Few months left for the preparation of Board Exams and class 12th students are prepping up to give their best. For science students, chemistry is an important and challenging subject, but if proper preparation and regular practice are done in advance, one can score good marks in this subject. But Chemistry needs patience and dedication, students can’t just simply score well by studying it for a few weeks and a month before the exam. They need to clear their concepts in this subject, it will also help them to prepare better for the competitive exams ahead as chemistry is one of the core subjects for all the engineering and medical exams. Since there is enough time left to gear up for the preparation of board exams, the Yourbuk team is here to guide you on how to score well in the Class 12th Chemistry Board Exam.


Structure of the exam

Before heading for the preparation, students must analyze the structure of the Chemistry Board Exam and determine in which section they can score well easily and which section needs more effort and time for preparation. The Chemistry Board exam mainly consists of the following three sections: –

  1. Physical Chemistry
  2. Organic Chemistry
  3. Inorganic Chemistry


Pro tip: – Students should always refer to the NCERT textbooks first while studying any of the above three sections as it helps to simplify the basics of concepts and the majority of the questions in board exams will be based on questions of NCERT textbooks.


Physical Chemistry

Students who are interested in mathematical calculations can score well in this section as this portion consists of numerical questions. Chapters such as Chemical Kinetics, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Surface Chemistry, and The Solid-state come under this section. Students should keep practicing the various type of numerical problems and should be used to do quick calculations using the log table. Students should also make their notes of various formulas so that they will be handy to refer to during last-minute revisions.


Organic Chemistry

This section consists of various types of reactions, IUPAC nomenclature of compounds, and different types of reagents used in the chemical reactions. To ace this section, students must clear their basic concepts first then they can score well easily as mugging up things in this section will not work.

Brownie points: – Some important reactions like Williamson, Wolff-Kishner, Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky, Clemmensen Reduction can be asked directly in the board exam. Therefore, students must practice these reactions on their fingertips as they can easily score well in this.


Inorganic Chemistry

Out of all the three main sections, this section is more challenging. It is all about memorizing the topics well such as periodic tables and properties of p-Block, d-Block, and f-Block elements. Students can score well in this section by doing regular revision and making short notes of the topics.


Tips to score well in Chemistry Board Exam:

After analyzing all the three sections of the class 12th Chemistry Board Exam, let’s take a look at how to prepare well in a strategic manner by considering the following tips: –


  1. Previous years’ question papers & sample papers are your best friends- Previous Year Question Papers helps to identify the important questions because over the years examiners follow a similar pattern to prepare for the exam. It also gives an insight into the new and challenging questions that can be asked in the exam. Students should also practice sample papers in an examination-like simulation environment so that they can analyze their speed as well. Pro tip: – Keep a note of recurring questions in the previous years’ question papers and keep revising them regularly.
  2. Focus on name reactions and numerical questions- Descriptive and long-form questions can be tricky to answer and score well. No matter how well you write you will eventually miss out on some key point and the examiner may deduct a few marks for it. Therefore, focus on numerical and name reaction types of questions as they are highly scoring. Also, attempt these questions first as they are not very time-consuming.
  3. Crisp Writing Skills: A cheat code for long-form type questions- Descriptive Questions has a lot of content to write upon. Students must write them crisply and concisely considering the time limit. Keep your answers neat and write them in easy language so that the examiner can analyze them quickly. Pro tip: – Instead of writing long paragraphs, always try to write these answers in pointers as they are crisp and easily understandable.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of residual chapters- Chapters such as Chemistry in everyday life, biomolecules and polymers are tail chapters carrying less weightage and often neglected by the majority of students. However, these chapters are very scoring and easy to understand, requiring very little time in revision. Students can make quick notes from these chapters so that they can revise them quickly during the final revision before the exam.
  5. Time is money- Well in board exams it is not money, but better time management can help students to score well. All of your hard work and preparation can go to waste because of poor time management during the exam. Always utilize the reading time and analyze the questions you are confident about, try to attempt those questions first. Don’t get stuck on any question for a long time, if you are facing any issue then leave a space and keep moving forward. You can always return to re-attempt that question during the extra time in the end. Pro tip: – Always keep a buffer time of 10-15 mins at the end to revise your answer sheet thoroughly to rectify any mistakes and scope of improvement.


In the end, it’s all about a mix of hard work, dedication and smart work required to score well in the CBSE Class 12th Chemistry Board Exam. Students shouldn’t be in a panic mode, board exams can be challenging but having a good diet, proper sleep and short breaks in between the preparations helps in reducing the exam stress and will keep you more confident on the final day.


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