Tips for writing and Preparing for Business Studies Exam

Tips For Preparing And Writing
Business Studies Exam (Class-12)

Often Heard Complaints Of Students for Business studies: 
          "I Learn Only To Forget."
          " How Will I Remember All The Points".
          "Before Exam Time I Am Blank And   Don't Remember Anything"

Remember that success has to be backed by hard work and perseverance. You may forget, but every time you read and answer again, it only gets re-enforced in your mind and things begin to fall in place on their own when you enter the examination hall. Also Business Studies is a subject where sometimes simple common sense can make up for a temporary memory lapse. So trust your ability to think sensibly and do not lose heart.

1)         During the reading time of 15 minutes, read the question paper carefully and check out the marks assigned to each question. Plan and organise your answers in your mind . There is  no internal choice provided in any question ( 1, 3, 4 ,5 and 6 markers)
2)        In a question with words like 'Enumerate', 'Outline’, ‘State’ or 'List', write explanatory points (complete sentence should be given regarding points)
3)         For 1 markers-write answer in one or two lines, For 3 markers-write three points.(with explanation)For 4 markers -write 4 points.(with explanation),For 5 markers-write 5 points.(with explanation)For 6 markers-write 6 points.(with explanation)Explanation of each point should not be more than 3 sentences(Where the number of points to be given are specifically mentioned in the question, give only that many)
4)         Try to write headings given in N.C.E.R.T or as given by teacher.
5)         Attempt all questions.(Write and explain whatever you know rather than leaving question completely)
6)         Leave time for revision.
7)         Give examples whenever possible.(Especially in questions of Differential Piece wage system, Trading on Equity etc.)
8)         Read the questions thoroughly before answering. Leave the questions you are unsure about for the end.
9)         Start the answer from the extract given in the question for clarity.
Eg: question:  “Internal sources of recruitment are better than external sources” Explain any five reason in support of this statement.(5 Marks)
Ans: Internal sources of recruitment are better than external sources in following respects:
(Write 5 points with explanation)
10)      In question where process or steps are asked   , write all points whether it is for 3, 4, 5 or 6 marks (explanation varies according to marks)  Follow the proper sequence.
11)      In questions like……  “Directing is the heart of management process” Do you agree? Give four reasons in support of your answer.(5 Marks)
Start answer with your view
Ans: Yes, I agree that Directing is the heart of management process. The reasons are   : (Write 5 points with explanation)
12)      'Distinguish' or 'Differentiate' questions should always be written in tabular form preferably with basis column.
13)      If possible give the diagrammatic representation of answer .Example: Scalar Chain, Communication Networks   , Controlling  process , Functional structure ,Divisional structure etc.
14)      Business studies is a scoring subject, but you have to stress on presentation;
·        Try to write answers in points rather than writing long paragraphs
·        Underline important parts and headings of answers or use highlighter or black pen (do it simultaneously while writing answers)-Do not leave this for end
·        Do write question number clearly and strictly tallying with the question paper.
·        Follow a serial order. You may also follow the reverse order i.e. attempt 6 marks questions first, then 5, 4, 3 and 1 markers.
·        Leave one line after every point in answer
.     If possible give the diagrammatic representation of answer
15)      For learning and preparing subjects:
·        Do the course consistently rather than finishing it and leaving it
·        If you write down the points after learning you will retain better.
·        Start your studies well in advance, moving from simple to difficult concepts.
·        A thorough base makes it easier to assimilate information. Jumping immediately to processes and applications just because they carry more marks may not be fruitful if you are confused about basic concepts.
·        Acronyms may be used to make learning easier. For eg: to learn elements of Promotion mix(Marketing) Acronyms :APPS (Advertising, Personal Selling, Public Relations ,Sales Promotion)
·        Jot down the main points on separate sheets and go through those rather than the entire book.
16)      Marking scheme of CBSE requires brief and to the point answer, therefore you should avoid writing long answers   , You don't get more marks by writing longer answers , but you waste your time.
17)      Divide your time between very short and long answers so that you don't run out of time while attempting the last questions.

Exam is a life Skill, Learn it and enjoy it.

Also check 

Presentation Mantras for Business Studies Exam

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Mind Maps for Learning  Click here to check this technique of learning 

Check video on how to deal with case studies Click here 

Tackling questions based on case study  click here

Tips for Fast and Effective Learning

Article in Hindustan Times newspaper dated 4th February ,2014


  1. this is the best blog i've ever visited! thank you so much....great job! :)

  2. is studying from ncert sufficient or extra books are also required?

    1. Studying from NCERT book is not enough as there are lot of additions and deletions in course.
      Do refer to to supplementary material issued by CBSE and also sample papers for thorough studies .Also check Important link tab on top of page for checking KV Support material .

    2. thank u for such useful blog has helped me a lot ....!!!

  3. U can take d help of poonam gandhi for additional added topics or for more explanation

  4. Ma'am! thanks a lot ! It's totally Perfect.

  5. first of all kudos to all of you maam for putting up such a great website.
    we all are very afraid about these MULTI DISCIPLINARY questions which are expected to come from where can we access them also that no sample papers will be issued. kindly help :D

  6. Thanks a bunch :) Really will help a lot while preparing for business exams Really great blog!

  7. Thanks a ton.It will be helpful.

  8. HI. Can you please tell me one thing. I am aiming for a full 100. Shall I use the language from NCERT for the content of the points or can I explain in my own words? Also, if the main points words are hanged while writing answers, can marks be cut?
    I am from Mhow, in Ajmer region, so please tell me accordingly. Any and all help is highly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Dear student , You should try to learn heading given in NCERT book exactly but as far as explanation is considered , it can be there in your own words . But make sure you know the key words around which you write your explanation. All the best

  9. y its correct thanks for u one n all for u r suggestions

  10. Thanks a lot , it helped me a lot !!!!!

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  12. Highly informative blog....great help for the students.

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  14. Thank You so much!

  15. Thanks for the last day prep.. tips

  16. the tips are really good .....BUT CBSE has shifted from direct questioning .. to Application based questioning can u publish some articles about that also.

  17. Thanks....a ton.

  18. thank you so much...............