ICSE Class 10 Chemistry 2018 Paper Review
With all the questions from the syllabus, was the ICSE Chemistry board exam easy or difficult? This post-paper analysis will help you decide.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) conducted the Chemistry examination today, 19th March. After the ICSE Physics paper on 16th March, students got two days to prepare for their Chemistry exam. The ICSE Class 10 Chemistry board paper 2018 was entirely based on the syllabus prescribed by CISCE.
Question Paper Structure
The paper was of 80 marks and divided into two sections – Section I and Section II. Each section was of 40 marks, and the duration of the paper was 2 hours.
Section I was compulsory. It had a total of 4 questions mostly of the ‘short answer type’. In Section II, there were 6 questions, out of which students had to attempt 4 questions. Here is the detailed analysis of the ICSE 10 Chemistry paper.
As compared to last year’s question paper, we see a change the weightage of marks for some chapters. ‘Organic Chemistry’, one of the most important chapters, had the maximum weightage of marks this year also. We found that there was an increase in the weightage of marks for the chapters ‘Hydrogen Chloride’ and ‘Mole Concept’, and there was a corresponding decrease in the weightage of marks for the chapters ‘Electrolysis’ and ‘Sulphuric Acid’.
Question Types and Difficulty Level
The ICSE X Chemistry Question Paper comprised short answer questions, which students could answer if they had a clear understanding of concepts. The chemical reactions and equations asked in the exam must have surely put to the test students’ understanding and remembering ability. Few numericals from the chapter ‘Mole Concept’ required that students apply the concept to get the answer. As in the previous years, these application-based numericals were expected to feature in the exam paper.
Students who possessed a thorough understanding of concepts from the ICSE Chemistry syllabus would find that scoring high marks in the paper would have been an easy feat. However, we cannot conclude that the paper was easy had students not adequately practised with sample papers and past year papers, because with understanding of concepts thorough practice is also key, especially in a subject like Chemistry.
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