Top 21 Tips for the ICSE Board Exams

Top 21 Tips for the ICSE Board Exams

Scoring less in the ICSE boards can be one of the worst nightmares in the life of a student. Often students find themselves asking, “What if I fail in any subject?” or “What if my friends score higher marks than me?” The boards are an important exam for any ICSE student. Unfortunately, luck alone will not help you score well. What you need is a balanced strategy, sufficient amount of study, time management, practicing ICSE question papers and, most importantly, constant revision.

Here are some useful tips on how to ace your ICSE board exams.

  1. Prepare From Day One – A portion of the ICSE X board syllabus is covered in the IX standard itself. So make sure that your preparation starts in class IX
  2. Refer To Previous Years’ Question Papers – Previous ICSE class 10 question papers give you an idea of the questions that might appear in your ICSE board exams and help you prepare well in advance. You can purchase the previous year questions ICSE books online from Oswal Publishers. Refer to the following books for ICSE question papers:
  • ICSE 10 Last Year Solved Papers Chapterwise Solved Paper Series
  • 61 Paper Bank Series
  • Complete Course
  • Solved Papers – Annual Examination
  1. Consistency– Be consistent in your efforts and do not give up. Attempt each mock test, class test, and ICSE 10 years question bank exercises sincerely and prepare well for them.
  2. Answer Questions Given At The End of The Chapters – Solve questions given at the end of the chapters in the textbooks. If that is not available, solve 10 years question papers of ICSE.
  3. Make Notes- For theoretical subjects such as History, Geography and English Literature, make notes by writing on the margins first. It helps you at the time of preparing final notes and also at the time of revision.
  4. Self-study- No matter how much you are taught in the school or coaching classes, self-study is still essential. It will help you recollect what has been taught. Devote two-three hours each day for self-study.
  5. Clear Your Basics- Go through the essential topics several times to have a clear understanding of the concepts. If your basics are clear, you will be able to understand the questions in your board exams and answer without difficulty.
  6. Planning- Preparing a timetable for yourself is very important. Make sure you plan in such a way that you get to revise each subject after every 3-4 days.
  7. Preparation Of Chapter-wise Plan – Do not skip any chapters of your textbooks. If the topics are difficult to understand, try going through each section 7-8 times. Divide the chapters into small portions to understand better and see if you can recollect things.
  8. Study Difficult Chapters When You Are Attentive- Find out the best time for your study when you can pay attention. Understand if you are a morning person or a night person. Study important chapters during those times when you are in the most conducive mood.
  9. Practice Writing- Do not just read 10 years question papers of ICSE, practice solving them. For English Language subject, solve ICSE English Language specimen paper. Time yourself while attempting the question papers. This will help you in increasing your speed and improving time management.
  10. Decide What Needs To Be Written In The Paper- No matter how much you have studied, you still won’t get marks if you don’t know what to write. Read the questions carefully and decide what needs to be written in the answer and how many points are needed. Ensure to include proper keywords in the paper, especially in English Literature exam.

  11. Paper Presentation- A well-presented paper can help you score good marks. Write the board exams in neat handwriting, include relevant diagrams, and stick to the demand of the questions asked.
  12. Figure out your Strengths and Weaknesses- It is important to find out your strengths and weaknesses. Focus more on the subjects that are difficult to understand.
  13. Complete The Syllabus At Least 2-3 Months In Advance- Do not wait for the pre-boards to start preparing for your exams. Complete the syllabus well in advance and spend the rest of your time revising and solving previous years’ question papers.
  14. Cultivate a Hobby- All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Take small breaks in between long study sessions. Cultivate a hobby such as dancing, singing, cooking or painting to calm your mind.
  15. Stay Away From Social Media- Stay away from social media as much as possible. You should not get distracted during your study time.
  16. Nutritious Diet- Take proper care of your health. Have healthy food for a healthy mind.
  17. Get Proper Sleep- At least seven hours of continuous sleep is needed while preparing for board exams. Do not overburden yourself. Get proper rest
  18. Seek Guidance- Always seek advice from your teachers or seniors. They can offer you study material, prepare mock tests for you and can help you in clearing doubts while solving the previous ICSE question papers.
  19. Try Meditation- It is normal to panic and be anxious when the board exams are near. Try to calm yourself down. Do meditation or any other activity that suits you to get rid of the stress.



There is no specific guide or rule book for performing well in ICSE board exams. It depends entirely on your hard work and determination. However, the above-mentioned tips will help you score better. Oswal Publishers offers quality ICSE books online to help students prepare for their exams.

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