ICSE 10 Biology Exam Review and Analysis
Was the ICSE X Biology paper as easy as always? Read this special review to find out.
The Class 10 board exams for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, popularly known as ICSE, have been going on since 22nd February 2019, and today, ICSE Class 10 students had their last board paper of Biology (Science Paper III), which is relatively easy to crack among all the science papers.
This time students got a gap of two days, a boon for some students, after the Chemistry paper to prepare themselves for their Biology exam.
Let us analyse the question paper and check whether the exam was worth all the effort put in by students.
Question Paper Structure
The ICSE X Biology exam comprised a theory paper of two hours which had questions of a total of 80 marks and an internal assessment with practical work carrying 20 marks.
The theory paper was divided into two sections, Section I (40 marks) and Section II (40 marks).
Section I was compulsory and had a total of 8 questions based on the entire syllabus, all objective type, each question carrying 5 marks.
Section II had a total of 7 questions which were mostly diagram based, each question carrying 10 marks. Students were given an option to answer any 4 of these 7 questions.
To help our student readers who attempted the various questions, we here review the complete theory paper without considering the options.
On comparing this question paper with that of 2018, we find that the chapter ‘Reproductive System’ had the maximum weightage of 13 marks, followed by the chapters ‘Pollution’ (10 marks), ‘Nervous System’ (9 marks) and ‘Chemical Coordination in Plants’ (9 marks). The corresponding weightage was decreased from the unit ‘Circulatory System’.
Students with thorough knowledge on environmental problems (Pollution) and human anatomy (Excretory System and Reproductive System) would find that answering questions from these chapters was relatively easy.
Questions in Section A were very easy and were remembering based. Most questions were directly picked from the exercises at the end of every chapter. These would not have been too hard for students well-versed with the topics covered in their ICSE textbooks.
Questions in Section B were mostly diagram-based and straight-forward, covering the experimental aspects of chapters. This section was entirely based on the understanding skills of students.
It would be fair to conclude that this paper was very easy and that it was a great scoring opportunity for students who were regular with their learning of concepts and had practised with sample papers.
Today’s Biology paper was the last board paper for ICSE Class 10 students. Being stress-free and relaxed after a year of rigorous effort and dedication, students can now enjoy their long-awaited summer vacations.
Stay tuned with www.topperlearning.com for some engaging and fun activities this summer!
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