Writing answers appropriately in CBSE Board Exams requires proper planning. Each word in an answer should convey precise information. Some students believe in the myth that the longer the answers, the more you score in the exam. However, long and irrelevant sentences included in the answers not only waste your time during the exam but also bring your score down. We have discussed below a few important points on adhering to the proper word limit for short and long answer type questions in CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 Board Exams.
Q. Is it important to adhere to the word limit that is prescribed in the CBSE exam papers?
Ans. There is a reason why the word limit has been assigned to every question in the CBSE board exams. Actually, they want you to write a crisp and precise answer, but not meaningless stories. Try to stay as close to it as it's all subjective. I mean, if you have finished your word limit, you can still continue for another 4-5 lines to put in the extent of your knowledge. Though the examiner is not going to count the number of words and penalize you for crossing the word limit. But sometimes crossing it with a few more words can bring your marks down if these words do not meet the requirement of the question. The same may happen in case if you write too little. It is all subjective and is up to the teacher. The teacher/examiner always looks for the right keywords in context with the question.
It’s still okay if you overshoot the word limit or are short of a few words, just make sure it isn't noticeable enough. As per the official guidelines outlined by CBSE for the teachers who will check the board exam copies, no marks should be deducted for crossing the word limit. The only things to be emphasized while checking the answer scripts are concise, logical and organised answers.
In addition to this, it’s important for you not to cross the word limit as writing more words will take away more of the time allotted for writing the exam. Thus, you would be left with insufficient time to solve the remaining questions that will lead to a loss of marks in the paper.