Class 12 Maths Preparation

Class 12 Maths PreparationIf you are a student of class 12, how to prepare for board exams is the top most question in your mind. Mathematics is essential for both science and commerce stream students. Unlike language papers, mathematics is a scoring one and you can even get 100 out of 100! Hard work is needed on your part, and we are here to guide you ace the CBSE class 12 math exam. Read on to know how to chart your CBSE preparation plan for the coming days.

The 2015 Board examination is just four months away (normally it starts on 1st March). So, let’s see how much time you have for preparation of Mathematics.

  • Four months mean roughly 120 days with still some school days left upto December (including pre-Board examination).
  • Assuming 5 hours per day available for studies in Nov-Dec and then 10 hours per day for Jan-Feb, the total study hours available is 900.
  • If you devote equal time to your five subjects (whether you are science or commerce student), the time available to you for Mathematics is just 180 hours!

Sounds scary? Don’t worry, let’s try to understand how you can best utilize this time.

Complete your syllabus soon

First of all, you have to see whether the syllabus is covered once from NCERT. If you have, that’s great!. Otherwise, that’s the first thing you have to do and do it fast. The sooner you finish the syllabus, the better it is for you in terms of the amount of revision you can do and enhance your chances of better performance in the Board examination. This is true for all subjects and irrespective of whether you are preparing for some other competitive entrance examinations or not.

Focus on revision for class 12 math exam

Let’s assume that you can finish the remaining part of NCERT work in about 10-20 more hours. So, you are left with 160 hours for your revision. This time can be utilised for three revisions – each of about 50 hours each (first one for pre-Board).

How to prepare for Class 12th Maths in board exams?

Ok, with this little planning, let us go about the topics of Mathematics and the important areas for revision. You must revise from NCERT thoroughly (formulae, exercises and examples) and some extra questions from one reference book (R.D.Sharma or equivalent).

We will not start from Chapter 1, as the weightage is just 4. Let us take up the topic Continuity & Differentiability (Chapter 5). In total, Calculus has 44 marks, out of which 20 marks are allotted to chapters 5 and 6. Normally 8-12 marks are allotted to this topic. You will have one 1-mark question (for 9) and two 4-mark questions. In some question papers/ sample papers, it has been sometimes found that three 4-mark questions have also been given.

Your target time for first revision should be 5 hours approximately for the eight exercises (5.1 to 5.8) and the Misc exercise and also little bit of previous years’ questions from reference book (if time permits).

Some important questions from NCERT are as follows:

Ex 5.1: examples 11, 13, 15, 19, 20 [important exercise]
Question 3(c), 7, 9, 16, 17, 21(b), 25, 26, 28, 30, 33, 34
Ex 5.2: example 23
  Questions 6, 8, 9
Ex 5.3: example 26
Questions 8, 10, 12, 14, 15
Ex 5.4: example 29(ii)
Questions 5, 10
Ex 5.5: examples 30, 33 [important exercise]
Questions 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16
Ex 5.6: example 36
Questions 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Ex 5.7: examples 39, 41 [important exercise]
Questions 6, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17
Ex 5.8: example 42
Questions 1, 4, 6
Misc Ex 5 examples 44(iii), 45, 48 [important exercise]
Questions 6, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23

This first revision of this topic should be completed by 5th – 7th Nov. So, get going. I’ll be back with guidance for next topic soon.


  1. You should have a self-regulation on whether you are studying for 5 hours on school days and 10 days on holidays. Try to maintain a diary of daily study hours every day from 1st November. There’s no need to get it checked or signed by tour parents – it is purely a self audit which will motivate you to maintain the studies systematically.
  2. Make a neat register for formulae as you revise the topics. You can do this for other subjects also.

Also check out CBSE Question Papers to prepare for your board exams.

This article is a part of our How to prepare for CBSE Class XII Board Exams guide. For more article, check out the links below.

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