The so-called ICSE “Board Exam” Monster!

Having just finished my 10th Board exams, I think I’m qualified to say that the boards are just not as tough as is told to us in our entire schooling. Most schools set their pre-boards papers much tougher than the boards themselves, which is of course good since it prepares us for the worst. Nevertheless, here are some important tips on each subject that I have put together which will surely help!


Here is my recent blog on what you’ll probably feel like on the results day!


  • For the compositions(narrative or descriptive) , I highly recommend reading some good types of introductions and conclusions before the exam. This not only helps in starting off well, but also gives ideas for formation of the story.Here is a link to some good intros and conclusions.                                                                                                    Types Of Introductions                                                                                                          Types of Conclusions
  • The Comprehensions are very scoring. Make sure you know plenty of synonyms for the first part of the question where they ask the meanings. Write comprehension answers to the point and in your own words. Do not copy from the passage and you will surely score full marks. 
  • For the precis, be sure to write exactly 60 words and not more. Underline the important material in the reading time itself. Then, form a rough draft and frame the summary in your own words. Do not use lines from the passage. 
  • The formal letter is preferred as 3 marks are reserved for format. Avoid scribbling as they cost marks in the letter.
  • Learn the grammar syllabus from a good grammar book such as “Renin Martin”.
  • And lastly, go through the Board Model Answers Paper. This gives us an examiner’s point of view for correcting, the common mistakes made and the marking scheme.  Board Model Answers 2014    


  • The Shakespeare novel, “Merchant Of Venice” should be read throughly. I feel that Act 2 and Act 4 are very important for the coming 2016 Board examinations. Here is the link to a site which provides all the explanations very well.                                                  No Fear, Shakespeare.
  • Try your best to include all points in an answer according to the marks for both poetry and prose.
  • For the 16 marks-essay type of question, give a character sketch and the background of the story. Then jot down at least 12 points according to the question asked.
  • Go through the Board Model Answer Papers to understand the marking scheme and common mistakes made by students.                                                                                      Board Model Answers 2014


History and civics is surprisingly one of the easiest papers in the boards.

  • Make flashcards to remember all the important dates and events.
  • Buy a “Together With History and Civics” book which really helps in getting acquainted with the different types of short questions asked in Section A.
  • Skipping any two chapters for long questions only in history and world historypreferably one that is has already been asked in the previous year’s examination )  is all right, but the short answers should be learnt.
  • Go through the Board Model Papers to understand the marking scheme.                         Board Model Answers 2014                                                                                                        Important Dates and Events.


  • Learn the maps very very well as they are extremely scoring. Always use arrows in the map and do not write the name of a place or a river without the use of arrows.
  • Learn any 6 topics thoroughly as only five questions are to attempted.  I’d recommend learning Climate of india, Soils, Minerals, Water resources, Agro based industries and Natural Vegetation of India since these are shorter than the rest and also more scoring. 
  • Transport and waste management(combined) is also very scoring though it is a long chapter.
  • Make sure you know the topographical map’s terminology and use all the previous year’s papers for practise.
  • Always try attempting an extra question in geography.
  •  Go through the Board Model Papers to understand the marking scheme.                             Board Model Answers


  • Once you have had enough practise from the problems of the school textbook, solve the last 10 year’s previous papers. Make sure you do this timed as this will help with time management on the final day of the exam.
  • Attempt question related to statistics and constructions only if you have sufficient time.
  • Do not attempt extra question if only 15 minutes remain. Recheck your paper instead.
  • Here is a list of all the important formulae to be memorised .                                              List of formulae.
  • Go through the Board Model Answer paper to understand the marking scheme.              Board Model Answers


  • Light is the easiest chapter in physics since it does have any numericals  ∴ Special attention should be payed to this chapter and the ray diagrams for both concave and convex mirrors are very important.
  • Practice the diagrams of cathode ray tube, a.c and d.c motors, current flowing in straight and circular wires, current flowing through a solenoid, ring system of house wiring, all the pulley systems, devices that use levers,refraction through prism and sound waveforms. 
  • All the important definitions HAVE to be learnt. There is no escaping out of this.
  • Go through the Board Model Paper to understand the marking scheme.                               Board Model Answers


  • Analytical and practical chemistry chapters (Pg 273 and Pg 64 of Simplified ICSE chemistry textbook) are very important and should be learnt extremely well.
  • Only learn the important definitions and practise adequate numericals from stoichiometry.
  • Learn only the reactions specified in the syllabus for organic and inorganic chemistry.
  • Go through the Board Model Answers to understand the marking scheme and the common mistakes made by students.                                                                                     Board Model Answers


  • The best way to learn for this subject is to make a list or flashcards instead of memorising directly from the text.
  • Make a list of all the locations of various organs or parts of the plant. This will help in answering questions such as ‘Give the exact location of ……” which are asked in Section A.
  • Learn all the labelling for the diagrams given in the textbook since any of them can be asked.
  • Learn to draw only those diagrams that are specified in the syllabus.
  • Go through the Boards Model Paper to understand the marking scheme.                     Board Model Answers

And with that, you’re all set for the boards. Good Luck! Cheers!


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  1. Nice post…As a father of twin daughters who will be appearing in 10th (ICSC board) this year.. looking forward more blogs on ICSE from you 🙂


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