CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2018: Important tips to finish Maths Paper on Time

For most of the students Mathematics seems to be a nightmare and due this fear they find it difficult to perform well in Mathematics exam. However, if learnt properly by adopting right technique, it is the most interesting subject and the highest scoring as well. Students, generally panic while writing the Maths exam due to which they face problem in finishing the paper before time. Just because they run out of time, they leave a few questions unwillingly and quite often it has been observed that the questions they leave are those which they could do very easily. Such situation becomes very disappointing.

Here, in this article, we have summed up some important tricks to follow while writing the Maths exam so that you are able to write a perfect exam and finish it well before time:

1. Understand the exam pattern
The most important thing is to understand the Mathematics examination pattern which will make you familiarized with the real structure you will face in board exam. Moreover, you will also get to know the type of questions and the marks breakup so that you don’t find it difficult to understand the exam structure on the final day to save some of your crucial time.

CBSE Class 10 Mathematics Board Exam 2018: Latest Exam Pattern

2. Prepare a strategy for the exam before you take it

After understanding the exam pattern, next job is to make an analysis of the exam pattern and prepare a strategy for the final exam. Check the number of questions, their type and marks breakup.

Following table states the questions’ structure for CBSE Board Mathematics Exam 2018:


Number of Questions

Marks per question


6 (1-6)



6 (7-12)



10 (13-19)



8 (20-30)


Thus, you will have to solve a total of 30 questions in 3 hours, i,e., 180 minutes. So, you must make a proper time division so that you are able to attempt all questions well on time.

A moderate time division can be done as below:


Number of questions


A (1 mark questions)


20 minutes

B (2 marks questions)


30 minutes

C (3 marks questions)


50 minutes

D (4 marks questions)


60 minutes

Following the above time division plan, you are still left with 20 minutes, which can be utilised in revising the whole paper and checking the complex calculations.


3. Use the first 15 minutes effectively

The best thing that CBSE offers its students is the 15 minutes reading time before they start writing their exam. These, 15 minutes can be of great use to prepare a strategy to write the exam. You must read all 30 questions properly and mark them into categories viz easy, manageable and tough. This is done to have an overall idea about the questions and make a rough plan.

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4. Don't worry about the tough problems

While going through the paper, when you find some questions that seem to be tough or complex to you, you need not to worry about it as this anxiety will only harm your performance. So, you just start with the easier problems and as you will proceed further solving each question rightly, you will gain confidence for the complex problems as well. This way, when you will actually work on them you will find most of them to be much easier than they seemed.

5. Understand the worth of each question

Now when you are going to attempt the paper, you must have an idea that how much each question is worth and estimate the time you should spend working on each one, so that you don’t waste much time on a question which won’t fetch you enough marks otherwise you will lose some important marks for other questions which might be left unsolved due to the time lack.

6. Maintain speed and accuracy hand in hand

Maintain accuracy while you are solving quickly. Make sure you don't get confused between two different topics. Try to implement quicker methods in calculations to save your precious time. Be careful with the signs and terms used in a problem, otherwise it will take a lot of time to solve a problem leading to an incorrect answer. Be even more careful while copying a question from the question paper.

7. Keep a close watch on the time.

Keeping an eye on your watch will help you keep a track of the time and know how many questions are still left. Moreover, it will help you see that you are broadly adhering to the time allocation you have decided in the beginning. However, a minor variation in the time allotted to each section or question, is not at all a reason to worry. 

Along with preparing hard for an exam it’s very important to make a strategy to write that exam in a proper way and in time as well so that your hardwork gets reflected in your answer sheet. So, study hard and prepare smart, you will definitely succeed.

All the Very Best!

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