CBSE Board Exam 2019: Class 10 English Communicative Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

CBSE Board Exam 2019: Class 10 English Communicative Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme

CBSE will conduct board exams for class 10 students in February and March 2019. With the board exams only a couple months away, students have begun to prepare for the D-day. It is imperative to look at the marking scheme and exam pattern to better strategize the board exam preparation. In this article we will discuss the exam pattern and marking scheme for English Communicative paper for class 10 students.

CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Exam Pattern

The English Communicative question paper will carry total 80 marks. There would be three sections in the questions paper: Reading, Writing and Grammar, and Literature.

Section A: Reading

Section A will carry 20 marks. There will be two passages. One passage will carry 8 marks and the second passage will carry 12 marks.

This section will test a students ability to read and understand a passage and answer questions based on the passage. The important point here is to read the passage carefully and grasp the main theme of the passage.

Section B: Writing and Grammar

The Writing and Grammar section will carry 30 marks. There would be total 5 questions in this section out of which two will cover writing part and three will cover grammar part. The writing part will carry 18 marks and grammar part will carry 12 marks.

The writing part will have essay/letter writing and story writing type questions. Grammar part will have fill in the blanks, sentence re-arrangement, and omission type questions.

Section C: Literature

The Literature part will carry 30 marks and will have four questions and each question will have an option. Students could choose any of the options to answer.

For literature section, students should read the texts carefully and memorize the names of the poems, stories and prescribed texts and their corresponding authors.


#CareerBytes: Preparation tips for engineers to crack the UPSC exam

UPSC exam preparation tips for engineers

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE), popularly known as the IAS exam, is one of the country’s toughest exams.

Many students dream of pursuing the civil services and serve the country and a majority of these IAS aspirants are engineers who have been dominating the space.

If you’re an engineer and want to crack the UPSC exam, here are some preparation tips for you.


IBPS Clerk exam 2018: Topic-wise preparation strategy

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The IBPS clerk exam is conducted online in two phases. The first phase is the preliminary exam will be held on December 8, 9 and December 15, 16. The second phase is the mains examination that will be conducted once the result of prelims will be out, that is, in January. Candidates need to clear both the phases of the test for final selection.

IBPS Clerk topic-wise: Preparation strategy

English Grammar: Some important question types are as mentioned below

Error Spotting
Idioms and phrases
Active and passive voice
Arrangement and re-arrangement of sentences
Direct and indirect speech

Vocabulary: Some important question types are as mentioned below-
Cloze Test

Reading Comprehension: Some important question types are as mentioned below:
Theme Based
Conclusion Based

Reasoning: Need to be up to date on some of the below-mentioned topics

— Series completion, analogy, direction based/sequence
— Number, ranking, time sequence, coding decoding, Inequalities
— Syllogism, data sufficiency, Direction sense, seating arrangements puzzles, input output machines etc.

Numerical Ability section
— Simplification, problem on ages, percentage
— Average, simple interest/compound interest
— Profit and loss, ratio and proportions
— Data interpretation etc.

Need to be up to date on calculation skills this can be done by learning shortcut methods
— Multiplication tables up to 25
— List of squares and cubes from 1 to 25
— Common percentages and their fractional & decimal equivalents

General tips
Revision of what you have studied is important as this will help you in making your preparations for final selection.
— Make small notes for yourself to help you with your revision.
— Divide the section on the basis of strong, average and weakest areas.
— Gain 90 per cent accuracy in your strongest areas and then move on to re-examine your weak areas.
— Attempt as many mock tests as you can
— Check the place where you do mistakes and avoid repeating them by recognising your mistake patterns.

Time management: IBPS exams are about time and accuracy so it is important how you attempt the question paper to ensure accuracy within the limited time frame. It is important to divide the time between sections and in what order questions should be attempted. Normally one should be able to read the entire question paper and attempt all doable questions in one go. The second round should be for tougher questions.

Accuracy: Since the IBPS Clerk examination has negative marking for wrong answers so it is important that you minimise the number of wrong answers and negative marking so that marks per question gets maximised which leads to the increase in accuracy.


KU Law launches free bar exam preparation program

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With their law degree in hand, the only thing standing between graduates and their legal careers is the bar exam. A new program at the University of Kansas School of Law will help KU students clear that hurdle without the added financial pressure of paying for a bar review course.

Through an innovative partnership with Themis Bar Review, KU Law’s Free Bar Prep Program will provide a comprehensive suite of preparation resources – including a post-graduation commercial bar review course – to every student at no cost. December 2018 graduates will be the first beneficiaries.

“KU Law is already a Best Value Law School ranked 18th in the nation for overall bar pass rate. But we want to do even better,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “Research shows that graduates who take commercial prep courses pass the bar exam at higher rates, and we want to set our students up for success as they launch their careers. Covering the cost of their study is a worthwhile investment. To our knowledge, KU is the only school taking this approach.”

Through the program, all KU Law students receive the following:

  • Post-graduation Themis Bar Review course
  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) preparation course
  • Themis first-year and upper-level Law School Essentials materials
  • First-year diagnostic exam
  • Option to enroll in Early Bar Preparation course for law school credit
  • Access to on-site bar examination instructors

In July 2018, 100 percent of KU Law graduates who completed at least 75 percent of the Themis prep course passed the Kansas and Missouri bar exams on their first attempt.

“Students have enough to worry about before the bar exam. Whether they can afford an adequate bar prep course will no longer be a concern for KU Law students, and that is fantastic,” said Joel Thompson, a third-year law student at KU. “It’s comforting to know I attend a law school committed to helping all students succeed.”

The bar examination is a test intended to determine whether candidates are qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction. The bar exam is administered twice a year, in February and July. Most students graduate in May and take the summer exam. Commercial bar preparation courses typically cost several thousand dollars.

A GradHacker Exam Prep Roundup

Judging by the number of GradHackers who have recently taken exams, will shortly be taking exams, and/or are seriously-right-this-minute sitting their exams, I declare October and November Graduate Exam Season!

To help you (as well as ourselves) through this trying time, here is a link roundup dedicated to all those exam preppers, ABD achievers, and oral exam completers out there!

Regardless of which sort of exam you are getting ready to take, you cannot proceed without a good note-taking system. That’s why Emily VanBuren’s 5 Strategies for Organizing Notes for Comprehensive Exams is such an invaluable guide. Back when this was written, I was six months away from my first written exam. I borrowed Emily’s Wiki idea, and it worked wonders! Maybe there is a new strategy in there for you, too.

  • Surviving Studying for Comprehensive Exams, by Stephanie Hedge: Maybe you have just finished up your coursework and you are just starting to think about your quals, or maybe you are realizing that your current study habits are not doing you any good. Either way Stephanie’s advice is a great guide that keeps you focused on your goals (passing) while also not losing your mind in the process. My favorite recommendation is to enlist others. After all, you have a network, so why not use it?
  • Surviving Writing Comprehensive Exams, by Stephanie Hedge: A follow up to her previous post, this article talks about what you need to do to physically sit in a chair and take your written exam. From how to set up your workspace, to how not to psych yourself out, Stephanie reminds you to take a deep breath, jot down ideas as they come, and remember that everyone is rooting for you! Yes, you might still have an epic freak out an hour in (you certainly wouldn’t be alone), but her advice will help calm you down and get back on track. Just remember: Relax, and it will be okay.
  • Deconstructing the Written Comprehensive Exam, by K. D. Shives: “While straightforward and fairly simple, it can be helpful to have guidelines in mind while writing something as large as a comprehensive exam proposal. This can help take some of the dread out of the process so that you can enjoy the opportunity to put your own ideas together.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
  • Qualifying Exam Proposal Checklist, by Megan Poorman: In this post, Megan shares with you her “QUAL resource binder,” a series of things she did while planning to take her oral exam. This includes the groundwork she laid in advance with her committee, how she created an achievable study plan, and a note on maintaining a good mindset. In fact, she shares her actual checklist, including everything you should consider at each stage in your preparation.
  • Surviving and Thriving During Quals, by Natasha Chtena: Less about studying, this post focuses on you—the test taker. Is your desk uncomfortable or too cluttered? Fix it now, says Natasha. Are you going to need to eat in the weeks leading up to your test? Meal prep early on, she says, so that you have healthy food ready. And so on. Natasha’s advice will make the experience of studying a bit less physically demanding even as you are mentally stressed.
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