CISCE ISC History - Preparation Tips

History may be defiend as the study of human past. It is a field of research which uses a narrative  to examine and analyse the sequence of events, and it sometimes attempts to investigate objectively  the patterns of cause and effect that determine events.

Important Topics for CISCE history exam for ISC are:

  • The Growth of Radical Nationalism (at the turn of the 20th Century)
  • Communal Factors in Indian Politics (1885-1919)
  • The years of Gandhian Leadership of the National Movement
  • The Last Phase (1935-1947)
  • Fascism and Nazism
  • The Second World War 1939 - 1945

Study tips for CISCE History exam for ISC:

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  • Try to know why an event is important, its implications on the society and the future. You are usually expected to know why an event is important. This is why history tests contain so many essay or long-answer questions.
  • In order to make history more satisfying, you must put in hard work and effort. You must have a general sense of the study material.
  • History text books are heavy, both, length wise and coverage wise. Follow books that make an attempt to balance length with coverage.
  • Learn to cross-reference. If you read about places, words, people or things that you are not familiar with, then you should make notes of these words or phrases and look them up over the internet or an encyclopedia.
  • When you read through your books or your notes, not down the names, places and dates, and keep a chart or an outline that will put them in an order that makes sense to you.
  • The best way to learn about land formations is to draw the map yourself. This way you can better learn the boundaries that surround the area you are investigating.

Tips for scoring well in CISCE history exam for ISC

  • Refer to concrete points of historical time. There's nothing quite so frustrating for an instructor than to read an essay in which five centuries of human endeavor have been jumbled together as if all history took place yesterday. If you know specific dates, use them.
  • Before you start the exam, utilize the first 15 minutes to scan the paper. Read the question paper thoroughly before jumping to write the answers.
  • Among the questions with internal choices, select the ones that you plan to attempt, and frame skeletons of the answers you are going to write for these questions. 
  • Follow a pattern. For example, in case you start with long answer questions, complete that section and only then move to short or very short answer section.
  • Highlight the important points and write your answer in points to enhance visibility.

Recommended Books

Specimen papers available on the CISCE website

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