How To Effectively Present Answers In CBSE Board Exams

By Malavikka

The CBSE board exams have commenced and the obsession about marks and ranking has already set in for students. After working hard and studying for a year, know what could draw you closer to getting that perfect score you aspired for.

While pre-exam preparations play an important role in scoring, take a look at the presentation tips to follow during the exam. All the best!


Handwriting plays an apparent role in the presentation of your answer sheet. Even if you have written good quality content, bad handwriting could ruin your marks.

Some of the things to consider while writing are the thickness of your letters, ink flow from your pen, adequate spacing between words and uniform letter sizes for good legibility. You could probably refer to a handwriting notebook to get an idea of the ideal look of letters and follow a similar format that suits you.


Time Your Answers

Timing is important, not just for completing the paper within the given time but also for good presentation. When you rush writing the answers, the handwriting could go for a toss, you tend to forget the important points, you will not have sufficient time to check your answers and so on. So make sure to time your answers well ahead.

Succinct Writing

You don't have to write everything you know for every answer. Depending on the marks, it is important to keep your word limit less or more. Be to the point always. For 1 or 2 marks, don't write long answers. Some keywords and points are integral parts of definitions.

Similarly, the formula has to have all the elements. So know what type of points and length each answer needs depending on the subject.


Identify Vital Elements For Answers

Subject-wise, there are some important elements that the answers must contain. Following are some examples:

  • Physics - laws and its application
  • Biology - diagrams
  • Math - steps and formulae

Using the right elements for the answers will help you ace the exam. You may refer to solved answers of the previous years' papers to identify the other elements.

Click here  for CBSE previous years papers.


Highlight Keywords

It is not just enough to identify and write the important points for an answer. You have to write them and accentuate them. Highlight the important keywords, mainly the technical terms in each subject to make it obvious that you have not left out any necessary points.

This gives a good impression about you to the examiner whose correction task becomes easy due to clear presentation. Spontaneously, you will get extra marks for presentation, thus.


Maintain Good Grammar And Spellings

Even though you are strong subject-wise, if your language skills are poor, it could turn out to be a huge disadvantage in fetching good marks. You need to work on perfecting your communication skills while writing the answers such that the point that you want to convey is put forth crystal clear.

Also Read: How to Learn English in 30 Days?



Be Careful With Answer Numbers

All done and presented, what a major let down it would be if you had numbered the answers wrongly! The bad news is that the correction will be stringent in this aspect.

Even if you have excellently written an answer, but have given the number of the previous question, you would be marked zero. So be extra careful with the answer numbers. Spend at least five minutes after the exam to check if all the answers were written against the right numbers.


Give Examples

For long answers, it is always good to have a value addition with examples. The design of CBSE exam is such that the understanding of the student is given more importance than memory. So apart from the definitions and explanation you have memorised, package your answer with the examples from your understanding for better clarity and marks.

More is always good as long as it has relevance and you have sufficient time! In case you are running short of time, leave a little space after the answer to add the examples in the end, after completing the paper.


Draw Mild Lines

As soon as you start a fresh page, draw mild lines with your pencil so that your sentences don't slant. You could maintain a uniformity in the alignment if you do this.

Keep The Last Page For Rough Calculations

Be it science or maths, you may have problems or small doubts to solve in written format. Allocate the last page for this purpose so that you do not have any shabby scribblings on other sheets.

Use Single Colour Pen For Writing

If your ink gets over in the middle of the exam, make sure that you have an extra refill for the same type of pen so the colour does not change. The reason for maintaining the same colour is to maintain uniformity and to not create unnecessary suspicion about malpractice. You could use black for highlighting.

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