CBSE Class 12 English paper: get your Boards off to a flying start
TIPS AND TRICKS Use the first 15 minutes judiciously to comprehend what is asked in the English paper
The beginning is the most important part of the work – Plato
The countdown has begun. The butterflies in your stomach must have started fluttering madly. The importance of English as a global language cannot be underestimated. The first paper to be held on March 9 happens to be the one that sets the tone for the remaining subjects. Therefore, it is imperative to do well in the English examination. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND As the paper, in general, is considered lengthy, time management is critical to be able to complete it.
Try to finish both section A and section B in about one-anda-half hours.
Writing re gularly helps you develop your capability of expressing your ideas clearly and explicitly.
Practice reading and comprehension skills on a regular basis. (Newspapers are a good source).
Solve previous years’ papers or CBSE sample papers to practice time management.
Solve at least one three-hour test paper every week.
A minimum of two writing skills (take up contemporary issues), adhering to the prescribed word limits along with at least two unseen passages and two separate passages for note making must be practised every week and preferably evaluated by your teacher.
While writing, try to relate to the lessons from your textbooks with issues/topics (for example Lost Spring, Elementary School Classroom in a Slum – Child Labour, Tiger King – Corruption in High places, Indigo, Deep Water - Courage etc.)
Practice/revise formats for writing skills.
Theme/plot/incidents/character sketch of the prescribed novel must be practised.
The value- based and t he long answer type ( LA) question needs to be differentiated properly. Both are 6-markers, to be answered in about 120-150 words and need extrapolation beyond the prescribed text. While answering the value-based question, the emphasis should be on the theme with minimal or a sketchy reference to the text whereas while answering the long answer type question extrapolate ‘referring to the context’. You must not commit the mistake of writing the summary of the text as the answer to the long answer type question. THINGS TO DO IN THE EXAMINATION HALL Utilise the reading time of 15 minutes judiciously. These 15 minutes are for you to read and comprehend; do not try to search for answers during this period but rather try to understand what’s being asked of you in the paper.
Do remember that, while answering, presentation matters. Write your answers in neat and legible handwriting, and leave space between answers, underline the value points.
Try to attempt the question paper in a sequence.
Be aware that the questions f ramed i n the reading section (Section-A) are always in sequence, ie the answer to question number (i) will always be in the sentences before the answer to question number (ii).
Do not hesitate t o quote directly from the passage. “If a student literally lifts a portion of the given passage/extract from the question paper as an answer to a question, no mark(s) to be deducted on this count as long as it is relevant and indicative of the desired understanding on the part of the student (reference question under Q1)” CBSE guidelines say.
Be creative but logical in expressing yourself while attempting the questions of Section-B (writing skills). Use quotes or phrases. This section analyses the writing skills and abilities ( knowledge/ understanding/ application) grammatical accuracy, appropriate use of words, style, spelling, organisation and presentation of relevant matter in a coherent way. Students often feel mathematics is one of the toughest hurdles during examinations and worry unnecessarily about the paper when they should know that all it takes is a simple, effective preparation strategy to score good marks.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has released the Class 12 Board exam date sheet for 2017 and mathematics is scheduled for March 20. The plan for the remaining days must focus on the following five most important points. PRE-EXAM PLANNING
Each l esson has t o be revised over two days.
Go through each topic thoroughly and include all examples and exercises from the NCERT book and NCERT Exemplar.
Revise the subject keeping the weightage and the pattern in mind. The approach is explained below with the example of one chapter:
Chapter: Matrices and determinants ; Weightage: 13 marks. Distribution of marks: 6+4+2+1 - to be the expected pattern.
Create five sets of papers of the said weightage and answer each set in 20 minutes (1.5 minutes per 1 mark). The same approach is to be followed for all chapters as per their weightage and pattern. The time taken should be proportionate to 1.5 minute per 1 mark. This practice will help you balance both content and time management.
Write one full syllabus test every week and get it checked by your teachers. You should complete these test papers in 2 ½ hrs (instead of the actual three hours). If possible, do this test between 10.30 am and 1 pm.
Avoid these errors: (a) Numerical calculation (b) Forgetting to add + C in indefinite integral questions
( c) Forgetting to write the equations of the line (3-D) in standard form before starting any further calculation. HOW TO SAIL THROUGH EXAM DAY
Get good sleep, eat a regular breakfast and reach your exam centre on time.
Make sure you have your admit card and complete pencil box including two sharpened pencils, two good quality pens, erasers, compass and scale.
Use the reading time judiciously before you start writing the test . Make a strategy and prioritise the order in which the questions need to be answered.
Preferably start with section D. Start every 6-mark question on a new page. SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), a deemed-to-be university has announced its entrance test NPAT 2017 for admission (session 2017-18). The last date for online registrations for the is April 30, 2017. The test will be held on May 13 and 14, 2017.
NPAT (NMIMS Programmes After Twelfth) is the official entrance test for admissions to Undergraduate Degree and Integrated Degree Programs ( Academic session 2017- 18) being offered by constituent schools of NMIMS at Mumbai, Shirpur, Bengaluru, Indore and Navi Mumbai Campuses.
For the first time, NMIMS is offering an undergraduate programme in the field of design. Students can also apply for programmes in engineering and technology management, phar macy and t echnolog y management, commerce and economics.
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T he NPAT e xamination would help students to secure admission in more than eight programmes.
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The CBSE English paper for Class 12 Boards is scheduled for March 9.