Social Studies is often measured to be one of the most difficult subjects of CBSE Class 10 by majority of the students. The simple reason behind this is that the subject basically demands remembering of facts and answers. Social Studies is actually one of the most interesting subjects if you keep your patience. In this article we will guide you so that you perform at your peak ability. The subject of Social science has four main units having equal weightage in terms of marks.
Unit of Social Science
I. India and the Contemporary World -II
II. Contemporary India-II
III. Democratic Politics II
IV. Understanding Economic Development
All the chapters in these units are relevant to our lives. As you known, social science focuses on the study of society and the relationship among individuals within society over a period of time.
From the Board Examination point of view let us focus on the following aspects:
Typology of Questions and their implications:
* You are not likely to get any 1-mark question based on remembering (knowledge based simple recall). The variety of the 7, one-mark questions will be, 3 understanding based/ 2 application based / and 2 HOTS.
It implies that you should be able to quickly arrange your thoughts and write the answers in one or two lines. As most of us answer these questions first – usually more time gets allocated to them. You will do well to curb this tendency. (Other 1-mark questions are map based amounting 2 marks)
* Only 4, questions (out of 28) shall be ‘knowledge based simple recall’ type. (3+3, 5+5.) These have to be answered with facts and will not take much time. Looking at the previous year’s questions these questions are more likely from (History- “India and the Contemporary world II) chapter 1 or 2 and chapter 3.
* There are going to be 2, question (3+3) of Typology type five – (Evaluation and Multi -Disciplinary- ways of viewing things, judge justify etc.) These questions can take more time if you are not alert. The way to answer these questions is to first put down your quick thoughts in rough and then write the answers. This kind of questions are more likely from Chapter 4 (Geography -Contemporary India) and Chapter 4 (Economics-Understanding Economic development)
* Map based questions- You have to locate and label the entity asked on the map of India. Usually two (1+1) map-based questions are asked from chapter 3 (India and the Contemporary World- II), syllabus given. One 3, marks question is also asked from geography section (Contemporary India II), syllabus given. Here one should practice the last few years map-based questions.
* 5 marks, questions – There would be 7 five, marks questions in all (covering 44% of the total marks). Remember to allocate about 90 minutes to 5-marks questions. These should be written well and you should also compulsively revise the answers.
These would be 2 -remembering type as mentioned above. Others will be 2-understanding based/2-application based/ and 1-HOTS. These five questions usually take more time and need your time management skills.
* Looking at the trend of the last few years we suggest the following topics in a generalized fashion for the 5 marks questions (and even the 3 marks questions)
Major Valuable Topics
1. Unification of Germany/ Italy
2. Treaty of Vienna 1815
3. Civil disobedience/ Salt March of Gandhiji
4. Characteristics of Democracy
5. Effects of Globalization, contribution of technology/ Liberalization
6. Conservation of Mineral resources/ water
7. Impacts of Great depression (1930)
8. Impacts of the First World War:
9. Sectors of Indian economy/ condition of employment
10. Employment in rural sector
11. Agriculture – Rice/Wheat/Pulses
12. Conservation of Energy/ Minerals
13. Network of Railways and Roadways
14. Manufacturing Industries in India
15. Pressure groups and Movements – in Politics
16. Role of banking/Credit in Business
17. Discrimination against Women
18. Biodiversity and Sustainability
Let us remind you ….
* First thing first – take breaks from studies often. Do something else such as help your mummy in the kitchen, listen to music etc.
* Know the syllabus well particularly the optional chapters and plan accordingly. If you have prepared flow charts/concept maps use them, they are a great help in reflecting and connecting the ideas.
* Revising from your own notes or the book you have been reading and underlined, will take less time.
* Referring Score More 21 Sample Papers is very imperative. It gives you high score even if you consult the same on the day before your examination. It helps you in getting familiar with the trend of questions asked in the exam and help you in keeping a check on speed and the writing skills for the board exam.
* Read the descriptions given under images and take a look at the important terms in the chapters. Revise the crisp definitions along with their explanations.
* Think over the projects given in the chapter. Higher order thinking questions are usually based on these.
* Remember “understanding based questions” will ask you to interpret, compare, explain etc. It would be prudent to arrange your thoughts well, so the answers do not become too lengthy.
* In “application-based questions” examples or some kind of solution to a problem are asked. Thinking up an example can kill time so you should be alert about it.
* Take a look at map questions of previous years. It is easy to get full marks in these. It may not be a good idea to start a new topic; revise what you have learnt.
* Revising the easy chapters first, is always a good plan and works as a confidence booster.
We at MTG, are sure that the above inputs will facilitate your exam preparation for Social Science (S St) paper.
All the best! You will come with flying colours!