The CBSE syllabus for English is separated into three levels: Foundation, Elaboration, and Vocabulary and Grammar. The Foundation level includes lessons on understanding the alphabet, pronunciation techniques, spelling of commonly used words and phrases, nouns, and verbs. The Elaboration phase has lessons on more advanced grammar structures such as object clauses, indirect speech, and past perfect tense among others while the third phase provides information about more complicated words such as anti-hero or dearth with examples from literature. The Vocabulary and Grammar section of the course is made up of lessons on more advanced vocabulary such as those on cultural terms, gender, ethnic diversity, etc. as well as the required grammar structures such as sentence structure and punctuation.
Class 10th English is not very tough. You can easily ace it with basic knowledge of grammar and a thorough reading of all the chapters. You need to conquer the writing skills section. That can be a bit dicey. You can always refer to CBSE Class 10 English PYQP PDF to get a thorough idea of what to expect.
In the final year of high school, students are expected to excel in their studies. Hence, they must stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in society and know about what is going around them. This is very important to ace the comprehension and creative writing section. However, it is not easy for one to stay updated on all things happening around them as they have a lot to deal with – from managing social life to handling pressure at home. This leaves many people burnt out and tired at the end of every day which further hinders their ability to focus on studies or find time for revision too.
Here are some useful tips to get good marks in class 10 English
- Read all the previous year’s English papers and get a thorough idea of the question pattern of literature. Some tips are, keep reading the passages given to you till you know it by heart, focus on comprehension and word attack skills, study the marks every time you read so that they become easy.
- English is a compulsory pass subject in most schools. It has varied content which includes both literary and non-literary texts to develop students’ behaviour analytical skills. Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of various forms of texts within their ability level including narratives, poems, dramas, essays, etc., through close reading and understanding of context. Understanding literary terms is an important component in completing assignments successfully.
- Solve as many grammar questions as possible. You do not need to go and solve very high-level questions. Just stick to the syllabus and answer all the last year’s English papers. Questions can be recursive.
- For your rapid reader, it is advised to read the whole book. Students tend to skip chapters as they feel it is less important. But CBSE gives lots of creative questions from that section. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the story and every detail is important. You are lucky if you have more retaining power. CBSE tests your writing skills as well as retaining power through this section. Thus, never skip your rapid reader and read it as many times as possible.
- For the comprehension part, I would strongly advise you to read the questions and then read the comprehension. Mark the answers in your mind or at least the sections where you can find them in the reading time only. Comprehensions are sometimes a bit tough but concentrate on your reading and then try to solve to your best ability. For the detail questions part, there are different types of questions. One is plain detail question where you have to write the answer in the blank space. For this one, you can find your answers by reading your keywords in your mind and then reading them slowly again to mark them in the answer sheet. Then just read through each line slowly and mark them accordingly.
- CBSE English paper is sometimes complicated. But the literature section is quite scoring. All you have to do is get your analytical juices flowing. And no better way to do that than with this overview of some of the ways you can prepare for it.
- The grammar section is quite easy. I would advise solving that in the beginning, followed by the literature section. Leave the creating writing part for the end of the paper. Time management in English papers is very important and it is the toughest part, if it is not done properly then you can be in real trouble.
- In the Grammar part, I would recommend using the passive voice as much as you can. Passive voice is an incredibly versatile tool that allows English writers to avoid specifying their motivations and helps them break free from the confining strictures of grammar. Passive voice freely embeds motives and indirect objects in the subject’s verbal behaviour without specifying those elements in a way that breaks a sentence’s surface syntax or alters its meaning.
Importance of English exam
English is an important subject in almost all CBSE schools in India. It is a compulsory subject and it is mandatory to pass in this subject, to get promoted to the next grade. It has been seen that the pass percentage in this subject is high and students seem to be more interested in taking up English as a subject because it helps them prepare for competitive exams like SSC, UPSC, SBI, and other such exams. This is what has happened in most CBSE schools but there are some exceptions too.
So just keep calm and study hard. You will ace your paper and get a good grade. A calm mind is a key to a good study. Nothing will help you out more than a little relaxation. You also need proper sleep and a healthy diet to stay sharp and focused. It’s a known fact that students who do not pass their exams are those who have done poorly with their sleeping, diet, and other preps. Take your time to set up your lifestyle to succeed in school as well as after the course is finished! It will be worth it in the end!