CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips 2020- Students studying in class 12th must know the best CBSE preparation tips for the English to score 95+ marks. English is a mandatory subject for all streams of CBSE class 12 exam. It is also the most scoring and easiest subject that can boost the overall percentage if prepared well. Hence, knowing the best tips for English board exam class 12 is a must for all students. These preparation tips also help students to score full marks in class 12 English paper. CBSE conducts the board exams in the month of March, every year. Hence start following these CBSE 12 English preparation tips without any delay.
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CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips

CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips 2020

To crack the examination with good marks, students should have a sound knowledge of the syllabus, study plan, practise tips and more. Check the provided CBSE class 12 English preparation tips to ace the exam with 95+ marks.

CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tip 1- Start with Syllabus

Preparation starts with the CBSE Class 12 syllabus. One of the important CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips is the knowledge of the syllabus will help students understand what topics need to be studied. A little analysis using sample papers will help them to know the topics with higher weightage. Students can then chalk out a good study plan that helps them prepare well. The detailed syllabus and the link to download pdf are given below in the table:

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CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tip 2- Plan your study

Now, that the syllabus is known, it is given that the exam plan has to be created and implemented. How to do that? This is the big question. The details have been segregated into simple tables to Strengthen your weak areas, revise the strong ones.

Topic wise distribution of marks


Area of Learning


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Reading Comprehension


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Writing Skills



Literature & Long Reading Text


Total marks


CBSE Class 12 English Writing Section Tips 2020

  • In the writing section, students have to write an essay, report, application or letter. To improve the writing skills, first know the exact format and note down the points to be included.
  • Phrase the points in sections or paragraph.
  • Students have to check the readability index while practice writing skills. Using too many hard words is not a good practice.
  • Write simple and short sentences that can be understood easily instead of making long sentences.
  • Do revise the section after completing to remove the grammatical errors.

CBSE Class 12 English Reading Section Tips 2020

  • Reading is the simplest section among all however, solving it will consume more time. Hence, to obtain good marks in these sections. Students have to increase their reading speed.
  • Reading English books and newspapers help in improving speed. The more you read better will be your chances to answer all questions faster.
  • There will be 3-4 reading paragraphs with 5- 6 questions. This section can help students to fetch more marks with fewer errors.
  • If answered correctly, students can score full marks in the reading section.

CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips 3 - Know the Pattern & Marking Scheme

Knowing the exam pattern helps in improving time management skills which is very crucial while solving the questions during exams.

Exam duration

3 hours

Maximum marks


Total number of questions


Very short answer type questions

1 marks

Short Answer I type questions

2 marks

Long Answer I type questions

5 marks

Long Answer II type questions

6 marks

Very Long Answer type questions

10 marks

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CBSE 12th English Preparation Tip 4- Practise till you are perfect

One of the best CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips is to solve the CBSE 12th sample papers and previous year's question papers. Students should analyze their performance by solving these papers. This practice also helps students to know the right pattern and prepare themselves for the exam day. CBSE 12th previous year papers are available on the official website of CBSE. For easy access, we have provided the pdf file below as well.

CBSE 12th English Sample Papers (Year-wise)


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CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips 2020- Bonus Tips

  1. Be thorough with the syllabus and go through previous years’ sample papers.
  2. Read books, especially for passages as prescribed by NCERT. This will help you with the section of the unseen passage and also enhance your vocabulary.
  3. Try to communicate in English as much as possible.
  4. Use a good grammar book. You can take the help of some good reference books for grammar.
  5. Know how to write proper answers in the exam like the answers should be relevant and descriptive(if required) or brief (as asked)
  6. Get all your doubts clarified before the exam.
  7. Don’t forget to revise your class notes.
  8. Study NCERT textbooks for English which will surely help to score good marks.
  9. Take breaks, eat and sleep well.
  10. Avoid taking stress. Indulge yourself in some outdoor activities as well.

Also, Read How to Score High Marks in CBSE 12th Maths?

CBSE 12th English Preparation Tip 5- Select Right Books

CBSE recommends Class 12 NCERT Textbooks and Solutions for Class 12 CBSE English Exam Preparation Tips. Following are some of the recommended books -

  • Kaleidoscope - Textbook published by NCERT
  • Fiction: A Tiger for Malgudi or The Financial Expert by R.K. Narayan (Novel) Fiction
  • Language Skills book - Class XII English Elective published by CBSE, Delhi.
  • Literature Reader - Class XII English Elective published by CBSE, Delhi.
  • Extended Reading Text (Either one)
    i) The Invisible Man (Unabridged) by H.G. Wells.
    ii) Silas Marner (Unabridged) by George Eliot.

Reference Books for CBSE Class 12 English Grammar

  1. Wren and Martin high School grammar.
  2. A Practical Guide to English Grammar (Paperback) by K. P. Thakur.
  3. Silas Marner Class-12 1st Edition (Paperback) by K. S. Paul
  4. Lord of the Flies (Unabridged Edition) Prescribed for Class-12 as per the Latest CBSE Syllabus (Paperback) by William Golding.

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may i know the exam date of history 315 sr.secondary

Manish Singh 25th Mar, 2020

After the cancellation of the open board 12th class examination till 31st March, a new date sheet has been announced by the National institute for Open Schooling on its official website. According to it the  exam date for History 315 for class 12 is 9th April


12 compartment student take admission in any college of after complete compartment exam.

Soham sengupta 19th Mar, 2020


actually it is not possible to take admission in any college of BTech after just completing your 10 + 2 compartment exam. You have to  give the exam of of any joint entrance examination for  engineering or similar like this. You have to pass on this examination and if you have a good rank you can take admission in good colleges. Don't worry if you have not a good rank you can take admission in private colleges also with low ranks also.

Hope this will help you.


Im fail in 12 last year. in this year Im private candidate of cbse 2020 . if i fail in one subject. can i give compartment exam

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

Compartment is an extra chance to appear for the exam which you might not be able to qualify in the first time. Compartment is given if you are fail in only one subject, so yes if you fail in one subject then you're allowed to give compartment, however, if you have fail in more than one subject, then it is considered as fail.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


goodevening, I Ajaykumar, What if I got failed in 2 subjects out six subjects. will i get compartment!

Neha Kanwar 13th Mar, 2020

Hello Ajay,

Yes this is true that if you fail in any of your subject you get compartment and have to reappear for the examination.

As per your query you asked if you failed in 2 out of 6 subjects so it is not about 2 subjects if you fail in even one subject then you have to give the exam again to clear it out.

Good Luck !


cbse class 12th ki compartment ki marksheet pe all (5) subjects ke marks appear (printed) hoge ya fir .only jis subject mai compartment di hai usi 1 subject ke marks printed aayege?

Yash Dev Student Expert 8th Mar, 2020
Hello student on the compartment result only one or number of compartment exam results are printed not all results will be printed like normal results.
Rest of the results are printed on your board examination original marksheet.
(if you've given compartment examination in only one subject then only that one subject results will be published).

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck
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