CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam 2023: 7 Best Exam Writing and Time Management Tips to Score Full Marks

CBSE Class 10 Maths Board Exam will be conducted on 21st March, 2023. To help students finish their paper on time, here are the expert tips and tricks to follow while writing the exam.
Gurmeet Kaur
CBSE Class 10 Maths: Exam Writing Tips

CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam Writing Tips: Students often face problem in completing their Maths paper on time due to the long and tricky calculations used in solving the Mathematics questions. Students generally panic while solving questions in exams due to which they are unable to finish the paper on time. Just because they run out of time, they have to leave a few questions unwillingly and quite often it has been observed that the questions they leave are those which they could have solved very easily. Such a situation becomes very disappointing.

In this article, we have summed up some important tips on how to attempt the Maths paper correctly and finish it on time despite the overwhelming pressure of the board exam. These simple but effective tips will help you write the exam perfectly to fetch the full marks.

1. Know the examination pattern and question paper design
In order to write the Maths exam smoothly, the most important thing is to understand the examination pattern/ question paper design beforehand. This will make you familiarised with the structure of the question paper. Moreover, you will also get to know the formats in which questions will be asked and their mark-wise breakup. If you will be having an idea about the pattern of questions then you won’t find it difficult to understand the structure of the paper on the final day which will definitely save some of your crucial time.

Check CBSE Class 10 Maths Sample Paper 2023 for paper pattern and typology of questions:

CBSE Class 10 Maths (Basic) Sample Paper 2023 (PDF)

CBSE Class 10 Maths (Standard) Sample Paper 2023 (PDF)

2. Prepare a strategy for the exam before you take it

After understanding the examination pattern, the next job is to deeply analyse the exam pattern and prepare a strategy for the final exam. Check the number of questions, and their types or categories to plan the appropriate exam writing technique.

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The following table states the questions’ structure for CBSE Board Mathematics Exam 2021:


Number of Questions to Attempt

Marks per question


20 MCQs



5 Subjectrive questions



6 Subjectrive questions



4 Subjectrive questions



3 Case based questions


Thus, you will have to solve a total of 38 questions in 3hours. So, you should make a proper time division so that you are able to attempt all questions well in time.

Check Case-based MCQs for CBSE Class 10 Maths (Published by CBSE)

A moderate time division can be done as below:


Types of MCQs

No. of Questions

Time to be Spent

Total Time


Multiple Choice Questions


2 min (on each question)

40 minutes (maximum)


Very Short Answer Questions


4 min (on each question)

20 minutes (maximum)


Short Answer Questions


 5 min (on each question)

30 minutes (maximum)


Long Answer Questions


10 min (on each question) 



Case Based Questions


10 min (on each question)





Revision Time

20 minutes




Total Time

180 minutes

Following the above time division plan, you will get about 20 minutes left with you which can be utilised in reviewing the whole paper, making corrections and trying the unattempted questions. Remember one thing, there is no negative marking in board exams, so you must try to attempt all questions. 

Also Read: How to solve Case Study Questions accurately in CBSE Class 10 Maths Exam 2023

3. Use the 15 minutes question paper reading time effectively

Reading time for CBSE Class 10 students in the Board Exam 2023 will be 15 minutes. Students must use this time wisely to prepare a strategy for writing the exam appropriately. You must read all 38 questions properly and mark the questions in each section that you can attempt precisely. Exclude those questions which do not strike your mind at all. 

Check important tips to utilise reading time in CBSE board exams

4. Don't worry about the tough/complex problems

While going through the paper, when you find some questions that seem to be tough or complex to you, you need not worry about it as this anxiety will only harm your performance. So, you just start with easier problems. As you will move further, by solving each question and obtaining correct answers, you will gain confidence for the complex problems as well. This way, when you will actually work on them, you will find most of them to be much easier than they seemed earlier to you.

5. Do not spend too much time on a question

Now when you are going to attempt the paper, you must have an idea that how much each question is worth and estimate the time you should spend working on each one, so that you don’t waste much time on a question that won’t fetch you enough marks otherwise you will lose some important marks for other questions which might be left unsolved due to the lack of time.

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6. Maintain speed and accuracy hand in hand

Maintain accuracy while you are solving quickly. Make sure you don't get confused between two different topics. Try to implement quicker methods in calculations to save your precious time. Be careful with the signs and terms used while solving a question otherwise, it will take a lot of time to solve a problem leading to an incorrect answer. 

7. Keep a close watch on the time

Keeping an eye on your watch will help you keep a track of the time and know how many questions are still left. Moreover, it will help you check that you are strictly adhering to the time allocation scheme you had decided on in the beginning. However, a minor variation in the time allotted to each section or question is not at all a reason to worry. 

Along with preparing hard for an exam, it’s very important to make a strategy to write that exam in the proper way and within time so that your hard work gets reflected in your answer sheet. So, study hard and prepare smart, you will definitely succeed.

All the Very Best!

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