10 Tips to Score More Than 90% in CBSE Board Exams

August 28, 2019
Exam Advice

A common goal for every student in their final year of higher secondary school, that is, 12th class, irrespective of their interests in choosing higher education, is to score excellent marks in their board exams.
We assure you, scoring more than 90% in CBSE Board exams is much easier than the world makes it appear. I scored a little more than 90 per cent, and I am quite sure everybody is capable of scoring very well more than what I did.

For those who are preparing for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, etc., the whole workload is that much lighter, since you will have to be prepared for all of the CBSE lessons in addition to more concepts, only that you'll have to be a pro at writing elaborately and concisely. Which, of course, you are not trained for in the prep for any competitive exam. In fact, you are required to do just the opposite, make the solution less complicated and less time-taking. 

Whether you are preparing for entrance tests alongside CBSE or only focussed on CBSE, you do not have to worry much about the Boards. Here are ten tips to help you prepare like a pro, and to gain confidence for your Boards. 

Read NCERT Books thoroughly

The HOLY mantra to cracking board exams is to be as well versed in the NCERT books as you can. Practically all the questions are asked from the text, while a few of them might require Higher order thinking, which thankfully most of us are capable of. With understanding the book, the need for multiple revisions of some chapters is eliminated. Always make it a point to solve all the questions from the book-back exercises, as these serve as the tool to check your understanding of the concepts explained in the chapter. Make a habit of taking notes in the class or later while you go through the lesson. This will prove to be useful, undoubtedly.

Solve Questions (Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry) from reference books

While for subjects like Biology, which contains mostly theory, NCERT books might serve the purpose of prepping for Boards, it is not so with subjects like Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. I must stress the importance of solving as many problems as possible, especially in Physics and Mathematics. The question you might have to answer in the Boards mostly will be a tweaked version of a fundamental question. Using reference books helps you tune your mind to answering such questions with ease.

Frame your own questions and answer them

Framing your own questions from every line of the NCERT textbook and answering them proves to be the most effective way to learn the chapters thoroughly. It improves your focus and also gives you an insight into the numerous ways a simple sentence can be an answer to multiple different questions. One is always encouraged to exhaust the possibilities of the questions that can be framed. 

Have Group Discussions

Discussing with your friends, peers or seniors can be helpful, for the most part. If you are sure that peer pressure will not have negative impacts on you, having a healthy group discussion is highly recommended. There are always things you do not know and discussing with your peers can help you learn, and it would be a part of your preparation process.

Strengthen Fundamentals

The reason why most students lose their chance of being in the 90+ percentage scorers list is that their fundamentals are weak. Basics or fundamentals form the concrete foundation for anything you learn further. With your basics not too strong, you shouldn't be surprised if you find many complex topics excruciating to understand. Start with the basics, always. Every question tests your fundamentals; it is of more importance than the actual content.

Make Mind Maps/Practice Diagrams

For those who do not have the most strong memorisation skills, it is recommended to use mind-maps or flow charts. These simple data diagrams help you recollect important information with ease. Colour coding also has served well for many students facing difficulty remembering things. There are other options to remember information as well; choose what suits you best. Also, be sure to always practice the diagrams, especially in Biology. Do not hesitate to make mistakes while practising. It only aids you to learn from them.

Ask Doubts

While this is still a debated statement, I approve of the saying that goes something like the more questions you ask, the more you are concentrating on your work. To say it differently, the more you ask, the more curious you are, and curiosity always pays. Ask doubts to your mentor, teacher, faculty or even your friends. Never go to bed with a lingering question. It is said that the only question you do not know the answer to, definitely appears in the question paper. So, don't take chances and ask away any doubts that arise in your mind.

Manage Time Wisely - Set time aside for Relaxation

Relaxation is just as crucial as hustling behind chapters. Make sure to set time aside for yourself. Eat proper food and take care of your mental health. Get enough sleep every day. If time permits, try picking up yoga or meditation, or even basic running or walking workouts. A refreshed body helps create a better learning mood.

Practice solving previous year question papers

This point can not be stressed enough. Fortunately for students, the examination papers always appear in quite the same pattern every year. Taking advantage of this fact is the wisest thing you can do. Solve complete papers and make sure you grasp the model. You can also solve it as a model exam with time set, to improve time management.

DON'T Stress

Stress might be the root cause of all problems and failures. A calm mind, though unprepared can come up with efficient solutions. Practice meditation regularly and train your brain to avoid panicking while encountering a problematic situation– not knowing the answer to a question, in this case. If you can peacefully recollect all you have studied, there is a vast chance shining bright that you will be able to answer the question that seemed too tough in the beginning. While stress sometimes has a positive effect, in the examination room, it mostly causes negativity. Also, stressing might make you forget whatever you have studied, and that's something you wouldn't want happening.


We hope with all these tips you excel in the upcoming Boards. Take a deep breath, relax and keep working. We wish you all the very best!

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