Since long, there has been a looming question on what students should study before the Board exams. While schools have been known to prescribe one set of books for all subjects, experts have always maintained that it is the thorough knowledge of NCERT books only that will stand them in good stead.
"NCERT books are comprehensive and better researched than other books. Schools keep prescribing different books, but ideally students should study NCERT books," said Prof Yashpal, former director of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
Students are in a dilemma, as schools have always urged them to refer to other books.With just eight days to go for the exams, students are daunted at the proposition of having to go through NCERT books. "We were told from the very beginning to follow TS Grewal for Accountancy and CB Gupta for Business Studies because NCERT books are insufficient. Our internal question papers were also set from these books. But now some of my classmates are saying it is imperative to study the NCERT books. I am finding that the content in the books is quite different," said Mohit Sood, a student of a prominent south Delhi school.
Some principals and teachers also maintain that it is only the NCERT books, which students should read like the Bible, before the exams.
"All the questions across all subjects in the CBSE Board exams are set within the framework of what has been printed in the NCERT textbooks. Students should study no supplementary books or guide books," said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales School (Pusa Road).
NCERT books are also beneficial for short-answer questions, which require students to be precise. Since selective study is not advised, teachers say these books must not be ignored.
"In CBSE exams, it will be beneficial if students have studied the NCERT books thoroughly. Selective studying is not possible, so for two and one mark questions, it is must that they know their NCERT books," said Wattal.