Social Sciences (73) Paper & Study Tips

Namaskar. Sasriyakal. Vanakkam. Here, I won’t give you a intro to the post because almost all the matter has clear headings. Happy studying and teaching !!!

NOTE: In the tips given below, all the matter can be divided into two groups. All that is given in italic (slant) font is specially for the students who aspire to score 39 or 40 and want no mark to be deducted by the moderators. Other matter in normal font is for everyone.


  1. Study every chapter topic-wise. If any problem arises while studying, consult a teacher/mentor.
  2. Try studying the matter according to textbook. As much as possible, do not learn answers from guides; at least, the answers which are available in the text. According to my point of view, guides are the best method of revision.
  3. Do not learn answers from guides. But do refer some guides because answers to some questions are not easily found. For example, some give reasons, etc. For that refer, at least 2 different guides and search it in the textbook. Then, use the textbook words.
  4. Read the question properly. Don’t get confused between different terms like causes (reasons)- consequences (effects), World War I- World War II, Western Coast- Western Mountains – Western Plains, Andaman Nicobar Islands – Arabian Sea Islands, etc. A lot of times it is observed that the first one is asked and some students write the other way round and vice versa. No marks will be given in such cases; so be careful. Saavdhan rahe, Satark rahe. Kal phir milte hain isi samay aisi hi ek aur sachchi ghatana ke saath ke saath.
  5. History Dates – Writing dates/years in History answer sheets is not compulsory according to boards (even the model answer key does not include it). That means no marks will be deducted, if you do not write the event date/year. But if you write the wrong, marks will be deducted. So, no need to learn all dates. Only learn the important ones. Even if you have learned all/important dates, write in the answer only if you are sure.
  6. In History, many-a-times it happens that two or more questions have the same answer or include the same answer. For e.g., the answer to reasons of World War I is a combination to the give reasons/ answer in 20-30 or 30-40 words. So, be wise and do a comparative study.
  7. Geography Map-Filling – Do this carefully. Remember that there are 3 types of map-spots viz. area (like Marusthal, States, Divisions, etc.), point (like city, peak, airport, etc.) and line (rivers, routes). Most of the times practicing the questions in textbook exercises and past papers is enough. There are few extra questions in this section like some important rivers. You can comment below if you want to know.
  8. Geography Map-Reading – All the physiographic maps are important for this question. At some times, any graph (as given below) can be given in place of map. There’s nothing to take tension regarding this question because all you have to do is see and answer like that in language comprehension. Just remember to answer in full sentences.
  9. Geography Graph – For SSC Std. 10, we have 2 types of graph (Simple line graph, Simple bar graph) and 2 types of diagrams (Divided Rectangle, Divided Circle). More information regarding this available in the presentation tips.
  10. Mnemonics – Always learn difficult answer by some tricks like mnemonics (short forms). One of them for learning North-East Indian states is Asa-Si-Aruna-Naga-Mani-Mizo-Ti (tri). Similarly, various videos are available on YouTube to learn capital names. In the same way, one of the history mnemonics is GAI-FER (sounds GAI FAIR i.e. cow fair) which gives us the teams of World War I. Triple Alliance – GAI (Germany , Austria, Italy) and Triple Entente – FER (France, England, Russia).
  11. Do not leave anything for option to study (it is OK if you not attempt extras in exam) because you may think extra questions may cover that part. But, imagine if the other question is also tough, then?
  12. Expertise the questions in the exercises given behind each chapter. They form at least 70% of the question paper, that is about 28 marks in each paper.
  13. I suggest my friends who are aspiring to be the rank-holders to study the entire textbook by-heart (don’t miss even a single word). It is not difficult. I had done that.
  14. The best way to study learning subjects like Science and Social Sciences is to divide the text into parts and frame questions for each of the parts; and then memorize question answer format.
  15. Political Science and Economics – Learn the answers 99% in textbook words. Avoid writing answer in own words as much as possible. If not, at least know and write the correct terms.
  16. In economics, do know the meanings of some terms from the violet-coloured glossary box given at the end of each chapter. This useful for 2 marks answers as well as introduction for 4 marks answers.
  17. Learn History answers by keeping a timeline/ visualizing story video in mind. Similarly, visualize map to learn Geography answers.


The common presentation tips regarding all the subjects are available on GENERAL PRESENTATION TIPS post. Following are featured especially for Social Sciences Papers . To understand these in a better way, refer History – Political Science (73) March 2017 Solution and Geography – Economics (73) March 2017 Solution.

  1. Make boxes around one-word answers in objective questions i.e. boxes in place of blanks in fill in the blanks, true or false, etc.
  2. For match the following, make proper tables as shown in the solution links above.
  3. Don’t allow (make) any cancellations in objective questions.
  4. For give reasons,  according to the board rule, the question statement should be included as it is in the answer either in the beginning or at the end.
  5. Preferably, keep your aim to make the paper more spacious, clean and ultimately more presentable. One way to do that is leaving a line between points. Another is to start a new sub-question on new page. Otherwise, you can leave two lines between sub-questions. It won’t cost you much as there as no limitations to supplements; but just a couple of seconds for filling up the identity details and sticking holocraft on supplements. But, take care that you don’t make it over-spacious to increase no. of supplements (that would irritate the examiner instead of impressing her).
  6. Underline the key-words (political/historical/geographical/economic terms, numbers, names, years, places, etc. ) by a single pencil line; better, using a ruler. Possibly, 1/2 in each small point and about 4 in a big point. Too much underlining will make the paper look as if full matter is underlined.
  7. According to board rule, the answer should contain points double the marks. For e.g. 4 points for 2 marks, etc. But, for give reasons, only 2 points are required for 2 marks. But it is always a better choice to write as many relevant points you know.
  8. Do most of presentation work like underlining keywords, boxing (except fill in the blanks because that carries marks), diagram borders, etc. at the end 15 minutes after checking. (refer below for time management).
  9. Be precise, accurate, confident,  and impressive in what you are writing. Again, you should expose your deep knowledge and interest in the topic so that you make a mark on the examiner.
  10. Avoid solving extra questions, because you have to do a lot more things in each sub-question so you may not finish the paper in time. So, make the best choice possible and write that so perfectly that no one would be able to cut marks in it – This is what the moderators have told me (that’s more appreciated because the paper correctors are already tired to read the same answer 100 times and reading extras makes it more tiresome, so the chief-moderator may deduct a mark to bring you down on the account of lack of confidence). In Geography, you can attempt extras in Q. 3; rather you should.
  11. Write all answers in points; each point should be numbered either as i, ii, iii, iv… or 1, 2, 3,… preferably the first way. But if the sub-question no. itself is in that way (i, ii, iii…) then use the second way. Never write points using alphabets, bullets, arrows, etc. That’s not accepted.

History & Political Science –

  1. If time permits, write the whole sub-question along with CORRECT QUESTION NO. AND/OR write a suitable title to the answer and box it. No need for give reasons and short notes. (It is better to write because the examiner won’t have to look in the question paper back and again, reducing his/her efforts setting a good impression on him/her).
  2. Write an introduction and conclusion for every 4 marks answer. The introduction should be some relative meaning, background, etc. in your own words. The other way round, the conclusion should give an overview, striking remark, etc.. Some of the answers have introduction and/or conclusion in the textbook itself. For e.g. constructive effects of imperialism, advantages of globalization, reasons of imperialism, etc.. The same way for Political Science 2 marks answer.
  3. For Political Science, True or False, one mark is for writing TRUE/FALSE and one mark is for the reasons. When stating true or false, write answer in full sentence, write TRUE/FALSE in block letters and box true/false. That is, if statement, you have to write ‘The above given statement is TRUE, because – ‘. The other mark is credited for writing any two correct reasons in points.
  4. Write event time (dates/years) only if you are 100% sure. See point 5 in study tips above for reason/more details.
  5. Many 4 marks answers like reasons of imperialism, constructive effects of imperialism, etc. have sub-sections also. It is expected that the student should either write all sub-sections with 2-4 important points each or any 4 sub-section with all points. The first is always more preferable because that makes your answer complete. But, if you can remember, write all sub-sections with all points. That leaves no chances for mark-deduction. In such answers, box the sub-titles also.

Geography & Economics –

  1. If time permits, for Q. 4 and Q. 6, write the whole sub-question along with CORRECT QUESTION NO. AND/OR write a suitable title to the answer and box it. No need for give reasons and short notes. (It is better to write because the examiner won’t have to look in the question paper back and again, reducing his/her efforts setting a good impression on him/her).
  2. For give reasons, write the full question statement and single-underline it with pencil and ruler. Further instructions as given earlier. Similarly, for short notes, write the full question heading and double-underline/box it with pencil and ruler.
  3. Many 4 marks answers like that of Ganga plain have sub-sections also. In such answers, box the sub-titles also.
  4. 4 marks answers should have an introduction. Both in Geography and Economics. The introduction should be some relative meaning, background, etc.
  5. The board has reserved one mark in 4 marks answers for map stencil marking. It is compulsory for that question. But, for my 40 marks aiming friends, it is always better to do in give reasons and short notes as well. Remember to draw the map stencil AT THE BEGINNING of each answer. Each map stencil should contain all the elements of map viz. Title (always INDIA), Sub-Title (based on the question), direction (arrow showing north), scale (always- map not to scale), index (if possible). Also label Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean (not compulsory). Well this consumes a lot of time so it is better to draw a skeleton map stencil (a map stencil which has all elements common to all questions) for Q.2 sub-questions in the 15 minutes time given for formalities, if you follow a regularity in consuming pages every time (like I require exactly 2 pages for each sub-question in Q.2). If possible, use a small stencil for Q.2 and a big one for Q. 4.
  6. For Q.3, you get a 4-paged graph-map supplement in which we have the identity, subject details and instructions given on first page, map for Q. 3 C] on the second and graph for Q. 3 A] on the third. Last page is sometimes a ruled page which can be used for Q. 3 B]. It is better to practice on a similar sheet. So giving you a copy of the same click to download. Graph-Map Supplement
  7. Graph – See the images below. If you want to see the questions of the graphs below, please refer to the Geography textbook Ls.9 Exercise. Note that out of the 4 below, simple line graph and simple bar graph (expected for March 2018) are usually asked because these two are comparatively easier.SIMPLE LINE GRAPH-1SIMPLE BAR GRAPH-1DIVIDED CIRCLE-1DIVIDED RECTANGLE-1
  8. Map-Reading – Nothing much but answer in full sentence and box/double-underline the main answer. Attempt all 4.
  9. Map-Filling – For this, you have been supplied with a map on page 2 of your graph-map supplement. The index is also printed before-hand below the map, just fill it; no need to draw another one in the map to waste time. For each question, mark the spot/location/line asked and give it the number as given in the question paper and write the label name. Similarly, draw the same marking against the correct question no. in index as given in the question paper. For example, if you are not attempting the first one, you should show marking of sub-question against no.2 in index and not no. 1. Use proper conventional signs (like triangle for peak, etc.) as far as possible for point markings. For line markings, show the correct direction on line using arrowheads (>) i.e. origin to mouth for rivers, location1 to location2 for routes. Refer solution link to understand better.
  10. In Q. 6, even if the question says answer in 1-2 sentences, compulsorily write the answer in 2 points each containing a sentence/ combination of 2 sentences because no one will give you 2 marks for 1 sentence.


  1. Chetana Publications – STD. X History and Political Science Master Key
  2. Target Publications – STD. X Geography and Economics


History-Time management



Time management

Remember to make the time management suitable according to your needs. Also, be prepared to adjust the time management during examinations depending on the questions asked. Slight changes can de done, but remember to give the same time for presentation and checking. Suggesting to do checking before presentation.

If any doubt, regarding the subject about paper presentation/board rules (not about studying, your teacher will explain it better), please comment. See you ASAP.

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