New Delhi, Updated on Jan 24, 2020 16:54 IST

Check here the ISC Mathematics preparations tips, syllabus, exam pattern and more. These will help you score well in the 12th board exams.

CISCE will conduct the ISC 12th exams 2020 from February 3 till March 31. Students preparing to appear for class 12th Maths exam must go through and follow the ISC Mathematics Preparation Tips for better preparation. Maths is considered to be one of the most challenging subjects. The duration of the ISC Mathematics exam is 2.5 hours. Maths subject paper is segregated into two different sections comprising of Part I and Part II. Preparing for the ISC exam, especially for challenging subjects like Math, may appear to be a daunting task. However, with a well-planned preparation strategy; one can be assured of clearing the exam with flying colours. 

Before beginning, students must be well aware of the ISC Mathematics Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2020.

ISC Mathematics Exam Pattern 2020


Total Weightage

Section A: 80 Marks

Relations and Functions

12 marks


14 marks


40 marks


14 marks

Section B: 20 Marks


6 marks

Three-Dimensional Geometry

8/10 marks

Application of Integrals

6/4 marks

OR Section C: 20 Marks

Application of Calculus

8 marks

Linear Regression

6 marks

Linear Programming

6 marks


100 marks

Students can download the complete ISC Mathematics Syllabus 2020 here.

ISC Mathematics Preparation Tips

Dedication and hard work are believed to be the ultimate keys to nail the mathematics subject in ISC exam. Ironically, the majority of the students consider math to be one of the most challenging exams to attempt. Here, have a glance at the most effective yet non-complicated strategies to score brilliant marks in Maths subject paper:

Gaining clarity of fundamental concepts

This is the first and foremost step that goes on to become the fundamental basis for the successive steps to pursue in the context of the ISC Class XII preparation tips for mathematics. If there is any problem in grasping concepts, do not hesitate to seek help from external sources like seniors, acquaintances who have attempted maths paper earlier and resourceful online educational portals. Educational portals not only prescribe the best study reference materials but also provide valuable tips and strategies to nail the exam in a perfect manner. 

Meticulous preparation based on textbooks

At times, many students believe that textbooks are not much of use as a comparison to external exam preparation materials like sample test papers book, guidebook, books published by commercial publishers. Their importance cannot be discarded but at the same time, the benefits of emphasizing textbooks are unparalleled. 

Refer to reliable external study material

Conceptual questions of reliable external study material go a long way in enabling exam aspirants to build a strong foundation in the context of grasping the fundamental concepts of textbooks. Considering that maths is an extremely scoring subject, it is recommended to attempt mock tests from different external study materials including books, guides, online mock test papers and many more. 

Attempting mock test papers

The golden proverb that ‘Practice makes a man perfect’ is one of the most relatable proverbs in terms of attempting any exam. Right from improving speed to preparing you for those questions that have not been asked so far in the examination, solving mock test papers can make one avail of a multitude of benefits. It also makes one familiar with the exam pattern, marking scheme, types of questions asked in the exam, etc.

Solving previous year exam papers

Solving previous year papers is one such tactic that never results in any wastage in terms of time and effort. Not merely solving previous year paper imparts student an inkling about the question pattern but also enables them to master the art of finishing the paper well on time.  Approaching teachers and seniors and those who have passed this exam can prove to be helpful. Also, solving previous year question papers better help in memorizing the formulas, especially the complicated ones. As one goes on to continue solving more and more problems, the chances of committing errors go on to reduce with time. 

Continual revision

Contrary to the prevalent belief, revision is not something meant to postpone until the last few days before the exam. As one goes on to complete lessons, the revision must continue. For instance, once one have finished the second lesson, revise the first lesson immediately. Thereafter, with the completion of the third lesson, revise both the first and second lessons along with revising the third lesson. This million-dollar strategy will ensure that students do not end up forgetting the previous lessons by the time they complete the last lesson. Also, while revising, make sure to keep in mind the weightage of each chapter, the pattern of the exam and the types of questions generally asked from each chapter. 

Steer clear of silly mistakes

Mathematics is one of the most scoring subjects but at the same time, it is also true that Maths is indeed a subject where there is a lot of scope for the silly mistakes to take place. For instance, a minor error in the calculation will not merely result in an incorrect answer but it will also slow down the speed in the exam, ultimately triggering loss of focus due to hurry. Another common mistake is not ensuring a sound sleep a day prior, which results in a tired mind. While attempting the exam, it is recommended to read the given instructions carefully. 

Stick to time-table

Every single step is only going to prove to be effective only if one remains committed to adhering to the timetable at all costs. Be it completing the lesson or attempting a mock test, be it revising lessons or solving previous year question papers, accommodate time in everyday time table for all necessary activities to score good marks. By sticking to it, students will be able to keep unnecessary last-minute stress at bay ultimately resulting in enhanced focus during writing the exam.

Students must follow the above mentioned ISC preparation tips to excel in their boards.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

After gaining productive tips related to ISC Class XII Preparation Tips for Maths, it is time to get hold of the questions asked frequently:-

Q: Where is the registered office of CISCE is located?

A: The registered office of CISCE is located in New Delhi at Nehru Place in Pragati house. 

Q: Where is the head office of ISC is located?

A: The Head Office of CISCE is located in New Delhi at Pushp Vihar, Saket.

Q: Does CISCE Board endorse any specific external study material publication?

A: No, CISCE Board assumes no role in recommending or endorsing any specific publication as a standard textbook for any subject except for languages. It only specifies the syllabus to be covered during the academic year. 

Q: What are the most common external study material publications that have garnered strong credibility in the context of Maths 12th standard paper?

A: The recommendation of the textbooks to be referred differs from school to school. However, the most common publications that have garnered superior credibility for Maths subject include Selina Publications, S.Chand Publications, etc. 

Q: Is preparing for Class XII Maths paper extremely tough?

A: The process related to preparing for a Mathematics exam requires a meticulous practice encompassing concept-building, problem identification and solving, rectifying errors, and working on improving exam paper solving speed. By following the step-by-step process, you can effortlessly prepare yourself to appear for the Maths exam. 

Q: What is the scoring pattern of the class 12 maths exam conducted under the CISCE Board and what is the level of difficulty of this board?

A: The scoring pattern of class 12 maths exam conducted under the CISCE Board is percentage-based. As far as the level of difficulty of this board is considered, it is considered to belong to the medium level.

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