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How to prepare for CBSE Class 8 Maths?

We always hope to be the best and remain on the top of the game. Similarly, if you are answering your CBSE Class 8 exam, Mathematics will be the only subject which will help you be the best. Because in CBSE Class 8, Mathematics is the only subject where students can score full marks in the examination. But to score full marks or excel in Mathematics, you need good preparation which requires smart work.

In this article, we present certain tips which will help students to fare well in the CBSE Class 8 Mathematics examination. However, before we start preparing for the examination, let's learn about the Mathematics syllabus.

Syllabus of CBSE Class 8 Mathematics:


List of Chapters

Marks weightage (in %)

Rational Chapters


Linear Equations


Understanding Quadrilaterals


Understanding Quadrilaterals Continues


Practical Geometry


Data Handling


Squares and squares roots


Cube and Cube Roots


Comparing quantities


Algebraic Expressions & identities


Algebraic Expressions & identities continues


Visualizing solid shapes




Mensuration Continues


Exponents and Powers


Direct and Inverse Propositions




Introduction to graphs


Introduction to graph continues


Playing with numbers



Based on the table, we recommend every CBSE Class 8 student to focus on the 4 chapters highlighted. First, you need to start with the chapters that have the highest weightage of marks in the examination. Then you need to focus on learning the fundamentals of each chapter.

Learning the basic concepts in each chapter is essential, as it will also help you in preparing for the competitive exams such as JEE and NEET. To get the best knowledge about any subject in CBSE, you can always use NCERT Solutions in which each chapter (and its topics) is covered in detail. By learning from textbook solutions, students are easily able to get more marks in the examination without the help of teachers, thus saving their precious time and without going to tuitions or a coaching centre.


5 Tips to follow for CBSE Class 8 Mathematics:

1) Constant practice: Practice makes people perfect. So, to learn and excel in Mathematics, you need to constantly practice. You need to go through sample papers to excel in the examination. Practice is a key parameter which will assist you in understanding the subject.

2) Focus on challenging topics: If you need to score well, you need to focus on the challenging chapters and thoroughly understand all the concepts. Try to complete the chapters like quadrilaterals, geometry and algebraic expressions first, then move on to the others. This is because these subjects are most challenging and the concepts that you learn now will also be used in the future examinations. So always try to complete the hard things first rather than completing the easier ones.

3) Prefer the NCERT Solutions: CBSE itself recommends students to use the NCERT Solutions. This is because each concept is presented chapter-wise. Students get basic insight on a topic and know what to focus on to score well in the examination. The NCERT Solutions for Mathematics can also help you with JEE preparation.  

4) Refer to sample papers: If you need to excel in Mathematics, then you need to refer to solved sample papers. By thoroughly practising the subject, you can achieve more marks. Most questions which will be asked in your examination will be like those from such question papers. 

5) Clear all your doubts: You need to make sure that you don’t have any doubt related to a certain topic. By clearing all doubts, you can study well and clear the exam easily. 


3 Common mistakes to avoid while preparing for CBSE Class 8 Mathematics:


  • Avoid skipping topics with fewer marks/weightage as fundamentals learned in Class 8 will also be helpful in future examinations.
  • Never ever try to attempt a question if you are not clear about the concept. It will not lead you anywhere and will simply consume more time. 
  • Don’t try to learn Mathematics with people who try to avoid it at any cost. 


Finally, have a dedicated 1 hour of study and 1 hour of practice. Follow this approach at least twice a week. Remembering these tips and avoiding the common mistakes will definitely help you to score more marks in the CBSE Class 8 Mathematics examination. If you like to know more, talk to a TopperLearning subject expert at 1800-212-7858 (toll-free).

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