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How Important Are Your 12th Grade Marks in Your Future Career?

Posted on Jul 14, 2018
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12th Board Exams

As the months of February and March approach, high school students in their 10th and 12th grade begin to feel the heat of the mounting pressure of studies. The ISE and CBSE Board exams for grade 12 happen around February, and for the 10th grade, the Board exams take place in March-April. Naturally, school teachers, parents, and students gear up for the final lap of studies with multiple preliminary tests, revisions and doubt-solving sessions. Many students who also take up private coaching have an additional burden of studies, tests, and classes.

Here’s What You Need to Know About 12th Board Exams

Why are Board Exams Important?
Many of you may have been told that 12th board exams are the deciding steps of your future career. They also form an important part of resume and act as an indicator of a student’s academic performance. If you plan to pursue higher studies abroad, many prestigious colleges and universities assign separate points to your marks in grade 10 and 12, and heavily rely on them while granting admission to the students. Students who are planning to apply for a scholarship program need to show exceptional performance in their Board exams, without which scholarships are difficult to win.

“Exams are just one more step in your career. It’s not the end of the road.”

Not just for higher studies abroad, even if you seek to pursue a Masters in India or MBA in a top institute such as IIMs, your 12th board marks will weigh heavily on your admission decision. Placement decisions are also based on the marks you acquired during your 12th grade.

Your 12th grade marks are also important to help you identify your future career goals. If number crunching is your strong suit, you’d probably want to get into careers in accounting, finance, commerce, and other such. If you feel that you lean more towards computers, you may choose to follow a career in technology, computers, software programming, and the like. Some students prefer to pursue vocational training such as journalism, culinary arts, nursing, and many others.

3 Ways to Maximize Your Performance in Your Board Exam

1) Closer to your exams, practice as much as you can with previously solved exam papers. Plan to solve least one full length test every day. Look closely at the weak points in your subject and work on strengthening and fine tuning your skills.

2) Keep off stress. Stress happens when you let your mind waver to negative thoughts. Meditate daily. Listen to music. Go for a walk. Draw. Paint. Cook. Keep your stress busters close to you.

3) Listen carefully to all instructions given at school on how to appear for the exam. Plan everything in advance. Make sure that you have all your resources, apparatus and notes handy. Reach your exam hall at least half an hour before time. This gives you a chance to assess your surroundings and adjust to it.

Exams are just one more step in your career. It’s not the end of the road. If you don’t perform well, don’t lose heart. There are many ways to get ahead in your career other than board exams. With the right attitude and confidence, you’ll overcome every obstacle.