Top board exam mistakes!

March 17, 2009
Can every student do well in his or her board exams? Are toppers born or made?

Antariksh Bothale who scored 98.2 % in Class XII in 2007, is of the belief that with proper guidance and hard work, ANYONE can do well in board exams or competitive exams like the Joint Entrance Examination (for admission to the Indian Institute Of Technology).

Antariksh passed out of the Delhi Publish School, Jodhpur and is currently pursuing mechanical engineering at IIT Mumbai. He tips you off on common mistakes, preparation for English, revving up presentation skills, and more.

Does presentation play a role in board exams?

I couldn't stress on it MORE! The board examiner doesn't know you personally and doesn't know what to anticipate from an answer sheet. The way you present your work plays a major role in determining the impact you make on the examiner.

Good handwriting and neatly written answers easily impress people because their life becomes much easier. You might even get away with a minor mistake. On the other hand, an illegible script, with cutting and overwriting, simply puts off teachers!

As a rule of thumb, if you can do anything, which will make it easier for the examiner to check you answer sheet, do it. The first impression gained by a well-presented answer sheet is very helpful. I know people who were good in their subject but got less marks than expected because of bad presentation. There are cases where the opposite has also taken place.

At the end, I will say that nothing I have said can act as a substitute for preparation and practice. All these factors come into play once you have prepared well. No matter how well you garnish a dish, it wouldn't impress anyone if it doesn't taste good.