2010 – 2011
All the students want to perform well in their exam and most of them prepare with that goal in mind, but not all of them score high. The CBSE exam is a mixture of substance and style. Knowledge of the exam format, familiarity with topics and types of questions asked in the exam is necessary, but not sufficient. Political Science is concerned with current political affairs in international and domestic sphere. Hence, regular reading of the newspaper is very important as it would keep the students updated with recent events.
How to prepare and what to focus on?
Focus on key ideas from the text. By identifying them you are able to absorb the main ideas and give headings. Understand the concepts well and avoid cramming. Cramming will only lead to gaps in understanding and stress. Create flowcharts so that the key concepts are more easily grasped.
Maps and cartoons are very scoring. Practice marking all the continents and member countries of SAARC, ASEAN, NATO and SEATO. Critically look at all the cartoons and try to predict questions on your own. This will enhance your thinking skills. Read the ‘plus boxes’ carefully and the time lines. This will help you remember the sequence of events.
Carefully look at the graphs, pie charts and data tables (example pg 67 graphs comparing democracy and dictatorship in South Asia from the Book ‘Contemporary World politics’). Comparative and critical questions can be asked based on the source given.
A focus on critical reading and writing skills will enable the students to answer higher order thinking questions. Keep sample papers and previous years question papers handy. Do the rational selective reading keeping in mind the blueprint. The more practice tests one takes, the more comfortable one becomes with the pressure, format, timing, writing style and one’s strength and drawbacks. This helps the students to focus his/her energies in the right direction and secure high score in the CBSE Exam.
Sound time management skills and a good study regime are the foundations of a high achieving student. Make your own notes for a quick last revision. Also, make a timetable and try to stick to it. The timetable must be practical and adjustable. Prepare synopsis from each chapter. This certainly would help to enhance your knowledge by giving a bird’s eye view of the whole syllabus.
Last but not the least, think positive, eat well, sleep well and play sports of your liking.
Examination hall tips…
Read the questions carefully and stick to the question while formulating answers. Write precise answers and avoid repetitions.
Stick to the word limit as instructed in the question paper.
Give examples wherever necessary to substantiate your argument.
First, answer those questions which you can handle well. This will maximise your time.
Write long answers in points or in paragraphs to give structure to your answers and maintain a logical flow of thought.
Use key vocab from the text in your answers.
Structure your answer as introduction, body (main arguments/ reasons/ causes/ effects) and conclusion.
Write analytical answers and give your own views wherever necessary or asked.
Cite examples from current affairs.
Do not leave any question un-attempted.
Use a simple format and do not use too many coloured pens to highlight points. It may distract the examiner.
As you start writing, keep a complete control over time division. As you finish a particular question, tick it on the question paper so that you know you haven’t left out any question.
Keep 10 minutes for revising your answer sheet. Divide the rest of the time between the questions to be answered.
Manage your time well. The prescribed time for each section is:
Long Answers (6 marks) – 60 minutes
Short Answers (4 marks) – 70 minutes
Very Short Answers (2 marks) – 30 minutes
Very Short Answers (1mark) – 10 minutes
Total time: 3 hours
Believe in yourself. Have confidence, you will do well.