Physics is one of the most important subjects in the science stream. It’s also that much more important at CBSE board level because CBSE conducts various competitive exams like JEE (Main) and NEET. It means that the JEE (Main) and NEET syllabus is largely the same as CBSE class 11 & 12 syllabus. Apart from that, you need good marks in physics to qualify for various entrance exams. Hence, it is critical to get the fundamentals of physics right. In this article, you’ll find some tips and tricks that we’ve put together for you to crack the CBSE physics paper.
Tips to Crack CBSE Physics
- Study Material
First things first; you need to get your study material right. All your preparations should revolve around NCERT books. Apart from NCRT books, you must also peruse HC Verma’s Vol. 1 & 2 and Resnick Halliday.
- Build a Solid Foundation
Get your basics right. Before attempting the fractional part, you must thoroughly read and understand the theory bit so that your foundation is strong. Only once you’re confident with your theoretical knowledge should you attempt to solve the numerical.
- Take a Holistic Approach
You need to adopt a holistic approach for cracking CBSE physics. E.g. Practice the derivatives correctly but don’t miss the optics, magnetism and electrostatics, as they form a critical section for major questions. Practising the conceptual questions will help you prepare for the practical ones. Also, they will strengthen your fundamental concepts, which will help you in answering questions from all sections.
- Physics is a Lot Beyond Numerical Problems
If you want to excel in physics, then don’t limit yourself to just solving mathematical problems. Although numerical problems are almost in every chapter, you must also equally focus on theoretical portions because you’ll be asked numerical questions of only 15 marks in 12th CBSE board exams.
- Sample Papers
Solve as many class XII sample papers as you can, and try to answer at least 4-5 completely. Practice previous years’ question papers and model test papers. It will go a long way in making you comfortable with the exam pattern and the kind of questions asked.
- Be Thorough with Formulas
Learn all formulas thoroughly. Revise them regularly and solve at least ten numerical problems daily. If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers and seniors for guidance.
Constant revision is imperative in mastering physics. After learning a chapter, you must keep revisiting those chapters and formulas to avoid forgetting them. This exercise is of paramount importance as it keeps refreshing your memory at regular intervals.
- Use Visual Aids
Make it a practice to use diagrams or write formulas and place them on your study table. These visual aids have proved as a useful tool to remember and retain information.
- Physics is Not Mathematics
Not good at mathematics? Do you often get advised that physics can’t be your forte if you are weak in calculations? My suggestion: ignore it. It’s just a myth, and you shouldn’t let it stop you from giving your best shot at physics. You do need some basic calculation abilities, but there are some sections like Optics & Modern Physics including Electronics (Semiconductor) that require just basic mathematical skills.
- Don’t Panic
Lastly, don’t panic if initially some of the problems of physics look very tough to solve. Just keep a calm head and analyze them again. I assure you, they are not as tough as they seem to be.
We hope these tips come in handy to you and help you crack the CBSE physics paper.
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All the best! 🙂