Tips for Humanities Students to Score 90+ in CBSE Class 12 Board Examinations

The CBSE term 2 board exams are all scheduled to start from April 26. The humanities involve the study of the human world and society from a critical perspective.

This stream includes popular core subjects, such as English, History, and Political Science, which also help students lay the groundwork for future competitive exams.

Here are some areas that humanities students should focus on in order to systematically revise their course.


Establish a schedule for chapters: It is essential to establish a calendar, in order to be able to cover all the subjects or at least to have a rough idea of ​​what they involve. This will give you a preview of how much time you will need to prepare your chapters and cover the entire syllabus, while having optimal time for review.

Carefully read the passage-based questions: Students usually try to find answers to passage-based questions from the given passage itself. However, the questions asked are generally based on the understanding and content of the chapter and cannot be found in the passage itself. Thus, a thorough reading and understanding of the chapter is necessary.

Pay attention to your work on the map: You must not only write the name of the place (state/city) on the card but also write the serial number or the alphabet corresponding to the question next to the name of the place requested.

Always stay in tune with the news: You will certainly encounter applied questions and case studies regarding topics of national and international significance in the curriculum. Therefore, you need to make sure to refresh your current affairs to be able to answer complex analytical questions.

See both sides of the coin: Political science as a subject involves many relevant political movements and compelling occasions to shape the world today. Try to analyze the pros and cons of each event and don’t just look it up from a list in a book. Being curious while studying that particular topic helps because then you tend to see all sides of an event, dig deeper into the origin, and form your own perspective to list in your answers as inferences.


To read carefully: Read prose and poetry appropriately to develop an insightful perspective while answering questions. Take optimal time when reading the questionnaire. Use the first 15 minutes efficiently and mark the questions into categories – easy, manageable and difficult. This will help to get an overall idea of ​​the questions and to make a rough plan.

Be structural: Prepare for English in a functional way. Read the lessons and try to understand the underlying theme and characters. By doing so, one can create an idea of ​​the story without having to constantly refer to the books for every detail and frame better answers without complexity.

Practice your writing skills: Consistent daily writing practice will help you increase and maintain your pace within the stipulated exam timeframe. Writing will also expand your vocabulary styles while expressing your views in responses.

Solve examples of papers: Try to solve many question papers from the previous year to transcend overall preparation and confidence. The key to good preparation is to solve a wide variety of questions from different years to become familiar with the chapters and the exam pattern in general.

Immerse yourself in the language: Read books, articles and especially the editorial section of the newspaper to improve your command of the language and refine your vocabulary style. These are fun and easy ways to prepare for your curriculum because they’re fun to do.

Articulate well: Read the understandings with an open mind to better perceive the content and articulate well while noting compact summaries. This will help in in-depth analysis of the subject in the case of application questions.

Respect the format: FFollow the specific formats given in the CBSE syllabus and pay attention to the word count in the essays. Memorize the necessary formats for writing letters, taking notes, etc. to save time during exams.

Pay attention to your grammar and revise: English spelling patterns can be obscure, so the likelihood of errors is natural. However, be sure to leave plenty of time to read your answer sheet properly and skim through any grammatical or spelling mistakes so you don’t lose points in full question patterns.


Use your reading time: Meanwhile, passages based on the source should be read word by word along with the questions. This will help you understand the context specified in the passage and formulate astute answers.

Stick to the facts: In various source-based questions in Section A, you shouldn’t go overboard and elaborate with your answers. Stick to the point and be compact with 1 or 2 point answers.

Attempt long-answer questions: Generally, students tend to answer essay questions around the 2nd half. Don’t hesitate to try it in the first half if you tend to be nervous about how long it takes. This will help you increase your accuracy and write down all the points, as you would be more likely to remember all the relevant pointers for an answer without trying to worry about recalling them.

Highlighters are your shiny armor: Highlighters save you last-minute revisions. As you go through the chapters, you highlight the important aspects of each topic. This will help you understand the gist of the event and formulate your own responses. It helps you when you feel too overwhelmed when covering the program later.

Underline headings and be tidy: the story topic can be quite descriptive and your whole answer sheet can tend to look like an essay. Underline the bullet points or headings of each response for the examiner’s better understanding and maintain legible writing.

Flashcards for dates: Use the flash card technique to take notes chronologically on relevant dates as far as historical events are concerned. This facilitates their memorization.


Psychology and sociology require a lot of connections within chapters. Examiners don’t just look at your knowledge, they also want to know how well you are able to link different topics together into a cohesive answer.

Put everything into practice to understand: Put everything you learned to good use. The wonderful thing about psychology is that you can put the concepts into practice in your everyday life. You can use the principles you learn in class to check whether or not the following text is valid in real-life scenarios.

Use graphic illustrations: Whenever possible, write your descriptive answers in points and use pictorial or graphic illustrations throughout the exam. It improves visibility and saves your answers.

Do not change key terminologies: Most of the answers can be written in your own words, but some terms in psychology and sociology have fixed meanings depending on the terminologies followed in that topic. Try not to change the meaning of the definitions by writing them in your own language.

Keep up to date: These topics often have a few questions applied to test the student’s moral reasoning and logical thinking skills. Delve into psychological publications such as Psychology Today to learn more about the vocabulary and the subject.

Group discussions with peers: Sociology and psychology concepts, when discussed in study groups, help students become more curious about the concepts, and the varied viewpoints promote healthy discussion about real-life situations based on past events, which helps them memorize the terms better.

Always give examples: The experiences or concepts discussed in your answers suddenly seem more well presented when you cross each answer with practical examples. It also gives the examiner an idea of ​​your clarity of thought.

Humanities has attracted a lot of attention as a vital stream over the past 5-6 years and helps supremely in laying a solid foundation as you apply for UPSC and other administrative exams in the future.

Written by Dr. Silpi Sahoo, President, SAI International Education Group

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