Best Reference Books For Class 11

Class 11th Feb 19, 2021 7 mins read

Reference books play a vital role in your score, If you have the right books and use them correctly, you'll score good marks in class 11th.

This post is about the best reference books for class 11th and how to use them correctly to get maximum benefits.


Because class 11 is the most important in your school, and it plays a very significant role in your career as well. It doesn't matter from which stream you are, but class 11 matters a lot.

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When you lend into your class 11th science or in other streams, you take a lot of guidance from seniors and others. This kind of confuses you sometimes. Because after hearing so much information, it gets tough to decide.

What is right or wrong? Which book is best for you to use for your class 11? The same happens with reference books. You are not able to decide which reference book is the best for your class 11 this year.

You may have crossed people telling you this reference book is best for class 11 or other classes. The most reliable advice is that all books are best in their own field.

If you are quite aware of previous classes, then you should understand the nature of the reference books you get from the market.

Nature of your class 11th reference books?

  1. Some are good for theory.
  2. Some good with numericals.
  3. Some reference books are best for exams.
  4. Some reference books are best for competitive exams.
  5. Some reference books deliver both theory and numericals in an equal amount.

These are five points that I have found out about the reference books for every class. For students from any junior class, check out the post-best reference books for grade 9 and the best reference books for class 10.

Schoolokay has discussed some questions related to reference books in these posts. Go and check them out.


You must understand that these books are prepared by different publications, and they vary in various elements.

Some reference books like S.chand publication deal more with theory, books from Pradeep-publication deal with numericals, and Dinesh publication reference books deal with both.

If you are aiming to crack IIT or some of the best exams in India, then you must buy the right reference books for yourself and solve these as well.

No book can be said to be the best reference book for class 11. Until the reader does not benefit from the content of the book. As you all know, CBSE class 11 plays a vital role in your career. Because in class 11th, you need to focus on developing your understanding of new skills and things, so that you can do whatever you want to do in the future.

Point to remember?

Don't get confused about buying a reference book for 11th for yourself. As I have already told you, all books are good. You need to choose only one reference book.

You will find tonnes of posts on the internet about the best reference books for class 11, reference books for class 9, class 10 and class 12, etc.

Some news websites have also started posting about books. Because of the money involved, I am here sharing the books that I have gone through during my schooling and the best for preparing for competitive exams.

Keep a few things in mind before buying a reference book for class 11.

  1. Buy reference books that have easy language.
  2. The content inside the book must be easily explained.
  3. A book must be up to date or use the latest version.
  4. The content inside the reference book must be well arranged and useful.
  5. Don't buy books that provide you with a lot of useless content.
  6. Look at the number of numericals available in the book.
  7. The book must-have solutions to all questions.

Try to keep all these points in your mind while buying a reference book for your class 11 or using your own account.

So choose your reference books for class 11 wisely according to your preparation and what you have in mind after your class 12 science.

Let's talk about books!


  1. Pradeep publication reference books.
  2. Xam idea publication reference books for class 11.
  3. Full marks reference books.
  4. Dinesh publication reference books.

Each of these publications is a specialist of their own territory, some are good for theory, and some are experts in numerical, and others are great for hypotheses, some are very good for competitive examination.

Remember one thing, books are like medicines they will only benefit you when you are using them right.

Best reference books for class 11 physics for the theory

You can trust these books,

  1. Physics-Pradeep publication books are good.
  2. The s.chand publication, for physics use only for the theory part

Best reference books for class 11 physics numerical.

  1. Pradeep publication- physics is the best for numerical.
  2. Am idea- for physics numerical.

Best reference books for class 11 chemistry theory and numericals.

  1. Pardeep, publication- is also trustable in the context of a theory.
  2. ABC chemistry - modern publication

Basically, class 11 chemistry is a theoretical subject, so you can trust these reference books for class 11 chemistry.

Or even if you don't need any reference books for class 11th chemistry, only NCERT is enough. Just go through your NCERT book 3-4 times, and you will pass the exams for class 11th. It is a good way to start the day.

Best reference books for class 11 mathematics.

Lots of reference books are available for maths, you just need to know which one is good for you RD is the best one for you.

  1. RD Sharma- recommended.
  2. RS Agrawal- for maths you can go with that too.

These two references can be trusted for all kinds of exams. These are quite common and popular with students.

Best reference books for class 11English.

  1. BBC- English recommended

Highly recommended for those who want to improve their English, and you need to practice all the workbook sets present in this book.

Some students buy the best books but do not use them, which is the reason they fail to score in English.

The reference book for biology class 11th.


These are good for biology because it's a theoretical subject and nothing changes in biology. It's similar to chemistry in terms of changes.

You don't have calculations, you need good pronunciation skills because you have to pronounce hard botanical names of different species. Best reference books for class 11 exams and sample papers.


Xam idea, Oswal chapter vice solution, Arihant chapter wise solution physics.


Arihant chapter-wise solution, Oswaal chapter vice solution.


Oswaal chapter-wise solution, full marks. Arihant chapter-wise solution maths class 11.

FOR ENGLISH CLASS 11: Go with the BBC, it's the best reference book for your class 11.


Q1.Do I need reference books for class 11th, for exams like IIT or other competitive exams?

YES, you need reference books for class 11th because these reference books give you the right amount of questions for preparing for your competitive exams.

If you are not solving questions from your books, then why have you purchased those reference books? You must know how to use your class 11 reference books in the best way.


If you want to crack any of the exams, you need to solve questions, and if it's a theoretical exam, then you need to learn subjects.

That's the only way to crack any competitive exam after your class 12th.

Q2.Can I score well by using these reference books in class 11?

Of course, if you are solving the right number of questions from these books and going through them regularly.

The only way to score well in your school is to fill your mind with all the concepts and finish your syllabus on time.

Scoring good marks in competitive exams is different from scoring in school or board exams. The reason is that you need to have a different approach.

Q3.Do I need reference books for class 11 or is NCERT enough?

Yes, you need reference books for class 11th, because in class 11 you need to improve your awareness of all subjects and other fields. Because that will help you with a lot of things, like exams, olympiads, and quizzes.

NCERT is not enough for class 11 because, after the 12th, you are going to appear for a lot of competitive exams. If you solve your NCERT 2-3 times, it will be okay for scoring in class 11 and for boards, but it's not enough for other exams. The reason why there are not enough questions in the NCERT


If you are in class 11th, then you must focus on enhancing your knowledge because things are changing. You need to be aware of all the new updates because now you don't have a pen-paper test. It's all about online exams. You need a different approach for online competitive exams.

work more on developing your knowledge instead of scoring well, because that will automatically happen if you have a good amount of knowledge.

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I will update this post with the best books for IIT and other competitive exams soon.

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