CBSE Board Exam 2021 : Importance of word limit in exam writing

Every question in the board exams has a preset word limit that a student should not cross. This article will let you know the importance of adhering to the prescribed word limit in CBSE board exams. You will know how to write answers according to the prescribed word limit and how it can help you secure good marks.

Writing answers appropriately in CBSE Board Exams requires proper planning. Each word in an answer should convey precise information. Some students believe in the myth that the longer the answers, the more you score in the exam. However, long and irrelevant sentences included in the answers not only waste your time during the exam but also brings your score down. We have discussed below a few important points on adhering to the proper word limit for short and long answer type questions in CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board Exams.

Q. Is it important to adhere to the word limit that is prescribed in the CBSE exam papers?

Ans. There is a reason why the word limit has been assigned to every question in the CBSE board exams. Actually, they want you to write a crisp and precise answer, but not the meaningless stories. Try to stay as close to it as it's all subjective. I mean, if you have finished your word limit, you can still continue for another 4-5 lines to reflect the extent of your knowledge of the topic. Though the examiner is not going to count the number of words and penalize you for crossing the word limit. But sometimes crossing it with a few more words can bring your marks down if these words do not meet the requirement of the question. The same may happen in case if you write too little. It is all subjective and is up to the teacher. The teacher/examiner always looks for the right keywords in context with the question. 

It’s still okay if you overshoot the word limit or are short of a few words, just make sure it isn't noticeable enough. Thus, as per the official guidelines outlined by CBSE for teachers checking the answer copies of board exams, no marks should be deducted for crossing the word limit. The only things to be emphasized while checking the answer scripts are concise, logical, and organized answers.

In addition to this, it’s important for you not to cross the word limit as writing more words will take away more of the time allotted for writing the exam. Thus, you would be left with insufficient time to complete the remaining questions, losing those important marks for you.



30 January, 2021, 12:28 pm

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CBSE Board Exam 2021 : 11 Tips to Score Maximum Marks

Here are the following tips and strategies that you should follow for the board exam to score 90% marks:

1. Defeat Yourself.

Create two instances of yourself, first is your present and the second one is your past. Now play a game between your Present and your Past. Keep only one thing in your mind that you have to defeat your past at any cost. If you can’t do this then forget to score great in the board exams.

Keep defeating your previous percentage, your present has to be perfect than your past, in this way, you will surely achieve a good percentage in your board exam.

More than anything else, your target should be always to do better than you have ever done before.

Below pictures will show how your percentage stats should look like. If your stats are not going in this way then it is advised to concentrate more on the preparation of board exams.

This may look weird but you should make a statistical table(like above) of all previous marks and percentages of the individual subject. This will help you to find out how much you need to improve.

2. Stick with your syllabus book – Mind It.

Yes, We have seen a number of students running behind the big heavyweight reference books, and they underestimate their syllabus books like NCERT in the case of the CBSE board.

These syllabus books are the best to practice with. Have you ever noticed the high scoring students always stick to the syllabus textbooks and this is only because they know the true significance of that key to success book (syllabus textbooks)?

Reference books are good to study but only for those students who want to be a part of competitive exams after 12th class. But if you really want to score more percentage, then, you should stick with your syllabus textbooks.

All the syllabus books in any board exam are designed according to the strict syllabus and this has never happened in the history of board exams that a question has come out of the syllabus.

So, you should not go for the reference books, because you are preparing for class 12th, not to get selected in NASA.

3. Be careful with your weak points.

What are my weak points and how to make them strong? You should always keep this question in your mind while preparing for the board exams.

Take out your answer sheets of pre-boards and class tests etc, and take a deep look into your answers, find your mistakes, make a list of those mistakes for each and every subject. Ask yourself, will I repeat these mistakes in board exams too? No, say a big no, and start debugging your mistakes, do hard work on your mistakes, scratch them to their depths, take it as a mission to convert those weak points of yours into the stronger ones.

Is your handwriting filthy? try to make it better, if not 90 or 80% but at least 1%, but do work on it.

Is it organic chemistry? Learn it, read it, and make it happen. But do not underestimate it.

These are a sort of weak points, I am talking about in this section. Recovering from your weak points which are responsible for your deducted marks will surely put you on the track of scoring a great percentage in your board exams.

4. Time will kill your marks.

Yes, it is about time management here, this is one of the big factors responsible for marks. You are not a kid, every student knows the definition of time management, but only a few of them take it seriously while preparing for board exams.

It is your class 12th. You will never see the school again in your life and, believe me, you will never study again with such enthusiasm as you are doing right now. So, why not make this preparation more beautiful and smart by applying time management to it?

So, let us explain some important key points of time management for board exam preparation.

  1. If you do, stop sleeping 8 hours, make a healthy sleep of 5 to 6 hours only and save your 2 hours from there.

  2. Study the learning subjects like chemistry, Biology, Economics, etc in the morning time. This will help you to retain a long time memory of whatever you have learned while reading in the morning time.

  3. In school, take advantage of free time like sports period and curriculum activities. Practice logical subjects like Maths, Physics, Accounts, etc. Trust me, reading or practicing in the free time of your school will save a lot of time.

  4. In the last 3 months of your preparation, you should not join or continue things like coaching classes, etc. Use that time in self-study and making notes. Trust me, you will understand things way better by doing self-study.

  5. Study at least 8 hours a day, if you really want to score 90+ percentage in board exams. Because this is the only way which is required to achieve such a percentage.

  6. Divide the equal time of study with your main subjects. But do not forget to study subjects like Hindi, English, etc. because they can prove to be a real percentage booster.

So, overall, you have to study at least 8 hours a day and make it 9 to 10 hours on holidays like Sunday. This feels like crazy, studying with such madness, but the 90+ achievers did that and made their percentage possible.

5. Practicing from the sample and previous year's papers is the best way.

Don’t know why the students do not understand the value of old assets. Again a huge number of students are there who spend a big amount of money on reference books but they don’t even try to look at the previous year's papers.

Believe it or notprevious year papers act as a key to success in getting the mind-blowing percentage in your 12th class. Don’t waste your money on buying such costly and heavy books. The internet is ruling today where you can find anything, anytime.

For class 10th the last 5-year papers of the board exam are enough to practice for the final board exam. There are two board exam papers (CBSE) for each subject in class 10 because of SA1 and SA2. So you need to practice both SA1 and SA2. And for class 12th the last 10-year papers are enough to boost up the preparation for the final exam. Other board such as ICSE, ISC, UP board can get the previous year and sample papers from our sample question papers section.

Solving previous year question papers is like giving previous board exams. Take each and every year's question paper seriously and start solving them and feel like you are sitting in the examination hall of the board exam.

Do not go for answers directly without solving the question paper on your own completely, and after solving the question paper, look for the answers and be a checker for yourself. If you score 90+ marks on the very first question paper then congo you are already a genius.

But if not then look for the mistakes and repeat the third point above, Solving 10 such papers before the board exams will make you 10 times stronger to face the board exams.

Previous year papers are important because they will :

  1. Let you know the difficulty level of questions.

  2. Helps to figure out the repeating sequence of questions because some cute questions show their faces in every board exam.

  3. Helps to figure out your true level of securing marks.

So, do not waste your time and download the previous year papers above, if you haven’t. And start solving them. Also with solving the previous year's papers, you can practice sample papers and guess papers too. These papers also help to predict the future of your marks.

6. Don’t underestimate ENGLISH – especially CBSE students.

Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Accounts, Economics, blah, and blah. Dude, do you remember you have one more subject called English?

Not everyone but a huge number of students does not take this subject seriously and at the time of result, this subject becomes responsible for the drop in overall percentage.

Subjects like English can be used as a booster in making a high percentage, all you need to do is to study it, at least, a day a week. if you can maintain this, then surely this subject will support your percentage in a great way. Also, give special attention to handwriting while preparing for English. You will secure at least 5 marks just by working on your answer sheet presentation skills.

7. Do your answer sheet looks filthy after you finish the exam?

We are talking about 90+ percentage, it’s not a joke! Even a single mark can make a big difference to 89.9% and 90%, getting me?

So each and every activity matters while you are preparing for board exams. Neatness and cleanliness are one of them. Your answer sheet is the only thing on the basis of which you will get your marks, so everything related to your answer sheet matters. You must know how to write a perfect answer in the exam to get full marks because your way of writing makes an impact.

Practice making your answer sheet look great, do work on your handwriting if it is not too good. Take some tips from good students in your class about the presentations of the answer sheet. Also, take advice from your teachers. They will tell you the best about this scenario because some of them have experience in checking the answer sheets.

Underlining the important phrases in your answer sheet, making boxes around the answer in the case of Mathematics are some of the basic elements which should be used in making your answer sheet look neat and clean.

This neat and clean FUNDA will add worth up to 10 extra marks in your board exams, so why not work on it.

For CBSE students, it’s good news that they will get extra marks for writing innovative answers instead of the copied answer. Write answers in your own words with a different pattern by this method you can get extra marks in the exam. CBSE Board has decided to give extra marks for different and innovative answers.

8. The night just before the exam.

Yes, approx 10% of your marks depends on this night, make great use of this night, not in the study but in taking rest, making your mind feel relaxed.

I too have experienced this night in my life, the only thing I remembered today is the fear of board exams. What will happen tomorrow? How tougher will be the exam? These type of questions was eating my brain. Having that fear, I opened my notes and started revising important things. No one was there to guide me that what I was doing at that time was totally wrong.

I have experience now and thus, I can tell, what should you do that night.

  1. Make yourself forget that tomorrow is your exam, feel free like a bird.

  2. Do not ever try to revise your study stuff, as this is not one night fight.

  3. Sleep earlier as much as possible, and take a long sleep. This will help you to reset your brain and remember things more accurately at the time of the exam.

9. Things To Do and Not To Do on the exam day.

According to my 8th point, you should sleep earlier on the night just before the exam. Take a healthy sleep of 8 hours and get early in the morning. Open up your study stuff and make a quick revise of all the topics in a brief way.

Do not let your confidence down, when you find something is still to study. Let it be, do not ruin all other topics just because of that single thing.

You have faced 10th board and that gave you to experience for board exams. Do you remember that just before the exam was about to start, a number of students were struggling around with their notes, books, and other sorts of things? Maybe you were one of them.

So, did that struggle just before the exam helped you in any way? No, the answer is an absolute no, moreover, this activity makes more negative effects on marks. So do not ever study just before the exams.

Leave all your study material at home and go with a free and relaxed mind. Do not talk about the topics with friends, stand-alone somewhere and wait for the exam to start. All you need to do at this time is to make yourself more confident and stronger.

10. During the exam time.

First and important, before reading the question paper, feel and pretend that you are well familiar with each and every question and you know how to answer each question present in that question paper. This is a self-defense system and works very well. Thinking like this will make you even more positive and you will perform double for sure!

OK, now in advance 15 minutes, read out each and every question to its root, understand it, make a plan that how you will do that question. Read all the questions with the same focus, and then make a strategy that which questions will you attempt first.

I know that you will be stuck on some questions while reading them in advance 15 minutes, and this will make you a bit worried. But don’t panic at that moment, let it be, you will find a way to solve it later, do not struggle with that particular question, give other questions attention too.

Always attempt 5 marks questions first, the simple logic says, you cannot do 5 marks questions when there is a shortage of time and you have to finish the paper, but you can easily do 1 marks even 2 marks questions in lesser time. And this is the best practice when dealing with the questions.

Do each and every question with the same attention and the same focus because each question is important. Use similar writing and formatting throughout the answer sheet. And please do not make your answer sheet look bad in any way, keep using decorating items throughout the answer sheet.

Always take a pencil and a scale with you, make diagrams whenever possible while attempting the questions, your diagrams will make a great impression on the checker’s mind, so make it happen.

Time means marks, do not spend more time on doing a particular question, here the experience comes into play. The more the previous year or sample papers you have solved before, the clearer you will become about the time management on each question.

Be fully prepared with your stuff like a pen, pencil, rubber, scale, etc. Do not take chances, take everything in double amount, as each and every second is important here.

11. Don’t leave the exam hall soon, you are not done yet.

You have prepared for the board exam for an entire year and the hours of examination time are the last moments of those subjects in the 12th class, so do not let them go. Use these hours as much as possible in a good way.

Don’t be in a hurry to leave the examination hall after completing your exam, wait until the last second of the exam. Cross-check your answer sheet twice, thrice, and again and again. If you are thinking that you have done everything correctly then, you are absolutely wrong.

Find your silly mistakes and resolve them. Also, add small design elements to make your answer sheet look good. Cross-check your 1 mark questions again.

Add more important lines to the questions carrying more marks, read each and every answer of yours and if you feel any answer uncomfortable then do not hesitate to make it interesting.


21 January, 2021, 11:53 am

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CBSE 2021 Board Exam : Important Writing Formats For Scoring Full Marks

Many students writing CBSE Board Exams 2021 are coming up with questions related to tips for writing answers in the board exam. Check 3 important formats for writing answers.

In this article, we have provided some important tips for paper presentation & writing good answers in CBSE Board Exams 2021. Check complete articles to learn the art of writing perfect answers in CBSE Board Exams 2021.

Tips for writing good answers in CBSE Board Exams 2021:

1. Three Important Formats for Writing Answers in CBSE Board Exam (From CBSE Toppers’ Answer Sheets)

Format 1: For subjects like Science

Heading → Subheadings → Mains Points

This format was used by the student who scored maximum marks in Science subject. This format is suitable for answering theoretical questions in CBSE 10th Science Board Exam 2021 (except 1 mark and 2 marks questions where only one word or one line is required). Students of Class 12th Science (having Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as one of their subjects) can also use this format.

Format 2: For subjects like Social Science

Introduction → Main Content (Important Terms & Dates are Underlined) → Conclusion

This format is suitable for answering theoretical questions of subjects like Social Science (i.e. History, Civics, Geography, etc). Besides format 1, this is another important format for writing answers to long answer type questions in CBSE Board Exam 2021. In this format, you can begin your answer with an introduction, followed by the main content and then a final conclusion. In the main content, you can underline important keywords as shown in the image given above. 

Format 3: For subject like Mathematics

Given → To Prove or To Find → Formula & Main Steps → Final Answer

This format is best suited to answer questions of Mathematics subject. This format is also suitable for answering numerical problems of other subjects (like Physics, Chemistry, etc).

These are three important formats from CBSE Toppers’ Answer sheets. You can opt for any one of the above formats for writing good answers in CBSE Board Exams 2021.

2. Don’t Try to Solve Questions Sequentially

While analyzing answers sheets of CBSE Subject Toppers, we learned that some candidates sequentially attempted questions in the subject like Mathematics, whereas many candidates attempted questions sequentially in subjects like Hindi. No specific trends are observed when it comes to the order of attempts. 

3. Write relevant and to the point answers

Analysis of answer sheets of high scoring students also shows that they answered to the point. Let's learn the meaning of "to the point answer" with the help of an example. Suppose you are asked the write the advantages of nuclear energy but you are also explaining what is nuclear energy besides writing advantages then you are wasting your time. You only need to answer whatever is asked in the question.

These are tips for writing good answers in the CBSE Board Exam 2021.


16 January, 2021, 12:06 pm

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CBSE 10th & 12th Board Exams 2021 : 10 Important Points from Live Webinar of Officials

Dr Sanyam Bharadwaj (Controller of Exams, CBSE) & Ramesh Pokhriyal (Education Minister of India) have answered queries regarding CBSE 10th & 12th Date Sheet 2021, CBSE Syllabus, NEET 2021 & JEE Main 2021, reduction in syllabus etc., through live sessions. Here, we have interpreted their answers and compiled important points from their latest webinars or live online session. It will help students to get better clarity about the latest development and updates regarding exams and other arrangements.

⇒ No plans to further reduce CBSE Syllabus 2021 (Theory & Practical)

⇒ Practical examinations will be conducted after the school will reopen

⇒ Practical examination will be conducted in School labs as usual. No notification to conduct practical exams online via O Labs (Online Labs for schools) has been issued. 

⇒ External examiner will be available for practical examinations. 

⇒ Examination pattern or the typology of question paper will be the same as followed in the CBSE Sample Papers 2021 (issued by CBSE)

⇒ CBSE Date Sheet 2021 will be published shortly.

⇒ CBSE will increase the number of examination centers but there will be no home center. 

⇒ CBSE board exam 2021 exam dates will be declared only after the consultation with the stakeholders.

⇒ CBSE 2021 board exam dates will be set in such a way so that students will get sufficient time to study. 

⇒ Only 12 students will be seated in an examination room, ensuring all the COVID-19 safety protocols.


14 December, 2020, 12:03 pm

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