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Board exam countdown: how to keep the blues away

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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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  • Toll free helpline (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.): 1800 11 8004

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.


Courtesy: The Hindu

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Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), Class IX & XI : Resources

Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for Class IX and Class XI: CBSE Circular

Problem Solving Assessment: Sample Question Paper, Class IX

Problem Solving Assessment: Sample Question Paper, Class XI

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Ask the CBSE about Class X and XII Exams

I am a Class X CBSE student from Tamil Nadu. The system followed here to allocate seats for professional (both medical/engineering) colleges favours the students passing through the State board syllabus. The State board students find it comparatively easier to get the colleges of their choice compared to CBSE students. Is there any pattern for levelling of scores obtained in CBSE exams with the State board?


You may like to address this question to the State Board concerned.

In Class XII English, for the question on report and article writing (10 marks each), should we limit our answer to the given count of words or can we exceed it? How are the marks given?

Sadana A.C.

Try to restrict your answer within the word limit denoted in the question paper. However, if you exceed the word limit, you will not be penalised.

Report and article will be evaluated as per the scheme given below:

Format: Title, Reporter’s /Writer’s name 1 mark; Content 4 marks; Expression 5 marks; Grammatical accuracy, appropriate words and spelling 2 and 1/2 marks; Coherence and relevance of ideas and style 2 and 1/2 marks

My daughter is a Class IX CBSE student intending to switch over to State higher secondary course for Class XI. Please advise: a) Whether she has to appear for the CBSE Class X exam to get the transfer certificate?

Transfer certificate can be obtained whenever a student wishes to move out of the school. However, clearing Class X examination is the basic requirement for admission to Class XI.

b) If so, should she register for the CBSE X exam 2012 before March 2011?

Philips Varkey

A student has to attend classes regularly for appearing in Class X CBSE board examination and registration for the examination is done through the school during the academic session which will begin on 1.2.2011.

What will be the percentage of HOTS questions in the Summative Test-II in Science? What about the skill test in subjects where question papers already contain multiple-choice questions on practicals?

Bhagirathi Behera, HoD Science, Shantiniketan Vidyalaya, Shamirpet, Hyderabad

In the question paper of Summative Examination no clear-cut demarcation for HOTS question have been made.

But in general, the question paper would have 15 per cent of the questions of higher difficulty level. Also 16 questions in the question paper of 80 marks will be practical skill-based MCQs and rest of the 25 questions will be based on theory.

I am in Class X. I have opted for school-based Summative Assessment II. Is Percentile Rank calculated at the school level or national (board) level? Is it calculated on the basis of grade point or actual mark?

Nikhil, MES School, Kuttippuram, Kerala

No percentile rank will be given in the grade sheet and the school-based assessment certificate to be issued by the Board.

Last year, in Kerala, the CBSE results were published after the State examination results were declared and the students from the CBSE board who wanted to migrate to the State stream could not do so. Will this be addressed this year?

P. Venugopalan

CBSE is making its earnest efforts to declare the results of the Summative Examinations II at the earliest possible time.

However for your information, the Chennai Regional Office of the Board is one of the first regional offices to declare its results.

The Class X certificate is considered an important document for the purpose of further education, employment, etc. But with the Board having made the Class X board examination optional, will the Class XII certificate be enough for such purposes?

P. Vijai Kanth

The School-based Evaluation Certificate will be issued by the Board only to all the students irrespective of their appearing for Summative Examination II conducted by the School or by the Board.

I am a Class X student. According to the new CCE system, if a student wants to continue in the CBSE stream and does not write the Board exams, which is more important for him — Class XII or Class X?

Vijai Kanth

For the students, Class X is as important as Class XII. Class X gives the base for senior secondary and Class XII for higher education.

My son Aman VP applied for Class XII examination (2011) as a private candidate (for improvement) on September 18, 2010. We have not yet received the Admit Card. Please inform me regarding despatch of Admit Cards to private candidates or the status of the Application Form No. 381.


Please contact the CBSE Regional Office concerned with the details for obtaining the Admit Card for the examination.

I am in Class X and have opted for the School-conducted exam. Do I still have the option of moving out of the school and seek admission in another school?

NGR Srikanth

Even those students who have opted for School-Conducted summative assessment can move out of the school and seek admission in the school of their choice based on their performance reflected in the school- based assessment certificate and the admission policy of the school.

My ward is writing the school-based exam for Class X. Is it possible to change to the State-board stream for Class XI?


As the certificate at the end of Class X is going to be issued by the CBSE, there should not be any problem for you in getting admission in Class XI, as there is equivalence between Class X of different Boards.

However as per the Scheme, a child should opt for the Board-Conducted examination, if he wishes to move out of CBSE system after Class X.

I am in Class X. I have opted for the Board-conducted exam. Can I continue in the same institution next year?

Karthik A.S.

The school may admit students to Class XI in the subjects offered as per the merit of the students and its admission policy.

I am in Class X. I have opted for the internal exam. Can I opt for other State boards for Class XI?

Pavan Shankar

Any student who has cleared Class X in CBSE can seek admission for Class XI of any other recognised Board as there is equivalence between Class X of different Boards. However as per the Scheme, a child should opt for the Board-Conducted examination, if he wishes to move out of the CBSE system after Class X.

I am a Class XII Commerce student appearing for Board exam this March. For Business Studies and Accountancy, which book do I need to refer to and which chapters do I need to revise thoroughly. For practising, which of the following should I prefer — CBSE Sample Papers or previous year’s Board exam papers? How many points do I need to write for the following categories of questions — 1 mark, 3 marks, 4 marks, 5 / 6 marks?


The Class XII Board Examination will be based on the syllabus prescribed by the Board.

The CBSE has recommended NCERT textbooks for Business Studies and Accountancy, but you can supplement and enrich your answers by using inputs provided in other standard books available in the market.

Please refer to the syllabus in Business Studies and Accountancy prescribed by the Board which also indicates weightage of marks assigned to different Units of the syllabus.

You can use the Board’s Sample Question Papers and last few years’ question papers for your preparation and practice.

Generally the questions specify the number of points to be given in the answer. However, some long answer questions are also assessed as a whole.

Hence you must read the question thoroughly to decide the type of answer to be written.

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Teachers’ National Conference 2010

TeacherSITY in partnership with NCERT, Central Board of Secondary Education,  Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, [NVS] and Kendriya Vidyalaya Samiti [KVS] is  organizing a Teachers’ Conference, the first of its kind, where teachers would together with academic researchers and administrator would discuss, debate and resolve their classroom personal and professional challenges.

The conference is scheduled for 13th November 2010 in the National Council of Educational Research and Training, [NCERT] premises located on the Aurobindo  Marg, Adchini, [near IIT Delhi] New Delhi.

While a good number would attend as delegates, those wishing to present papers based on their own classroom experiences or based on their research are welcome to register  as ‘presenters’.

Teacher wishing to present paper in any of the relevant parallel sessions, where the subtheme would be taken up for discussion may request for and shall receive expert mentoring and supervision to ensure that their papers are in sync with the letter and spirit of the conference. This would ensure that all participants, presenters or delegates receive maximum value from attending the conference.

You are hereby requested to nominate and encourage teachers from your school to  present papers and participate in the Teachers’ Conference 2010. You are advised to nominate at least one teacher from your school to either present a paper or participate as a delegate. Kindly provide your teachers desirous of attending the conference, the necessary support to participate in this conference.

All the necessary information about the conference is as follows: Who Can Participate: The conference is open for all the school teachers in India teaching any class or grade. They can participate as delegates or presenters. While the delegates may actively participate in parallel sessions, the presenters would read and present their papers, which would form the basis of deliberations in these sessions. Registration: Teachers can either register on-line or download the registration form and submit it duly filled.

Please follow any of links below to download forms.

Registering Teachers would be informed through email further details of the conference. Hence it is important that all registered teachers provide their personal email ids for communication.

Accommodation: Teachers selected to present a paper would be provided accommodation at NCERT guesthouse for two nights. Other participating delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for transport and stay.

Selection Process of The Presenters: The teachers applying for presenting a paper would write a brief note on the chosen theme in the space provided in the registration form. The write up would be evaluated by designated mentors and the selected presenters would be informed accordingly. The Teachers selected for paper-presentation would be allotted a mentor who would guide the presenter in writing the research paper. Other teachers not presenting a paper may participate as delegates.

A helpline at telephone no. 91-11-47342000 and 91 11 47342073 would be available to participating teachers from 10th of November until the conclusion of the conference on the 13th November 2010.

Parallel Sessions of the Conference
Session Themes:
1. Curriculum and Content – Text books and beyond
2. Innovative pedagogy – practices and outcomes. The Way Forward?
3. Teacher and Pupil – Changing times – dynamic relationships, Impact on
4. Purpose and Practice of Teaching
5. Scholastic and Co-scholastic, Education beyond Academics?
6. Information & Communication Technology – ICT – object or tool of learning?
7. ICT embedded pedagogy – challenges and solutions?
8. CCE- The Challenges & Possibilities
9. Teacher Education – Pre-Service & In-Service professional development – need
and opportunities?
10. Personal & Professional Development – aspirations and challenges?

*Last Date for Registration: 25th October 2010
*Last Date for Submission of Abstract: 30th October 2010
*Last Date for Submission of the Paper: 10th November 2010

*Venue: NCERT, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi –110016

Contacts for Queries:
Phone: 91-11-47342000, 47342073
Fax- 91-11-47342099


Source: Circular No.69/2010, CBSE


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Examination Reforms and Continuous and Comprehensive Evalution (CCE)

Examination Reforms and Continuous and Comprehensive Evalution (CCE)

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Clear your doubts on CBSE exams

Is grading system done subject-wise or for all subjects as a whole? If it is done as a whole, how can I know my marks in individual subjects? Is preparation based on the NCERT books sufficient for scoring outstanding marks. Can deleted portions for maths, science and social be intimated? How to score high marks?


The students will be awarded subject-wise grades. Marks will not be mentioned in this year’s Class-X examination result sheet.

The Board recommends textbooks published by NCERT. A student may refer to Board’s syllabus for different subjects in Secondary School Curriculum Volume-I 2010.

Thorough study with understanding of the included concepts will certainly help a student perform better in examination.

Board exams were definitely a burden until CCE started but now I feel CCE is overburdening than the board exams. I would like to point out the problems that affect the students:

True talent is not identified. A student studying hard for getting 99 per cent is the same as the person who is going to get 90 per cent. So students may stop aiming high.

Although everyone knows that the summative exams are important, students start concentrating on the projects, which are given to us instead of coping up with the portions that are taken in the class.

Students are graded for everything they do and as a result feel the teachers are spying them. Thus they may start acting, and a student’s true character cannot be identified.

Students won’t have any experience about how a board exam will be. They take more tension as they straightaway take the Class XII board exam. This might affect their marks and college admission.

Vasanthi S.P. ,Velachery, Chennai

Students are advised to put in their best efforts for maximum learning instead of focusing on only marks or grades.

The projects and other active learning experiences are also aimed at enhancement of learning and better understanding of subjects. Schools are being advised to organise additional learning experiences in such a manner that the students are not put to any stress or pressure.

You are advised to be your natural self in different settings in order to get true assessment as feedback for further improvement.

If a student studies regularly and sincerely during all the years, there is no reason why Class-XII Board examination should create any pressure.

Please understand that the new scheme aims at providing holistic education without compromising on excellence in academics.

I am studying in Class XII (Science group). Is studying from the NCERT textbooks fetch us marks in the board exams? What points do we need to concentrate for Organic Chemistry?

Karteek Ponnuru, Visakhapatnam

The textbook published by NCERT is recommended for preparation for the Board examination. However, standard reference material in the subject also needs to be consulted for greater and in-depth understanding of the concepts included in different content areas. A student is required to give more attention to the understanding of concepts related to organic reactions, reasoning, mechanism, etc., from this section.

I am in Class X. Will the pre board examination marks be considered in the Board examinations? If so, how?

Harsha Suri

No, the marks obtained in the pre-board examination are not added or included in the Board examination marks.

I am in Class X. I would like to know whether the lesson ‘Electric Motors and Electric Generators in the Magnetic Effect of Current’ will be considered for evaluation in the Board examination. Is the schematic diagram of domestic circuit included in the syllabus for the Board examination?


No, the diagrams and the detailed working of electric motor and electric generator are not included in the syllabus for the examination purpose. A student is required to know only the principle on which these machines work.

Yes, the schematic diagram of domestic electrical circuit is included in the syllabus for the Board examination.

Are we required to produce the same diagrams or experiments as given in the NCERT textbook for the board examination?

Will marks be deducted if we exceed the given word limit?

Will marks be deducted if extra information (Other than given in textbook) is written?

Is it necessary to write speech/article only from the Main Course Book (MCB) in English? Can we completely write them in our own ideas?

Ravi Kishore

Any alternative scientifically correct diagram or experiment is considered equally good for the examination purpose.

No. Marks are not deducted for exceeding the word limit. However, it is better to write to the point and exact answers in order to save time.

It is always better to write the desired answer as per the requirements of statement of the question.

Unnecessary information in the answer does not get any additional credit.

A speech or an article is based on the topics and themes discussed in the Main Course Book. Students are expected to be well versed with the themes mentioned in the MCB.

However, the questions are so framed that students are encouraged to answer the questions on the basis of their reading of the MCB and also use their own ideas based on their understanding, experiences and reading of material from other sources.

I am in Class X. What is the word limit to be followed for the 10-mark question in section B (writing) in English Communicative. Should we strictly follow the word limit or is it ok to exceed it by about 10 words? How many points are we supposed to include in the answer?

Manjula.S K.V.No.1, Tirupati

No. Marks are not deducted for exceeding the word limit. However, it is better to write to the point and exact answers in order to save time.

On what basis will the school provide a stream of subjects?

Jwalant bodi

A stream of combination of subjects in Class XI is commonly allotted on the basis of marks or grades obtained by the students in the corresponding subjects in the Class X examination.

If a student gets E grade, that is less than 33 marks, can he join Plus One in State board?

Can CBSE students join ITI, and polytechnics in Tamil Nadu, with the grades they acquire?

N. Balamurugan. Teacher, Sister Alphonsa School, Kudha, Nilgiris

Any student who fails to get a qualifying grade D in any subject is required to improve the grade in subsequent attempts for admission to higher class.

Yes, the grades obtained in the CBSE examination will be equally valid and hold good for getting admission in ITI, polytechnics, etc.

What is the syllabus for social science? Will individual questions be asked without the information from source boxes in history? Why did painter Julius Huibner depict Germania as fallen women? What is the symbolic meaning of the painting?

Jomy Joshua

For social Science syllabus, please refer to the CBSE publications, Secondary School Curriculum volume I, 2010 Main subjects. The syllabus is also given at the Board’s website

Questions will be asked from the material given in source boxes in the prescribed

History textbook of Class X as well as from related content given in the textbook. Please read the content given in the prescribed Social Science textbooks.


Courtesy: The Hindu

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CBSE Comprehensive School Health Manuals

There are four Manuals in this package. The first Manual-Vol I is addressed to all stakeholders concerned with school health.  The other three Manuals are activity based manuals for teachers. Vol II is Teachers Activity Manual which consist of activities for Primary LevelUpper Primary LevelSecondary and Senior Secondary Level (Classes IX-XII). The activities revolve around six different themes – Knowing your Body, Food and Nutrition, Personal and Environmental Hygiene, Physical Fitness, Being Responsible and Safe and Behaviour and Life Skills. The objectives of the modules and activities is to focus on the different aspects of growth and age appropriate development of the child. (Classes I-V), Vol III is Teacher’s Manual for (Classes VI-VIII) and Vol IV is Teachers’ Manual for

The Manuals are holistic in their approach since they deal with not only physical health but also mental, social, emotional and spiritual well being. Their uniqueness lies in their participative and interactive approach. The activities mentioned can be easily incorporated in the classroom transaction, keeping in mind that hands on learning is internalized faster than conventional learning. It is also recommended that teachers may modify or customize the activities according to their social, cultural and demographic needs.

The activities for teachers in each Section are suggestive and it is earnestly hoped that they will carry on the spirit of each section through curriculum plus intervention strategies within the school. The activities are learner centred and will help to empower them to construct knowledge for themselves in a classroom or out of the class setting.

The graded activities provided in the manual follow outcome based approach to learning, teaching and assessment. They are positive in attitude and stress on developing health promoting habits from an early age which emphasizes the concept of learning throughout life.

For the success of the school health programme it has to be developed and implemented by a strong indigenous group committed teachers under the guidance of the dynamic head of the organization as well as a committed management.  A special feature of this development would be a cooperative, caring and concerned atmosphere which it is hoped will be the key note of the school learning environment while implementing the programme.

The integration of school and community efforts should be related where the school is regarded as a social unit providing a focal point from which the school may reach out to the family, to the local community and to the community at large as a whole which in turn may support the efforts of the school.

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Answers of High Scoring Students of 2008 Examination

Class X

Subject Question Paper Answer Sheet
Science Question Paper Answer Sheet
Social Science Question Paper Answer Sheet

Mathematics Question Paper Answer Sheet
Hindi Course A Question Paper Answer Sheet
English Language & Literature Question Paper Answer Sheet
English Communicative Question Paper Answer Sheet

Class XII

Subject Question Paper Answer Sheet
Biology Question Paper Answer Sheet
Chemistry Question Paper Answer Sheet

Physics Question Paper Answer Sheet
Accountancy Question Paper Answer Sheet
Business Studies Question Paper Answer Sheet
Mathematics Question Paper Answer Sheet

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