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CBSE Class 12 Board Exam Preparation Tips!

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is one of the most popular school education boards in India. CBSE Class 12 board preparation becomes all the more important as the Board conducts Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main, which is the biggest engineering entrance exam in India; and All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) too, which is the biggest medical entrance exam in India. It means that the JEE Main syllabus and AIPMT syllabus is largest the same as CBSE Class 11 syllabus and CBSE Class 12 syllabus.

Besides, your Class 12 board marks also play a bigger role in helping you get your coveted engineering or medical seat now as considerable weightage is given to CBSE Board exams scores.

Here are top study tips for Class 12 board exam preparation just for you:

CBSE Class 12 Paper Pattern

For all subjects, except General Studies, Work Experience, and Physical & Health Education, CBSE conducts one paper of duration of 3 hours. Each paper carries a total of 100 marks. In subjects that require practical examination, there is one theory paper and one practical exam - according to the specified syllabi.

CBSE Class 12 Paper Analysis for some of the key Science subjects:

  • Maths 

Maths 2014 paper was moderately difficult but it was a lengthy paper. There was just one trick question - Set 1, Question Number 11. Calculus, Vectors & Dimensional Geometry was given much weightage as compared to topics such as Relations & Functions & Algebra.

  • Biology 

About 70% Biology 2014 paper had moderate difficulty level while about 20% questions tested high order thinking skills of learners. Here is the weightage given to different types of question in the exam:

  • Chemistry

Chemistry 2014 paper was quite easy. Since there were many reasoning questions and reactions-based questions, it was quite lengthy too. There were few tricky questions thrown in which required thorough knowledge of the subject such as Set I, Question numbers 22, 27 (first choice), 28 (first choice (b) part), 29 (first choice (b) part (ii)).

Comparatively speaking, Organic Chemistry was given more weightage to Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

The passing marks in CBSE exams are 33%. In subjects that included practicals, candidates need at least 33% marks in theory, 33% marks in practicals and 33% marks in aggregate.

Overall division or aggregate marks are not awarded to students but the Board does award Merit Certificate in each subject to Top 0.1% candidates passing that subject.

  • Physics

CBSE Physics 2014 paper was moderately difficult but lengthy paper. Tricky questions were included such as Set I, Question numbers 11, 23, 25. More weightage was give to Optics & Electrostatics this year compared to other topics such as Dual Nature Of Matter, Current Electricity etc.

Weightage of topics in different subjects

2014 CBSE question papers for following subjects revealed that certain topics were given more weightage in exams such as:

  • Maths


  • Biology


  • Chemistry


  • Physics


  • Best books for CBSE Class 12 students

For the purpose of CBSE Class 12 boards, all you need is your school textbooks and NCERT books for Class XI and Class XII. Science students might want to use following books for reference:




  • CBSE Chapter wise Solutions - Physics (Class -12 : Previous Year's Questions by Singh S

  • CBSE Chapter wise Solutions - Physics (Class 12) by S. K. Singh

  • CBSE Sample Question Papers - Physics by Panel Of Experts (excellent for CBSE Class 12 sample papers for practice)

  • Concepts of Physics (Volume-1 and Volume-2) by H C Verma

  • New Simplified Physics: A Reference Book for Class - 12 (Set of 2 Volumes) by DhanpatRai (2014)


  • CBSE Chapter wise Questions-Answers : Chemistry Previous Year' Questions by Sharma P

  • CBSE Chapterwise Solutions - Chemistry (Class 12): A Collection of Fully Solved Questions asked from 2014 - 2008 Examination by PurnimaSharma

  • Chemistry (Class - XII) by NCERT

  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry 5th Edition (Paperback) by J. D. Lee

  • Modern's ABC of Chemistry Class - 12 (Part 1 & 2) (With CD) by S. P. Jauhar

  • Pradeep's New Course Chemistry Class-XII (Set Of 2 Volumes) byPradeepPublications


  • CBSE Chapter wise Solutions - Mathematics (Class 12) by HemantMalhotra

  • CBSE Examination 2014 Mathematics : 15 Sample Question Papers (Class 12) by Prem Kumar

  • Mathematics (Class - XII) by NCERT

  • Problems Plus In IIT Mathematics by A Das Gupta

  • Senior Secondary School Math 12 by R. S. Aggarwal

  • Solutions of Objective Mathematics: Solutions of Exercises and Chapter Tests by DhanpatRai


  • Elementary Biology (Volume - 2) by Bhatia K N

  • Trueman's Elementary Biology, Vol.I for XI by Bhatia K N


  • CBSE - The Invisible Man (Class 12) by H. G. Wells

  • CBSE Chapter-wise Solutions - English Core (Class 12)

  • Intermediate English Grammar by Murphy

CBSE study tips to score above 90%

  • Regular studies and completing your syllabus on time wins you half the game. Complete your projects, assignments and practicals on the day they are assigned and get them out of your way.

  • Start with easier chapters and gradually proceed to topics that you find more difficult. With basics brushed up, you will find that even the most difficult topics will melt down to simpler easier concepts.

  • For subjects like Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry, solve at least 5 to 10 questions daily without failure.

  • At least three months before the exam, your focus should shift to revision of chapters you already know, solving past year question papers and getting your doubts cleared.

  • Many CBSE board exam questions are directly picked up from NCERT books. So, read them carefully.

  • Biology students must practice their diagrams. Flowcharts and cycles can be a good way to learn lengthy processes that might otherwise seem too difficult to learn.

  • On the day of exam, do not worry about the chapters you have not covered well. Most chapters do not carry more than 4 to 5 marks in the CBSE question paper. So, you will still be equipped with more than ammunition to hit off those scores!

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