Best reference books for Class 12 CBSE Biology - Students preparing for CBSE class 12 Biology subject have to prepare well for their exams, as it is one of the important subjects if a student has chosen Science stream. Board conducts the CBSE 12th exam in the month of March. Candidates have to score well in the CBSE Class 12 exam as their performance here will determine their career. This includes being mindful of the right study material which they can use as best reference books for Class 12 CBSE Biology. For medical aspirants preparing for exams like NEET, JIPMER MBBS, and AIIMS MBBS it is very important to score good marks mainly in Biology along with Physics and Chemistry in class 12. Sometimes simply going through NCERT books is also not enough for good preparation, students need to use some good reference books along with the NCERT textbooks. Hence it is very crucial to have access to the best reference books for CBSE 12 Biology. Before using any reference book, one must know the complete CBSE Class 12 syllabus to be aware of the topics to be studied for the exam, know the exam pattern, marking scheme etc.
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Best reference books for Class 12 CBSE Biology

Benefits of CBSE 12th Biology Reference Books

Students may wonder why to prefer reference books when NCERT books have every information. Besides, the board also considers the NCERT books for creating the question papers. To clarify the doubts, read the given benefits of reference books of CBSE 12th Biology

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  • Students can get detailed information on a particular topic with the maximum number of examples and pictures.
  • Along with the 12th board examinations, students can prepare for entrance exams like KVPY Exam, NTSE Exam and more.
  • Reference books of CBSE 12 Biology contain questions of different difficulty level that help students to prepare well for examinations.

How to Select the Best Reference Book for CBSE Class 12 Biology?

After checking the syllabus, students can look at the list of best reference books for Class 12 CBSE Biology. There are a lot of good books available which students can use as a good reference book for Class 12 CBSE Biology exam. But before getting to the best reference books, it is imperative that students understand what defines “books” as best reference books. Below are some of the qualities of best Biology reference books for class 12 CBSE that one has to keep in mind.

  • Easy to Understand.

  • Since the subject features graphical content more, hence it is very important to pay more attention to the diagrams as well as its theory.

  • The book should contain all the topics/ chapters as prescribed by the CBSE syllabus for Class 12.

  • It should give all the information clearly and should contain a descriptive definition.

Which book is best for CBSE 12 Class Biology?

It is a well-known fact that NCERT books are the best for CBSE Class 12th Board exam preparation. But then again, simply mugging the NCERT books is also not enough. Students should be thorough with NCERT books at least 5 months before their boards. This will give them ample time for using other reference books for CBSE Class 12 Biology.

Best Reference Books for Class 12 CBSE Biology

Below given are some of the good reference books for preparation of class 12 Biology exam.

  1. CBSE Biology Chapterwise Solved Papers class 12th by Arihant Expert
  2. NCERT class 12 Biology Textbook
  3. Pradeep’s A Text Book of Biology class 12 by P.S. Dhami
  4. S.Chand’s Biology for class XII by B.P. Pandey
  5. Trueman’s Elementary Biology for Class 12 and NEET by K.N. Bhatia and M.P. Tyagi
  6. Together with Biology by S.Chand
  7. Biology by Campbell and Reece

CBSE Class 12 Board Syllabus for Biology

It is very important to be thorough with the CBSE Class 12 Biology Syllabus to know the important topics with marks distribution so that students can make their study plans accordingly. The syllabus for CBSE Class 12 Biology is given below.

CBSE Class 12 Biology Important Topics


Marks Distribution of Biology Paper for Class 12 Board Exam

Syllabus-2 (1)

CBSE Class 12 Exam Pattern for Biology

Knowing the CBSE 12th exam pattern helps to improve time management skills which is very important while solving the papers during the exam. Candidates should go through the exam pattern once before writing the exam.

Exam duration: 3 hours

Total marks: 100 and is divided into two parts as Theoretical paper - 70 marks and Practical paper - 30 marks

Type of questions: Very Short Answer type questions, Short Answer type questions,Value Based Questions, Long Answer type questions

Total no. of questions: 26

How to Prepare for CBSE Class 12th Biology?

As Biology class 12 paper is divided into a practical and theory paper, it is important for a student to have a strong grip over both these papers. To score high marks, students should go through preparation tips for Biology and divide the study time accordingly.

  • Students must prepare notes for Biology as it is not a subject that can be studied without preparing notes. It needs regular study.
  • Biology is the subject which has a heavy course and requires multiple readings and revisions.
  • Students must practice drawing neat diagrams which are an important part of Biology.
  • Students should prepare the projects along with the practical work as quickly as possible so that they can concentrate on the theory and complete the entire syllabus.
  • Read the NCERT books regularly and also cover as many sample papers to be aware of the type of questions asked.
  • After completing the NCERT textbooks, go through the best reference books for CBSE Class 12 Biology as suggested.

CBSE Class 12 Question Papers for Biology

The CBSE class 12 syllabus encompasses a lot of topics in a very elaborate manner so, students have to memorize and answer the questions within the given time during the actual exam. Practising the previous year's CBSE 12th question papers will help them to complete the paper on time. To download year wise CBSE 12 sample papers of Biology, click on the link provided in the table below.


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I just want to ask that if a student of cbse class 12th 2020 predicted the score of chemistry -70/100 biology 79/100 and in physics ge predicted 21/70 so CBSE can give him gracing by seeing others subject marks???

Rehan Alam Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

No, your marks from other subjects will not have any impact on the marks in other subject. However, it is being noticed that the physics paper of 2020 was a bit on the tougher side and whenever such things happens, CBSE do lenient marking so if you are sure of 21 marks, you might as well expect passing marks.

Hope this helps. Thank you.


I can get below 75% in 12th 2019, then i go for improvement exams for all 5 subjects in 2020, but i give only 1 subject exam due to some personal reasons and absent in other 4,, then I eligible to give improvement exams in 2021.

Megha 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

As per the CBSE , improvement exam. can be taken only in the successive year of passing Class XII exams

So , you cannot appear for the exam in 2021.

For more information you can visit :

Hope it helps !


may i know the exam date of history 315 sr.secondary

Manish Singh 25th Mar, 2020

After the cancellation of the open board 12th class examination till 31st March, a new date sheet has been announced by the National institute for Open Schooling on its official website. According to it the  exam date for History 315 for class 12 is 9th April


12 compartment student take admission in any college of after complete compartment exam.

Soham sengupta 19th Mar, 2020


actually it is not possible to take admission in any college of BTech after just completing your 10 + 2 compartment exam. You have to  give the exam of of any joint entrance examination for  engineering or similar like this. You have to pass on this examination and if you have a good rank you can take admission in good colleges. Don't worry if you have not a good rank you can take admission in private colleges also with low ranks also.

Hope this will help you.


Im fail in 12 last year. in this year Im private candidate of cbse 2020 . if i fail in one subject. can i give compartment exam

Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

Compartment is an extra chance to appear for the exam which you might not be able to qualify in the first time. Compartment is given if you are fail in only one subject, so yes if you fail in one subject then you're allowed to give compartment, however, if you have fail in more than one subject, then it is considered as fail.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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