12 Reasons Why Students Fail In Examination

News Aug 1, 2021 6 mins read

This is quite important to discuss because a lot of students make a lot of mistakes in board exams. Because they appear on boards for the first time.

These are some common mistakes that are made by every single student. And sometimes, because of these mistakes, students end up losing marks.

That's why I have decided to throw some light on these mistakes through school. Okay,

Before moving on to mistakes, I want to know how your preparation is going.

Are you all set? Or are you waiting for the last moment to prepare for your board exams class 10th?

Again, I am repeating this; do not wait until the last moment to prepare for your exams. form today. There are only 3 months left until your board exams. This is because this year's board exams are being delayed, all thanks to Covid-19.

So don't miss this opportunity. You've all the time you need, and this is the best chance to score 90+ in your class 12th board exams.

Let's discuss the mistakes.

12 Reasons why students fail the examination

  1. Poor time management.
  2. Lack of preparation.
  3. Distractions (Netflix and amazon prime).
  4. Low self-esteem.
  5. Overconfidence and low confidence.
  6. Lack of strategy.
  7. Ignoring important things and doing unnecessary things.
  8. Lack of practice.
  9. Procrastination.
  10. Ignoring the importance of mocks.
  11. Seeking too much advice.
  12. Trying to cover too many books.

1. Poor time management.

It doesn't matter what you're doing in your life and what your goals are. If you want to succeed in what you're doing, then you need to have proper time management.

The same goes for all students. They need proper time management to achieve success in their studies. I know almost all students are bad at time management. That's why they fail in their studies.

Why students are bad at time management?

Because in student life, we completely ignore the importance of time. We never think about time, the things we focus on, friends, social media, movies, etc. There is nothing wrong with it because no one knows what's going to happen tomorrow. So we never think that we need to learn time management.

I hope you get my point. But you must consider this. If you don't want to fail your class 10th examination, then you should think about managing your time. For that, you should consider preparing a decent timetable for your class 10th exams.

2. Lack of preparation.

This is also followed by time management. Time management helps you with your preparation. And if you don't know how to manage your time? Simply means, you don't know how to assign time to each subject, and how much to each.

Furthermore, those students who lack time management skills end up failing exams or scoring less.

Only because they never lend proper time to each subject. You need to understand this: all subjects are equally important in terms of marks, as well as in all other terms.

You can't simply ignore Hindi or social studies, because you feel they are boring or too easy. If you ignore any subject, then, it means you're gambling with your marks.

So don't gamble with your marks. Instead of watching movies all day, try to focus on your studies. Because currently, they are much more important than any other thing.

3. Distractions fails students (Netflix and amazon prime)

Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram are not only distractions. There are others as well. And you are very well informed about them.

These distractions have become a major reason for student failures because they affect your attention, as well as how you reduce your mental stress.

How do social media platforms affect your mental strength?

It's very simple. All social media platforms work on attention-seeking analytic behaviour (which means) they consume your attention. It reduces your attention to spam.

Social platforms like Tik-Tok, reels and other short video platforms are the curse for students. Because they damage the minds of students slowly. So, if you're consuming too much social media, Then try to reduce it and do other important stuff.

There is a simple catch to it;

If your distractions are too strong, then you are simply going to sacrifice important things to satisfy your distractions.                     @pushpender yadav

Try not to compromise your studies for your distractions.  

Also, read this; Reasons why Tik-Tok is so popular these days.

4. Overconfidence and low confidence

Both overconfidence and low confidence are bad for your studies.


Suppose you're too confident in your skills and knowledge? Then you'll simply be going to assume that you'll easily score in the exams, with less study. By this, you'll completely mismanage things, and wait until the last moment to prepare for your exams.

Once, you decided to wait for the last moment. This automatically increases the probability of your exam failure.

Only because now you're not going to prepare for your exams properly.

How much low confidence pushes you towards exam failure?

This happens to overthinkers. They always pre-assume everything in their minds. During the time of preparation, they think about the result. In that, they have failed badly.

In this way, they increase the peer pressure on their brains. Because of that, they fail the exams.

Plus, this peer pressure sometimes turns into exam fear. You should try to read this about how to overcome your exam fear.

That's why you should stop doubting yourself. And focus on your studies.

5. Low self-esteem

Your self-esteem is a complete reflection of what you feel inside, plus how you handle challenges.

In other words, it reflects your confidence. And those who are not sure about their preparation always have low self-esteem.

Their low self-esteem badly affects their exams. So, before appearing for your exam, try to improve your self-esteem and also be confident about exams.

6. Lack of strategy

You are all very well aware of what a strategy is. And how important is it in terms of the examination point of view?

Most students approach exams without a proper strategy. They think that everything is going to work. Because of this behaviour, they end up ruining their exams.


You may have heard students saying things like, "The exam was too lengthy. I forgot to attempt the last five questions. I am feeling sorry for myself because I left a very easy question.

All this happens because they never prepare a proper strategy for their exams. Therefore, they end up failing things in exams.

So, you should have a strategy prepared before board exams knock on the doors.

7. Ignoring important things and doing unnecessary things

This is the most common habit for almost every student. They always ignore important things or leave them for later. Only because they feel other things are much more important than their studies.

To be frank with you, Currently, only one thing is important, and that is your studies. And if you wish to score more, then try to solve as many questions as you can. Because question-solving improves your confidence and decreases your chances of failure. There are ways in which you can solve 200+ questions a day.

8. Lack of practice

A lot of students fail exams because they never practice (which means) they only focus on rote memorization.

They never think about practising things that they learned while reading all their NCERT books for the examination. Practice

is very vital for your scoring. Because practice improves your study skills, as well as increases your chances of scoring. So don't limit yourself; practice more and more questions.

9. Procrastination

This is the pro feature of all students. As I have explained above, we have a tendency to forward things tomorrow, sometimes to the deadline.

In this way, we not only increase our chances of failure in exams. But it also shows how lazy and irresponsible we are.

I hope you get my point. If you wish to score well in your exams, then you should start developing good habits for yourself.

10. Ignoring the importance of mocks

Mocks are the best cure for your examination fever. Still, a lot of students hold that solving mocks is not going to improve their scores.

I don't know why!

You need to understand this; solving more and more mocks will simply improve your scores. Because exams are also one type of mock test.

11. Seeking too much advice.

Even though what I am offering is also advised, I am saying this. It is only because students during their board examinations are on a quest to know things.

They try to ask each other everything! I know getting questions during exams is natural. But you must understand the basics.

When you ask something of someone, he doesn't know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and how you deal with things.

The only thing he offers is the experience of himself. What he did during his exams.

Which can be helpful. But there are chances that his advice might not match your lifestyle or how you think about things. And when this happens, you seek more advice, which results in confusion. Because now you have too many opinions to follow. Therefore, you get confused about which one you should follow.

So don't try to seek too much advice? Because it will only confuse you. Which might ruin your result.

Now let's talk about the last one;

12. Try to cover too many books

I know a lot of students believe that more books mean more scores. But this is not true.

As you know, all books contain the same matter explained in different languages.


Because CBSE, ICSE, state, and other national boards have limited syllabuses. So if the course is limited, then how can you need 10 books for the same course?

Just think about it?

So instead of opting for too many reference books, try to opt for any one book. I am 100% sure that a single book contains all the things which you require to score well in your board exams.

Furthermore, if you choose too many books, they will only increase the chances of failure for you. Because you'll think about which subject you should study. Otherwise, you'll try to cover them all.

Which is not a good idea. Plus, you don't have that much time on your hand.


Choose your books wisely, solve more mocks, try not to be impatient, and at the top of everything, practice is the only way to score well.


Pushpender Yadav

Hey! This is Pushpender Yadav man behind schoolokay. I have created this blog to help out a lot of students about their studies and other career stuff.

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