SHOULD I USE NCERT BOOKS FOR ALL SUBJECTS IN CLASS 11?
Class 11 is like new freedom for every student because there is a vast variety of options after the 10th standard. Different schools, new faces, a new curriculum that makes them forget all the stress for a while but mind, your stress doesn’t leave that easily. Apart from the new freedom, the question that prevails in everyone’s mind is how to do it? Which books? How long will it take? NCERT books for class 11 are the perfect guide for the student’s career. Apart from that, NCERT also provides students with practise papers, previous years practice papers and quiz and MCQs (multiple choice questions), which will help the students to get a perfect track as to where they are and how much they need to improve on the following topic, and it also makes the students pick out their weakest and strong topics so that students can pay extra attention to it. NCERT not only provides students with great books but also skill-enhancing activities for a better future.
There are a lot of parents as well as students who opt for private publications thinking that it will provide the students with a wide range of options and topics. Those private books do contain not only lots of topics but also a very difficult language which students will find difficult to grasp. Private publications contain a lot of unnecessary topics which are not useful for the 11th standard nor for board exams. Students waste their time just by studying unnecessary topics and forgetting the main topics for their exams. The main topics for classes 11th and 12th are not fully covered by private publications. Many questions are raised by students like extra topics, and studies never go wrong. Well, that’s true, but students are required to know the basics first before jumping into private publications which uses totally high languages, without understanding the basic students will lack behind and hence all the expensive book will go in vain.
It is highly recommended for science, humanities, and commerce streams to strictly follow the NCERT books rather than books published by private publications because science students need to acquire the basic knowledge first and take up private tuitions who follow NCERT books. Students, after learning the basics terms, can move to private publications for more knowledge. Apart from that, NCERT books also have interesting images and figures, which makes learning more enjoyable for the students. There are few students who find NCERT books too lengthy, and along with that, they don’t get time to attempt the practice papers. Therefore students are advised to break down the syllabus into different portions so that they will study accordingly and finish it on time. It is highly recommended for every 11th standard student to make their own notes so as to speed up their writing skills, and it also helps the students to have a proper understanding of the topic.
The NCERT books also have important questions available for all the chapters. Exercise questions can be found in many forms, such as fill-in blanks, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Descriptive type questions, and numerical as well.
Moreover, every chapter has some solved example problems of major topics. So, it can be found that a considerable amount of direct questions from exercise problems, unsolved and solved examples. NCERT solutions are also available for the unsolved questions too. The questions are designed in such a way that it helps to clear the concepts while attempting the questions. It is mostly found that CBSE follows the same pattern of the question in the board exam. NCERT books also make the revision easier because the description which is provided for every topic is specific. After following the pattern provided by the NCERT books, it is seen that students pass with flying colours on the CBSE board.
Tips to ace exams
Now that you know the importance of NCERT books, embrace the below tips to do well in your exams.
Stick to the Board syllabus.
While most entrance exams would require some out of syllabus preparation, it is advisable to stick to the syllabus for the board exams. Make sure that you cover each and every topic in the CBSE Syllabus. Note down the important formulae and/or laws in Maths and Science, the important dates, and other facts for Social Studies; for easy reference just before the exam. These notes will also come in handy for the entrance examinations.
Don’t forget the languages
Don’t ignore the language papers. They carry equal amounts of marks in science or maths or social studies and play a very important role in improving your final score. Read and analyse the prose and poems. Practice grammar. Learn to streamline your answers according to the question.
Solve Previous Years’ Question Papers
Complete one round of studying the entire syllabus as soon as possible; so that you will have ample time for one or more revisions. Once the syllabus is covered, start solving Previous Years’ Question Papers and Sample Question Papers. This will help you to manage time efficiently and to identify your weaknesses. Marking Schemes prescribed by the board are also available now. This will help you to restrict your answer to how it is required by the board. There isn’t any point in writing pages and pages. The key to scoring marks is to limit your answer depending on the marks for each question, and include all the relevant points. Working on Sample Question papers will help you to have an idea of the difficulty level of the board exams, while the marking scheme will help you to streamline your answers.
Finally remember, to ask for help. Your teachers and parents are always there to support you. Do not hesitate to approach them for assistance. They can be of great help not only to tackle any problem while studying but also to quell any anxiety attacks. Feeling anxious or helpless is only natural and human. Talk to them. Remember, they have a lot of experience and they have your best interests at heart.