Finally, it feels so nice to be back! I was just itching to blog for so many days, plus my computer had problems, and I had to prepare for the CBSE Class X (2006) Board examinations too. Okay, okay, for rulebook addicts, that’s the All India Secondary School Examination 2006.
As they had said, this year’s papers were pretty easy in most cases. They lived up to that promise. So for the benefit of the future students of class X students, here’s my ‘review’. Highly personal, but that’s the kind of reaction that you sometime want to read. Do note though that I’m an A+++++++++ student, so my definition of what’s easy may differ from yours, but I’ll try to give the general reaction of the students too. Also, I’m talking about the Delhi set papers 2006. I’ll be giving my own board tips along the way too. Quite frankly though, this was the first school level exam I took very seriously; because I’m always studying way ahead of most students, and that doesn’t help in school exams. I may prepare many months in advance for a quiz or an olympiad, but for school exams, I start only maybe a week or two before, and that too not with the same gusto as for extra-curricular activities. That is, until three months before the Boards when I junked the other higher level books (not totally though) and tried to parrot out the prescribed ones. And to tell you, I was totally BORED by this exercise. Maybe they should spell it as ‘Bored exams’, or even better, rephrase them as ‘Boring exams’. Are you listening, Mr. Ashok Ganguly?
Another new rule introduced from this year was that we’d be given extra 15 minutes, apart from the usual time of 3 hours for answers, just to read the question paper. We weren’t allowed to write anything during this period. It really helped to plan out how to attempt the paper, and what the possible answers could be. In some centres I heard that some dimwit invigilators had allowed the students to write, but take my personal advice, don’t. Extra 15 minutes of writing won’t help, but proper planning surely will. In the end, you’ll gain more time by writing than by writing during that time.
- Social Science: Conducted on 2 March 2006. The paper wasn’t lengthy, and was relatively easy. There were a few questions that may have stumped the average student, but most would have been able to get some marks in those by atleast guessing from what they had already read. But the topic of discussion turned out to be a measly 2-mark question in which a photo of a monument from the NCERT history book was given, and we had to identify and write it’s features. Now since the current history book is a tad boring, many hadn’t even opened it and had studied from other books. Even those who had read the NCERT book, never expected that they may have to mug up the photos to (mug-shot, got it? heh, heh). So most of them ended up getting it wrong. Of course, not me.
- Mathematics: Conducted on 9 March 2006. This paper was definitely lengthy, and many people I spoke to said that they were writing almost till the end, me too. Although most of the questions were easy, there was one question on coordinate geometry, where we had to find a missing coordinate, that foxed many. Although I was not foxed, but I solved the question using a method described in senior classes, because it’s much easier and requires less complicated calculation. I didn’t think it over then, but in retrospect it doesn’t seem a wise thing, because the examiner could possibly mark me wrong. It could have been done by a method taught in our class, but the process is lengthier that way. So it all depends on the examiner, whether he/she marks me for that question.
- Sanskrit: Conducted on 13 March 2006. I had chosen this as my second language. It was easy, and I finished about 45 minutes early. The delay was a bit because these days we are supposed to copy down the questions too in many cases, which is a bit tedious. Also, this year’s paper had quite a few errors, especially in the translations of the question in English. Overall, the paper went well, but you never know what may go wrong in Sanskrit. One advice – think about the answers properly the first time, and revise less. That would make you less confused about your answers.
- Science: Conducted on 20 March 2006. This was my best exam out of the lot, because I like it. I think I submitted the perfect paper in this subject. The paper was nice and easy, with some spelling mistakes in the questions though. The questions were lifted straight from NCERT, so no point in studying from other books. Passages were lifted straight from NCERT, so the answers were supposed to be too. Fortunately, I had stopped consulting other books before the exam, so that really helped me. I finished this paper 30 minutes before time. Advice – Revise Section A (Physics & Chemistry) before going on to Section B (Biology), even if you have less time. That way you can rectify errors of a more serious nature since Section A has more weightage.
- English: Conducted on 27 March 2006. This was my first language by default, and another of my forte’s. I finished my paper an hour before time, that too after repeated revisions while I was writing the answers. Everything was pretty simple. Tip for the writing section topics – they generally come from some major event in months of July-October of the previous year, notwithstanding the fact that something major may have happened later. For example in 2005, the question came on Olympics, held in the Summer of 2004, rather than the Asian tsunami that came later.
So there, hope these help you. Also, I’d taken Spanish as an additional subject (third language), but I dropped it in tenth because it was stretching me too much. But I would really advise all to take Introductory Information Technology as an extra subject (I couldn’t take it since it was too late to change), because it’s really easy, just the basics of Internet, MS Office etc., and it’d replace your second language’s score if it’s higher.
What’s the answer to the gazillion dollar question (well, at least for me), ‘How much would I get overall?’. Well, I can’t say that, and I won’t shoot my mouth off on this topic and possibly embarrass myself later. Come back some time in June for the result. Till then, if you have any doubts, just add it to this post as a comment, and I’ll surely answer it (here).