Best Reference Books for CBSE Class 12 Physics
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Best Reference Books for CBSE Class 12 Physics - Class 12th board exam holds a great significance for students as it paves a way for their career path. Students preparing for CBSE Class 12 exams have to prepare well for the board exams to score good marks. Physics is one of the compulsory subjects of Science stream for Class 12. To score good marks in Physics, students should study not just the prescribed textbooks but also the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics. Using a good reference book for Class 12 CBSE Physics not only helps to clear the board exam but also helps in qualifying the other tough entrance tests too such as JEE, BITSAT, NEET, KVPY, NTSE etc. Thus if a student is aiming for the competitive entrance exams also, he/she has to be good in Physics. Teachers suggest completing the NCERT textbooks, before referring to any other books for CBSE class 12 Physics. Students have to be thorough with the NCERT books at least 5 months before the boards and then keep ample time to revise with the help of the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics.

How to choose the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics?

It is imperative that students understand what are reference books and what it should contain before they consider buying or obtaining them. Below are given some of the factors to consider while choosing the best Physics reference books for CBSE class 12.

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  1. The language of the books should be easy to understand.

  2. The books must be concise in their coverage and must be according to the latest syllabus for CBSE Class 12 Physics.

  3. The topics must be supported by easily understandable examples with loads of practise problems to get the concepts right.

  4. It should include informative illustrations like graphs, and diagrams, as they aid students in understanding the topics better.

Reference books for CBSE Class 12 Physics

After going through the syllabus and sample papers, students can check the list of reference books for CBSE Physics class 12 given below.

NCERT books prescribed by CBSE for class 12th exam

As NCERT is the main textbook for CBSE class 12 so, it should be the first choice as most of the questions are framed from this book only. NCERT Physics Class 12 covers all the prescribed topics for the exam. Students are advised to practice the questions from the NCERT textbooks as listed below -

  • Physics, Class XII, Part -I and II, Published by NCERT.

  • Laboratory Manual of Physics for Class XII Published by NCERT

Best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics

  • Concepts of Physics (Volume-1 and Volume-2) by H C Verma

  • CBSE Chapter-wise Solutions – Physics (Class 12) by S. K. Singh

  • CBSE Chapter-wise Solutions – Physics (Class -12: Previous Year’s Questions by Singh S

  • CBSE Sample Question Papers – Physics by Panel Of Experts (excellent for CBSE Class 12 sample papers for practice)

  • New Simplified Physics: A Reference Book for Class – 12 (Set of 2 Volumes) by Dhanpat Rai

CBSE Class 12 Physics Syllabus

Students must know the complete CBSE Physics syllabus for class 12 as it will help them in selecting the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics. Check the table below to know the complete syllabus -

TopicsDistribution of marks

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Electrostatics and Current Electricity15
Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents16
Electromagnetic Waves and Optics17
Dual Nature of Radiation and Matter and Atoms and Nuclei10
Electronic Devices and Communication System12

To get the detailed CBSE class 12 syllabus 2019 for all subjects, students can click here

CBSE Class 12 Sample Papers 2019

Students should download and practise CBSE class 12 previous years question papers after completing the syllabus. Sample papers give a fair idea about the exam pattern. It enables a test taker to become aware of the topics and types of questions asked in the CBSE class 12 exams. Students can download the sample papers of CBSE class 12 Physics from the table below:

Previous years question papers of CBSE 12th Physics

SubjectDownload Sample Paper year wise

How to Prepare for CBSE Class 12 Physics?

  • Be thorough with the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Finish all the topics and questions in the NCERT books as most of the questions in CBSE class 12 boards are asked from NCERT textbooks only.
  • Study the important units like optics, magnetism, and electrostatics and practice the formulas.
  • Practice as many CBSE Class 12 sample papers as you can.
  • Revision is a must and memorizing the formulas helps a lot during last-minute preparation.
  • Time management is a must; along with the studies, take out time for recreation also.
  • Go through the best reference books for class 12 CBSE Physics to gain more knowledge and score better in the exam.

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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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