Get your macro concepts right for economy of time & long questions can be tricky,
go through old CBSE Papers, Says Shubh Anand.
Posting a good performance in Class XII Board exams would
mean an easy entry to the course of one's choice. That’s precisely why Shubh Anand,
a science student from Modern School, Barakhamba Road, is applying himself assiduously
to achieve a high aggregate in the forthcoming exams. He wants to pursue BA (honors)
economics from Delhi University and is banking on his strong subjects to score at
least 94%. Economics is surely one of them. I scored 89 out of 100 in economics
in my pre-Boards, but I’m aiming at getting 95% in the final exams. Economics teaches
you how the world actually functions. It’s really interesting and I have revised
the syllabus quite a few times by now, says Shubh as he studies in the greens of
his residence at Nizamuddin East.
He says; he has been studying for eight to 10
hours every day for the past one month and devotes up to two hours to economics
daily. We didn’t focus on the NCERT textbook much for economics though I have been
practicing the sample papers and previous years question papers. Our school is holding
extra classes, which makes it easier to grasp all concepts, Shubh says. The economics
syllabus is divided into micro-economics and macro-economics. Both the sections
carry equal weight in the paper. I find micro-economics more interesting as it has
numerical questions, graphs, and involves application of mind. Macro is more theoretical
and there is a lot to remember. I find that tough. So I am trying to make sure that
all my concepts in macro are clear. That’s one way of handling that section, he
says. He is especially watching out for a six-mark question on National Income from
the macro section in the Board paper.
A question from that topic is usually asked
in the paper. But it can be very tricky. It’s important to be thorough with the
concept, he adds. He is not taking any tuition for economics but has joined a test
series to be ready for the final exam. Maths and English are the other two subjects
in which he is confident of doing well. He is worried about physics and chemistry
though. He takes regular breaks while studying for long hours. And for him, relaxation
means working out or playing football. I keep munching chips and chocolates while
studying. So it becomes necessary for me to go out and play or exercise. Otherwise
I will put on weight, he says bursting into laughter. As a last-minute strategy,
he says it’s important to get a hang of all the six mark questions asked in the
last few years. There is a set pattern for these long answer questions. Many of
them are repeated over the years. Scoring well will be easier if we can get these
answers right, he says.
TIPS FOR CLASS XII ECONOMICS :
- Economics requires thorough understanding of basic concepts. It's very difficult
to cram any topic Always start paper by attempting section A on microeconomics as
its simpler and will build your confidence.
- Nearly two-third marks have been allotted to 4 units Consumer Equilibrium and Demand,
Producer Behavior and Supply, National Income and Determination of Income and Employment.
These units must be thoroughly prepared.
- Try to understand important concepts by co-relating them with day-to-day examples.
- Always explain answer with help of well-labeled diagrams / numerical schedules.
- Practice numerical questions regularly as they carry weightage of at least 20 marks.
- Stick to word limit. However, do not waste time in counting words as there is no negative marking.
- The question paper is for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Don’t spend more than 10 minutes on one-mark questions, 85-90 minutes on short-answer questions and 1 hour on long answer questions. Be thorough with CBSE sample papers.
- All questions that ask you to distinguish between different concepts must be answered in a tabular form.
- Highlight points by underlining important concepts.
- Be confident as 80% of question paper is designed for average students.
Courtesy: Times of India