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Study Smart for your CBSE Commerce Board Exams

Every academic stream has its own tricks of trade. While memorising formulae, remembering concepts and practising numerical is a priority for Science students, Commerce students have to deal with absorbing vast syllabi and there are no shortcuts to this.

Studying Commerce tests your ability to tackle business jargon, and tally each and every calculation. Ask any business professional, and he or she will tell you the relief that a perfectly tallied balance sheet brings to them. Commerce is for people who preserve through piles of content and calculations. But can you remember everything? No, you cannot, because the human brain must definitely be having some limit. Then can you learn some tricks to retain information effectively? Now that definitely gets a “Yes!” from Commerce Experts at TopperLearning. Let us look at some handy tips that can help you sail comfortably through your Class XII Commerce exams. 

General Preparation Tips

1. The best way to familiarise yourself with the Commerce subjects is to go beyond NCERT books. While it is imperative that you master each concept and every problem in your NCERT books, it is also important that you study from reference books, especially for Accountancy.

2. Rote learning never works. It is like repeating an OTP only to remember it till the time you fill it in the required field. Commerce concepts are the foundation on which you will move ahead to become an accomplished business person. So read to understand and not to mug up. This way there is a high possibility that you absorb the content forever.

3. The trick to absorb important concepts is to make notes that you can carry anytime, anywhere. Highlighting, creating flashcards, making comparison tables, etc are ways that can help your brain retain information. You might not physically remember where each and every country in this world is, but a map surely helps you locate places based on your memory. Notes too, in a similar way, help you retain and reproduce information as and when needed.

4. Only reading and making notes will not do. You have to test your knowledge and understanding from time to time to evaluate your exam preparedness. There should be a mock performance before the final curtain raiser, right? The reason why we all wrote numbers and alphabets repeatedly in junior classes was because it stimulated our brains to get used to basics, which we then automatically used to understand complex concepts. Solving sample papers and past year papers gives you a broad idea about the paper pattern making you build strategies around time management without compromising on speed and accuracy.  

The Three Commerce Subjects


This is a content heavy subject, so make notes liberally, enhance related vocabulary, practise diagrams and graphs, and most importantly, follow a study plan to avoid last minute frustration.


This is a number heavy subject, so practise numericals and be well-versed with the concepts so that you analyse financial information flawlessly.

Business Studies

This paper will test how well you have understood the processes of business and its environment. So make notes of important concepts and apply them in different scenarios. Since businesses are inter-dependent on various dynamic aspects, a sound knowledge of both theory and practice of business, trade and industry is necessary. 

Read more: Tips to Ace your Class XII Business Studies Exam

In your Examination Hall

1. Spend the first 15 minutes reading your paper and the marks assigned to each question

2. Understand the difference between the words such as describe, brief, list, and enumerate, and answer the questions accordingly.

3. Do not exceed the word limit while writing your answers or you will fail to complete the paper in time.

4. Headings and key points should be underlined and examples should be used to make your answers crisp and clear.

5. Make diagrams wherever required for visual representation of data.

6. Plan your time between the long and the short answers.

7. Write in a neat and a readable handwriting.

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