CBSE Board Exams 2020: Top 8 mistakes students should avoid in the examination hall

Students appearing for board exams this year must be aware of the some common mistakes they tend to make in the examination hall. Check these mistakes here.

Created On: Mar 8, 2020 15:58 IST
common mistakes students must avoid in board exams
common mistakes students must avoid in board exams

Along with CBSE, board exams of many other state boards are being conducted all over the country . While hard work and preparation is the key to excel the board examinations, it is equally important that how you act in the examination hall and write your exam. It is often observed that many students, though unknowingly, make some common mistakes while writing the exam due to which sometimes they lack good scores irrespective of having worked hard to prepare for the exam.

Here we are going to discuss some common mistakes which students should avoid in the examination hall, in order to get their hard work paid off and achieve good marks in their board exams. These are:

1. Not reading the question paper properly

This one comes on the top in the list of common mistakes made by students while taking the exam. Board has allotted an extra 15 minutes time to read the question paper. But most of the students, due to stress and panic, fail to utilise this grace time efficiently. Due to which they end up choosing the wrong question out of the given choices and then regret later. Therefore, this is the time which students should use to organise their thoughts and manage their time during the exam.

Check: Best Tips to Utilise 15 Minute Reading Time in the Board Exams

2. Writing unplanned answers

Generally, students answer the questions without planning the order of points that need to be covered at first. Later, when they realize it, they try to correct their answer by cutting the previous points and writing them again in a planned manner. This not only causes the wastage of time, but makes your answer look messy.  

3. Time mismanagement

This should be considered as the most important task while writing the exam. This is the most crucial thing for acing any board exam like of CBSE or UP board. But most of the students start writing the paper without taking care of proper time management and when the time gets over, they are left with no other option than leaving the unattempted questions due to which they lose those precious marks. Therefore, while writing the paper, a student should plan in advance that how much time he will dedicate to each question and should stick to the same.

Check: Tips for time management during CBSE board exam

4. Beating around the bush

Most of the students instead of writing an apt explanation to a question keep on beating around the bush which is no way going to help him get good marks, but will destroy his time management strategy. Thus, write only if you know the facts. Else, just write upto what you know and leave the rest. Because, an annoyed bunch of words is capable enough of reducing your marks from the rest of the good answers.

Check: Importance of word limit in board exams

5. Not knowing when to give up

This is another stupid mistake students make while writing an answer. When came across a question, which students find difficult to answer, they keep on making the speculations and guesses to find the right answer due to which they end on loosing a large time and then they are left with too little time to write even those answers which they knew correctly. So, it’s a suggestion not to sit on a single question wasting your time. Better, attend the ones which you know well and will fetch you good marks.

6. Copying incorrect data

Sometimes out of hurry, many students copy the data given in the question paper incorrectly due to which they get a wrong answer after the whole calculation. Students should take extra care as it might save a couple of marks in the exam.

7. Collapsed writing

Be it the result of panicked situation or the hurry to complete the paper in time, students often ignore their handwriting. This makes their paper look like a sheet full of messy and collapsed writing with many cuts and crosses. The examiner will not take any extra efforts to decipher your answer script and will ultimately reduce your marks. So, it’s your own duty to take some extra efforts to make your answers look clean and readable enough to please the examiner to get you goods marks in the CBSE, UP or any other state board exam.

8. Handing over the sheet to examiner without checking

After completing the paper or when the time gets over, students just hand over their answer script to the examiner without even checking it due to which they miss to check if they have written their roll number, or other asked information correctly or not. Also, they lose the opportunity to rectify any spelling or grammatical mistakes if there are in the paper and save their marks from being deducted. So, it’s very important for a student to spare some time for the end so that he/ she can check the answer script properly before submitting it to the examiner.

Thus, these are the few mistakes which a student must take care of in the CBSE or UP Board examination to get his hard work reflected in his result.

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