Best Reference Books for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry
Dinesh Goyal, 30 May 2019, #CBSE Class 12th

Best Reference Books for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry- Class 12th is the turning point of a student’s life as the marks of class 12th plays an important role to get admission in any college/Universities which ultimately shapes a career. Central Board of Secondary Education conducts class CBSE 12th exams every year in the month of March/April. Chemistry is one of the major subjects for science students, so it is important to choose the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Chemistry. Chemistry subject also holds a great significance while preparing and performing well in engineering and medical entrance exams.

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A student should complete the NCERT textbook for Chemistry before starting with any reference book for class 12 chemistry as it will clear the concepts of a candidate. But NCERT books are not sufficient to get high scores in the exam. So student’s search for such reference books which clarify all the concepts and also allow for ample practice. So, here we are explaining about the best reference books for CBSE Class 12 chemistry, syllabus and exam pattern, preparation tips and many more etc.

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How to choose the best reference book for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry?

Before buying any reference book for class 12 chemistry, students should know some points so that they can choose the best among the available reference books. They should keep in mind the following things while choosing the best reference books for class 12 CBSE chemistry:

  • The language of the book should be easy to understand as it plays a crucial role to understand the topics instantly.

  • Best reference Book for class 12 Chemistry should be such that it explains all the topics and concepts effectively and briefly so that students can understand the topics and formulae well.

  • The book should contain the explanation of formulae and numericals to remember and solve easily.

  • Best reference books for class 12 CBSE chemistry must have informative illustrations like graphs, diagrams and table as they aid the students to understand a problem or a concept better

  • The book must contain all the topics/ chapters as prescribed by the CBSE class 12 syllabus of Chemistry which is defined below.

CBSE 12 Chemistry Texbooks

CBSE prescribes the NCERT textbooks for every subject. The board recommend two books for the chemistry students to prepare for class 12 exam. Both the books are helpful to clear concepts as they include many examples and questions. Students should read NCERT textbook before they move towards reference books for class 12 - chemistry. The books prescribed by CBSE for class 12 Chemistry are listed below:

  • Chemistry Part -I, Class-XII, published by NCERT.

  • Chemistry Part -II, Class-XII, published by NCERT

Best Reference Books for Class 12 CBSE Chemistry

After reading NCERT books, candidates should go for reference books for class 12 chemistry to do ample practice and be comfortable with each type of problems and questions. Candidates can opt for any of the following books to choose for the best reference book for class 12 CBSE chemistry.


Names of reference books for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry



Pradeep’s New Course Chemistry for class XII (Vol I and II)

S.C. Kheterpal, S.N. Dhawan, P.N. Kapil


Modern's ABC of Chemistry Class - 12 (Part 1 & 2)

S. P. Jauhar


Concise Inorganic Chemistry

J. D. Lee


Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations

R.C. Mukerjee


SC Chemistry Class 12: Chemistry Class XII

OP Tandon, A.K. Virmani, A.S. Singh


CBSE Chapterwise Solutions - Chemistry (Class 12): A Collection of Fully Solved Questions Asked from 2014 - 2008 Examination Arranged

Purnima Sharma

Best Reference Books for CBSE 12 Chemistry (Recommended by Toppers)

In a small interaction with various board toppers, a few highly-preferred reference books for Class 12 Chemistry are listed below-

  • CBSE Chapterwise Solutions – Chemistry- A Collection of Fully Solved Questions asked- Examination by Purnima Sharma
  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry 5th Edition (Paperback) by J. D. Lee
  • Modern’s ABC of Chemistry (Part 1 & 2) (With CD) by S. P. Jauhar
  • Pradeep’s New Course Chemistry Class-XII (Set Of 2 Volumes) by Pradeep Publications

Benefits of Using Chemistry Reference Books for CBSE Class 12

Although the CBSE or NCERT books are the best for getting the complete CBSE board syllabus, getting information from reference books helps in better preparation. Below are the benefits of considering the best reference books for class 12 chemistry

  1. NCERT books have limited information related to a topic which makes CBSE 12th chemistry chapters are a bit complicated to understand. In these chemistry reference books, students can get detailed information in simple language.
  2. Students can get a variety of numericals on a particular topic that prepares students to tackle different difficulty levels.
  3. Along with the board examinations, CBSE 12 Chemistry reference books help in preparing for different entrance exams as well such as KVPY, NTSE, JEE Main, NEET-UG.
  4. Students can check different practical applications of formulas and explanations.

CBSE Class 12 Exam Pattern for Chemistry

After getting Best reference Books for class 12 CBSE chemistry, one should know the exam pattern of class 12 chemistry to prepare and ace the exam. The exam pattern is tabulated below:

Type of Question

Mark per Question

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CBSE Class 12 Chemistry Syllabus

Students must know CBSE class 12 syllabus before choosing the best reference book for class 12 CBSE Chemistry as it helps the aspirants to select the best book for Chemistry. The highlights of the syllabus are given in the table below:



Download complete syllabus

Solid State, Solutions, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry


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General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, p-Block Elements, d- and f- Block Elements +Coordination Compounds


Haloalkanes and Haloarenes, Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers, Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids, Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen, Biomolecules, Polymers, Chemistry in Everyday Life


Total Marks


How to Prepare for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry?

  • Go through the syllabus and exam pattern to be aware of important topics, marking scheme and typology of questions. Also, check CBSE 12th date sheet and calculate the remaining days. Now, make a study schedule and preparation plan.

  • Prepare all the topics from NCERT textbooks then practice numericals from best reference books for CBSE Class 12 Chemistry. This way students can have a better understanding of a particular topic.

  • Solve CBSE 12th questions papers to practice with types of questions asked in the exam. Students can also check the important topics and marks distribution in the previous year's question papers.

  • Prepare a study effective study plan which includes the time for hobbies also.

  • Read all the topics and highlight the important points.

  • Revise these important points to memorize it.

Along with Chemistry reference books for class 12 CBSE, students can click on the links below for other subjects:

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Questions related to CBSE Class 12th

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What should I do if I fail in class 11th?

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019


11th results doesn't matter soo much.If you have interest in that stream then you can ignore 11th results overall stream matters.Do focus in main papers like in PCM/PCB in Science stream.Aslo,you might have interest in other stream then you can can change stream as it is perfect time for that.Don't think about 2nd option Soo much if you chosen stream  as per your interest..

Ask if any query.


Sir, I failed in MATHS in Class 12 board exams 2019. Now, Ive registered myself as a failure candidate to reappear in all subjects in 2020. So my question is, will i have to give practicals and submit projects of all subjects like previous year?

Piyeta Ghosh 2nd Dec, 2019

Hello aspirant

Now that you have registered yourself to appear for all the subjects , which means you are repeating 12th standard again. The board views you as a normal 12th grade student.

Hence, you have to appear for all the exams (internals and externals), practicals, assignments etc.

Hence, the answer is YES.



If a medical student with 70% in cbse class 12th board can be able to apply BITSAT form 2020?

Malini S N 2nd Dec, 2019


Candidates must have passed their class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and candidate who have opted for biology must have 75% aggregate score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.So,if you have physics,chemistry and maths as compulsory subjects,then you will be eligible.Candidates must also score 60% individually in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

All the best!!


last year I will give practical exam of all subjects and pass in all subjects but fail in theory so this time I also give practical exam ?

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 23rd Nov, 2019


Yes, you need to appear for each and every exam this time irrespective of whether you passed last year or not. Your new result will consist of new grades or marks replacing the older ones.

In supplemenry exam you need not to give all exam but just in which you failed.

Hope it helps


any dates for exam and prectical for cbsc link

Tamajit Student Expert 2nd Dec, 2019

Hi Lokendra,

The examination dates of CBSE class XII has been released but the exact routine of it is not published yet. The exact chronological routine would be published on the official website of the CBSE well before the examination. The dates of the examinations are as follows:

  • Class XII practicals: 1st January 2020 to 7th January 2020.
  • Class XII theory exams: 15th February 2020 to end of March 2020.


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