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CBSE sample papers | How to prepare to secure 96+ in last 3 months

25 November 2020 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board | Join the Discussion

CBSE Sample Papers | CBSE Sample Paper Class 10 | 12 2021

Over the years, students have been anticipating the different ways and strategies to prepare for CBSE board exams. As the exam dates come closer, stress and expectancy among students tend to grow and often lead to jitters. But it is well said that Rome was not built in a day! Preparing for board exams is an ongoing process which requires a full proof strategy and plans to study every ounce of the curriculum. 

The most common question asked by students is how to prepare to secure a 96+ percentage in the last 3 months? Truthbomb? It is not going to be easy. But, fret not! A properly framed and well-planned routine can not just sail you through the CBSE Board exams but can also assist you in scoring the desired marks with academic excellence. 

Here are some easy to follow tips, tricks, and hacks for all the students appearing in CBSE board exams 2020-21 that can help you secure a meritorious position. But before we begin, every student should understand that your marks are entirely dependent on all the hard work that you put in from the beginning of the year, and not just at the last few months.

Always stick to a timetable

This is where your preparation for excellence begins- A Time Table. The students need to draw a blue-print which should cover-

  1. The timespan required to finish the syllabus.

  2. The time required for self-study and self-assessment from the textbook.

  3. The time that needs to be spent on referring to additional study material and other reference books.

  4. The time that should be devoted to solving previous year question papers, CBSE sample papers, and question banks.

  5. The time that has to be allotted to revision.

Since we are discussing the CBSE board exam preparation pattern to score good marks in the last 3 months, it is assumed that you have finished your syllabus for all the subjects. Now without much ado, let’s begin.


CBSE Board Exams 2021: Tips and Tricks

A thorough understanding of NCERT questions

CBSE follows NCERT for the typology of questions and different important concepts. Hence, it becomes a vital point for all the students to self-study from NCERT textbooks carefully. For numerical based subjects like mathematics, physics, accountancy, etc., students should solve every question given in the prescribed textbook. As far as theoretical subjects like English, Business Studies, Hindi, History, etc. are concerned, the students should undergo an insightful reading of all the chapters. 

Here is a tip: Read the chapters like you are reading a story or a novel. This will make the process interesting and help you cover the syllabus quickly.

Solve different typologies of CBSE questions

Now, after NCERT questions, it’s time for solving different types of questions adhered to the CBSE pattern to make sure you are not just well-versed with simple questions but also with complex ones. There are dedicated CBSE question banks that can help you with the same. For instance, Oswaal Books has furnished CBSE Question Banks for Class 10th and 12th containing chapter-wise and topic-wise presentations of questions strictly based on the latest CBSE curriculum issued for the academic year 2020-21. Its question banks follow the revised NCERT Textbooks and Exemplar. Besides that, the previous year’s question papers with marking schemes and topper’s answers are what makes Oswaal Books’ CBSE Question Bank an ideal resource for final preparation. 

Get your copy here: Oswaal CBSE Question Banks Class 12  | CBSE Question Banks Class 10 | for 2020 - 2021 | CBSE Books Class 10 | CBSE Books Class 12

One CBSE Sample Paper every day

Attention! Since we are organizing a follow up with the entire syllabus in the last 3 months of preparation, testing, and assessing your understanding of the concepts is highly significant. For that, every student should solve at least one CBSE sample paper every day. You can allot one day to each subject and solve a sample question paper for a particular subject. 

By solving a sample paper, it is meant that students should solve the sample question paper and then get the answers checked or reviewed by the teacher. Why? Because that will help you identify, analyze, and then rectify the mistakes. You can also tally your answers from the solved question paper according to the CBSE marking scheme for the same purpose


Oswaal Books’ CBSE Sample Paper Class 10 & 12 | CBSE Books Class 10 | CBSE Books Class 12 for 2020-21 are released after revision as per the latest reduction in the syllabus directed by CBSE. There are 10 question papers in one Sample Paper book from which 5 are solved and 5 unsolved papers meant for self-assessment. Each question paper comes with proper hints to provide the students with exam-targeted study material. Some more interesting features of Oswaal CBSE Sample Question Papers are:

  1. All questions are based on the CBSE pattern.

  2. There are perfect solutions along with CBSE marking scheme and specified word limit.

  3. Answering Tips are given for the students to observe how a perfect answer is supposed to be penned.

  4. Commonly Made Errors section is furnished to make the students aware of the mistakes which should be avoided.

  5. Mind Maps and Oswaal Grammar Charts are also provided in the sample question paper to clarify any further doubts.

Important Tip: Sit with a stopwatch and set it for 3-hours, just like you are giving a proper exam. This will help you channelize your mind according to the CBSE board exam and boost your confidence.

Get your copy here: Oswaal CBSE Sample Paper Class 10  | CBSE Sample Paper Class 12 | for 2021 examination 2020 -2021 CBSE Books Class 10 | CBSE Books Class 12


Make time for solving the last 5 year CBSE question papers

We would not suggest that you should spend your time going through and solving 10-year question papers. This is because CBSE tends to update and revise its paper pattern time-to-time. So, solving the last 5-year CBSE question papers would be favorable. This will help you understand the type of questions asked and some specific questions or topics which have been recurring in all the previous year’s papers. Oswaal Books provides CBSE 5 years’ solved question papers for class 10th and 12th for all the subjects. 

In this resource, you will find the solved board examination paper 2020 along with CBSE marking scheme from 2012 to 2019 for in-depth study. Besides that, previous years’ board examination questions with solutions from March 2012 to March 2019 are included to facilitate focused study. Students can also refer to handwritten answer sheets of the topper from 2015-2018 for perfection in answering board examination questions. The answers are elaborated to clarify the concepts. Moreover, a hybrid edition is regulated for digital learning especially for the students.

Why are previous year’s question papers important?

  1. You will be able to observe the level of difficulty and important questions.

  2. You will be able to figure out the repeating questions and concepts.

  3. You will be able to figure out your true level of securing and scoring 96+ marks.

Get your copy here: Oswaal CBSE 5 Years’ Solved Papers Class 10 for 2021 examination | Oswaal CBSE 5 Years’ Solved Papers Class 12 for 2021 examination

Refer to study notes every morning

The clock is ticking! There is no time for you to skip your study routine. Now, it is very important to start revising everything that you have studied. So, take out the class notes and tuition notes, and read all the highlighted points, important concepts, and topics every morning. Studying early morning with a fresh mind is the best way to memorize things. In the morning, your mind is alert and can easily memorize formulas, names, important dates, etc. Hence, subjects that have formulas, theorems, and even other concepts to be memorized should be studied in the morning.

The final revision

You are done with the syllabus, you have referred to CBSE question banks, you have solved CBSE sample papers, and you have assessed yourself by solving CBSE 5-year question papers. Considering that you still have 1 month left for board exams, it is time to undergo the most crucial phase- the final revision. 

  1. Wake up early in the morning and begin with solving CBSE pullout worksheets for mathematics, physics, chemistry, accountancy, etc. These are primarily numerical-based subjects. You are not supposed to lose contact with the formulas, theorems, and equations. So, keep practising for at least 5-6 hours.

  2. Devote the rest of the day to theoretical subjects like business studies, Hindi, English, biology, history, etc. Memorize important dates, names, and places. Try to write down everything you study. This will help you memorize in a precise way.

  3. Do not stop with self-assessments. Keep analyzing and rectifying your mistakes to avoid them in the final examination.

  4. As these are the last days of your CBSE exam preparation, avoid going back to reference books like RD Sharma, etc. You need to be very confident about your understanding by now. Stick to solving CBSE worksheets, question banks, CBSE sample papers, and previous year solved question papers for practice.

What should you do to score more than 96 percent marks in CBSE Board Exams 2021?

  1. Do not avoid NCERT questions (those are actually the most important ones).

  2. When you study a certain topic, write down the main points, highlight the important topics, and keep on making notes.

  3. Write down all the formulas, theorems, and equations.

  4. Focus your mind on learning and not entirely on scoring. You will score well if you have a proper understanding of the concepts.

  5. Practice, practice, practice. Solve as many questions as you can.

  6. Take help from the teachers and get your answers checked to identify and rectify mistakes.

  7. Take breaks. Do not stick to your study room as that might make the entire process boring.

  8. Keep on revising your notes.

What shouldn’t you do to score more than 96 percent marks in CBSE Board Exams 2021?

  1. Stop procrastinating and leaving everything for the last moment. This habit might not lead you to success.

  2. Do not keep switching between social media and your books. Stay focused.

  3. Do not hinder your sleep pattern.

  4. Do not shift to another topic before you have completely understood the previous one.

  5. Never read numerical problems. Solve them properly.

In a nutshell

In the last few months of preparation for CBSE Board Exams 2021, students are supposed to practice solving CBSE sample papers and previous years’ question papers to understand the paper writing and pattern. However, it is equally important to keep revising the syllabus and important areas of the curriculum. After CBSE reduced the syllabus of class 10th and 12th by 30%, speculations are constantly made about the difficulty level of the CBSE examination 2021. The only thing that a should keep in mind is that he/she needs to actively prepare for the best. Good scores can only be achieved by understanding the subjects thoroughly.



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