9 Common Mistakes You Need To Avoid In The Board Examination

By Sashikanth Sai

This is the time for the board examinations be the central or state-level. Students might be busy with their revisions at this final lap of preparation, however, they should understand that preparation alone will not help them to achieve full marks in the examination.

While hard work and dedication are required to excel in any examination, attempting the question paper confidently and writing the exam without committing mistakes are equally important. Unfortunately, many students commit some mistakes unknowingly, which lead to them not scoring good marks irrespective of their best efforts in preparation.


After careful consideration, we take pleasure to list the top nine common mistakes students usually do in the examination hall. Let's take a tour!

1. Have To Know When To Leave

Students should understand that the board will not give marks based on the attempt. They can try the difficult questions, but not at the cost of leaving the questions they knew correctly. Candidates can try for one time and are advised to shift immediately rather than wasting time because the well known questions will fetch you marks. If students are leftover with any time, they can come back to answer the difficult ones.

2. Not Hitting The Bull's Eye

Unfortunately, many students fail to hit the bull's eye in the examination hall. They continue writing long answers unnecessarily, which is not going to add marks besides eating the time. Therefore, it is always suggested that you write the exact answer. Else, it will not only eat up your time but also give a wrong signal to the evaluator.

3. Not Taking The Correct Data

In a hurry, any students copy the data incorrectly. This will take them to get a wrong calculation and the amount of time they invested to solve the respective question also goes in vain. Students are advised to be more careful while taking the data given in the question paper.

4. Reading The Question Paper Incorrectly

This is the most common mistake committed by many students while taking the exam. Though the board has allotted some extra time to read the question paper, many students fail to use this precious time due to stress and/or panic. Students usually end up choosing a wrong question out of the optional ones, hence, they are advised to organise their thoughts during this time.

5. Going For Unplanned Answers

Usually, students go ahead and write the answers without proper planning. When they realise that one point has to be mentioned earlier than the one they just wrote, students immediately try to correct the answer by striking the previous point which not only wastes the time but also look messy.

6. Lack Of Time Management

The effective time management is required all the time in our career. This is applied for writing answers as well. By lacking effective time management, they leave the unattempted questions which carry precious marks. Therefore, students should plan early that how much amount of time is required for a respective question.

7. Taking Too Many Breaks

Of course, we do agree that writing an exam for long hours includes a lot of stress and energy. It is advised to take at least one break to deviate that should not be longer than three minutes. However, taking too many breaks while writing the exam will eat the precious time and takes time to focus again.

8. Making Answer Paper Messy

Due to hurry or panic, students usually makes their answer paper messy with crosses and strikes besides ignoring their handwriting. Students have to know that the examiner will not take the effort to understand the answers. So, it is you who have to take the responsibility to make your answer sheet attractive and readable in order to gain good marks.

9. Always In A Hurry To Handover

Students never utilise the grace time and try to hand over their answer sheet to the examiner as early as possible. After the first warning bell, students should focus on the basic information they have entered such as the roll number. This is also the time for them to rectify the grammatical or spelling mistakes. It is always a good idea to spare at least 5-10 minutes for checking the answer script properly.

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