Short notes is a phrase frequently used in India in educational
institutes. It means a short description on any given subject. The
subject could be any kind of topic such as a person, a thing, a
happening, or an idea.
As the name implies, the short note is rather brief and is not
expected to cover the subject in detail. There are no fixed
guidelines on the length of a short note. But I would say that
about 200 words would be adequate in most of the cases, 500 words
will be rather long, and a 1000 words write-up would perhaps be too
long for a short note.
The appropriate length of short note will definitely depend on
the subject to be covered. In addition, the time available to write
it, and marks assigned to it in an exam are also important
As an example, this post by me, can be called a short note on
Ah... just what I was looking for. Thank you!