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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

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’

Rajeev Ranjan

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How to score good marks in Social Science/Exam Preparation Tips and Tricks for Student

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.

Rajeev Ranjan

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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 positive and negative results have long lasting impact for students and other stakeholders.

Give equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry and Biology

NEET aspirants work very hard to qualify the entrance test. Thousands of students take coaching from reputed institutions in India. When we talk about the success story of entrance exam qualifiers and rank holders, we find a common characteristic among all from last 20 years that they equally give weightage  for three main subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Al three subjects are equally difficult and complex. When a student makes a great poise among three, they qualify entrance examination. When a student give importance to any two subjects for various reason and complete 3rd subject half heartedly then it becomes hard to qualify entrance test because no one know which one subject questions become difficult to solve easily. Since all subjects have same question numbers so focus should be through preparation of all three subjects.

Learn Complete Syllabus of Physics, Chemistry and Biology

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.

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Self Study Right Approach for Qualifying the Entrance Test

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. Self study is the best method of learning. It is complete one to one interaction with the help of textbook. Self study helps us to develop an insight for the self and syllabus. Several students shared that a student can surely qualify the entrance test with the help of honest self study, however further they added that if we wish to secure good ranks i.e. top 500 hundreds students, coaching institute really helps students in terms of rational preparation. Coaching institutes have their own well designed study materials, tips and techniques for students, well developed examination mock test offline and online for better preparation of students. Coaching institutes help students mentally as well as psychologically i.e. how to solve questions, how to distribute times and how to handle exam pressures etc. The real fact lies in the capability and capacity of students to consistently work hard for qualifying the test.

Develop a habit for reading consistently for whole year

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.

Solving Previous Years of Question Paper and Appearing for Mock Test at an Interval

Solving previous years of question papers is a game changing activity for qualifying an entrance test. Previous years question paper provides an insight for each and every aspirant. We get confidence while practicing. Solving previous year question paper is real assessment of our learning and hard work. We evaluate ourselves and re-plan our learning and learning methodology well in advanced before the final examination. We consult our mentor and subject expert. We discuss our problems with them to sort out. We work hard on the basis of subject expert assessment and our own evaluation. Solving previous years of question papers is authenticating our learning for the final examination.

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

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Hard work is a key to success. 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.

Wise students do regular study right from the beginning of an academic session. They develop their own study skill for developing better understanding. They fight with themselves to perform better in an examination system. They set their own target to achieve in a day to day life.

Wise students develop a better understanding of Question Pattern. Basic concept never changes. Language of question may be easy/complex/difficult but answer of that question belongs to basic concept.  A student who knows Newton’s 3 Law of Motion can give all questions’ answer based on this concept. We should try to understand the language of question.

Concrete biopsy of Question Paper Pattern

  1. Prepare a list of potentials and prospective questions based on study, nature of questions of previous years, teachers’ hint etc

Wise student analyzes question pattern of an exam. He prepares a list of potential and prospective questions based on previous year and on complete prescribed syllabus.

  1. A question paper consists of different types of questions:-

Questions pattern (a) Factual (b) Inferential(c) Analytical

  • Multiple choice questions
  • True and false
  • Matching questions
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Distinguishes between two similar or opposite nature
  • One word answer
  • Descriptive (Essay/Article)
  • HOTS
  • Many more according to need, and objective of the examination

Previous years question papers will give an insight about the nature of questions

Language of questions

Important questions repeatedly asked in consecutive years

  1. Writing practice in solving a set of question paper within a time frame

Wise students prepare a list of probable questions and do more and more practice to make a command on them. When a child appears for a board examination i.e. matriculation/ intermediate/advance intermediate; s/he should practice on a complete question set and try to solve it within a time frame. It helps student to develop a better understanding and more writing practice has great psychological and physiological effect. Students gain self confidence and self realization for taking a step of correction for improving weak points of learning.

It is better to discuss about the quality content of answer with peers/friends. It is beneficial for both the students i.e. evaluator and writer. Sometimes, student should read his own written answer script. Student gets an insight if s/he reads his own answer script. Student should re-read it after a gap of 5-6 hours so that mind works actively at that time and he would be able to identify mistakes which a student may do in extreme pressure.

Dos & Don’t

Believe in yourself. You have inborn ability and capacity to learn

Believe in yourself. You can perform well in the examination

Believe in your gained knowledge of subjects during academic year

Take care of your health during examination

@ Drink Enough Water

@ Do Breakfast Regularly and on time

@ Take Healthy Diets

Practice according to your own capacity

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

Follow healthy habits and learn from each and every experience in life

Fix a comfortable place for study i.e. chair, table or other things

Proper light and fresh air ***

Prepare a time table suitable to your ability, capacity, persistent and consistent nature

Develop a habit for reading consistently for whole year; no matter even if only one hour in a day

Have all your materials ready before you begin study-pencils, pens, papers, books, notebooks, notes or other study related materials

Do not depend on others; work at your own pace

Do not waste your time with friends for collecting new notes on untouched topics day before examination

Do not learn any new material the night before the examination

Keep yourself engaged for a short while with your social or other recreational activities. (***** Warning it must be for a short period***** otherwise ***)


Enjoy your life with your favorite hobbies (listening music, dancing, walking, driving, sleeping, cooking, running, drawing etc). No stars will fall upon us if we celebrate some moments in exam time or before an examination.

A warrior practices well before war for developing his self confidence and positive winning spirit. Neither he worries for past, nor he prepares future plan. He only fights with total integrity. Integration of body, mind and soul determine the success.

 Restore, Refresh, Relax, Rejoice, & Rejuvenate yourself

Rajeev Ranjan

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