Getting low marks, especially in the 12th, is a nightmare for every student. But there’s nothing you can do to fix it. Unless you repeat one more year for the class 12th, you may feel bad for a few days about your marks, and maybe you can regret it for 2-3 years also.

What to do if you got low marks in 12th class

In this article, my motive is to share my experience with you and teach you what to do if you got low marks in the 12th class. Well, class 12th is the most important class related to our career.

Firstly, you should ask yourself whether you have your preparation with heart or not for the 12th exams. If you have not really done preparation well and got fewer marks, then it’s your fate, and you have to accept it.

Secondly, If you have done hard work throughout the year and done your preparation well, go for filling up the Reevaluation or Re-Totaling forms, don’t waste your money if you don’t have confidence that your marks will increase.

If you are really confused and want some more clarity about what to do if you got low marks in the 12th class, I got some answers that may help you.

If you got low marks in the 12th class, you can give a percentage improvement exam, Or Go for Retotalling and Reevaluation. Also, you can consult your parents and teachers to look for a career option with low marks.

Possible reasons why you got low marks in 12th class.

1. Not Being Attentive In the Class

Most students in classes ignore what the teacher is saying in the class. In the 12th class, most teachers don’t cover the topics at a much deep level. They only tell the general information of a particular topic due to the vast syllabus.

The teachers also tell students about the tips and tricks to get high marks in the exam. If you don’t pay attention to these little things, you may get low marks from others.

2. Projects and Assignment Submission

The weightage of marks of projects and assignments may be less in the overall result. But try to make them as soon as possible and submit them on time.

Also, don’t try to copy others’ assignments and projects and try to avoid late submissions.

3. Don’t Skip The Practical Classes

Practical classes, especially for those who belong to the science stream, are essential to do. The practical numbers include 20-25 marks out of 100 and which is very easy to get if you pay attention to tutorials given in the practical classes.

4. Taking the 11th class lightly.

As we all know, classes 10th and 12th are the most important classes in our school life. But after promotion from 10th to 11th classes, most students take this class lightly and don’t pay much attention to their studies.

The main cause is because they don’t have a board exam for this particular class. Due to this, many students don’t go for tuition they were attending before in the previous class.

That is why the habit of studying degrades day-by-day, and after coming to 12th class mostly, students feel hard or take time to be on track with their studies. Due to this may reason why you are also getting low marks.

5. No Revision Less Marks

Without just studying daily, you cannot get good marks until you go for proper revisions. The main reason why you get low marks is because of improper or irregular revisions.

Revision not only helps you understand the topics deeply, but it is also helpful for long-term memory so you can hardy forget any topic that you may study.

What to do if you got low marks in 12th class? (With Examples)

There are many things you can do to improve your marks as well you can go ahead with those marks in your career.

1. Repeat 12th Once Again

You have to make this decision very carefully as you have to spend your whole year on this. First of all, you have to consult your teachers and parents and ask yourself whether you will study to get that many marks.

Secondly, if you want higher marks, take admission to a school that follows any state board syllabus. Because as per comparison to national school boards such as CBSE, ISC, ICSE state boards are much easier.

There are two ways that you can repeat the 12th class.

State Boards: Most students find ISC and ICSE boards very hard due to the vast syllabus. So if you are from an ISC board and got low marks in the 12th class, you can change your board and study from the beginning.

Open Boards:- Also, you can go for an open board exam if you don’t want to go to school regularly. There are many state open and national open schools (NIOS) to enroll for the 12th class.

2. What to If you Got More Than 60% Marks?

Getting more than 60% marks in the 12th class is, I think, more than enough. But most students who have secured more than 60% in their previous classes may get depressed if they got this much percentage.

Securing more than 60% is enough for a good career if you want to go for admission in decent private colleges and IIT’s and medical colleges via giving entrance exams. But there is a problem for those who want to take admission in universities on a percentage basis.

You can go for the options such as re-valuation and re-totaling if you think that in some papers you got low marks, but you performed well in that.

Also, don’t make high expectations as in options in revaluation and totaling only 10% marks increase means your overall percentage will increase by 2-3 percentage.

3. What to If you Got Less Than 60% Marks?

There are many problems if you have got less than 60% marks in 12th let’s see them one by one.

Before moving ahead, let me give you some general information about division and percentage.

60 % And AboveFirst (1st) Division
45 % to 59 %Second(2nd) Division
45% and BelowThird(3rd)Division
Below 35%Fail

As I have told you about class repetition, you can read that from above. Besides this, if you got less than 60%, you got second division marks, and there are many problems related to your higher studies.

Things you cannot do

No Regular College:- There are very fewer chances to get admission to any government college. Because of competition, the cut-off in the colleges can go up to 80-90%, and with less percentage, you cannot get admission here.

The only place you can get admission is in private colleges, either with donations or high fees.

Cannot Give Competitive Exams:- Forgiving competitive exams like IIT-JEE and NEET etc. There are eligibility criteria that the government sets, like the minimum percentage, should not be below 45% for Sc St and 50% for general.

So if your marks are very much low, then you can sit in these exams. However, the only thing is left to get admission to a private college or repeat 12th class.

Things You Can do

Do college in correspondence:- you can get your higher education by admission to a local government college. You can study by doing a correspondence course as there are no percentage criteria for getting admission.

If you are facing any financial issues or problems, then doing college from the correspondence is best for with few thousand rupees you can get your collage degree.

Prepare for other civil services exams: – In most civil services exams, there is no minimum percentage rule. You just have to be a graduate. So after passing from class 12th, you can start preparing for civil services exams.

You will get three years to prepare for the exam, which is amazing, and I bet if you do this with hard work, you can easily clear the exam on 1st attempt.

Learn any new skill:- Nowadays most people can earn money by their talents you can learn new skills you like and start doing business with them. Here I am talking about the creative arts, which may be Dance, Drama, etc.

Go for Business:- After getting low marks in the 12th class, if you don’t want to study anymore, you can go for doing business as your career option. I know this is a bit risky, but if you have a family business, you can learn from your elders.

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Manish Pandey

My name is Manish Pandey; I am a full-time blogger at degreesetup.com. Here on This site, you will learn about content related to education and guides for students to make their lives easier!

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