How to Prepare for Homi Bhabha Balvaidnyanik Theory Exam?

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2. How to Prepare for Homi Bhabha Level 2 – Practical Exam
3. How to Prepare for Level 3 – Interview and Project work


Homi Bhabha Level 1 Exam is a Written Test with 100 objective questions (4 options, OMR sheet). Time is 90 minutes, which is usually quite sufficient.

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The portion for Homi Bhabha Theory Exam is based on science topics learnt in that standard. (For details, have a look at the Syllabus for Homi Bhabha Exam.)

However, the questions are tricky and test your fundamental understanding. So it is essential to study and understand the basic concepts thoroughly. So, we would advise you to follow:

  • A learning-oriented approach – Till basic theory studies are over
  • An exam-oriented approach – Towards the end, after completing your theory studies

How to Study for Homi Bhabha Exam with a Learning-Oriented Approach?

1. Focus on Understanding Basic Science Concepts

  • Students often read a chapter (or attend a class on that chapter) and say that “I have studied it”. But listening or reading is NOT studying. Did you think over what you read or heard? Did you ask questions?
  • Grasping and understanding starts only when you try to think by yourself and ask questions
  • You can always contact us if you want to check if you have understood a concept.
  • Don’t try to remember and memorize concepts. That is not true learning! E.g. When you learn that “load is more than effort in 2nd type of lever”, don’t start memorizing it. Think first. Why is it so?
  • Start your study with basic chapters like: Force, Motion, Elements-Compounds, Acid-base, Metals-Nonmetals, Classification, Life processes, etc. These topics are important – studying them nicely will help you to understand many further topics.
  • Don’t start from chapters like: vitamins, diseases, man-made materials, soil, air and atmosphere!
  • You can of course join our online classes too!

2. Books and study material:

  • Study from good books. But what is a good book? One which helps you understand a concept in depth. When you read a topic from a book, check – Does it explain the meaning? Does it give examples? Does it make you think?
  • We suggest that you study from your school textbook first. Also use good modern day resources like Wikipedia, Google and Apps. Avoid studying from Question-Answer type books.
  • Our Homi Bhabha book is of course excellent for studying – It teaches many basic science topics in an interesting and easy-to-understand manner. It also covers all the important science topics in detail.
  • You can also use Our E-Course App – It will give you complete class-wise and chapter-wise guidance with photos, videos, tests.

3. Learn by Experimenting:

  • Science is best learnt by observing and experimenting.
  • Do the things as you study them. For example, when you learn that ‘Carbon dioxide is heavier than air’, try to verify it. Fill CO2 in one balloon. (How? – Try to think for yourself!) Fill normal air in another balloon. Drop them both from the same height and observe that CO2 balloon falls faster!!
  • Observe the instruments and objects in your house. Do you know how your pressure cooker works? How a chapati is made, how beans are sprouted, what is the plumbing system in your house?
  • Check out Our Science Kits:
  • Be a doer: Only bookish knowledge is not useful in real life.
    • Students often study mm-cm-metre-km conversions and solve so many sums. But if we ask “How big is one metre?” – most of them have no idea!
    • Verify the principles you learn – E.g. You have studied that “Sum of angles of triangle = 180 degrees” but have you ever really checked if it is true?
    • Be aware, take measurements of things around you – what is the length and area of your bed, temperature of your bath water, height of your ceiling from the ground…

4. Method of studying:

  • Start with your favourite topic… one which you find interesting. Study it in detail up to your satisfaction. Ask questions on that topic to yourself. Why does this happen? How does this work? Why so-and-so does not work? Try to find the answers (use books, Wikipedia, Google, teachers, parents… And if you don’t get the answer, ask us!).
  • Take topic-wise tests if you wish, but do not start solving question papers based on full portion.
  • Then move to other topics one by one. Proceed in the same manner till you study 60-70% of the topics. Try to read the topics from other board textbooks also. Only then start solving question papers.
  • Study non-interesting topics to minimum level. Spend more time on learning what you like in depth.

5. Tests and Question Papers Practice:

  • After studying each topic, solve questions at the end.
  • After you complete 60-70% of the portion, solve full-length tests.
  • Try the free part of our Test Series App
  • Also check out Past 10 years question papers book.
  • First start solving the papers by OPEN BOOK METHOD. That means, sit with the question paper and also all the books you have read. After you read the question – if you don’t know the answer, try to search and find the answer from your books. NOT from the answer key. That will help you learn the relevant concept and next time you will be able to answer all similar questions!
  • Take our Free Mid-Term Test and see where you rank! (Contact us and join our whatsapp group to avail of it)

How to follow an Exam-Oriented Approach as Homi Bhabha Exam date approaches?

Follow this about one or two weeks before the exam:

  1. Study memory oriented chapters like vitamins, diseases, air and atmosphere, etc.
  2. Keep yourself aware about the science and environment related events. Study work done by Indian Scientists.
  3. Study school book topics on Earth science, Geography, Environmental studies.
  4. Revise the topics learnt earlier. Focus on questions and topics which you had got wrong in first attempt.
  5. Attend the re-telecast, revision, discussion and doubt-solving sessions of our Online classes.
  6. Revise from the e-course App if you have it.
  7. Practice answering with OMR answer sheet.

How can parents help?

  1. When a child reads a chapter or attends a class – ask him “What new things you learnt?”
  2. Ask the child to explain that topic to you.
  3. Ask oral questions on that topic, and check whether he/she has really understood it
  4. Provide good study material, tools for experimenting and internet access
  5. Encourage them to do activities and experiments
  6. Praise only hard work, NOT results.
  7. Treat the kids as your equals – involve them in family decisions, ask their opinions. Ask them the reasoning behind their opinions. That will help to develop scientific attitude.
  8. Read our articles on parenting.

You can also watch a live recording of our guidance session for Bal Vaidnyanik Exam Preparation on YouTube


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