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MH Board Exam 2019: Chemistry tips & tricks

PUBLISH DATE 1st November 2018

HSC exam is scheduled from 21st February. Students from all over Maharashtra will sit for the same in various examination centres all over the state. The students, who are appearing for HSC exams are nervous and busy in giving final preparation to their respective subjects. This year they will appear for new pattern of paper for exam. Today we are talking about the upcoming class 12th Chemistry paper which is going to be held on Wednesday, February 27th 2019, from 11 AM to 2 PM

Chemistry is considered to be the second difficult subject after Physics as it involves lots of learning and understanding. Some students fail to score good in Chemistry and the major reason behind this is the fear from chemistry. Also, the syllabus for chemistry is huge. Basically, science subject needs all three - sharp mind (logical), good memory power (to learn and remember the topics) and stamina (for studying long hours), especially the Chemistry subject demands repeated readings of the textbooks and notes. 

My advice is to the students to get rid of the chemistry-phobia from their minds. Chemistry is one of the easy subjects of Science stream if you concentrate and practice consistently the topics and practice solving numericals. 

As the HSC Chemistry exam is to take place on Wednesday, here I am with few tips about you can better prepare for the exam. All the best! 

Prepare intelligently 

HSC Chemistry syllabus is divided into three parts Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Chapters of Physical Chemistry are relatively easier to understand and you can memories it easily, so revise this portion of the syllabus first and then take organic chemistry and in the end, learn and practice inorganic chemistry. 

Most important tips & tricks for chemistry papers

  1. Most important topics for reasoning based questions are p, d & f block elements.
  2. Topics which carry maximum questions/marks: Molar mass determination, Raoult's Law, Adsorption isotherm and Packing fraction.
  3. Practice solving numerical from the chapters like solid state, solutions & colligative property, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics.
  4. Solve past papers of 2013,14,15,16 & latest sample papers.
  5. Prepare for the concept based questions.
  6. Last three chapters – Polymers, Bio-molecules & chemistry in everyday life are the simple and carrying 10 Marks, prepare them first for exam.
  7. Don’t neglect p block elements as it carries 7 marks.

Do & Don’ts during exam period.


  1. Sleep well a night before the exam and have a healthy breakfast the next morning. Reach the center well in advance. Avoid last minute hassles.
    Have faith in your hard work and your preparations.
  2.  Read each and every question, you can answer only if you know that a question has been asked. 
  3. Read the instructions carefully before starting the exam. You will know the finer details of the exam, like any change in pattern, marking scheme etc. 
  4. Read each and every question carefully and answer what has been asked. 
  5. Keep some time for revision and check whether you have answered all questions you know. 
  6. Answer the section you find easy, first.


  1. Do not waste time on questions you are not sure of or those which are time consuming. Come back to answer them only when you are through with all that you know.
  2. Do not forget to carry your stationary, a watch and all the documents required.
    Like the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy reads, “Do not panic”.
  3. Do not spend more time on a section that carries relatively less marks.
  4. Do not waste time on a numerical question, in case you don’t know. Either you know them or you don’t. Answer it if you do, move on to the next question in case you do not have a clue.
  5. Do not speculate how much marks you might get, while taking the exam. Concentrate on doing whatever you know.
  6. Don’t get distracted by any external factor.
  7. Do not conduct a post-mortem of the exam by predicting how many marks you might score, trying to figure out the correct answers from an unreliable source.


Writer is experienced chemistry teacher in Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. Sachin Pansare 
MSc,  BEd,  PhD.

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