What are the top 5 Most Common Mistakes Students make in the SSC Board Exam?


The Std. 10th final examination, better known as the SSC Board Exam is considered to be one among the most important exams in a student’s life. As a student who is starting of his/her academic year, you will encounter a number of people who will give you a mountain of advices, 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.

If there is one advice that would serve you throughout your educational life, then it would be to not believe anyone who says: ‘Marks don’t matter’. SSC Board exam or the Secondary School Certificate exam is conducted by a number of boards all over India. It is known to be the gateway of students towards their career goals. Your performance in this year will decide the stream you will be able to choose, the college you will get admission into and finally the career and professional life that you will lead. Think of this SSC Board Exam as the first hurdle 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

In the examination hall, you happen to be given the question paper 15 minutes before the examination starts. It is extremely important to utilise this time 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 strategise better in order to answer it correctly.

2. Going for the tough questions first

Many students make the common mistake of leaving the easiest of questions till 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

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 makes them want to believe that if they happen to be the first one to finish studying their SSC Books as well as to leave the examination hall, they 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.

4. Not following the question paper format

When you attempt your preliminary examinations or mock tests in your coaching class, you tend to treat the exam as any other normal one. This laid back thought goes directly out of the window when you sit to write an SSC Board exam paper. You forget everything about the previous years’ question papers. Panic, tension and anxiety are induced and you begin to haphazardly answer the questions. Sometimes you choose random questions and don’t follow the format of the paper. This proves detrimental as you may miss out on many points.

5. Poor Paper Presentation

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 labelled, 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.

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Did you know that our brains have been scientifically proven to make us humans 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 centre which is not our school. The stress and tension make our hands become 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 in order to just get outside the door.

This ‘war-mode’ is not always healthy as it makes us commit mistakes which 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. Our strong advice would to actually follow it to the T and score exceptionally.

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 which 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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