# 5 Books that have helped toppers in class 10 Board Exams

### July 22, 2020

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They say that there are no shortcuts to success, they are right. However, you don’t need to look too hard to find the perfect road maps to math success, specifically in the class 10 board exams.

The thing to remember is that not all books are created equal, so we asked a bunch of class 10 math toppers from across boards both state and central about the books that contributed the most to their thorough preparation. The answers while not shockingly revelatory in and of themselves did reveal some interesting patterns in how almost all the toppers approached their class 10 math board exam.

So, without further ado, here’s how you can replicate their success model, to achieve that coveted perfect score in math!

**How to get Perfect Score in Math**

**Know the NCERT/official textbook front to back and back to front**

The ONE thing that was common to all the toppers surveyed was that they were all intimately familiar with the contents of their official board textbooks be it NCERT for CBSE or their state board books. While it may come as a surprise to a few, but it makes complete sense. At the end of the day, your papers will be set in accordance to the official text, and as the famous philosopher Sun Tzu said in his seminal work, The Art of War, “If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the outcomes of a hundred battles.” Which oddly translates very well to our relationship with math exams.

**The many ways to “Know your enemy”**

There are many ways to get familiar with the NCERT/official math textbook of your board. The hardest and the most ideal method is to painstakingly solve each and every problem in the book yourself and gain mastery. However, there’s a much easier way to go about it as well, enter Arihant’s CBSE NCERT Solutions for class 10 math!

If you are looking for a no nonsense, to the point solution book, look no further. All the problems have been solved here in great detail, and provides an excellent “get out of jail free” card when you get stuck on a problem.

**To R.D. or R.S.?**

Ever since the dawn of time the eternal battle has raged on on the desks of students; R.D. Sharma or R.S. Aggarwal? Which is the superior reference book to work in conjunction with your official textbook, to give you that edge over the competition. Well, funnily enough it all comes down to personal preference.

Being almost three times as thick as R.S. Aggarwal, R.D. Sharma’s math textbook is definitely more expansive and has a lot more solved examples from a plethora of exams both from boards and competitive, however, it is that very thing that puts off a lot of students from adopting it. Pick the one which appeals to you more, the direct approach of R.S. Aggarwal or the sheer bulk of information in R.D. Sharma, you can’t go wrong either way, both are time tested, fantastic reference books for the class 10 board exams.

**The one question bank to rule them all**

Another interesting similarity in all the topper’s preparation regimen was their use of question banks to ready themselves for any and all types of questions. The one question bank that came out as the leader of the pack was Oswaal CBSE Question Bank Class 10 Mathematics.