By Supti Datta

The CBSE’s secondary and senior secondary level board exams are a good tool to assess a student’s academic growth during high school. In a school year, CBSE administers two board exams: one after grade 10 and the other after grade 12. Both demonstrate significant turning points in a student’s life. Whereas a student’s confidence is greatly boosted by their CBSE Grade 10 results, their grade 12 results assist them in getting the desired college admissions. The CBSE 10 results aid a student in selecting the appropriate path for senior secondary school, comprising Grade 11 and 12. CBSE board exam results 2023-24 suggest that 20.2 lakh of the approximately 21.6 lakh Class 10 candidates cleared the exam whereas 14.5 lakh of the about 16.6 lakh Class 12 did the same. The highest marks in both the board exams hover around scintillating 99 percent and above. One could easily imagine the level of perfection needed to achieve such scores in such a broad spectrum of the CBSE examination system.

Board exams assess a student’s endurance and patience in addition to their depth of topic knowledge and understanding. The in-depth preparation for the board test also helps pupils enhance their capacities significantly. In this lengthy and challenging period (there is a gap of 2.5-3 months between the finishing of the curriculum in school and the starting of the board exams) of preparation, a student’s socio-emotional ability too gets tested. Overall, having a work ethic and a little bit of strategy are required if one wants to achieve a board score of 90% or higher.

The approaches can undoubtedly vary from student to student depending on their unique capacities and aspirations. However, certain common frameworks that can prove to be useful. Here are a few tips that I would want to offer to the student community.

During the preparation process

  • Learners should make a habit of mindful reading of the textbook, observing every single fact and concept and making a note of it in their journal.
  • They must identify questions that can be based on each concept.
  • Students need to practice pre-boards and past papers from different schools to gain a sense of the different kinds of questions that can be posed about well-known themes or inquiries.
  • Students should utilize screen time wisely to read up on and practice the CBSE- published papers and question banks.
  • Learners should also seek help from their teachers whenever required. They actually should bother their teachers a lot during the preparation time!

While attempting the paper

  • Students must continue to have trust and confidence that they have adequately prepared for the exam and will perform well on it.
  • They should try the simpler questions first so that responses are succinct, precise, and to the point. Examiners do assess one’s level of confidence while checking a paper.
  • One should attempt a particularly difficult or unique problem around the middle of the examination. Keep going until one feels assured. After completing each question within the allotted time, students should move on.

I would like to conclude the blog by stressing upon the need of nurturing the socio-emotional skills of board candidates. To bring out the best in them, parents and teachers must continually encourage and guide the students. Creating a healthy eating regime and engaging in regular exercise would be beneficial during this time. In addition to this, it is up to the students to make a list of any hobbies or extracurricular pursuits that they enjoy and keep up with them to break up the monotony and stress of board exam preparation. With this three-pronged strategy, learners  would be able to succeed in shining through the CBSE Exam Results.