The Std. 10th final examination, better known as the SSC Board Exam is considered to be one of the most important exams in a student’s life. As a student who is starting his/her academic year, you will encounter many people who will give you a mountain of advice, to help you secure marks in the SSC board exam. These people generally include your school teacher, tuition teacher, your parents, relatives, friends, neighbors. The list is quite endless if you go to see.

The amount of advice is directly proportionate to not just the importance but also the difference between the SSC board exam and all the other exams, you’ve attempted in your previous academic years.

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SSC Board exam or the Secondary School Certificate exam is conducted by many boards all over India. It is known to be the gateway for students towards their career goals. Besides, your performance will decide the stream you will choose, the college you will admit into and finally the career and professional life in the future. So, think of this SSC Board Exam as the first pedestal that you must cross to inch closer to the finishing line of life.

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Here are a few indistinguishably common mistakes that many SSC board students fall prey to on the final examination day:

1. Not giving full importance to the Question Paper

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It is extremely important to read the question paper from cover to cover. A common mistake is to hurriedly read the paper and concentrate on revising the last read answer in your mind. Instead, if you can just keep yourself calm and focus on reading the Question Paper, you will be able to strategize better to answer it correctly.

2. Going for the tough questions first

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Many students make the common mistake of leaving the easiest of questions until the end of the SSC Board Exam. The idea behind this is to be able to answer all the tough questions to the best of one’s knowledge. Half the battle is won when you finish answering the difficult questions, or so you think. Leaving the easy questions until the end of the paper tends to harm you as there are high chances of you not being able to complete the paper. On the other hand, if you attempt all the easy questions first, you can be sure about scoring a certain amount of marks. This multiplies your confidence and you fare better in the difficult questions as well.


3. Treating the SSC Board Exam as a short race

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The SSC Board Exam is generally considered as a marathon. Many students make the mistake of believing that it is a short race or a sprint. This creates the misconception that the first one to finish studying their SSC Books and/ or leave the examination hall the earliest might score higher than their classmates. This hardly ever is the case, to ensure that you don’t focus on leaving the exam hall, rather focus on attempting the paper.

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4. Poor Paper Presentation

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The presentation of your paper is highly valued in the SSC Board exam. Many times the handwriting of students is quite illegible, diagrams are not labeled, answers are written in an unruly manner, supplements are not attached properly, the first page of the question paper is not filled in correctly, etc. All this would stop you from scoring well in the examination. Therefore, even though preparing your answers well is of utmost importance, the presentation holds the key to scoring good marks.

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Did you know that our brains have been scientifically proven to make us see things, which we wish to see when under acute stress? SSC Board exam is one such time when everyone gets the heebie-jeebies. This is because none of us have ever written an exam at an external center which is not our school. The stress and tension make our hands sweaty, make our legs shaky and all-in-all make us super worried.

This worry distracts us from the actual knowledge that we have gained over the year through all the SSC Books and makes us focus on one thing, to get outside the examination hall. This thought launches us into a ‘war-mode’ where all we want to do is write, write and write to just get outside the door.

This ‘war-mode’ is not always healthy as it makes us commit mistakes that we would have never made if we were calm. No one ever suffered from paying close attention to details. This is a well-thought cautionary piece of advice that many students overlook when it comes to their SSC board exam preparation.

These are a few mistakes but can cost you dearly in the SSC Board exam and it is thus important to avoid them at all costs. In a similar vein, their SSC Board books include guidelines that would help students to excel in Std.10th. Their product offerings include a number of SSC Board books that comprehensively cover all subjects as well as most likely questions from the examination point of view. You can add on to your practice run with Target Publications’ SSC Board Question Papers Set and better yourself in the SSC Boards. Wish you all the very best!

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