Tenth Standards 2020 Maths Exam Pattern to Change

  • 15 October 2019

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will be introducing two types of maths question paper - mathematics basics & mathematics Standard - for the upcoming board exams being held in February - March 2020.

While the syllabus and the books for all the students remain the same, the change will be seen in the question paper pattern. Mathematics Basics will be given to students who are looking to continue further studies that does not involve the subject, while Mathematics standard can be opted by those who wish to pursue science and commerce streams after 12th standard.

The question papers will be for a total of 100 marks. 80 marks will be allotted to Theory, while 20 marks will be dedicated for practicals. 

The theory paper will be held for 3 hours. It comprises of 40 questions, which will be divided into 4 sections. Section A will consist of 20 questions for 1 mark each. Section B will have 6 2 marks questions, while section C will have 8 3 marks questions. The last section will consist of 6 questions with 4 marks allotted to each question.  

Students should not that calculators are not allowed during the exam. 

Some Useful Tips to Follow Before exams:

Exams can be very stressful. There’s always so much to revise and lots more to study; but it is possible to pass exams with flying colours if we followed a few tricks and habits: 

Make sure you have enough time to study:

Do not leave things to the last minute. Have a study schedule that is set well before the exam. 

Explaining answers to others 

It’s good revision when you explain your topics and answers to others, be it fellow students, friends or family. 

List down important formulas

There are so many formulas that are integral to mathematics, and it is necessary for us to frequently revise them. One of the best ways to do this is to list down all the formulas in a single sheet or a book - that way it is easily accessible at all times. 

Practice previous years question papers

Having practice tests with old question papers gives you a chance to get used to the question paper format. It is also a good way to improve your speed and gives you an idea of what you can expect in the upcoming exams. 

Following these tips help students a long way!

Here are some links to sample question papers:  

Sample paper 1
Sample paper 2

All the best!

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