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As CBSE board examinations draw near, Class 12 board students start burning the midnight oil and work extra hard for a better future. For many, it is a make-or-break time, which transforms into a springboard to a fantastic career. Exam results decide how they will fare in their academic and professional pursuits in future. One simple mistake and a student’s career can get spoiled to a great extent.

Until recently, performance in CBSE 12th board examination used to hold 40% weightage. Also, if you don’t cross 80% in your CBSE 12th board examination, you aren’t eligible to appear for JEE Advanced and BITSAT. AIPMT, too, asks for a minimum 50 % in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Biotechnology) and English to be eligible to qualify the test.

A student’s score in 10th and 12th Board exams has always been a barometer for admission into the best Business and Management Institutes of India. It’s clear how performing well in your senior secondary examinations is crucial.

To make the journey called ‘exams’ simpler for you, we’ve painstakingly compiled a list of the best reference books for Class 12 students from the CBSE board. What’s more? We’ve listed them subject-wise to help you select the one you like at one glance.

Best Reference Books for CBSE Class 12

  • English

English should be prepared in the most functional manner. It is recommended to read the lessons and be sure of theme, characters and value points. NCERT textbooks for English; Flamingo and Vistas are enough for the literature section. You could also refer to U-like papers, previous year question papers and others sample papers during the prep time.

  • Physics

H.C Verma is a master-class for this subject, and I am quite confident of its potential. Apart from it, S.L Arora, Pradeep’s and Exam Idea are other great options. We strongly recommend ‘Exam Idea’ as it contains plenty of conceptual questions, which are more frequently asked in CBSE boards.

  • Chemistry

Pradeep’s Chemistry is really helpful. You can use O.P. Tandon as a good reference too. However, you can use these reference books when you are done with going through NCERT as most of the times, it is enough.

  • Mathematics

RS Aggarwal & ML Khanna are strongly recommended. For commerce students, Part 1 and 2 by RD Sharma has a great collection of problems. You could also refer to U-Like papers as mathematics is one of the most scoring subjects and you certainly don’t want to miss that opportunity.

  • Biology

There’s S. Chand Publishing by BP Pandey. ‘Pradeep’s – A textbook for biology’ is also something you can completely rely on.

  • Economics

Economics is an important part of commerce and humanities streams. Students can use the following books as reference.

For CBSE boards, students mostly opt for textbooks published by NCERT as they are officially recommended by the board. However, to understand different sub-topics, one must also refer to these books mentioned above.

This was our list of the top reference books for class 12 CBSE.

Do you have any book suggestions? Or did we miss out on anything?

Pls leave your feedback in the comments section below.

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