The Ultimate CBSE Class 10 Preparation & Revision Hacks You Can't Afford to Miss!


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 CBSE Class 10 exam 2024 Preparation & Revision Tips and Tricks

Gear up, Class 10 champs!

With the CBSE exams just around the corner on February 15, 2024, are you ready for the academic showdown? 

Success in these board exams isn't just about hitting the books; it's about smart planning, focused prep, and staying cool.

Wondering how to snag that dream score? 

Dive into this guide for subject-wise tips and killer preparation & revision strategies! Ready to ace it?

Check out our blog, “Ready, Set, Study: CBSE Classes 10 & 12 Exam 2024 Schedule Revealed!” to access the datesheet.

CBSE Class 10 Preparation & Revision Tips That Will Help You Score 95% or Above:


1. Crack the Code — It's not a Secret Society:

Be thorough with the CBSE Class 10 Syllabus. Grasp the Exam Pattern to understand the marking scheme and question formats. CBSE Class 10th exams are structured with a total evaluation of 100 marks, distributed as follows:

Annual Board (80 Marks):

Passing marks: 33% out of 80 in each subject

Internal Assessment (20 Marks):

Periodic Tests: 10 marks each

Notebook Submission: 5 marks

Subject Activities: 5 marks

Note: The average of the best two marks out of the three Periodic Tests will be considered for the final weightage in the Internal Assessment. 

Also read “CBSE 2024: Understanding the Subject-wise Marks Allocation for Theory, Practical, and Internal Assessment” for more details.

Outlined below is the revised CBSE Class 10 Exam Pattern for 2023–24:

  • Competency-based Questions: These questions will make up 50% of the total, aligning with the NEP 2020 guidelines.
  • MCQ-type Questions: The question paper will feature 20% of MCQ-type questions, reflecting a new inclusion in the examination format.
  • Short and Long-Answer Type Questions: Comprising 30% of the overall question paper, these questions will allow students to provide detailed responses.

2. SQPs & PYQs—Your BFFs:

Solving the latest Class 10 CBSE Sample Question Papers (SQP), Additional Practice Questions(APQ), Question Banks 2023–24 & previous years' question papers (PYQ) is instrumental in getting acquainted with the exam pattern and refining time management skills. They're like cheat codes for the game of exams. Practice, practice, and did we mention, practice?

3. Revision Plan Blueprint:

Regular revision is the heartbeat of effective learning. It solidifies your understanding, reinforces key concepts, and enhances information retention. Consider revision sessions as mini-concerts where you showcase your knowledge with confidence.

4. No Slang Zone: The Language Etiquette

As you prepare for exams, remember that the language you use matters. While spoken and written English may have nuances, keeping your exam responses free from slang is crucial. Clarity and simplicity in language enhance understanding, reducing the risk of misinterpretation by examiners. Your answers should be a testament to your command over the language.

5. Answer Flow Strategy:

Students often overlook the importance of a well-thought-out strategy for answering board exam questions. It is essential not to exceed the word limit on the answer sheet. Writing relevant information is key, and exaggeration can lead to a loss of marks. Practice the proper technique of writing answers during your preparation. Additionally, make the best use of the 15-minute reading time allotted before starting to write the exam.

6. Target Your Weak Spots and Own Them

Identifying and addressing your weaker subjects or topics is a strategic move. Allocate more time to practice and fortify your understanding in these areas. It's the academic equivalent of strengthening the weakest link in a chain to ensure robust performance.

7. Teacher SOS:

Don't hesitate to approach your teachers for clarification on difficult topics or doubts you may have. They are there to guide you.

8. Group Study Jam: The Collective Brainpower

Studying in groups can occasionally be a game-changer. It fosters discussions on complex concepts, allows you to learn from your peers, and provides diverse perspectives. However, strike a balance, ensuring that group study sessions are productive and focused.

9. Organize the Chaos: The Zen of Order

Maintaining an organized set of study materials and notes is more than just aesthetics; it's a time-saving strategy. Avoid the frustration of searching for information by keeping your study space tidy and materials neatly arranged.

10. Visual Vibes: The Art of Conceptualization

Create mind maps, charts, and diagrams to visualize complex concepts. Visual aids serve as powerful tools for understanding and facilitate easier recall during revision. Your study space can transform into a canvas of knowledge.

11. Write Like a Boss: Mastering Presentation

Improving your answer presentation and time management during exams requires consistent practice. Use your preparation time to hone your writing skills. Present your answers with clarity, coherence, and conciseness, ensuring that your responses are a reflection of your knowledge and understanding.

12. Mock Test Showdown: The Reality Check

Regularly engaging in mock tests serves as a reality check. It assesses your preparation level, highlights areas that need improvement, and familiarizes you with the actual exam environment. Treat each mock test as a friendly sparring match, refining your skills for the championship.

13. Positive Vibes Only: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Believe in yourself, maintain a positive attitude, and banish unnecessary stress and anxiety. Success is not just about the numbers on your scorecard; it's about the growth and learning you experience throughout the journey. Plan your studies strategically to avoid last-minute cramming, and approach each exam with confidence.

14. Time Mastery Move: The Clock Whisperer

Time is a precious commodity during exams. Allocate your time wisely to each section, ensuring that you don't spend an inordinate amount of time on a single question. Be the master of your time, not its servant.

CBSE Class 10 Subject-Wise Preparation & Revision Tips & Tricks:


CBSE Class 10 English Preparation & Revision Tips:

  • Enhance Language Skills: Regularly immerse yourself in novels, newspapers, and science fiction to improve language proficiency. Reading diverse materials contributes to a well-rounded vocabulary and a nuanced understanding of language.
  • Practice Writing: Familiarize yourself with the prescribed formats for letter writing, applications, and speeches through consistent practice. This ensures that you are well-versed in the art of effective communication.
  • Focus on Reading and Writing Skills: Allocate dedicated time to practice factual and discursive passages. Additionally, hone your writing skills, including grammar, as these components carry a substantial weightage of 50 marks in the exam.
  • Study Grammar: Utilize reputable grammar books to delve into the intricacies of English grammar rules. Practice a wide range of grammar-related questions to reinforce your command over the language.
  • Work on Unseen Passages: Unseen passages are relatively scoring and require minimal effort. Regular practice with passages enhances your comprehension skills and contributes positively to your overall score.

CBSE Class 10 Hindi Preparation & Revision Tips:

  • Solve Previous Years’ Papers:
    • Check out old papers to see how the exam works.
    • Match your answers with theirs – like studying with a friend.
    • Know what questions might come and where the marks are.
  • Master Writing Skills: Your Pen's Time to Shine
    • Practice essays, letters, and cool descriptions – the ones that get you 22 marks.
    • Copy the right formats, so your answers are like a smooth dance routine.
    • Write like you own it – clear, easy, and with your own flavour.
  • Memorise Poetries and Meanings:
    • Buddy up with those poems; memorize them like your favourite song lyrics.
    • Know the meanings by heart – it’s like knowing the superhero origin story.
    • Be ready for any tricky questions about the poems you’ve got in your back pocket.
  • Grammar Grind: Master the Rules
    • Understand those grammar questions – the ticket to grabbing 16 marks.
    • No need to be shy; face those rules like a boss. No room for grammar gremlins here.
    • Practice like it’s a language mini-battle.
  • Unseen Passage Quest: Read, React, Rock It
    • Spend time on those unseen passages; they're like the easy points (10 marks, yes please!).
    • Read smart – get the gist without breaking a mental sweat.
    • Keep it cool; you can handle this section without any brain acrobatics.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Preparation & Revision Tips:

  • Use Pointers for Long Answers: While preparing, use pointers for long answers to facilitate better recall during exams.
  • Create Memorization Aids: Create tables with essential dates and names of rulers to revise periodically.
  • Map Marking Practice: Regularly practice marking locations on maps for geography questions that require mapping skills.
  • Relate Concepts to Real-Life: Connect social science concepts to real-life events for easier understanding and retention.
  • Tackle Short Questions First: During the exam, start with short questions before attempting longer ones.

CBSE Class 10 Science Preparation & Revision Tips:

  • Practice Physics Numericals: Concentrate on honing your skills in solving numerical problems in Physics during your last-minute revision of Class 10 Science concepts.
  • Master Chemistry Nomenclature: Memorize periodic trends, important reactions and their products in Chemistry to strengthen understanding.
  • Memorize Important Terms: Memorize essential terms and their respective functions in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • Focus on Biology Terminology: Biology demands extensive memorization of difficult terminology and concepts, as well as the practice of diagrams.
  • Revise Physics Theorems and Formulas: Prioritize revising Physics Theorems and direct formulas to reinforce understanding.

CBSE Class 10 Maths Preparation & Revision Tips:

  • Solve Previous Years’ Questions and Sample Papers:
    • Get familiar with the types of questions asked in the exam.
    • Review CBSE Class 10 NCERT solutions for stepwise answer writing skills.
    • Manage time efficiently during practice to enhance speed.
    • Analyze your performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Do Revision Properly:
    • For last-minute revision of Class 10 Maths, list important chapters and topics.
    • Focus on topics with higher marks weightage.
    • Solve important questions for better preparation.
    • Quickly revise key formulas and theorems.
    • Create flashcards for quick self-testing.
    • Recap theorems and understand key steps.

CBSE Class 10 Sample Papers, Addition Practice Questions & Question Bank 2023-24

Check the CBSE Class 10 Sample Papers Addition Practice Questions & Question Bank 2023-24 from the tables below. These papers & questions are a great resource for board exam preparation as they are based on the same format and difficulty level of the final exams:

Table 1: CBSE Question Bank Class X
Class Subject
X English
X Mathematics
X Science


Table 2: Class X Sample Question Paper & Marking Scheme for Exam 2023-24
Subject Sample Question Paper Marking Scheme
Science SQP MS
English (Language & Literature) SQP MS
English (Communicative) SQP MS
Hindi A SQP MS
Hindi B SQP MS
Computer Application SQP MS
Mathematics (Basic) SQP MS
Mathematics (Standard) SQP MS
Social Science SQP MS

Read our “CBSE Sample Papers and Marking Schemes of Class 10 and 12 Board Exams 2024 Are Now Available for Download!” blog for in-depth information

Table 3: Additional Practice Questions for Class X
Class X Set 1 Set 2
Computer Applications PQs | MS  
Science PQs | MS PQs | MS
Mathematics PQs | MS PQs | MS
Hindi A PQs | MS PQs | MS
Hindi B PQs | MS PQs | MS
English PQs | MS  
English Language & Literature PQs | MS  
Social Science PQs | MS PQs | MS

Check out our blog “CBSE Board Exams 2024: Additional Practice Questions for Classes 10 and 12 Released” for more details.

Conclusion: The Final Pep Talk

As you navigate through the impending challenges of the CBSE Class 10 exams, bear in mind that success is not merely a numerical achievement but a holistic embrace of the learning process. Dedicate yourself to the journey, adhere to these practical tips, and approach each exam with a sense of self-assuredness.

Your path to success is a unique one. Celebrate your victories, learn from setbacks, and carry with you the knowledge diligently acquired and the resilience developed throughout your preparation.

As you step into the examination hall, armed with knowledge and determination, remember – you've got this! Wishing you clarity of thought, confidence in execution, and success beyond your expectations in the CBSE Class 10 exams. Onward and upward! 

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