When it comes to prepare for the board exams and score optimum marks, most of the students often waste their time deciding the right study material out of the plenteous options available in the market. Many of the students end up choosing the wrong study materials which may even lead them to failure. National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT) has been attributed the role of developing as well as distributing textbooks to the students at primary and secondary level. These books, generally named as NCERT books, are highly useful for the CBSE students as they cover the whole CBSE syllabus for class 1 to 12 and focus on fundamentals to help the students with basic concepts. NCERT books are all-inclusive and accomplished in their own sense and CBSE will hardly ask anything beyond these books.
To add to the learning skill of students and test their comprehension, information recall, analytical thinking and problem-solving ability, the Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM) along with NCERT, developed some excellent problems called as ‘Exemplar Problems’ in science and mathematics for secondary and higher secondary levels. These problems are not meant to serve merely as a question bank for examinations but are primarily meant to improve the quality of teaching/learning process in schools. Students can benefit themselves by attempting the exercises given in the book for self assessment and also in mastering the basic techniques of problem solving.
Some key benefits of studying NCERT books and NCERT Exemplar Problems, for CBSE Students are stated below:
1. Offers in-depth knowledge in easy language
All NCERT books are written by experts after an extensive research on each and every topic to provide apt and authentic information to the students. These books are designed to serve each student, irrespective of their intelligence quotient, with apt information and knowledge in simple and easy language. Each topic in these books is provided with every minute detail. Thus the NCERT books if studied meticulously can clear all the doubts giving you a thorough understanding about complex topics and subjects even.
2. Strictly follows the CBSE curriculum
This is another most prominent reason that why NCERT books prove to be of a great use to students. These books strictly adhere to the CBSE curriculum due to which NCERT books are sufficient enough as the material they contain forms the base for not only board exams but for competitive exams like JEE as well. NCERT textual materials help to form the base for preparing for the board examinations as the question papers in CBSE board are set according to the prescribed syllabus of the subject.
3. Clears all fundamental concepts
NCERT books are not only sufficient to cover the entire CBSE syllabus but are also enough to cover all the basics and fundamentals on all topics in simple and easy language. This helps the students to make their concepts crystal clear. Once the concepts are clear, you don’t need to mug up the whole stuff again and again. All you need to do during the exams is just to revise the formulas, the terms and their execution. That’s why NCERT books are considered ideal for thorough and comprehensive studying to develop a clear concept.
4. Best for the CBSE board exams
If you go through the past years’ exam papers, you will find that most of the questions asked in the papers are taken directly or indirectly from NCERT books. In fact, for last two years the CBSE Class 12 Mathematics exam, that was claimed to be the toughest each year, contained most of the questions from NCERT Exemplar Problems. Many times CBSE asks twisted questions in the board papers. Then the students who simply mug up the NCERT books, claim that the paper is out of syllabus. However, one needs to understand that by studying NCERT books means that you should clarify your concepts and learn to apply them. It is important to read and study these books carefully because usually, nothing beyond these books is asked.
5. Offers a number of problems to practice
However hard you work on a topic, you can’t succeed until you practice the same. In NCERT books, you will find questions at the end of chapters. These can be short or long answer type quizzes, match-the-following or fill-in-the-blanks questions. Thus, in order to score optimum marks in the board papers, it is very important for the students to practice a variety of questions. In addition to these exercise questions, it’s also important to practice the NCERT Exemplar problems. This will help you have an easy hand at the twisted questions as well.
There is absolutely no harm in using additional books or reference books. But most of the times, it is seen that these reference books are actually full of concise notes, without providing any basic knowledge which can deviate the students from their target and confuse them. That is why, it is better to stick to NCERT books and practice NCERT Exemplar problems to perform outstanding in the board exams.