CISCE Publications

Hello people!

You may have heard your friends or teachers talking about going through the Pupils’ Analysis or Specimen Question Papers issued by the CISCE. Well, in our opinion, it’s imperative that you go through both of these.

The Analysis of Pupil Performance published by the Council every year for ICSE as well as ISC gives the suggested/sample/model answers that examiners are looking for in a student’s answer sheet, regarding the past year’s exam paper. Here, teachers who have corrected last year’s answer sheets of students provide their inputs to help fellow teachers and students improve their performance. It shows how one should write his/her answers during the exam, the format, the relevant points to include, the diagrams which one should include, etc. Please do go through the analysis! It will give you a clear insight regarding where students make mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Further, the Specimen Question Papers are also helpful as they give an idea regarding the question paper pattern/format, style of questions asked, etc.

You will find both of these at the following link:

I was unaware of the Pupils’ Analysis during my tenth grade (ICSE), but it helped me much during my twelfth grade (ISC) and I highly recommend you check it out at least once. As I had scanned through the Specimen Papers before my exams when I was in tenth grade, I had felt that a couple questions were asked from the Specimen Paper during my Board exam, but I hadn’t tallied both papers (the actual and the specimen) to check for sure. So, don’t take these lightly! You’ll learn much by going through these two publications by the Council.


Also, spread the word about them to fellow classmates and friends who may not be aware of them! 🙂

Geography: How to Solve Topographical Maps: Full Course (Notes Part 2)

On a reader’s request, here is a website ( written by Saurav Krishnan, which perfectly gives the basics to solving a topography map.  It also has solved questions and answers regarding topography. Please go through it! You will definitely find it easier to solve a toposheet after reading the following posts:

Chapter 1 – Fundamentals of Maps

Chapter 2-Profiles Of Survey Maps 45/D7 and 45/D10

Chapter 3- Interpretation of Topographical Maps

Interpreting Toposheets

Interpreting Toposheets -2

Revision -Important Toposheet definitions

Indian Topographic Maps (out of syllabus)

Some Common Questions Based On Toposheets

I apologize to the reader who requested this for taking so long. I hope you find this useful! Thank you for your patience and keep visiting! 🙂

Question of the Day #3

The answer to the previous question is: Since copper is a good conductor of heat and it has a low specific heat capacity, it conducts the heat energy and takes less amount of heat energy from its contents to acquire the temperature of its contents. Hence, it is used in making a calorimeter.

Congratulations to Harsh, Harsimar, and  Kritika for getting it right! 🙂

Question of the Day: Name a reddish brown deliquescent salt.

Leave your answers in the comment section below! I will update this tomorrow with the correct answer. 🙂

Question of the Day #2

The answer to the previous question is: liver.

Congratulations to Sadaf and Harsimar for getting it right! 🙂

Question of the Day: Why is the calorimeter made up of a thin copper sheet?

Leave your answers in the comment section below and come back tomorrow to know the correct answer! 🙂


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How to Write Your Exam Papers (TIPS)


Hey everyone! You may recall me promising that I would be posting tips on how to write your answers well. Anyway, here they are:

1. Keep your answers left justified. Don’t leave an inch of space next to the the left margin and then begin writing your answers.

2. Write in points as much as you can, except in English papers. Don’t write a whole paragraph explaining something that either does not need explaining, or that has not even been asked.

3. Read the question very carefully. Re-read the question. Ask yourself what the question is asking. If you know the answer, then write it. If you’re confused, try your best to make sense of what the question may be asking. If you can’t, then use your brains and make a smart guess.

4. Don’t leave any question. Don’t skip any question. Don’t leave the space blank. Examiners are always looking for technical terms or points where they may be able to give you marks. They aren’t always there to eat your heads off! Even if you don’t know the correct answer, make a guess. There is no negative marking so you have nothing to lose.

5. Check your answer sheet. Check it twice. If you have the time, check it thrice. While checking, don’t look at your answers and try to answer the questions again in your mind. Tally your answer script answers with those you just thought of and see whether they are the same or not. If not, make up your mind as to which one is the correct answer.

6. Don’t rush. You will have plenty of time to finish the paper. Don’t be in such a hurry that you overlook any sub-question or forget to write a step. You will lose marks and we don’t want that! Be calm and focused.

7. Don’t panic. You can’t always know everything (though, that’s not at all impossible). You may find that there is a question whose answer you don’t know. At times like those, don’t panic or be afraid. Think wisely and remain calm.

8. Use a black ball pen if you can. They are the best. They don’t leak and they rarely leave an impression on the back of the paper. The black ink will be more pleasing to the examiner’s eye. We want the examiner to be in a good mood while checking our paper. 😉

9. Make sure your words are properly spaced out. Don’t squeeze in ten words in the same line! Your paper should look neat and clean and for that, your sentences shouldn’t be all bunched together.

10. Leave at least 2 to 3 lines before and after each question or sub-question. This is a precautionary measure so that if, later on, you feel you want to add something to your answer, you can easily do so, without making a mess of your answer script.

11. Number your questions correctly! Number them only and exactly as per the numbering given on the question paper. Don’t write Q1(a) instead of Q1(i).

12. Before you number your questions correctly, you must first remember to actually number them! The examiner won’t check your answer if the question number hasn’t been mentioned. Or if the incorrect question number is written, you will most likely lose marks.

13. Always draw a margin on the right side of the paper for your math examination. Always show your rough work in this margin, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. And remember to show the rough work for a question on the same page as your answer for that question.

14. While drawing diagrams, you must always use a pencil! Label your diagrams even if you have not been asked to. There’s no harm in staying on the safe side. Label the diagrams clearly and with legible handwriting. If your handwriting isn’t that good, you may want to label your diagrams in uppercase letters.

15. Always write your full name, index number, and if possible, date, on any supplementary sheets that you will have to attach to your answer script. For example, maps, graph papers, etc.

Students always keep forgetting the above tips and this is just to remind you once again of what has to be done.

There are many more tips to come… Keep visiting! 🙂

Update 02/03/14: Please visit Tip of the Day #8 for more tips.


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