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

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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.

Rajan Sax­ena, vice chan­cel­lor, SVKM’s NMIMS, says, “With increasing de­mand for tal­ent in cre­ative fields and lack of trained pro­fes­sion­als in the field of de­sign, we have in­tro­duced dif­fer­ent un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes to fill this gap.”

T he NPAT e xam­i­na­tion would help stu­dents to se­cure ad­mis­sion in more than eight pro­grammes.

For more in­for ma­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion process, ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments, pro­gramme de­tails, el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria and test pat­tern, con­tact the in­sti­tute of visit


The CBSE English pa­per for Class 12 Boards is sched­uled for March 9.

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