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Tips for Scoring Good Marks in Business Studies Exam

Common mistakes that students make and tips on attempting the Business Studies exams:

  • Utilise the cooling off time (15 minutes). Read and scan the exam paper carefully. Plan and organise your answers in your mind. As internal choice is provided only in questions carrying 6 marks, select the questions to be attempted.
  • Plan out a strategy to attempt the exam paper; it should follow a serial order. You may also follow the reverse order i.e. attempt 6 marks questions first, then short answer questions and then very short answer questions.
  • Divide your time well between very short, short and long answers.
  • Write your answers in points as far as possible. Avoid writing in paragraphs. If a question carries a long answer but has been allotted comparatively less marks, focus on points and sub-points.
  • To make presentation effective, underline the headings/main points and keywords.
  • Space out your answers well. Also leave some space in between the points for a particular answer.
  • Don’t get confused with the words — list, outline, state, enumerate, explain, etc. In list/enumerate/outline question, complete sentence should be given for each point. In state question, brief description of the points (one sentence each) may be given. In list/enumerate questions, complete sentence should be given for each point. However, you may check the marks assigned to the question and accordingly write your answer within the given word limit.
  • You can make your answers more effective by supporting it with illustrations, diagrams, views of management experts, wherever necessary.
  • Some of the HOTS questions are tricky. Read them carefully and manage time and trick combination.
  • Questions based on distinction must be answered in tabular form with the basis of distinction clearly specified.
  • To answer ‘comment’ questions, you can write your arguments in favour of or against the given statement.