CBSE class 10 preparation tips for English
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 - 5:42 p.m. IST by Maniprabha.singh
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CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English - Being one of the language and theoretical subjects, English is usually left for the last while preparing for CBSE Class 10th. However, students can't learn the basics by just reading the textbooks in the last few days. Qualifying the subject with a high score requires a lot of practice which is attained through reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is also one of those scoring subjects that can help students to increase their overall grades or percentage. To assist students in the same, we have provided CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English in this article. CBSE Class 10th Board examinations 2019-20 are conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in the month of March, every year. If students plan strategically, a few months prior to the exam then they can achieve good scores in the examination with fewer efforts. Below given CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English help students to know the basic pattern, syllabus, important books and some useful CBSE Board preparation tips. These tips also help students who are preparing for scholarship entrance exams such as NTSE or NSTSE.
Latest: CBSE Board 10th result 2020 will be released in the first week of May 2020.

CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English

Preparing for CBSE Class 10th Board examinations is simple if students follow the given CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English. Make a study schedule on the basis of given CBSE English Preparation Tips and follow the same to achieve the high scores.

1. Know Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Students should be aware of all topics and marks distribution of the Class 10th board examination to plan the study schedule. Afterward, make a daily routine to complete the syllabus till December as the pre-boards starts in this month and students should cover the complete syllabus by then. This practice provides enough preparation time for students. CBSE Class 10 Syllabus provides important topics and chapters that students should complete on a priority basis.

CBSE 10th English Exam Pattern

English paper comprises 3 sections which are explained in detail below. All sections carry almost equal marks and weightage. So one should give equal priority to all the sections.





Section A- Reading


This section comprises one factual and one discursive passage of 8 marks and 12 marks respectively. This section aims at testing reading and comprehension skills.

Section - Writing with Grammar


  • Writing section comprises of 2 questions. One question is Formal letter, theme based on Main Course Book of 8 marks while the other question is a short story of 10 marks.

  • The grammar portion comprises of editing or omission or gap filling or sentence reordering questions based upon tenses, modals, active-passive voice, reported speech, clauses, determiners, and prepositions.

Section C- Literature textbook and Long reading test


This section is based on questions from literature textbooks such as RTC (Reference to context), short question answers, long answers based on creative thinking and very long answer based upon an extended reading from the novel.

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus

A student must follow the prescribed NCERT Class 10 Syllabus for English. No topic should be missed or avoided. It mentions the section wise weightage, number and type of questions asked. The student can download the syllabus in the form of pdf from the link given below.

Click Here for Downloading CBSE Class 10th English Syllabus

2. Follow the Right Book for CBSE Class 10th English

The NCERT books for Class 10th English as prescribed by CBSE are very important and should be completed on priority. There are some additional reference books for English which a student can use to practice section wise topics as well as to solve previous year question papers. Some of the most famous are listed here:

Reference Books for CBSE Class 10 English

  • Together with English for Class X
  • Wren and Martin for Grammar
  • CBSE English Communicative for Class 10 by Full Marks
  • BBC Compacta English for class X

3. Practice Regularly

The English language requires an early start and regular practice to score well. Regular reading newspapers and good informative magazines will help students to develop a reading habit. Reading not only improves student's reading or writing skills. but also enhance their vocabulary. In addition, students will understand and learn the proper use of tense.

4. Practice Sample Papers/Previous year Question Papers

Regularly practice a CBSE Class 10th sample paper or mock test or previous year question paper to have hands-on with exam pattern, types of questions asked, difficulty level, etc. Solving previous year's papers also helps in improving writing speed and handwriting. The more you solve, the better will be your chances to understand the difficulty level of the exam and help you to crack the exam by employing simple

5. Time Management

Along with the above mentioned CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English, students must learn how to manage their daily time to be more productive. Time management can also be implemented while taking the test. It is important for students to know which section to attempt at the beginning and which in the last.

Students should first go through the exam paper to check the questions. It is suggested to solve the simplest questions in the beginning so that you have enough time to tackle the trickiest ones.

6. Stay Focused & Healthy

Besides, candidates should not avoid social media, social gatherings, and over-eating. These bad habits decrease the concentration level of the students. To make the most of the time, it is necessary for all students to remain focussed on their goal. If they lose their sight then dream of attaining good marks should not be achieved by just knowing the facts. Students should put their cent percent to extract the maximum benefits from these CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips for English.

Section-wise CBSE Class 10 Preparation Tips

There are four different sections in CBSE Class 10 question papers. Every section has different difficulty levels and the type of questions asked. Hence, creating a separate strategy for each will help to gain good marks in every section. Candidates have to solve the maximum number of questions in order to attain good marks. Here we have provided section-wise CBSE Class 10 preparation tips for English to help students-

Reading Section: This section is very scoring and requires minimum effort. Develop reading habit by devoting at least One must read a newspaper, fiction or science articles as they also help in a better understanding of context.

Writing Section: One must know all the formats as they carry marks. Practice writing on current topics to have a better idea for the exam day. It also helps in improving grammatical errors and time management. Alongside, One should focus on making grammar and formats for all the topics from the writing segment strong from starting itself.

Grammar Section: Try working on making your basic concepts strong. Practice grammar regularly. Follow a good book like wren and martin to practice at least one question regularly. Analyze your mistakes and seek guidance wherever necessary.

Literature Section: Read NCERT textbooks aloud and regularly as it would give you a better idea and understanding of context. Make flash cards of authors names to memorize and revise at the end.

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I want preparatory 1st science question paper of 10th class

Hrisheekesh Singh 28th Jan, 2020

Hi Smitha,

You should carry forward your preparation of class 10th science exam in the following steps:-

1. Read a particular chapter through NCERT thoroughly.

2. Try solving the in-chapter exercises.

3. Memorize the formulae or equations orally.

4. Try writing those formulae and equations again and again.

5. Make notes of the chapter.

6. Try solving the end chapter exercises.

7. Keep revising your notes again and again to increase your remembering ability. Keep rewriting the formulae and equations also.

8. Be confident during the exam.

I hope this helps you,

Good Luck for your exam


what is the exam timing. Does CBSE pass all the student of class 10

Vikas gehlot 28th Jan, 2020

10 CBSE exam for class 10th will commence at 10:30 a.m.. the answer booklet will be distributed at 10:00 a.m.. question paper will be given at 10:15 and a 15 minute time will be provided to navigate the question paper once the clock ticks at 10:30 you will be allowed to write the answer.


I have studied commerce in class 11th CBSE but changed to PCB in 12th NIOS board. Will I be eligible for NEET or BPT?

AnkiT KunwaR 26th Jan, 2020
Hello Antraa,

Yes, this is very good news for you because NIOS candidates are eligible for NEET.Eaely there was restrictions for NIOS candidates but from 2019 the SC(Supreme Court) has put a stay on order that stops NIOS candidates from appearing in NEET Exam.
So, you can apply fir NEET 2020.

But for BPT (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) a candidate needs to have done HSE (10+2) or equivalent from a recognized university.He/She should have pursued science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects securing a minimum aggregate score of 50%(General) or equivalent CGPA whereas (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates).

I hope this helps.

is 75%attendence is important?

ayush mishra 9th Jan, 2020

Hello Prabhjot!

The attendance criteria is strict and is followed in most cases in almost all the schools in the country. Since you have not completely specified your condition, I assume you are asking about Class 10 or 12 attendance regulations and in that case, CBSE and all other education boards have strict regulations, so you should not fiddle with them in ideal cases. However, if you have any medical or any other unavoidable circumstance, then you should contact higher authorities for help.


cbse class 10th school leaving certificate and migration certificate will required during neet counseling

chandra keerthi pothina 15th Dec, 2019

hey sejal

While reporting to the allotted college, candidates must submit the original copy of the required documents which can be are listed below-

  • NEET 2020 Admit Card

  • NEET Scorecard or Rank Letter

  • Class 10 certificate and mark sheet (for date of birth)

  • Class 12 certificate and mark sheet

  • ID proof (Aadhar/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport)

  • Eight passport size photographs

  • Provisional Allotment Letter

  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)

  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

so you do not need to carry migration certificate

hope this helped

all the best

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