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

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.

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

Total No. of Questions

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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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Ive failed CBSE class 12th twice (2018 and 2019), Im going to write class 12th boards in the year of 2020. Will I be eligible for JEE advanced 2020 and 2021 (after I clear Mains obviously)? Also is it necessary to give the first of two Advanced exams in the year of you are passing class 12th?

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 30th Sep, 2019

As per JEE mains criteria, Candidates who have passed class 12 or any other equivalent exam in 2018 or 2019 or those who will be appearing in class 12 or any other equivalent examination in 2020 will be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Those who have passed class 12 or equivalent examination in 2017 or before and those who will appear in 2021 or later will not be eligible to appear in JEE Main 2020. Aspirants who have appeared for their class 12 in 2017, failed in 2017 but have appeared again in 2018 and passed are not eligible for JEE Main 2020.

I hope this helps.

can i apply for cbs e 12th board as private candidate . as i have passed my 12th board in 2018.

Afreen Anjum Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019


As your query is about private candidate in CBSE .. as there are many condition or eligibility for private candidates in CBSE you have not mention here if you are passed in 2018 and why want to apply for private candidate ....

so to know about the private candidate eligibility and guidelines and about the condition where can a candidate apply for private candidates go through this link where you can clear your doubts:

All the best!!


is the cbse improvement exam giving students answer sheets will be checked like regular student answer sheets (according to marking scheme ) or some hard checking is there?

Aditya kumar Student Expert 23rd Sep, 2019
Hello there!


There's no hard checking or something for cbse improvement exam student, the answer sheet checking is pretty normal like regular students answer sheet as students who appear in the improvement exam has to face the same question paper as that of regular student's question paper and teachers has to follow the same marking scheme as prescribed by the cbde whether it'sthe answer sheet of regular or improvement student.


Will i have to give practicals with theroy this year(2020) of class 12 final cbse board examination. The new pdf uploaded on cbse official website says that all candidates no matter whether they had passed or not have to give practicals Refer new private candidate pdf page 8 annexure 3 Point 4th

Ashish pal Student Expert 18th Sep, 2019

Hello Ankit.

Yes you have to give practical in your board exams of 2020 along with theory exam also.

If you are a regular scholar then no need to worry your college will arrange the things at your own college.

If you are a private student then CBSE will make a centre in your city for your practicals. You will get the information in notifications.

Ok good luck


At which place internal assessment for maths and English would be conducted for CBSE class 12th private candidates?

Ashish pal Student Expert 16th Sep, 2019

Hello dear aspirant

It is not exactly your headache actually your college will be looking into the Matter. Most probably these will be at your own college for regular students. And in case you are a private student then CBSE will make a centre for the same in your city itself.

Ok good luck

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