Tip of the Day #10

Happy Gandhi Jayanti, everyone! We are back with our “Tip of the Day” post.


Tip of the Day: Use the fifteen minutes that you get at the beginning before you start to attempt the paper to go through the paper, analyze it, and choose which questions you will attempt.

We have all heard our teachers say this numerous times. But, how exactly do you decide which questions to attempt and which ones to leave?

Here’s a little something to guide you.

DO attempt:

1. Those questions to which you know the answer; you are 101% sure of the answer. (Don’t even spend that much time reading or answering these questions in your mind during those fifteen minutes. Once you are sure you know the answer, start reading  the next question.)

2.Those questions which carry less marks but regarding whose answers you are a bit doubtful vis-a-vis those questions which carry more marks but regarding whose answers you are a bit doubtful.

3. Those questions that can be written in points and for which each point will carry one mark. (Hence, even if you only recall 3 out of 4 points, you will be able to score more than attempting a 4 mark question wherein you are supposed to describe something or write in paragraphs and wherein if you misinterpret the question or start off wrong, then the entire answer may become incorrect. We want to avoid such situations.)


DO NOT attempt:

1. Those questions whose answers you do not know. (This one is a no-brainer.)

2. Those questions which confuse you, i.e. you cannot make out what the question is asking. 

3. Those questions which you feel can be interpreted in more than one way or which you think has more than one answer. (You can try writing both answers and see how well that goes down with the examiner, but then, the risk is all yours.)


Hope this quick post helps you make better decisions during those crucial fifteen minutes at the beginning of the paper.

Do you already use these tips? Or, do you have better ones? Let us know in the Comments section below. 🙂


Tip of the Day #9

It has been a long time since the previous tip of the day! Makes this tip duly overdue, doesn’t it? 🙂

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Tip of the Day: Before you take an oath to memorize each and every line of your textbook, go through the ICSE syllabus as given on the CISCE website.

Many a time, textbooks tend to give additional information which has not been included in the ICSE Class 10 syllabus. Check out the syllabus here and tally it with your textbook so that you do not spend precious time learning information that will not be asked. However, do confirm once with your school subject teacher to be on the safe side. A couple things may not have strictly been included in the syllabus, but they may be relevant for you to be able to answer some other questions. 

Do check out the syllabus and study hard, but study smart! 🙂

Geography: Last-minute Tips

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

* Do not overwrite in your maps. Mark the asked things lightly so that you can erase it easily if you feel like changing your answer.

* Make sure you label diagrams (if any) and things in the map in capital/uppercase letters.

* Check your calculation while attempting questions related to annual rainfall in the chapter, ‘Climate of India’.

* Revise frequently asked ‘give reason’ questions.

* Revise the map of India just before your exam begins and attempt the map first thing once your exam starts so that you still remember the markings.

* Write your name and necessary details along with question number and section on the map.

* Read the questions carefully while attempting topography so that you know what is being asked, especially in determining the distance of a place from another or the distance to a place from another. There are also other questions which can be tricky so pay attention to detail.

* Write your answers in points and underline important keywords. Write to-the-point and don’t elaborate unnecessarily.

* Use a pencil for marking things on the map. Shade the regions required (if any) with pencil, ex. polka dots, zig-zag, horizontal and vertical lines, checkered, etc. There’s no need to use different-colored pencils for shading.

* Make sure you include a key if required. Or else, mark the shaded area or symbol with the sub-question number, ex. Q1 is about the map of India and (i) to (x) are the sub-questions: draw an arrow next to the symbol and mark it with the respective sub-question from (i) to (x).

Hope you do well in your exam! Keep visiting for more such tips! 🙂

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Tip of the Day #8


Here’s a last-minute tip based on a question asked by a reader regarding how to write your answers and presentation of your answer script…

In the 2013 exams, we were allowed to start any section first while attempting our question paper. Whether you are attempting Section A first or Section B, it is better to keep this in mind…

Tip(s) of the Day: Students are required to complete the entire section that they have chosen first and answer all questions included in that section before attempting the rest of the sections.

Clearly mention the section heading at the top of the page in large, clear, bold, capital letters.

Always start a new section on a new page and before attempting a new section, check whether you have missed out on any question from the current section.

Do not answer a question from the first section after completing the second section – it is unlikely that your answer will be checked in such a case.

Please remain alert and take the above precautions. Good luck! 🙂


Also visit: How to Write Your Exam Papers (TIPS)


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Tip of the Day #7


A quick tip:

Tip of the Day: While being asked short questions, try to elaborate on the point asked before outright attempting the question.

For example,

(1) If the question is Define factors of production. You should not only give the definition, but also mention the four main types of factors of production. 

(2) You have been asked to give two features/provisions of an act (History). In addition to mentioning the two features, you should also first give a small introduction about the act such as the year when it was passed or who passed it and why.


These little things will give meaning to your answer. Yes, you may not get full marks if those two features are wrong. However, it gives the impression to the examiner that you know what you’ve studied, i.e. you know what you’re talking about.

If you feel you are short on time, then please do not take my little advise here. If, though, you feel that you would like to improve your answers, definitely take note of the first example, if not the second. 🙂

Hope you find this useful. Thank you!


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