Excelling in Class 10th Board Exams is one of the biggest achievements in a student’s life. It helps students to ascertain the trajectory of their future careers. Hence, it is crucial to prepare well for the CBSE 10th board exams with effective planning and timely practice. While preparing, students often devote maximum time to Science and Maths and often get perplexed by the vast syllabus of Social Science.
Social Science is divided into History, Geography, Political Science & Economics. During Social Science exam preparation, students should give equal priority to each section. Since it’s a theoretical subject, the preparation demands short and repeated cycles of revision.
Let’s look at the stepwise exam preparation tips including what to study when to study and how to study effectively.
Understand the Exam Syllabus & Pattern
The present syllabus of CBSE X Social Science Exam has been designed around four broad themes-
India and the Contemporary World – II
Contemporary India – II
Democratic Politics – II
Understanding Economic Development
The Marks are evenly distributed in four themes.
The Typology of Questions:
Remembering and Understanding: 28 Marks
Application: 15 Marks
Formulate, Analyse, Evaluation & Creativity: 32 Marks
Map Skill: 05 Marks
Total marks = 80 | Duration = 3 hrs.
As per the sample papers released by CBSE, there will be 37 questions divided into six sections A, B, C, D, E, and F.
|Section||No. of Questions||Type of Question||Marks||Nature of Questions|
|Section A||20||MCQs along with Assertion-Reasoning, Chronological order, Match the following types of questions||1 mark each||Questions in this section are conceptual as well as factual.|
|Section B||4||Very Short answer type questions||2 marks each||Questions in this section are direct and factual.|
|Section C||5||Short answer type questions||3 marks each||Questions in this section are conceptual as well as factual.|
|Section D||4||Long answer type questions||5 marks each||Questions in this section are understanding and analysis based. Answers are to be written in points.|
|Section E||3||Source-based/case-based units of assessment||4 marks each (includes three sub-parts)||The source/extract is from NCERT books. Answers may not lie directly in the source/extract. The answers require an understanding of the chapter.|
|Section F||1||Map based question||5 marks||One question is from History – asking for the identification of two places (2 marks) and one question is from Geography – asking for the location and labelling of three features (3 marks)|
As per CBSE, some chapters/topics have been deleted in Social Science. Chapters deleted from Democratic Politics-II are:
Chapter 3: Democracy and Diversity
Chapter 5: Popular Struggles and Movements
Chapter 8: Challenges to Democracy
Apart from this, some topics/boxes have been deleted from Geography and Political Science
So, go through the rationalised content as released by CBSE.
Plan Section-Wise Revision with NCERT
Almost equal weightage is given to all four subjects. Carefully memorise the summary of each lesson. You may also create mnemonics to recall factual data. Flowcharts can also be created to remember concepts in a concise manner ensuring proper revision of NCERT textbooks. Do not forget to solve examples and back exercises of each chapter from the NCERT.
Learn Through Mock Papers:
Practise the available Model Test Papers based on the new pattern in the stipulated time frame. Pay special attention to the assertion-reason type of questions. As per the sample paper issued by CBSE, more analytical-type questions were asked. So it is very important to understand the concepts thoroughly to attempt such questions.
Key Points to Remember:
- Try to interrelate chapters to develop a better understanding of concepts.
- Write answers in points.
- Underline important words.
- Give special focus on map questions as this is a high-scoring area.
Hope these tips prove beneficial for your preparation. Good luck with your Board exam!
- Prepare for your exams well in advance
- Get a good night’s sleep beforehand
- Eat sensibly before the exam
- Stop studying about an hour before the exam
- Know the time and place of the exam
- Develop positive self-talk
3. Will the class 10 and 12 boards are held offline or online?
The exam, as per the board, will be held offline in the respective schools of the students. Students will have to compulsorily carry the admit card issued in their name. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website of the board.
4. Will the 2023 boards be in 2 terms?
5. Is the 2023 board exam MCQ?