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Graded Question Papers for Class XII (2015-‘16)

Graded Question Papers (Biology,Physics,Chemistry,Maths) XII-2016

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Pre-Board Question Papers Class XII (205-‘16)

XII – PREBOARD-2 2015-2016

XII – PREBOARD-1 2015-2016



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OTBA Materials for Classes VI to IX & XI

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OTBA for Class VII SST
OTBA for Class VI SST
OTBA for Class VIII Science
OTBA for Class VII Science
OTBA for Class VI Science

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Pre-Board Question papers for Class XII (2015-‘16)

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Study Materials for Class X (2015-‘16)


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Study Materials Class XII (2015-‘16)


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Study Materials, Question Banks, Sample Papers for Class XII (2015-‘16)

Economics Study material for Class XI – 2016

Economics Study material for Class XII – 2016

Graded Question Papers (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics) for Class XII – 2016

Compilation of 11 Booklets (Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Mathematics and Physics)- February 2016

Commerce TIPS for Class XII – 2016

Commerce Question Bank for Class XII – 2016

Project Based Learning Manual 2015

Mathematics Sample Paper for Class XII – 2016

Strategic Action Plan for Slow Learners in Mathematics for Class – XII

Soft Skills Manual 2016



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Sure Short Questions for Class XII (2015-‘16)








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Board exam countdown: how to keep the blues away

Illustration: Satheesh Vellinezhi

Study tips, lifestyle tips, checklist and more to handle the challenge.

As March 1 fast approaches, thousands of students who are appearing for the Board exams are likely to become increasingly anxious and get stressed out. “Have I prepared enough? Is there something I have missed? Should I focus more on that particular topic?” Your mind would be abuzz with several such thoughts. No matter how much you study and revise the subjects, the feeling of contentment is difficult to achieve. What can you do to steady your nerves and keep your cool? “The Board exams are like any other exam. The only difference is that they are held in another school. So there is no need for students to panic and they should stick to the normal routine they follow everyday,” says CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma.

Study Tips

Having a preparation strategy is crucial. With merely half a month left for the exams, how can you utilise the time effectively? “Students should divide their time for each subject. They should prepare for the first paper last and for the last paper first,” says Surabhi Gautam, HOD of English, Mother’s Global School, Delhi, who teaches Class X and XI students. “Early morning hours are the best time for revision as retention is better and the body and mind are fresh,” she advises. Note-making is an effective method that can come to your rescue. “Students should prepare notes of the main points because at the last minute, revising the whole syllabus from the scratch is not possible. Notes make it easy for them to recall from memory quickly.”

Another tested method is solving previous years’ question papers and sample papers. “Students can simulate the exam at home. This will give them an idea of how much time they are taking to solve the paper. Based on the result, they can improve their speed and accuracy. The more sample papers they solve, the more confident they will become,” says Rama.

Parents have an important role in play in their child’s success as well. They should be supportive and encouraging and help students develop self-discipline, self-confidence and a sense of achievement. This will go a long way in boosting his/her morale.

Group study is a popular mode of studying. But is it always effective? “Though it can help in getting the doubts and concepts cleared, it does not help in retention. For the final revision, self-study is the best,” says Surabhi.

Lifestyle Tips

During exams, the stress levels of students generally go through the roof. This leads to excessive eating, sleeping difficulties and so on. How can one deal with it? “Students should keep a light diet. This will keep them fresh and not feel sleepy while studying. Breakfast can consist of light food such as porridge or cereals. Fruits and dry fruits are rich in essential vitamins and proteins and their intake should be increased. Whenever students feel hungry or a little bit lethargic, they should go for a diet of fruit such as guava, apple, banana and so on. Also, in case you get an urge to munch something, dry fruits can be kept handy,” says Surabhi.

Several students take the support of coffee or tea to stay fresh. However, this might not be conducive in the long run. “We do not recommend coffee or tea to students as caffeine should be avoided. However, green tea or lemon tea can be taken,” says Surabhi.


To help students relieve their stress, the CBSE has started a helpline where school principals, teachers and trained counsellors have volunteered to guide the students. Students from any Board can connect with them and seek counselling. The toll-free helpline number is 1800118004 and is operational from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year 76 principals, trained counsellors from CBSE-affiliated government and private schools and a few psychologists will address exam-related psychological problems of the students. For online counselling, students can drop a mail at and


On the day of the exam, it is essential that you stay calm and focused. It is natural to get butterflies in the stomach. To ensure that you don’t miss anything, prepare a checklist. Before leaving your house, ensure that you have the following items: Water bottle, extra pens, ruler, pencil, eraser, sharpener, watch and the hall ticket. Here’s a checklist of things you should do while writing the exam:

  • There is a cool off period of 15 minutes in the beginning which excludes the time you get for writing the exam. Utilise this time for reading the question paper carefully.
  • Although advisable, it is not necessary to answer the questions in same sequence/order. Attempt the ones you know first, but number them correctly.
  • If you’re running out of time, write the answer in points rather than leaving the question.
  • Label the diagrams properly.

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In the end, remember that though scoring well in this exam is important, it’s not the end of the world if you are not able to achieve the marks you expected. There are endless opportunities waiting for you.

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1. How is the Cumulative Grade Point Average calculated? Anishaa A., Class 12, Kendriya Vidyalaya Railway Colony, Bengaluru.

A. Cumulative Grade Point Average(CGPA) is the average of Grade Points obtained in all the subjects excluding the 6th additional subject as per the Scheme of Studies for Class IX/ Class X.

2. Class 9 and 10 CBSE students go through the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system where they write two Summative Assessments with each exam containing only 50 per cent of the syllabus. All of a sudden the same students in Class 11 and 12 or PUC will have to write the exam in an annual scheme which includes the entire syllabus. It becomes difficult for students to learn and remember the entire syllabus in one stroke. – Pooja L. Kanth, Class 10, National Public School, Mysuru.

A. The main purpose of introducing CCE at Secondary level has been to reduce examination burden on students and give more emphasis on acquiring learning and life skills and nurturing their hobbies. In senior classes the students are mature and focussed enough to organise their studies and prepare for their Board examinations as well as entrance examinations for professional courses.

3. I would like to know whether the marks scored in Problem Solving Assessment will be taken into account for the final examination? – Anu Joseph, Class 11, Bhavan’s Munshi Vidyashram, Thiruvankulam, Ernakulam.

A. Marks scored in Problem Solving Assessment are counted towards FA-4 in class IX as well as class-X. Consequently, these marks are counted in the overall performance of a student during the year.

4. Due to some valid reason, if a student is unable to take up the Problem Solving Assessment in Class 9, what would be the marks awarded in Formative Assessment 4 of Class IX? – Chandravadhana, Class 9, National Model Senior Secondary School, Peelamedu, Coimbatore.

A. If a student is unable to appear in compulsory PSA in Class IX due to genuine and valid reasons with due information given to the school authorities, he/she can appear in this examination next year while studying in Class X. Under special circumstances, the school authorities may conduct FA-4 for special cases. However, every effort should be made to ensure that all students appear in Problem Solving Assessment.

5. Why are we not getting a stream choice in Class 9, like in the ICSE board? Don’t you think this will help students focus more on their preferred field? -Vinayak Sharma, Class 10, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata.

A. The CBSE does not promote subject streams. As per the Scheme of Studies, the students are free to choose electives of their choice from the given list of subjects based on their aptitude and interest in addition to one or two languages out of which one shall be Hindi and / or English.

6. I am a Class 10 student and have opted for the school-based examination. I wanted to know if there will be any priority for students who have opted for board correction for getting a seat in any other CBSE school for Class 11. Abbas S.V., Class 10, St. John’s Senior Secondary School and Junior College, Chennai.

A. As there is no difference in the school-based assessment certificates issued by CBSE for the Board-conducted and school-conducted summative examination, the students can seek admission in the school of their choice based on their overall performance reflected in School-Based Assessment Certificate and the admission policy of the school.

7. Will our Class 9 result be added to the Class 10 results? –Sangamesh D., Class IX, Karnatak Public School, Bidar/ I would like to know if the CGPA obtained in Class 9 will be added to the CGPA of Class 10?- Sugam Yadav, Class 9, Arunodaya Public School, Delhi.

A. Grades of IX and X will not be combined for CGPA. The grades obtained by a student in Class IX and Class X are reflected separately in Class X Certificate.

8. Why is Problem Solving Assessment conducted instead of Formative Assessment 4? How does it help students? Rajshekar Bunage, Class 9, Karnatak Public School, Bidar.

A. Problem Solving Assessment is conducted primarily to promote thinking skills, reasoning skills, analytical skills, language skills and other higher order mental skills of the students. Development of such life skills helps the students to improve their performance in academics as well as real life situations.

9. Many say that correction by board authorities would be a little liberal. Is that true? –Vivek G. Class 10, Pon Vidya Mandir School, Karur.

A. As far as CBSE is concerned the marking of answer sheets is done as per the marking scheme prepared by the Board.

10. What is the best way to go about studying for Mathematics? – Nitish Raghav, Class 10, Pon Vidyashram, Valasaravakkam.

A. The best way to study Mathematics is to have sufficient practice in solving variety of unsolved questions. Instead of rote learning of formulae, their repeated use in solving questions with proper understanding of the processes involved can help you a lot.

11. What are the CBSE norms regarding student attendance in Class 12? Can a school debar any child from sitting for board exam if he has not completed 75% school attendance in Class 12?- Kshitij Chitransh, Class 12, Maharshi Patanjali Vidya Mandir, Teliarganj, Allahabad.

A. A student should have minimum 75% attendance to be eligible to appear for the Class XII examination. However on medical grounds, the attendance should be minimum 60%. The attendance can be further condoned on account of serious medical conditions as contained in rule 14 of the Examination byelaws which are available on the CBSE’s website. A school can debar a student from appearing in the Class XII examination on the grounds of shortage of attendance and not fulfilling above requirement.

12. Due to some valid reason, if a student is unable to take up the Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) in Class 9, what would be the marks awarded? –Roshini. V, Class 9, Shemford School, Hosur.

A. It is the responsibility of the school authorities to conduct the test and send the result. Since it is a formal examination, all rules which apply to other examinations apply to ASL also. There should be no reason why a student cannot take an exam unless there is a medical emergency. Then also the school has to take a call in the welfare of a student.

13. I have not taken a sixth subject in Class 11, but I want to take a sixth subject in Class 12. Can I get a sixth subject? –Ashish Kumar, Class 11, Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Bokaro.

A. As a rule, the student should have studied the same subjects in Classes XI and XII.

14. Is there any rule stating that only a student who is going to take another Board in Class 11 should opt for the CBSE Class X Board-based examination? – Devayani Keer, Class 10, Sophia Senior Secondary School, Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

A. As per the CBSE’s Scheme of Examinations at Secondary level, students of schools affiliated to the Board who wish to move out of the CBSE system after Class X, i.e. who wish to join institutions/ schools/ Junior Colleges affiliated to Boards other than the CBSE shall be required to take the Board’s External Examination (Summative Assessment II) at Secondary (Class X) level.

15. Why is the Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA) conducted with Summative Assessment II for 10 marks? How does it help students? – B. Sriram, Class 9, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam.

A. The Open Text-Based Assessment provides opportunities to students to apply theoretical concepts to a real-life scenario by encouraging active and group learning in the class. The students are tested on their ability to comprehend, analyse and interpret the given situation, offer suggestions and opinions on the given issues based on their knowledge of concepts. OTBA is less stressful for students as it is more natural and requires less time for preparation and memorisation of facts as compared with closed examination. It gives more time for logical and creative thinking and promotes greater understanding of subjects. It also trains them in effective use of memory and acquiring skills of processing information thus making learning a pleasurable activity.

16. Class X students were given the opportunity of taking a vocational subject last academic year (Class IX). Our school offered Retail- Code 401, as the vocational subject. Kindly support us with sample papers as this is the first batch sitting for this subject. –Sharon Hepzibah, Class X, Chennai Public School, Thirumazhisai, Chennai

A. You may request your school to send a mail to CBSE Vocational Unit at its email id: for getting sample question paper on the Retail course.

17. Is there any necessity for model tests before Summative Assessment 2? –Yogesh P., Class 9, Mahendra International School, Namakkal

A. The very purpose of CCE is to reduce examination stress among students. Emphasis should be on enhancement of learning by using a variety of learner friendly tools and techniques of assessment and integrating them in teaching-learning process which should be innovative, flexible and sensitive to the needs of students.

18. Will NCC enrolment increase our Class 10 grades? Roshreysuff, Class 9, Shree Sarasswathi Vidhyaah Mandheer School, Coimbatore

A. Subjects are for experiencing the joys in the learning process. N.C.C. is offered as an additional subject for the students who wish to appear for the A certificate at secondary level. It can also be offered as part of Co-scholastic Activities under Part 3 (B) Health & Physical Education. The curriculum of NCC has been designed specially to focus on character building and inculcation of leadership qualities and skill enhancement among students.

19. How many activities or projects should be conducted for each Formative Assessment? – Shiva Tanayd, Class 9, Karnatak Public School, Bidar

A. The Board does not promote too many tests in Formative Assessment. Formative Assessment may comprise of two/three varieties of assessment techniques including one small pen-paper test.

20. How much marks from Problem Solving Assessment will be added for each subject? –J. Ajay, Class 10, Pon Vidya Mandir, Karur

A. Weightage of 10% is given to Problem Solving Assessment performance in the calculation of overall result of a student in every subject.


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