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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Post Paper Analysis

Know more about the CBSE Class 10 Social Science Paper 2018.

By Admin 22nd Mar, 2018 06:27 pm

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the Class 10 Social Science exam today, 22nd March 2018. Over 16 lakh students all over India appeared for this exam. With the Class 10 board examinations making a comeback after a gap of seven years, answering this Social Science paper was like experiencing a slice of history itself for students this year.

In this Board exam, 80% weightage of marks was dedicated to the theory paper, while 20% weightage of marks was for internal assessment and regular class performance. 

Subject-wise Distribution of Marks

The Social Science paper was of 80 marks. It consisted of four subjects — History, Civics, Geography and Economics. Each of these subjects carried an equal weightage of 20 marks.

Question Paper Design

Let’s take a glimpse of the design of the question paper. The question paper had a total of 26 questions to be attempted in 3 hours.

Question No.


Question Type


1 mark each

Very short answer


3 marks each

Short answer


5 marks each

Long answer

26 (A)

2 marks

Map-based question (History)

26 (B)

3 marks

Map-based question (Geography)

This year’s question paper was different from that of last year’s in many ways.

While the previous year question paper was of 90 marks, this year’s paper was of 80 marks.

Last year, while the Geography and History sections were of 23 marks each, the Economics and Civics sections were of 22 marks each.

Earlier, in the final exams, questions were asked only from the SA2 portion. This year, questions were asked from the entire syllabus.

Earlier, map-based questions worth 6 marks were asked, but this year onwards, the map-based questions were of 5 marks.

In previous years, students were given an internal choice only in the History section; but this year surprisingly, internal choice was given in the Civics and Geography sections as well.

Let’s now look at the chapter-wise distribution of marks in all four subjects of the CBSE Class 10 Social Science Paper.

Click here for CBSE Class 10 Social Science Previous Year Paper.


Chapter-wise Distribution of Marks in History

Chapter-wise Distribution of Marks in Civics

Chapter-wise Distribution of Marks in Geography


Chapter-wise Distribution of Marks in Economics

Students felt that the Economics, Civics and Geography sections were easy, while the History section was a bit difficult. Many application-based questions were asked in the examination, and these consumed a lot of time. This is the main reason why many students found the paper to be lengthy. However, all questions were from the NCERT syllabus.

The map-based questions were easy, and it is expected that students would be able to score full marks in the map-based questions.

Many questions in the History section were not direct. Only those students who had thoroughly studied and prepared their History chapters would be able to score well in the History section.

So, overall, we can say that the question paper was of a medium difficulty level with some tricky questions.

We need to remember that in Social Sciences, along with good preparation, the art of writing good answers is of extreme importance. So, if students have written their answers correctly and with a proper introduction and conclusion, they should pass the Social Science exam in flying colours.


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