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Facing Board Exams

Facing Board Exams

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Jan 2019 4:34 PM GMT

Ranjan K Baruah

Recently I was invited to a junior college in Guwahati to address students on motivation, guidance and techniques to face board exams along with other speakers. After interacting with the students, I could see that the confidence levels were very low amongst the students who are going to appear in the board exams. There might be many reasons for the same but it is time that students must be confident and face the exams so that they could do well in any examination. As many are appearing for the board exams this year, so some tips might be useful or helpful for them. Here are some quick tips for planning and preparation before the board exams.

The most important is to have a positive attitude towards exams. As there are few days ahead for the board exams, students must follow certain things like:

  1. Sleep and eat well.
  2. Start the day in a positive way.
  3. Late night studies may not help so sleep well and utilize time well.
  4. Take out time to relax and rejuvenate yourself.
  5. Do not get anxious a day prior to the exam.
  6. Revise well, relax and just be comfortable.

There should a fixed timetable in order to study in a regular manner; one should make a timetable for each day. This can help a student manage time for all the subjects in a proper way. Make a regular routine or fix a particular portion to be studied each day. Make sure to complete the fixed portion the same day. It’s time to understand basic concepts behind the subjects. One can make a brief note and try to make brief notes as one cannot study everything one day before exam or a last moment.

Aspirants may have variety in your daily study and try to study different subjects in a day and do not just stick to one subject for hours. Variety in your study will keep one interested in it. As we cannot start again from the beginning, so we can also focus on weaker subjects; one must give some extra time to your weaker subjects everyday and try making them strong within the limited time. One of the most important things is not to lose your concentration. One must keep all required things ready with all the necessities before sitting at study table as it save time.

One may try to solve sample papers and previous years question papers with proper time. This will give a student more confidence. Appearing or arranging mock test enhances your confidence

Some of the tips during exam time at the hall:

  1. Read the question paper well and carefully so that things can be organized and manage time to finish them on time.
  2. Manage time as good time management is important during exam time.
  3. Plan in advance how much time you will dedicate to each question and category and stick to it.
  4. Draw diagrams and others items neatly with a neat handwriting and proper question numbers (there might be mistakes due to tension).

These are not the only tips as there are many others. One should follow or plan according to their convenience. Different students have different abilities and a proper planning helps them getting good marks and pass the board exams. Our desire, passion with a proper planning will lead us towards success.


  1. I would like to know more about NDA Exams.

Golap Boro,

Brahmaputra Junior College, Guwahati

Answer: One may join the defence forces by appearing in NDA exam and followed by interview and physical test. Male students who have passed class XII or going to appear this year with any stream may apply for the Army. However for Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy, students must be from science stream with Physics and Maths. Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination. Syllabus of mathematics paper includes algebra, matrices and determinants, matrices and determinants, analytical geometry of two and three dimensions, differential calculus, integral calculus and differential equations, vector algebra, statistics and probability. Total marks for this pare is 300.

The syllabus in English covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English and this paper consists of 200 marks. The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover these subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events. The Current Events paper includes knowledge of important events that have happened in India in the recent years - current important world events, prominent personalities—both Indian and international. including those connected with cultural activities and sports. This paper carries 400 marks. There is negative marking for wrong answers however no marks are to be deducted for questions which are not answered. Students may follow different guidebooks which are available in market.

(Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and North East and can be reached at or 8473943734 for any career related queries)

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