Best reference books for CBSE class 10 English
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 - 12:20 p.m. IST by Dinesh Goyal
#CBSE Class 10th

Best reference books for CBSE class 10 English 2020 - Most of the students struggle with a common question “Why to refer other reference books for 10th class English”. To answer the same, here we have provided the list of CBSE Books for Class 10 English and their benefits. Class 10 is the crucial stage of one’s academic life as CBSE 10th marks are considered for further studies. So, choosing the best reference books for CBSE class 10 English is essential to score high marks in board exams. English is a compulsory language subject for all CBSE class 10 students. Although CBSE prescribed class 10 English Books are best for 2020 board exams, following a few references CBSE 10 English books ace your chances to grab full marks. Read more to know more about class 10 Best reference books for English, syllabus, exam pattern and question papers.
Latest- CBSE 10th Date Sheet 2020 Released. Exams to commence from February 15 and class 10 CBSE result 2020 will be out in May 2020

How to Choose Best reference books for CBSE class 10 English 2020?

Choosing the best book is the first and main step towards your preparation for exams. So, You should keep in mind some points while choosing the best reference books for CBSE class 10 English. Here are some qualities need to check before buying a book for class 10 English:

  • It is most preferred that the book you are buying must be as per CBSE class 10 syllabus 2020. As all the questions are asked from the syllabus.

  • Easy to understand is the main reason to buy the best reference books for CBSE class 10 English. So, ensure that the language of the book should have proper examples and problems to grasp the concepts.

  • The best book defines concepts with concise and articulate information.

Best reference books for CBSE class 10 English 2020

There are various CBSE 10th class English reference books, some of the best books are provided below. These are the books referred by experts and toppers.

Book Name


English Communicative


English Language and Literature

Together With

All In One English Language & Literature CBSE class 10


Xam Idea Complete Course English for CBSE Class 10

VK Global

High School English Grammar and Composition Book

Wren and Martin

Which are the Best Reference books for CBSE Class 10 English 2020?

  • For Grammar: Candidates should refer to “High School English Grammar and Composition Book by Wren and Martin” to prepare for grammar section. This book consists of well-defined information about all the topics.

  • For Solutions and Guidance: Candidates should read “English Language and Literature by Together With” and “English Communicative by Oswaal” to get the solutions and answers to the questions of text-book.

  • To practise: Candidates want to practise with types of question asked in the exam should refer to “Xam Idea Complete Course English for CBSE Class 10 by VK Global” and “All In One English Language & Literature CBSE class 10 by Arihant Publications”. These books contain a number of question on all topics.

CBSE 10th English Prescribed Books

CBSE prescribes the NCERT Books. In the beginning, you should read these books to grasp the concepts then you can move on other reference books for CBSE class 10 English. CBSE prescribed the following NCERT Books. Click on NCERT Class 10 English Books to download the same in pdf files:

  • First Flight – Text for Class X

  • Footprints Without Feet – Supplementary Reader for Class X

  • Words and Expressions - 2

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020

  1. Formal letter complaint / inquiry / placing order / letter to editor / article.

  2. Writing a short story based on a given outline.

  3. Tenses

  4. Modals

  5. Use of passive voice

  6. Subject-verb concord

  7. Reporting (Commands and requests, Statements and Questions)

  8. Clauses(Noun clauses, Adverb clauses and Relative clauses)

  9. Determiners

  10. Prepositions

CBSE 10th English Marking Scheme

As per CBSE 10th Exam pattern, the marking scheme of English is provided in the table given below. Candidates can check the same and start preparing accordingly.


Section Name



Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text


Also, Check other subjects CBSE class 10 reference Books:

How to prepare for CBSE 10th English Exam 2020?

  • First of candidates should analyze the syllabus and read NCERT books to grasp the concepts.

  • After choosing the best reference books for CBSE class 10 English, he/she should read the same to get more information about the topics.

  • Practise is an important part of preparation so solve previous year CBSE 10th question papers to know about the types and number of questions asked in the exam.

  • Make notes on important topics/chapters and read them to revise the entire syllabus in short. Then, solve CBSE Class 10 English sample papers 2020.

More like CBSE Class 10th

Questions related to CBSE Class 10th

Showing 7 out of 7 Questions

I want preparatory 1st science question paper of 10th class

Hrisheekesh Singh 28th Jan, 2020

Hi Smitha,

You should carry forward your preparation of class 10th science exam in the following steps:-

1. Read a particular chapter through NCERT thoroughly.

2. Try solving the in-chapter exercises.

3. Memorize the formulae or equations orally.

4. Try writing those formulae and equations again and again.

5. Make notes of the chapter.

6. Try solving the end chapter exercises.

7. Keep revising your notes again and again to increase your remembering ability. Keep rewriting the formulae and equations also.

8. Be confident during the exam.

I hope this helps you,

Good Luck for your exam


what is the exam timing. Does CBSE pass all the student of class 10

Vikas gehlot 28th Jan, 2020

10 CBSE exam for class 10th will commence at 10:30 a.m.. the answer booklet will be distributed at 10:00 a.m.. question paper will be given at 10:15 and a 15 minute time will be provided to navigate the question paper once the clock ticks at 10:30 you will be allowed to write the answer.


I have studied commerce in class 11th CBSE but changed to PCB in 12th NIOS board. Will I be eligible for NEET or BPT?

AnkiT KunwaR 26th Jan, 2020
Hello Antraa,

Yes, this is very good news for you because NIOS candidates are eligible for NEET.Eaely there was restrictions for NIOS candidates but from 2019 the SC(Supreme Court) has put a stay on order that stops NIOS candidates from appearing in NEET Exam.
So, you can apply fir NEET 2020.

But for BPT (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) a candidate needs to have done HSE (10+2) or equivalent from a recognized university.He/She should have pursued science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as main subjects securing a minimum aggregate score of 50%(General) or equivalent CGPA whereas (45% for SC/ST/OBC candidates).

I hope this helps.

is 75%attendence is important?

ayush mishra 9th Jan, 2020

Hello Prabhjot!

The attendance criteria is strict and is followed in most cases in almost all the schools in the country. Since you have not completely specified your condition, I assume you are asking about Class 10 or 12 attendance regulations and in that case, CBSE and all other education boards have strict regulations, so you should not fiddle with them in ideal cases. However, if you have any medical or any other unavoidable circumstance, then you should contact higher authorities for help.


cbse class 10th school leaving certificate and migration certificate will required during neet counseling

chandra keerthi pothina 15th Dec, 2019

hey sejal

While reporting to the allotted college, candidates must submit the original copy of the required documents which can be are listed below-

  • NEET 2020 Admit Card

  • NEET Scorecard or Rank Letter

  • Class 10 certificate and mark sheet (for date of birth)

  • Class 12 certificate and mark sheet

  • ID proof (Aadhar/PAN Card/Driving License/Passport)

  • Eight passport size photographs

  • Provisional Allotment Letter

  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)

  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

so you do not need to carry migration certificate

hope this helped

all the best

for more details go through the following link:

The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books