Exam Hacks To Score 90% In Board Exams

CBSE board exam happens to be the cusp of every student’s academic life. Irrespective of the future career choices, these examinations are of utmost importance and with the increasing competition, it is so important for the students to perform their best.

How To Score Above 90% In Board Exams

How To Score Above 90% In Board Exam

Having said that, it is not impossible even for an average student to score an above-average mark of 90+. Let’s take a look at some of the best hacks to score 90% and above on boards.

Starting early

Most students make the mistake of beginning studies only in the last three months. While this might work for some students who are quick at grasping concepts in general.

In most cases, the student needs to work at least for 8 to 9 months for achieving these results. It does not mean that you study without having any fun throughout the year. It just means a consistent effort is to be put on a regular basis.

Making notes

CBSE Notes are a student’s best friend. Each one’s style of learning is different and so is the fashion of making notes. Some merely study using scribbles of notes and others make systematic summaries.

The importance of making notes comes to be seen when in the last month of preparation where revision is vital and reading everything again is close to impossible and also impractical. Important key lists like complex formulae, theories, values, names, and numbers are very volatile and revision notes can help in such situations.

Another use of notes is that it improves memory. Colour-coding, making diagrams, flow charts and mnemonics are important tools that students need to familiarize themselves with for easy recollection.


This point cannot be stressed enough. Scoring a percentage of 90+ is no joke and requires everyday effort. It is particularly important that a timetable is made for the entire year and is followed through consistently.

The timetable should be well-balanced with adequate time for all subjects, enough leisure time, focus on weak points and time for revision.

It does not matter if you study for a week continuously and ignore the books for the next week. Memory and habit are built over time and repetition, and this will only work by being consistent. There is no shortcut for this part.

Correct syllabus

Don’t underestimate the importance of CBSE standard textbooks. It is easy to get distracted by other students carrying large reference books but the first and foremost is to complete and be thorough with the NCERT prescribed textbook.

Only when you feel that this book is absolutely and completely understood should you move to other books. One can easily manage to score above 90% in the board exams.

Previous years papers

CBSE is one such paper that has been around for a very long time. The advantage of this is that there are many questions that get repeated over time. Solving the set of previous years’ papers gives the added edge to the student to crack the exam with ease.

Plus, it improves the student’s confidence over time. Make sure that solving papers is a part of your routine and set aside time to do this. There are books available with questions compiled topic-wise which is to be attempted first.

Slowly begin attempting them as an actual paper, especially towards the end of preparation, with time limits and exam setup. This not only acts as a mock exam but also makes sure that you’ve solved the paper twice.

Mock papers

Mock exam papers are provided by many institutes. They are usually set by professors from various colleges and institutes who may have even set the paper previously.

There is a high chance that similar questions end up in the actual examination. They also act as a great way to identify your weaknesses. A good mock paper is set in a well-balanced fashion, and this will easily point you in the direction of your weaknesses.

Work on your weakness

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Identify them not only within subjects but also within topics. For example, if your weakness is in organic chemistry, identify where exactly the problem lies, whether it is equations, or certain reactions or an entire chapter or concept.

This will make working on them much more efficient. You can also keep track of your improvements in these fields. At the same time, do not ignore your strengths. Give them a minimum but adequate time to make sure those marks are in the bag at all costs.

Time management

This is a very crucial aspect that most students do not pay attention to and end up paying for it at the exam hall. It is important to understand that no matter what, minimum nervousness at the exam hall is unavoidable. This will cost a bit more time than usual.

We also tend to be more careful and go over what we have written in the exam hall. To make sure all this does not eat into the actual writing time, practice timed paper completion. Make sure you finish the mock exams well within the time allotted so that incomplete paper does not become a cause for loss of marks.

Adequate rest

Sleep is of great importance for any student to perform at his/her optimal levels. Most of us compromise on this in order to complete the syllabus or get some last-minute studying done.

There is a lot of information that is being learnt and understood throughout the entire year. The brain needs adequate rest so that it can recollect all the information at the right time. By compromising on sleep, you compromise on almost 10 to 15 marks.

At the exam hall

Finally, there are a few things that can be done to make scoring easier. Diagrams wherever possible, neat writing format, underling of keywords and point-wise writing of paper definitely takes the scoring up a notch. After all, 90% requires additional effort apart from mere knowledge!

While the thought of 90% can sound daunting, it is well within the reach of most students. Just a few well-guided steps and hacks and that golden score of 90% or more is in the bag!

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