skill

Wise students practice well before examination. Practicing different questions of ‘writing skill’ help to achieve different level of perfection and help students to score good marks. Generally it is observed in board examination that average students can score 14/18 but the best students’ fights for getting full marks in writing section.

Wise students learn the art of planting, cutting, watering and doing other activity from a gardener and sculpture artist who makes a beautiful statue by giving days and nights with full dedication. Developing writing skill demands skill of a painter/sculpture artist who works hard without any complain. When a student writes so many articles, essays, letters, story and other genres continuously, showing these genres to other friend, classmates and teacher and  takes regular feedback for her/his weak points.

Wise students try to write articles, story, report and letter on different topics for developing correct writing speed, good handwriting style and command of vocabulary.

Extensive reading skill and intensive writing habit help students to incorporate key words and key term in their writing. Only one thing should be remember that our writing should be so specific, concise and creative for expressing the correct message to the reader. 

Rajeev Ranjan

7 Tips and strategies by CBSE Toppers for scoring more than 90 percent in Class 10th and 12th-How?

Tips and strategies by CBSE Toppers for scoring more than 90 percent

Hard work, strong will power, confidence, caliber, discipline, determination and strong desire to achieve something great in life are keys to succeed in our life. What can be the demarcation line for being successful? Is it to get full marks? Is it to develop better understanding of prescribed syllabus? Is it to get admission in reputed educational institutions? CBSE New Delhi announced class 10th & 12th result a few days back. Thousands of students scored more than 95 marks. A number of students scored 100 percent marks in different subjects in all over India.  To score 100% marks is undoubtedly a great difficult task for anyone. Scoring 100% marks in any board, in any examination, and in any country is a result of discipline, determination and consistent hard work. Is it a mystery? Is it a myth or magic to get the highest marks?

When a student scores the highest marks in an entrance test, in a board examination, in a class test and in a competitive examination qualifier test, then several common questions strike in our mind i.e.

How did she/he plan for the test?

How did she/he prepare for the test?

How did she/he manage time for the test?

How did she/he study for the test?

What types of textual materials she/he reads for the test?

How did she/he prepare notes for the test?

What was the role of parents during study?

How did she/he handle examination stress and pressure?

A common man may have thousands of queries and questions about a successful man but one common characteristic behind every successful man is his zeal to work hard consistently. Each and every successful man endorses the beauty of consistent hard work. Students, school, teachers, parent and neighbors have high expectation for board result. Student works hard from day 1st at the beginning of new academic session. S/he has high expectation and high aspiration to achieve the highest score among thousands of students.


Students work hard day and night to score good marks. In fact, an examination is not final destination for students; however it leads towards a goal to live a respectful life during the result time. Good result is a symbol of self respect. Good result boosts up student’s confidence. It is indeed a reward for his/her hard work and consistent attitude. Good result is instant energy for students, parents, schools, teachers and other society members. It is in fact positive rays for all other stakeholders. Life never ends after an examination, but surely its results have long lasting positive and negative impact on students and other stakeholders.  (परीक्षा के बाद जीवन कभी खत्म नहीं होता है, लेकिन निश्चित रूप से इसके परिणाम छात्रों और अन्य हितधारकों पर लंबे समय तक सकारात्मक और नकारात्मक प्रभाव डालते हैं। राजीव रंजन)

Learning is a complex phenomenon. Any learning demands self interests, inquisitiveness, positive attitude, agility, diligence and determination at any stages of life. If we want to achieve great score in an examination, we need to work hard from day 1st of a new academic session. We need to work on complete syllabus. Each and every subject’s lessons are equally importance so we should leave a learning topic untouched on the mercy of God. CBSE class 10th and 12th shared their wisdom on different occasion. Surely we can learn from these great performers. What do national level toppers think and how did they execute their planning for achieving highest marks in board examinations?

Complete “Syllabus”

Learning part and portion of a syllabus is incomplete way for an examination preparation. Syllabus is designed to cover in a certain period. Proper planning and execution of planning with the help of good study materials can help students to achieve good score. Good students study complete prescribed syllabus. They try to develop better understanding of complete syllabus. One of the CBSE class 10th topper SreeLakshmi said that there was no big secret to her method of preparation and that the ‘good-ol-completing’ the syllabus at the time was the trick was the only principle she stuck to. She added that she never deprived herself of breaks, music, and movies in order to focus on her studies. Sukriti Gupta (99.4%) from Delhi CBSE Topper Class XII 2016 advised to “follow NCERT books strictly, not fall into study 14 hours a day trap and not expect any last minute miracles”.

“Self study”


Basically there is no alternative to hard work. Proper time management and proper practice help an individual to feel the beauty of being a successful person. One of the toppers of class10th CBSE board examination Prakhar stated that he did not take any tuition. He believed in self study. He insisted that there is no need to study so many hours for scoring the highest marks only we need to study with full focus and concentration. Rimzhim Agarwal CBSE Topper Class X 2018 said she was expecting this “kind of result” since she had given her best and had good expectations for her scores. Through the year, she refrained from joining any tuition classes and opted for self-study at home.  Sreelakshmi G CBSE Topper Class X 2018 insisted that One needs to study from Day 1. Never rely on tomorrow and study every day. This was my main motto and this is how I motivated myself throughout the year. My school teachers were very helpful as they taught me everything with patience. I gave regular mock tests during the days leading up to my board exams.” Bhumi(99.4%) CBSE Topper Class XII 2017 stated in an interview “I was flexible with my routine. I used to study for 4-5 hours daily and revise my lessons regularly.” Aditya (99.2%) CBSE Topper Class XII 2017 shared his success mantra in an interview. He said, “”Dedication and commitment towards studies from the very beginning is important. You have to study hard and not leave it for the last 2-3 months before the exams.”  He said having a time-table and giving equal weightage to every subject are very important.

You don’t need tuition. Hard work and focus is enough, says Mohammad Ismat, CBSE, 12th Board, All-India Topper, 2012. Further he added “I did not take private tuition nor was my family able to afford expensive reference books. Instead I gained knowledge from library books and whatever I was taught inside the classroom. I think that, by itself, is enough for someone to do well in their exams. M Gayatri CBSE Topper Class XII 2015 (Delhi region) is a firm believer of doing self study. To get that kind of result Gayatri said she put in 6 hours of daily study, divided into 2 hours in the morning and 4 in the evening.

We can score high marks with consistent efforts. Self study is the best method of learning. It is complete one to one interaction to the self with the help of textbook. Self study helps us to develop an insight for the self and the syllabus.

Consistent Hard Work

Develop a habit for reading consistently for whole year; no matter even if only two hours 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. Bhumi(99.4 %) CBSE Topper Class XII 2017 shared her success secret stating, “She never put herself under any kind of pressure “but remained focused on what I had to do. Consistent study is important. I never thought too much about the results. I knew I had put in hard work and was confident of doing well. My hard work has paid off”.

Planning and Preparation

Science student Nikhil Chaturvedi(98.2%) CBSE Topper Class XII 2012 shared, “It really doesn’t matter how long you study or what you study, it is about how.” It depends from person to person. Most of good students prepare ahead for developing learning authenticity on prescribed syllabus. They develop a nice time management skill. Smart students know their own nomenclature for completing several tasks within the time. .

 Previous Year Question Papers

Bhumi Sawant (99.4 %) CBSE Topper Class XII 2017 shared her success secret and stated that she had solved a lot of CBSE sample papers and practice papers before the exams. Practice is the key to success. No matter how much you study, you can’t score well in board exam until and unless you have not practiced with pen and paper before appearing for the exam. Therefore, it is important that you must solve as many sample papers as you can before appearing for the actual exam.  Somuya Patel UP Board Class 12th topper 2016 insisted that solving previous year papers boosted her level of preparation. When you will go through previous year papers, you will find that some concepts are frequently asked in board exams, every year. You need to track such important concepts from every chapter and go through them as they might be asked again in board exam. Raksha Gopal (99.6%) CBSE Topper Class XII 2017 shared her experience with media persons and told them that she focused well her subjects and solved as many papers as she could. It is important that students should focus on doing well in each and every exam.

Never remain in doubt.

If you dont understand something, always ask for clarifications instead. If you are clear with all your concepts then the last few months of revision will be easier and serve more as a kind of reinforcement. Mohammad Ismat, CBSE, 12th Board, All-India Topper, 2012. Classroom is the best place to clear our doubts in different subjects. Subject teacher can be the best resource person to enter into “doubt clearance zone”.

 Social Media Platform

21st century Geo Data enabled generations find very hard to keep away from social media sharing and caring. Their intrinsic and outer motivation heavily depends on likes and comments they get after photo sharing/selfi sharing on different social media platform i.e. Face book, Whatsapp, Twitter and Instagram.  Good students sacrifice their intrinsic motivation and control their impulsive emotions to keep themselves away from social media platform for achieving something high in their life. They consider social media platform as attention destroyer and time killer. 10th topper Yana Gupta who scored the highest in Jaipur (98.8%) said that she did not like having a mobile phone and did not operate any social media accounts. She stayed away from social media as she isn’t interested in it. She told that “she had studied for four hours after school, and that, I feel, is enough if you are regular,” she said. “I don’t have an account on any of the social media platforms.” CBSE Class XIIth Toppers in 2017 shared a common thing about the use of social media. They told that they avoided use of social media. In fact, they considered it as wastage of time. Bhumi(99.4%), Aditya (99.2%)and Mannat (99.2%)used their mothers’ mobile phones to get information on social media and were not given personal mobile phones by their parents. “Social media indulgence wastes a lot of time. I did not use any application,” says Mannat Luthra.

Each individual is unique in this world. No one is similar to anyone. Learning is also a unique and complex phenomenon. Magic seldom occurs in a life of warrior. Warrior believes in preparing, planning and executing everything at right time and at right place. Warrior works very hard consistently for getting his desired goal. Wise student believes in himself. No barriers and no difficult circumstances stop a warrior to win the battle. Be a warrior! Just execute your planning in a right direction to achieve your target. You Can!

 Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist


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