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Right time to start the preparation for CBSE Board Exams

Oct 19, 2015 12:56 IST

    Every student has his/her own weak, not-so-strong and strong topics/chapters in every subject. Whether it is class 10th or 12th, CBSE board examinations have always been over-hyped and terrorized by the students. In a haste to score more than 90%, most of the students end up committing a lot of silly mistakes in exams, simply because their timing and planning for exam preparation wasn’t correct. So, what exactly is the right time to prepare for the CBSE board exams? Should you begin preparing for them in February or even before that? Let us answer this tricky question for you.

    The right time-when to begin?

    Well, every student has his/her own capability. But, no student should underestimate the CBSE board examinations. It has been found that in certain years, the questions asked by CBSE have been jaw-dropping and highly intricate. Even the best and the most intelligent students were left crippled during these exams in certain years.

    If you are thinking that one month is enough for preparation for the boards, you are absolutely wrong. Most of the students plan their syllabus from 1 February for the examinations about to take place in March. Remember, February is the peak time. It is in this month that you will also have your practical exams. These practical examinations will leave you so mentally drained and short of time, that you will end up all the more nervous for the main examinations. In January, most of the schools start their pre-board examinations. This is literally the litmus test of students.

    The ideal timing to start the precise and planned preparation for the CBSE board exams is from November onward. Even though you will have a few months in hand, but these will fly like a fast bird, simply because a lot will be going on everywhere. Your school will conduct extra classes, extra mock exams, surprise tests and what not. You will hardly be left with any time.

    Pre-Boards in January will give you a peep into the Boards in March

    The schools keep pre-board examinations in the month of January for a reason. They want you to start your planned preparation early. Make sure that you give a lot of attention to your pre-boards because they will play a major role in motivating or demotivating you. They are a peep to your boards. Sometimes, it has been observed that many questions asked in pre-board are also found in the board examinations. Experience of the school teachers in preparing these pre-board question papers will be highly useful for the students.

    In your pre-board exams, if you score brilliantly well, do not start riding high. Never remain over-confident, even if you have scored well in your pre-boards. Remember, sometimes, the situation in boards can completely flip. So, make sure that you still keep revising your entire syllabus and practice a lot.


    The students should actually study for the board classes’ right from day 1. Eventually, you should revise your syllabus several times in the months of December and January. February should be reserved for mock tests, solving a lot of question papers, taking previous year’s sample papers and also pre-board question papers of other schools. Only when you have solved many question papers, will you be able to achieve your desired percentage. The key to unlock the door of success is only hard work and a lot of practice during the pre-board months, i.e., February and whatever March you have before exams.

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