Gearing Up for Board Exams 2014 – Part 1
Posted on: March 16, 2013. Comments ( 2 )

Author: Nagraj Baggon, MBA – INSEAD (France/Singapore), MISE (Denmark), BSc (Physics) Mumbai University,

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Dear Students and Parents

This post is specifically for those who are going to start the ICSE 10th Standard academic year from March 2013 for the board exam in February 2014

Yes I know most of you are right now preparing for the 9th standard exam but very soon things are going to change and that is what you need to prepare for. First and foremost, let us draw the timelines and milestones to achieve during the course of 2013.

Completion of syllabus of all subjects – Deadline = 31st December 2013

Yes you heard it correctly – your target is to complete the full portion by end 2013 regardless of where you stand in school or in the tuitions that you enrolled for.

Justification: The ICSE exam not only tests you in your subject knowledge but also in your test taking abilities. Most often than not, very bright and intelligent students miss out on those crucial marks because they don’t manage to finish the paper on time and leave out questions. So it is extremely critical to take at least 10 Full Length Tests in Jan ‘14.

Now let us look at the amount of time needed per subject overall for 10th Standard [please note that these are average numbers and individual time per subject may vary from student to student depending on strengths and weaknesses]

  • Maths 350-400 Hours [The book of Selina is sufficient to prepare for Maths exams.]
  • Physics 120-150 Hours
  • Chemistry 120-150 Hours
  • Biology 120 – 180 Hours [Depending on how good you are at drawing. Those who are good at drawing need less time to prepare but those who struggle with drawing need lots of extra time]
  • Social Studies [History / Geography / Economics / Civics etc] 120-150 Hours
  • Languages 100 hours each

In general whenever I spell out this road map, students and parents both look perplexed as to how this can be achieved. There is such a severe shortage of time!!! My typical response to that is as follows

Take a step back and sit in a calm and composed manner. Now we will see a model time utilization plan

We are gifted with 24 hours x 7 days = 168 Hours / Week

Sleep = 8 x 7 = 56 Hours; Balance = 112 Hours

School = 8 x 5 = 40 Hours; Balance = 72 Hours

Commuting = 1 x 7 = 7 Hours; Balance = 65 Hours

Grooming and Food = 2 x 7 = 14 Hours; Balance = 51 Hours

Play = 1 x 7 = 7 Hours; Balance = 44 Hours

Now it turns out that you have 44 Hours of Productive time in a week to pursue your studies i.e. 6 Hours per day.

The moment I say this, a lot of you will be jumping and fuming about that fact that there is homework to be done, classwork to be done, tuitions, homework from tuitions etc etc etc. I accept that point. Typically, the school timetable is such that only 25% to 30% of the portions can be completed in school hours. Tuitions can cover about 40% to 50% of the portion in class and the rest has to be done in the form of homework. Completely valid and justified explanation. In such cases, all that you need to do is subtract time for portion already covered in school / tuitions and budget the remaining time for the rest of the activities

In the next part of this article we will see what makes us waste our time.

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I am Nagraj Baggon (Director: CARRER Ys) and am based out of Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Academic Profile: MBA – INSEAD (France/Singapore), MISE (Denmark), BSc (Physics) Mumbai University

After working in the logistics segment for over 12 years, I now work on training and counseling for corporates as well as children in their formative years. My vision is to ensure that every parent-child who comes to me for counseling is able to pursue the right vocation and enjoy what s/he does in life. I also will be uploading video blogs from time to time to show you that Maths is Fun and Maths is Easy!

Comments (2)


    Sangeetha says:

    Useful and practical calculation. Good one

    Shilpa Gulalkari says:

    It is a useful article . Basically expecting the later articles to be more informative.Eagerly looking forward for the next part in this series…..

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