CBSE Class 10 Social Studies Board Exam Preparation Tips

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Fri, 17 Dec 2021 04:38 PM IST


CBSE Class 10 Social Studies Board Exam Preparation Tips

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CBSE Class 10 Board Exams are crucial for every student. Everyone tries to score their best in these exams. Social Studies is an important subject in class 10. Canddidates can raise their overall score by scoring well in this subject. It is a scoring subject and you can score really well in this subject if you follow the right preparation strategy.


In this article we are providing you with the tips and tricks to prepare for Social Studies for CBSE Class 10 Board Exams. You can follow these tips and maximise your score. Read this article to understand the complete strategy to prepare for CBSE Class 10 social studies exam.

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CBSE Class 10 Social Studies Board Exam Preparation Tips

Social Studies is a theoretical subject and it required students to understand the events and phenomenons and memorise them. It requires you to remember various details well which requires time and dedication. Hence, candidates should prepare for this subject with complete dedication. 

1. Know The Syllabus and Complete It

Students should ensure that they know the complete syllabus of the subject before starting their preparation. Knowing the syllabus will help you identify the important topics which need to be studied. The detailed syllabus for social studies is as follows:

Unit 1 - India and the Contemporary World – II (20 marks)



The Rise of Nationalism in Europe

  • The French Revolution and the Idea of the Nation
  • The Making of Nationalism in Europe
  • The Age of Revolutions: 1830-1848

Nationalism in India

  • The First World War, Khilafat and Non - Cooperation
  • Differing Strands within the Movement
  • Towards Civil Disobedience

The Making of a Global World

  • The Pre-modern world

  • The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)

  • The Interwar Economy

The Age of Industrialization:

  • Before the Industrial Revolution

  • Hand Labour and Steam Power

  • Industrialization in the colonies

Print Culture and the Modern World

  • The Reading Mania

  • The Nineteenth Century India and the World of Print

  • Religious Reform and Public Debates

  • New Forms of Publication

Unit 2 - Contemporary India – II (20 marks)



1. Resources and Development

  • Land Utilization

  • Land Use Pattern in India

  • Land Degradation and Conservation Measures

  • Soil as a Resource Classification of Soils

2. Forest and Wildlife

  • Asiatic Cheetah: Where did they go?

  • The Himalayan Yew in trouble

  • Conservation of forest and wildlife in India

  • Project Tiger

3. Water Resources

  • Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management

  • Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management

4. Agriculture

  • Types of farming

  • Cropping Pattern

  • Major Crops

5. Minerals and Energy Resources

  • What is a mineral?

  • Mode of occurrence of Minerals

  • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Minerals

  • Non-Metallic Minerals

6. Manufacturing Industries

  • Industrial Location

  • Classification of Industries

  • Spatial distribution

7. Life Lines of National Economy:

  • Communication

  • International Trade

  • Tourism as a Trade


Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II (20 marks)

1. Power Sharing

  • Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka

  • Why power sharing is desirable?

2. Federalism

  • What makes India a Federal Country?

  • How is Federalism practised?

  • Decentralization in India

3. Democracy and Diversity

  • Differences, similarities and divisions

  • Politics of social divisions

4. Gender, Religion and Caste

  • Gender and Politics Religion, Communalism and Politics

  • Caste and Politics

5. Popular Struggles and Movements

  • Popular Struggles in Nepal and Bolivia

  • Mobilization and Organization

6. Political Parties

  • Why do we need Political Parties?

  • How many Parties should we have?

  • National Political Parties State Parties

7. Outcomes of Democracy

  • Economic growth and development

  • Reduction of inequality and poverty

  • Accommodation of social diversity

8. Challenges to Democracy

  • Thinking about challenges

  • Thinking about Political Reforms

  • Redefining democracy

Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development (20 marks)

1. Development

  • National Development

  • How to compare different countries or states?

  • Income and other criteria Public Facilities

2. Sectors of the Indian Economy

  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in India

  • Division of sectors as organized and unorganized

  • Sectors in terms of ownership: Public and Private Sectors

3. Money and Credit

  • Loan activities of Banks

  • Two different credit situations

  • Terms of credit Formal sector credit in India

4. Globalization and the Indian Economy

  • Production across countries

  • Interlinking production across countries

5. Consumer Rights



2. Understand the Exam Pattern Well

After understanding the syllabus it is also important to know the exam pattern. Exam pattern highlights the marking scheme, number and type of questions asked and so on. The exam pattern is as follows:


Unit Name



India and the Contemporary World - II



Contemporary India - II



Democratic Politics - II



Understanding Economic Development






3. Make A Study Plan

Having understood the sylllabus and exam pattern, you should make a study plan for yourself. Identify the topics you are weak in and give more time to those topics. Make a time-table so as to cover the entire syllabus and give sufficient time to each topic. Make sure that you follow this study plan diligently and consistently.

4. Use NCERTs and Best Reference Books

It is mandatory that students refer to NCERT and complete the basics from there. After covering the NCERTs thoroughly, you can move on to different reference books such as follows:
  • Xam Idea for Social Science – Editorial Board

  • S. Chand for Social Science – N.k Chowdhry

  • All in One Social Science CBSE Class 10 – Arihant

  • Golden Guide for Social Science – Sudha Rastogi, S.A. Siddiqui, J.P. Singhal & Dr. Gulshan Rai


5. Make Short Notes

While you are covering the basic books like the NCERTs and reference books, make sure you make short notes that you can easily go through while you are revising.

6. Solve Previous Year Papers and Mock Tests

Along with studying consistently, it is also important that you keep assessing yourself and attempt mock tests and solve previous year papers. These will help you understand if your preparation is upto the mark or not. 

7. Revision

Keep revising all the topics at regular intervals. Do not take this subject lightly as it is highly scoring. There are a lot of dates and details that you have to memorise in this subject. So you should keep revising the subject regularly.

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