CBSE Board Exam 2021: Most Common Mistakes Students Make While Attempting Paper

Know here the six most common mistakes which students often make while writing the CBSE Board Exam and lose some important marks.
Gurmeet Kaur
Common Mistakes Students Make in Board Exams

Be it CBSE, UP Board or any other state board, board exams are considered to be the most important phase of a student’s academic career. Sometimes the marks obtained in the board exams play a crucial role in deciding a student’s whole future. Board examinations create a lot of panic and stress among students who are going to appear for the exams. Some feel extremely terrified while others remain tensed. 

Even though a student would have spent the whole year preparing for exams, but the pressure of the examinations leads students to make some common mistakes while attempting the board exams. There is no doubt that the key to excelling in any exam is hard work and tough preparation, but to score well in the exam, avoiding certain mistakes is equally important.

Here, we are enlisting some most common mistakes which students make while writing the board exam:

1. Not utilizing 15 minute extra time properly

In the CBSE board exam, students are given 15 minutes extra time before they start writing the exam. These 15 minutes are allotted to help students make a strategy for attempting the paper well in time. Instead, most of the students make a mistake by simply reading the questions and not deciding a sequence in which they would attempt the questions. 

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2. Fail to understand the sense of a question

Exam stress and nervousness in students reduce their thinking ability. Out of fear and hurry to attempt the paper in time, they read a question quickly and start writing the answer without knowing what actually has been asked in the question. Eventually, they write an answer without including the appropriate fact or concept.

3. Not taking care of the word limit for each answer

Most students have a mindset that the longer the answer, the more marks they will gain. This is completely untrue. Examiners only look for meaningful answers which include important facts and crisp information. They get irritated by the long essay-type answers in which they struggle to find the key point. Moreover, spending a large time writing a wrong answer will ultimately leave you with less time to complete all remaining questions.

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4. Lack of time management

Time management is crucial for acing the board exams. Even knowing this fact very well, students still fail to manage time while writing the exam. Again the credit goes to exam stress and nervousness due to which students forget about the time limit and word limit they are allocated for attempting questions of different weightage. They should plan in advance that how much time is to be dedicated to each question and category.

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5. Copying incorrect data

Sometimes students copy the data given in the question paper incorrectly especially, in the numerical questions and then solve the question resulting in the wrong answers which will ultimately lead to a zero score in that question though you had written the whole procedure and calculations correctly. Students should take extra care as it might save a couple of marks in the exam.

6. Leaving the easy questions for last hour

Most of the students have an idea to attempt the difficult questions first and then write the easy questions in last which is not always a good idea. Students must answer those questions first which they think can be answered easily. This way, students will secure some sure marks in the exam. On the other hand, if a student picks the difficult questions first then he/she may end up spending a lot of time thinking for those questions, leaving little or no time for the ones which could have earned him/her more marks.

7. Miss to write proper units in answers

Students often miss writing the proper units in answers wherever required. Sometimes they are asked to write the answer in a converted unit which they miss due to panic and hurry to finish the exam. Every single unit if missed will lead to a loss of a half mark which is really important while calculating the overall percentage.

So, these were some mistakes which students often make while writing one of the most important exam of their life, the CBSE Board Exam. Students can avoid these mistakes by keeping calm, alert and focused in the examination hall. Stress and fear are your biggest enemies, maintain a fair distance from them. Stay positive and confident.

Good luck for exams! 

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