If you are here then you must be looking for some effective tips from toppers over the years. In this page, you will find my best tips that can help you score good marks in the CBSE Class 10 Science Board Paper without stressing out till the last day.
Scoring marks is not hard. But Science is a subject with three widely different subjects inside- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. To achieve a better understanding of each subject and then attempt the paper, you need to be consistent and dedicated to the curriculum.
So, let’s learn how you can score 99% marks in CBSE Class 10 Science Board Examination by attempting the paper efficiently, like I did!
ATTEMPTING THE PAPER
There are some specific ways that you must follow to attempt the CBSE Class 10 Science Board Paper. This includes keeping the following things in mind.
- 15-Minute Hack: Make most of the 15 minutes given before the exam and read the whole paper thoroughly.
- Paper Pattern: Read and try to understand the division of sections and marks given in the beginning of the paper.
- Internal Choices: Look for internal choices and mark the questions you think you can answer the best.
- Sections Order: Decide which section you will need to answer first so that you can manage your time in the best way.
- Word Limit: Do not exceed the word limit for any question. This will help you save time.
- Supplementary Information: Add diagrams, numericals or reactions wherever necessary if the question is 3m or more.
- Good Handwriting: Your answers are of no use if they are not legible. So, make sure you don’t rush into writing all the answers.
- Revise at the End: Leave some time to analyse the questions you were confused about.
Further, you must study the paper pattern in detail. Read the tips given to learn how to attempt each section of the Science paper capably.
- Objective Questions: The Science Board Paper will have MCQs, VSAs, Assertion Reason, and Case-based questions.
- Do not spend more than 1-2 minute per question.
- Read every question carefully and then only choose the answer (in case of MCQ/A/R).
- In MCQ, If unsure, follow the rule of elimination to come up with the right option.
- In A/R questions, you can put each statement in individual perspective and you will know if they can be true or false.
- For Case-based questions, you can directly answer the MCQs by searching for relevant info in the passage only. This will save you some time in reading the whole passage.
- Only write what is asked to get full marks in VSA. No need to write extra unless you are unsure in which case write extra to hit bullseye. Paper checker looks at the key value points to award full marks.
- Short Answer-type Questions (SA1 and SA2): This section will have 2m and 3m questions.
- Answer all the questions in bullets to present your answer to the point.
- Make sure you underline the key points to make it easy for the paper checker to understand your answers.
- Add diagrams, examples, and reactions wherever possible or needed.
- Always stick to the point without deviating from what is asked in the question.
- Long Answer-type Questions: This section will include all 5m questions.
- Read every question and their parts carefully and answer them one by one.
- Provide more than 5 points minimum for characteristics/features or process related questions to score full marks.
- Re-check if you have not left out any part from a question. A very common mistake!
CBSE provides us with great resources, such as Sample Papers, Practice Papers and Marking Scheme Solutions. These resources give us the perfect tips on how to attempt the paper and answer the different types of questions in the paper.
Given below are the tips that I understood and used in attempting my paper to score 99 in Science.
After reading and understanding the question paper, you must be focussed on attempting the Physics questions as follows.
- Conceptual Questions: In board exams, theory-related questions are asked the most. They are based on remembering and understanding style. Attempt them in simple language with the use of bullets and underline important keywords.
- Formula-based Questions: After solving numericals or any formula-based questions, read and analyse them for any mistakes in the calculations, formulas, and unit representation. You lose half to 1m easily for such calculation mistakes.
- Questions with Diagrams: Draw diagrams wherever necessary, especially in long answer-type questions (5 marks). Make sure they are neatly drawn with detailed labelling in BOLD letters.
Honestly, I don’t like Chemistry that much. But I tried to stay focussed on completing the curriculum before revision time. Then, I attempted all the Chemistry questions in the paper according to the following tips.
- Conceptual Questions: In Chemistry, theory questions mostly include definitions and Biology concepts. So, to clearly present your level of understanding, write all the answers in bullets and underline important keywords.
- Chemical Reactions and Common Names: After writing all the chemical reactions and common names, read them at least twice. Look for any mistakes in the compound names, balancing numbers, etc.
- Nomenclature: This type of question must be attempted very carefully as silly mistakes can be made easily. Recall the method you have used and read the answers to correct any misspellings.
While attempting the Biology questions, I kept the following things in mind:
- Conceptual Questions: Make sure you explain the definitions, functions, and other theory-related terms in detail but stick to the point.
- Terminologies: The Biology terms can be hard to learn. So, when you write them in your paper, read them at least twice. This will help you avoid losing marks on spelling mistakes.
- Diagrams: Adding examples and diagrams in lengthy questions is a great practice. However, each diagram must be clearly drawn with detailed labelling in BOLD letters.
Scoring good marks is not that hard. Just make sure that you have all the right study material and resources available (my complete revision solution was the EDUCART FINAL REVISION OF ALL SUBJECTS 2021).
Also, cover as many CBSE Sample Papers, Previous Year Papers, and Practice Papers as you can. Lastly, do not stress out; you have the whole year to follow these tips.