History: Last-minute Tips

Here are a few last-minute tips for writing your History exam:


  • Write your answers in points and underline important keywords. Write to-the-point and don’t elaborate unnecessarily.
  • Use the fifteen minutes at the beginning of your exam very carefully. Take the time to decide which questions you wish to attempt and prioritize them. Keep in mind which one you will keep as an “extra,” in case you realize that you may not be able to do justice to a question which you had earlier decided to attempt. However, to ensure that doesn’t happen, use those fifteen minutes well!
  • Make sure you only mention the date if and when you are absolutely sure of it being correct. If not, it’s better to not write the date. (For example, it’s better to only write “The First War of Independence” instead of “The First War of Independence, 1875” or “The Revolt of 1875″… You get my point.)
  • Go through the important dates. If you haven’t made a list of the important dates yourself, you can always go through our own list here.
  • Also go through the names of the various leaders and their contributions. Revise who the Moderates and Radicals were, who brought about what major change, etc.
  • Make sure you are also able to associate the names of the various leaders with their photographs. During our tenth grade, our History teacher told us that it is possible that they may ask us to identify the national leader from the photograph. So, don’t forget to go through the photographs of important national leaders such as the Moderates and Radicals, etc.


Though there’s still time left, hope you do well in your exam! Keep visiting for more such tips! 🙂


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2 thoughts on “History: Last-minute Tips

    • ICSE Helper says:


      Hi there! A similar question was asked by another reader who was concerned whether marks would be deducted for attempting extra questions, and this is the reply we gave her:

      “As far as attempting extra questions is concerned, even our teachers have told us that their previous students attempted extra questions and were apparently graded on the basis of the best four/five (as required). Further, some of our teachers who go for checking the Board papers also told us that we may attempt more questions if time permits and in case we are dubious of our answers to our first four/five attempted questions. Hence, we have not experienced a situation where a students’ marks were deducted because they attempted extra questions. However, do consult your teachers regarding the same. Maybe they’ll be able to reassure you of the same. Ultimately, the choice is yours.”

      I, myself, have attempted extra questions in some papers and have not found it to be a problem. However, use your initial 15 minutes well and also, check twice so that you are sure of your answers, and the need to attempt an extra question doesn’t arise.

      Hope this helps! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Good luck. Keep visiting! 🙂


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