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Tips on Studying for Biology 2 Lab Tests

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You may or may not have heard about the lab tests before you enter biology 2 but as a warning these tests are among the hardest I have taken in my college career. These tests are not a pushover test like you would think, there is a lot of material to be memorized and a lot of slides you have to know the name of. I suggest as soon as you hear the lab test is coming up you start studying IMMIDIATLY. Time is your biggest enemy when it comes to studying for this test. A hint at how hard my test for this was, I had a 127 question fill in the blank test.

Look up external sources for slides

Your teacher may use the slides you looked at in class but more then likely with the age of technology he will do like mind did and put pictures on a power point presentation and just cycle through them. In this case your drawings you have made will do you only so good since most of the pictures will be different then what you observed. The internet is your friend here. I Google searched every organism that I was told to study and looked at multiple pictures of them. Remember, organisms like dinoflagelates, diatoms, and radiolaria have MANY different forms. Looking at just one picture will not be good enough.

If your teacher gives you a study guide consider it a blessing from the gods

Some teachers decide to be nice to their students and print up a study guide for them to study from; some do it just so they can so “I told them what was on the test so it’s not my fault the failed.” In either case, be very happy that they gave you one. I recommend studying EVERYTHING on that page and putting it to absolute memory. Your teacher may or may not curve this test. Do you want to risk it? Like I said before, my teacher gave my class a 127 question fill in the blank test and he gave us a study guide with all 127 answers on it. Your teacher isn’t kidding around when he gives you a page with size 12 font typed full front and back and says that is the test. You have to know every organism, what it looks like, it’s kingdom, genus, phylum, order, and domain. If your teacher doesn’t give you a study guide I recommend looking back in the notes and looking at every organism he or she has heavily touched on and knowing everything about them.

Study groups are your friends

People will be blowing this test off because they won’t believe it can be this hard. I suggest getting all your friends in the class together and making a study group and hoping to salvage their grades along with yours. Even if you are reading straight from the study guide to the group questions will be asked and you’ll be committing the material deeper in your memory just by teaching the others.

Spelling counts

Your teacher may be like mine and give you a fill in the blank test which means you have to know how to spell, or at least approximate the spelling of all the words. Even if you are guaranteed by your teacher this is a multiple choice test answers are similar so simple word recognition may not be enough. Also, depending on how mean your teacher is he may give you a misspelled version of the word first and then down the list a properly spelled version. I have had it happen to me so be prepared,

Study in the order the material was taught

Study in the same pattern the material was taught to you. It will help you remember that answer that is on the tip of your tongue if you can remember that is its between a certain point and another.


Indian Council Of Agricultural Research Examination

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Indian Council of Agricultural Research Examination is conducted every year for students who are willing to get admission in Agriculture Universities within India for Bachelors programmes in agriculture and allied subjects. Out of all the seats available in the agriculture universities, 15% of the seats are filled using the score obtained in the ICAR Examinations.

Students can get admission into 11 Bachelordegree programs based on their performance in ICAR Examination. There are basically 2 streams in which students can get admission:

  • Stream A- Biology/Agriculture: This stream is for those students who cleared their class 12 examination with Biology or Agriculture related subjects as one of their main subject. The undergraduate courses offered are:
    • Agriculture
    • Sericulture
    • Horticulture
    • Forestry
    • Fisheries
    • Bio- Technology
    • Home Sciences
  • Stream B- Mathematics: Those students who cleared their class 12 examination with mathematics as their main subject can opt for the following undergraduate courses:
    • Food Sciences
    • Agriculture Engineering
    • Dairy Technology
    • Agriculture Marketing and Co-operation

Let us have a look at some of the important things related to ICAR Examination:

  • Eligibility:The following entry requirements are to be fulfilled to be eligible to appear in ICAR Examination:
    • Nationality: The applicant needs to be an Indian citizen to participate in the examination.
    • Age: The minimum age limit of the candidate is 17 years while the upper age limit is 23 years.
      • The candidates belonging to SC/ST/PC categories can claim age relaxation of 5 years.
    • Academic Qualification: The candidate must have cleared class 12 examinations or must be appearing in class 12 examination.
    • Minimum Marks: Candidates belonging to General Category should have scored at least 50% marks while candidate belonging to reserved category 40% marks are required.
    • For admission in Non Hindi Speaking States: The candidate willing to get admission in universities located in Non-Hindi speaking states, they should have English as a core subject in class 12.
    • For students who did their class 12 with Agriculture but without Physics & Chemistry: Such students can apply for admission into State Universities located in Chhattisgarh, M.P, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & U.P.
  • Application Process: ApplicationforICAR Examination will be accepted online as well as offline. For online application candidates are required to visit ICAR website while for offline application, OMR application form can be authorized centers of ICAR.
  • Application Fee: The candidates are required to pay application fee of Rs. 500 if they belong to General category and Rs.250 is they belong to reserved category.
  • Selection Criteria: The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis merit list prepared on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidate in the entrance examination.

For details related to ICAR Examination and other examination to get admission into similar courses, candidates can visit


Know About Open Text Book Assessment

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Central Board of Secondary Education introduced Open Text Book Assessment for class 9 & 11 in the year 2014 with a thought to shift the focus of India education system from rote learning to understanding of concept and developing their practical application. This change was intended to decrease the burden of books on children.

As per the scheme of OTBA, Students will be provided with the study material related to the Open Text Book Assessment much before the assessment so that they can go through the provided text, clear their concept and get well versed with their applications.

For Class 9, OTBA will be for all major subjects such as English, Social Science, Hindi, Science and Mathematics while for those in class 11 the assessment will be in Economics, Biology and Geography. Every year CBSE selects Unit/Themes from within the syllabus and theme of OTBA is also made available to students prior to assessment along with the marks distribution valid for the assessment.

For the year 2016, the themes and topics for the assessment has been announced by Central Board of Secondary Examination. For the candidate in class 9 the themes of OTBA are as follow:

  • English:
    • Let’s Welcome, Accept and Respect
    • Indigenous Games of India
  • Hindi:
    • Environment protection
    • Women
  • Social Science:
    • Together We Rise
    • Food Security in India
  • Science:
    • Handling Drought in our Country
    • Conservation of Water Bodies
  • Mathematics:
    • Childhood Obesity in India
    • Energy Consumption

While for the students for Class 11 the themes are as follow:

  • Economics:
    • Special Economic Zones
    • Indo- Pak trade relations
  • Geography:
    • The Dynamic Ocean Current
    • Ocean Resources
  • Biology:
    • Take care
    • The Ambient Air

The study material for Open Book Text Assessment for class 9 as well as class 11 in English as well as Hindi will be provided to the students online. Along with the material for the students, CBSE will provide sample questions and a suggestive marking scheme for the use of teachers, so that they can familiarize as well as make students comfortable with the scheme of examination.

While preparing for the OTBA examination, students have an advantage that they can use their textbooks or notes while appearing in the examination. While preparing for the examinations, students can make their own notesso that they can decrease the time and can boost their performance in examination.

For more details related to OTBA examination and tips to prepare for the examination, visit