The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Indian Certification for Secondary Education (ICSE) educational institutions mainly conduct the class 10th and 12th exams for students across the country. Even though the state boards also conduct these exams separately but the marks of the CBSE and ICSE boards are given more weight than their state counterparts. The reason behind it is the uniformity of its syllabus throughout the nation while the syllabus of state boards vary from state to state.

In March of this year, the Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Prakash Javadekar directed all the CBSE affiliated schools across the nation to include NCERT textbooks in all the classes from 2017-18 academic session onwards. The move was taken after many of the parents complained about the high price of the books that they are forced to buy as they were the syllabus prescribed ones. They requested to the education department to include more of the NCERT books as they are cheaper than their private counterparts. After holding a meeting with concerned departments and personnel, Mr. Prakash Javadekar decided to accept the request. This move was supported by the idea of standardizing the study material throughout the nation.

Class 10th and Class 12th are considered two of the essential standards in the Indian education system. The marks secured in Class 10th helps one decide not only the school they will be pursuing their 11th and 12th from, but it also plays a vital role in determining the stream a student would take on. Though the selection of the stream science, commerce or arts are a matter of choice the marks secured by the student in class 10th also plays a vital role in determining it. Similarly, the grades achieved by the student in class 12th help him get into the college of his choice. The marks secured in both class 10th and 12th are also considered essential in the placements exams in college or the governmental exams.

Class 10th is a crucial standard, and hence the student needs to have access to all the CBSE syllabus prescribed NCERT books. The students should have a list of the following books and make sure that they own all of them to do exceptionally well in their impending board exam.

The list of NCERT textbooks a student must have:-

  • Mathematics: Exemplars Problems
  • Science: Exemplar problem and lab manual
  • Hindi: Kshitij-2, Sparsh, Sanchayan Bhag-2 and Kritika
  • Social Science: Contemporary India, Understanding Economic Development, India and the Contemporary World-II, and Democratic Politics
  • English: First Flight and Foot Prints Without feet Supplementary Reader
  • Sanskrit: Shemushi
  • Urdu: Nawa -e-Urdu, Gulzar-e-Urdu, Urdu Qwaid aur Insha, Jaan Pahechaan, Door Paas and Sab Rang

The books are made available by the NCERT both in English and Hindi. Students can get these books from the bookstores in case the school isn’t providing them on campus. There are instances where there is a shortage of the required books, and its unavailability can affect the studies of the student adversely. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) made these books available online so that the students can download the pdf or EPUB version of the books from the official website of the NCERT or from other websites which offer them for free download. To make sure you make the best use of your time you can read this article on to find out the necessary NCERT books.

There are various reference books available in the market which are also recommended by the teachers both from the school and the coaching classes. The students should remember that the pattern and the difficulty level of the questions will be based on the prescribed NCERT books only. The questions are more or less the same with minute changes here and there. The students can surely refer the other books to understand the concepts better, but they should be thorough with the matter given in the prescribed NCERT books. To excel well in the board exams, the students should know these textbooks in and out.