CBSE Class 10 : Social Science Exam Pattern 2020 with Preparation Tips by Experts

Social Science is one of the most important subjects in CBSE Class 10. But, generally students consider it as a dreadful and boring subject as it requires covering a vast syllabus for annual examinations. They find it difficult to memorize various facts, dates, places and terminologies occurring in Social Science course. However, Social Science is not as difficult as it appears. One can easily score more than 90 marks in Social Science exam if prepared in a methodical and planned manner. To make the right preparation strategy, you first need to understand the pattern of examination of Class 10 Social Science. With examination pattern you can understand the format of theory examination and internal assessment scheme. It gives you the insight into the different things to be covered for both these components of the exam.

We will discuss here the latest examination pattern of CBSE Class 10 Social Science to take a look into the question paper design, type of questions, marking scheme, components of internal assessment and other necessary details required for the preparation of CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam 2020.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam Pattern 2020

For CBSE Class 10 Social Science, students are assessed on the basis of an annual board examination of 80 marks and the internal assessment of 20 marks. 

CBSE Class 10 Social Science question paper in Board Exam 2020 will consist of total 35 questions divided into three sections – A, B and C.

Section A: Objective Type Questions

This section will consist of 20 questions of different formats like

  • Match the column type questions
  • Very short answer type questions
  • Multiple choice type questions
  • Fill in the blank type questions
  • Picture based questions

All questions in this section will carry one mark each.

Section B: Short Answer Type Questions

This section will comprise of 8 questions (from 21 to 28) of three marks each. Students would be required to answer each question in about 80 words.

Section C: Long Answer Type Questions

This section will comprise of 6 questions (from 29 to 34) of five marks each. Students would be required to answer each question in about 120 words.

Map Based Question

Question number 35 will be a map question of 6 marks with two parts:

  • 35 a. from History carrying 2 marks
  • 35 b. from Geography carrying 4 marks

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Question Paper 2020 will not have any overall choice. However, internal choices will be provided for

  • 5 questions of Section A
  • 4 questions of Section B
  • 2 questions of Section C

Now, as you have gone through the question paper format, next you need to know the weightage of different chapters/units as a part of the examination pattern.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam 2020: Unit-wise weightage

Class 10 Social Science is divided into four divisions namely: History, Geography, Political Science and Economics. Below is the weightage distribution of all these divisions for CBSE Exam 2020:

Units Unit Name Marks
I India and the Contemporary World - II 20
II Contemporary India - II 20
III Democratic Politics - II 20
IV Understanding Economic Development 20
- Total 80

Students must go through the latest CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus to know the contents of all the four units mentioned above. As the CBSE exam question papers will be entirely based on the syllabus prescribed by the board for current academic session.

Along with familiarising the pattern of board examination, students should also know the components of Internal Assessment which will contribute maximum 20 marks towards the final 100 marks of the examination.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science: Components of Internal Assessment

Passing Criteria in CBSE Class 10 Examination 2020

For last two years, CBSE has relaxed the norms for class 10 students to pass the board examinations. According to the passing criteria being followed for class 10, students are required to secure overall 33 per cent marks(both internal assessment and Board examination taken together) in each subject to be eligible to pass that subject.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam 2020: Check below some important tips to make effective preparation for the examination

  • Start your preparations in methodical manner for all four parts of class 10 Social Science; History, Geography, Political Science and Economics. Try to prepare them starting with the lengthiest part first in which you have to cram the facts more than understanding the concepts. History can be the best option to start with followed by Political Science, then Geography and Economic in last.
  • Read the NCERT book thoroughly as all the questions in paper will be from this book only.
  • Practise map marking on regular basis. You can take help of previous year question papers and sample papers to know important map based questions.
  • Learn and revise dates and events with the help of flow charts.
  • Learn the long answers by breaking them into bulleted points.
  • Do not miss to attempt previous year question papers if you want to score maximum marks in upcoming exam.

 

 

 

31 December, 2019, 12:39 pm

CBSE 10th Board Exam 2020 : Chapter wise Important English Objective Questions

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced a major modification in the Class 10 exam pattern from 2020. CBSE plans to introduce more MCQs in the board exams. As per the new exam pattern, at least 25% of the Class 10 English question paper is expected to contain MCQs.

While students might perceive it as unchallenging or feel relaxed thinking they don’t need to write descriptive answers, cracking these still requires a lot of hard work and practice. Answering these questions correctly requires a lot of critical thinking. CBSE Board Class 10 English Objective Questions will help the students with this.

Download Chapter wise English Objective Questions

Chapter Download
1. Two Gentlemen of Verona Click Here
2. Mrs Packletides Tigers Click Here
3. The Letter Click Here
4. A Shady Plot Click Here
5. Patol Babu Film Star Click Here
6. Virtually True Click Here
7. The Frog and the Nightingale Click Here
8. Mirror Click Here
9. Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments Click Here
10. Ozymandias Click Here
11. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Click Here
12. Snake Click Here
13. The Dear Departed Click Here
14. Julius Caesar Click Here
15. The Story of My Life Click Here
16. Diary of a Young Girl Click Here

 

 

 

28 December, 2019, 2:43 pm

CBSE Class 10 : Social Science Map Pointing

In CBSE Class 10 Social Science paper, map questions also carry a good weightage. So, students should prcatice locating different places on the political map of India. The map questions in CBSE Class 10 Social Science paper are asked to test a student’s ability of observing and analysing the hidden content on the map.

Here we have enlisted some important map questions (from both History and Geography) which students must revise before the exam. To help students easily point out the places or regions on the map, we have mentioned the state name which a particular place or region belongs to. It will hardly take 30-45 minutes for students to practice these map questions by locating places on the Indian map.

Chapters Download
History Map Work Skills
1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe Click Here
2. The Nationalist Movement in Indo-China Click Here
3. Nationalism in India Click Here
4. The Making of Global World Click Here
5. The Age of Industrialisation Click Here
Geography Map Work Skills
1. Resource and Development Click Here
2. Forest and Wildlife Resources Click Here
3. Water Resources Click Here
4. Agriculture Click Here
5. Minerals and Energy Resources Click Here
6. Manufacturing Industries Click Here
7. Lifelines of National Economy Click Here

Important Map Questions

History - Outline Political Map of India

In History, practice marking important places mentioned in the chapter - Nationalism in India.

Identify the features on the outline political map of India, with the help of the following information and write their correct names on the lines marked near them:

  • The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held in December 1920 - Nagpur (Maharashtra)
  • The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held in September 1920 - Calcutta (West Bengal)
  • The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held in 1927 - Madras (Now known as Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu)
  • The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held in 1929 - Lahore (Pakistan)
  • The place where Gandhiji organised ‘Satyagraha’ in favour of cotton mill workers - Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  • The place associated with peasants’ Satyagraha - Kheda  (Gujarat)
  • Name the State where the Indigo planters organised Satyagraha - Champran in Bihar
  • The City associated with Jallianwala Bagh incident - Amritsar (Punjab)
  • The place where Gandhiji violated the salt law - Dandi (Gujarat)
  • The place where the Civil Disobedience Movement was started - Sabarmati Ashram (Gujarat)
  • The place where Non- Cooperation Movement ended abruptly due to violence - Chauri-Chaura (Uttar Pradesh)

Geography - Outline Political Map of India

In Geography, practice marking the places famous for steel and iron more fields, major dam projects, airports, etc. This will not only help you score well in map-based questions but will also help you remember various geographical details.

Locate and label the following with appropriate symbols on the same given outline political map of India:

Dams

  • Salal Project - Jammu and Kashmir
  • Tungabhadra Dam - Karnatka
  • Rana Pratap Sagar Dam - Rajasthan
  • Hirakund Dam - Odisha
  • Tehri Dam - Uttrakhand
  • Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - Telangana

Iron and Steel Plant

  • Bhadravati Iron and Steel Plant - Karnataka
  • Vijayanagar Iron and Steel Industry - Karnataka
  • Durgapur Iron and Steel Plant - West Bengal
  • Bokaro Iron and Steel Plant - Jharkhand
  • Jamshedpur Iron and Steel Plant - Jharkhand
  • Raurkela Iron and Steel Plant - Odisha
  • Bhilai Iron and Steel Plant - Chhattisgarh

Cotton Textile Industry

  • Kanpur Cotton Textile Industry - Uttar Pradesh
  • Madurai Cotton Textile Industry - Tamil Nadu
  • Mumbai Cotton Textile Industry - Maharashtra
  • Indore Cotton Textile Industry - Madhya Pradesh
  • Ahmedabad Cotton Textile Industry - Gujarat
  • Surat Cotton Textile Industry - Gujarat
  • Coimbatore Cotton Textile Industry - Tamil Nadu
  • Kolkata Software Technology Park - West Bengal

Software Technology Parks

  • Gandhinagar Software Technology Park - Gujarat
  • Noida Software Technology Park - Uttar Pradesh
  • Indore Software Technology Park - Madhya Pradesh
  • Jaipur Software Technology Park - Rajasthan

Nuclear Power Plant

  • Naraura Nuclear Power Plant - Uttar Pradesh
  • Rawat Bhata Nuclear Power Plant - Rajasthan
  • Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant - Maharashtra
  • Namrup Thermal Power Plant - Assam

Airports:

  • Raja Sansi - Amritsar
  • Indira Gandhi International - Delhi
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji - Mumbai
  • Meenam Bakkam - Chennai
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose - Kolkata
  • Rajiv Gandhi - Hyderabad

Major Sea Ports

  • Tuticorin Major Sea Port - Tamil Nadu
  • Kochi Major seaport - Kerala
  • Kandla Major seaport - Kutch, Gujarat 

 

 

 

27 December, 2019, 3:30 pm

CBSE 10th Board Exam 2020 : Chapter wise Social Science Objective Questions

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced a major modification in the Class 10 exam pattern from 2020. CBSE plans to introduce more MCQs in the board exams. As per the new exam pattern, at least 25% of the Class 10 Social Science question paper is expected to contain MCQs.

While students might perceive it as unchallenging or feel relaxed thinking they don’t need to write descriptive answers, cracking these still requires a lot of hard work and practice. Answering these questions correctly requires a lot of critical thinking. CBSE Board Class 10 Social Science Objective Questions will help the students with this.

Download Chapter wise Social Science Objective Questions

Chapter Download
1. HIS - The Rise of Nationalism in Europe Click Here
2. HIS - Nationalism in India Click Here
3. HIS - The Making of a Global World Click Here
4. HIS - The Age of Industrialisation Click Here
5. HIS - Print Culture and the Modern World Click Here
6. GEO - Resources and Development Click Here
7. GEO - Forest and Wildlife Resources (PT Only) Click Here
8. GEO - Water Resources (PT only) Click Here
9. GEO - Agriculture Click Here
10. GEO - Minerals and Energy Resources Click Here
11. GEO - Manufacturing Industries Click Here
12. GEO - Life Lines of National Economy Click Here
13. POL - Power Sharing Click Here
14. POL - Federalism Click Here
15. POL - Democracy and Diversity (PT only) Click Here
16. POL - Gender Religion and Caste Click Here
17. POL - Popular Struggles and Movements (PT only) Click Here
18. POL - Political Parties Click Here
19. POL - Outcomes of Democracy Click Here
20. POL - Challenges to Democracy (PT only) Click Here
21. ECO - Development Click Here
22. ECO - Sectors of the Indian Economy Click Here
23. ECO - Money & Credit Click Here
24. ECO - Globalisation Click Here
25. ECO - Consumer Rights (Project only) Click Here

 

 

 

26 December, 2019, 12:42 pm

CBSE 10th Board Exam 2020 : Chapter wise Science Objective Questions

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced a major modification in the Class 10 exam pattern from 2020. CBSE plans to introduce more MCQs in the board exams. As per the new exam pattern, at least 25% of the Class 10 Science question paper is expected to contain MCQs.

While students might perceive it as unchallenging or feel relaxed thinking they don’t need to write descriptive answers, cracking these still requires a lot of hard work and practice. Answering these questions correctly requires a lot of critical thinking. CBSE Board Class 10 Science Objective Questions will help the students with this.

Download Chapter wise Science Objective Questions

Chapter Download
1. Chemical Reactions & Equations Click Here
2. Acids Bases & Salts Click Here
3. Metals & Non-Metals Click Here
4. Carbon & its Compounds Click Here
5. Periodic Classification of Elements Click Here
6. Life Processes Click Here
7. Control & Coordination Click Here
8. How do Organisms Reproduce Click Here
9. Heredity & Evolution Click Here
10. Light Reflection & Refraction Click Here
11. Human Eye & Colourful World Click Here
12. Electricity Click Here
13. Magnetic Effects of Electric Current Click Here
14. Sources of Energy Click Here
15. Our Environment Click Here
16. Management of Natural Resources Click Here

 

 

 

21 December, 2019, 1:08 pm

Why Pre Boards are Important Before Board Exam CBSE 2020

With the year coming to an end, fear of board exam is something hovering over the students. However, even before the CBSE board exam in March, here comes the knocking pre-boards.

Rightly named, pre-boards as these are “preliminary exams” that serve as a precursor for students to experience the intricacies of the board exam setup.

Pre-boards are the mock exams conducted at school-level, and difficulty level of question paper and exam pattern are generally of the same level of actual board exams.

The idea of mock exam before the boards may seem redundant to a few, but, its sole purpose is to help students gauge their preparation level and to make them aware of board level question paper.

Pre Boards Make Students Serious for Board Exams

The only purpose of grilling session in pre-board exam is to bring out seriousness amongst the candidates. The exams are planned to offer a demo experience of the board exams.

The question paper exposes students to various types of difficulties they may face while attempting the actual answers. The exam is like a practice session to make students serious for upcoming board exams. The result of these internal exams will help you realize which subjects require more attention.

Help Track Your Performance

Pre boards are meant for evaluating your performance. Students can utilize the pre-boards to track their performance. The question paper of pre-board is a replica of board exams.

You must carefully evaluate each subject’s question paper as it will not only help in pinpointing any shortcomings in your revision, but will also further strengthen the areas where you already score well.

But you must not take any stress, even if the results are not good; to make it up for, push yourself harder each day by focusing on the topics in which you lag.

Try not to repeat your mistakes. You should revise seriously. If your pre-board marks are good, then, you should push yourself a little extra to get an excellent score.

Pre-Boards: An Indication of Your Preparation

Pre-board’s marks are only an indication of the current level of preparation. They are meant to prepare one to face the final board exam with confidence and ultimately enable students to score more marks.

The performance of students in pre-boards greatly reflects their preparedness for upcoming board exams. Getting 55%, 65% or may be 80% is a clear indicator of your preparedness level but not your full and final score. 

Your pre-boards marks reveal where you stand in the competition and how much more effort is necessary to improve your marks.

Identify the Weak Areas:

As the board exams are coming nearer, the tension amongst students starts escalating about the syllabus completion and their preparation level. Therefore, pre-boards exams enable students in identifying their weak areas, understand the examination pattern, and work on their mode of preparation.

There is plenty of time between the board exams and pre-boards, which you can utilize to work upon the weaker section and revise the stronger areas of syllabus at glance.

Board Level Question Paper and Strict Checking

Schools generally set the pre-board’s question paper following the pattern of question paper of CBSE board. It makes the student feel confident to do best ultimately in the board exams. Pre boards are essentially a sort of revision to make you students accustomed to the pattern of the board exam level paper.

Since the pre-board exams are conducted at school-level, teachers often push students to do their best. Schools also follow an alternate system to check the answer sheets. Checking is stricter in Pre boards to bring out better outcomes in the finals. This way students can realize how effective their preparation-level is so far.

What to do and what not?

Pre-board exams are conducted by schools by creating real time scenario similar to the CBSE annual board exams. Students must treat them like real board exams.

The smartest approach towards preparing for Pre-boards would be to take up every subject individually. Before taking the pre-boards, you must revise every chapter and topics in it. For this, you must focus on NCERT textbooks. Make sure that you are familiar with all the concepts in a particular chapter before moving onto the next.

Systematic study schedule is the key to success. Therefore, is essential to make a proper time-table that covers entire syllabus. You need to strictly follow this schedule and stick to it till your final exams.

Break down the number of days left for the examination and assign two-three topics from every subject to each day. Plan your study schedule in a way that you have enough time for revision of each topic. Also, you must everyday goals set and try to meet them.

Never try to mug any topic. Also, do not skip any portion, instead clear your doubts from difficult topics before going for pre-boards.

Note down all the important formulas and keep revising them at leisure to ensure they are fresh in your memory. You can also prepare flash cards for the same. It will help you prepare well for the Pre-Boards as well as for the CBSE Board Examination 2020.

Finally, Is Pass / Fail Important in The Pre-Board Exams?

Not at all! As said earlier that pre-boards are the only indication of your preparedness towards actual board exam. This should not be a reason to lose confidence in the preparation because marks of pre-boards do not determine your final score.

Pre-boards are meant to teach students that there is always a scope for improvement. You must contemplate over your pre-board marks, but not get too stressed out if you don’t do well.

Do not panic; however, push yourself harder to score better in the final examination. Taking stress is completely useless.  Instead, discuss with your teachers how your answer sheet could have been improved.

Lastly, it is important to believe in yourself. You must opt for a focused attitude as there is still time to improve your performance. You can score better in final exams if you learn from your mistakes in pre-boards. So prepare well the entire syllabus to boost your chances of success in the board examinations.

 

 

 

20 December, 2019, 11:55 am

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