Will Class 11 English Book help me score full marks in Exam

Well, the answer to the given question is Yes!!  Alone NCERT Class 11 English Book is sufficient to provide you with good marks in your Class 11 English examination.

It is mostly observed that as one reaches Class 11 standard, English is often neglected by them. Students shift their focus more towards mainstream subjects like Maths, Physics, Biology, Commerce, Accounts, History, Geography, and Political Science as studies get tougher. But one thing you must remember is English will be a compulsory subject for your Class 12 boards if given the proper attention you can score high marks in this paper. Your English score can also push your overall board’s percentage high.

You will have two English NCERT  textbooks in Class 11 to cover the entire syllabus prescribed by the CBSE Board that contains some of the best prose pieces and poems of writers from across the globe. These two English textbooks are Hornbill and Snapshots

  • Hornbill is the main English textbook that consists of a total of 13 chapters split into 8 prose and 5 poems. It helps students learn and analyze English literature in a better way. The following chapters are present in this textbook


  1. The portrait of a lady
  2. We are not afraid to die if we can all be together 
  3. Discovering tut: The saga continues 
  4. Landscape of the soul
  5. The Ailing Planet
  6. The Browning Version 
  7. The Adventure
  8. Silk Road


  1. A photograph
  2. The laburnum top
  3. The voice of the rain
  4. Childhood 
  5. Father to son
  • Snapshot is a supplementary English textbook that covers a total of 8 chapters that deals with stories having great morals and themes. The following chapters are present in this textbook
  1. The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
  2. The Address 
  3. Albert Einstein at School 
  4. Birth
  5. The ghat of the only World 
  6. The tale of Melon city
  7. Ranga’s Marriage 
  8. Mother’s Day

Why are these two NCERT textbooks enough for your English preparation in Class 11?

  • The Class 11 English NCERT English books are best known for their presentation and simple understandable language used in every chapter
  • These two books mainly focus on making learning student-friendly
  • They are well-matched with other Indian education boards and these English books are even used by various other school boards in India too
  • The entire English syllabus is covered in these books in a detailed manner 
  • The language used in Hornbill and Snapshot is very clear that will help students to enhance their English grammar writing and learning too
  • The question framed for your Class 11 annual exam will be solely coming from these two ncert English books itself
  • The English textbooks contain a variety of tasks at the end of a chapter to test how well students have understood the chapter. Practicing them will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the prose or poem you have learned
  • Class 11 English books will not only help you for your board exams but also help crack competitive exams which require a minimum of 50% in the English exam 
  • The textual language used in chapters will help students improve their vocabulary and implement them in different situations locally and even internationally. 
  • The concepts explained in the NCERT textbook is in a very concise and compressed way which helps students in getting information in brief without wasting much of their time
  • The English NCERT textbooks are designed by the top and renowned teachers and professionals who are masters in the world of literature.

Here are some tips and strategies that you can apply while reading your English textbook. That will make your learning an easy and effective process.

  • Do the active reading! This means you have to keep your brain awake while you are reading a story or a poem. The best way to do this is to frame certain questions related to the text yourself and answer them without referring to the chapter. This will check your understanding of the text. Here are some common questions you can ask yourself after completing a  chapter: What is the story all about? What is the correct sequencing of events in the story? Who is the speaker, and what does he want to convey? What is the climax of the story? 
  • Make effective notes. Jot down notes in the chapter itself in the blank area given above and below every page of your textbook or just below the line you are referring to with a pencil this will help to keep track of the plot, the characters, and other elements present in the story. Also, note down the points your English teacher refers to verbally while explaining the chapter or the poem. Record the feelings and reactions of characters in different situations. This will help you get an overall summary of the chapter in brief. 
  • Revise your notes periodically. Spend at least one hour daily in English. This one hour is sufficient for your Class 11 English exam preparation. In your note, you can include the tone or any description of text structure that will somehow help you recall the points faster. Try to do revision with your friends in a group that will help clarify your doubts and you will be able to improve on your repeated mistakes.
  • Know about the jargons used in this subject. In English literature, language plays a vital role: in reading, writing, and discussions of topics. You will encounter several literary tools and words that are generally linked to this subject. Literary jargons in English literature include words like ‘narrator’, ‘protagonist’, ‘antagonist’, and many more. Knowing the usage of such words will help you in understanding the reading material easily. For example, instead of writing ‘the main character’, use the phrase ‘the protagonist’. This will make your answer writing innovative and sound more professional to the examiner. Your answer will probably look different from others and will earn you some extra marks.

Above all, inculcate love for reading. If you are passionate about reading you’ll definitely start loving English Literature. Stick to only your NCERT textbook and be very thorough with each and every chapter. Do not even miss any minute detail present in the text that can cost you losing your marks. Study hard and Score Good!! 

Best of luck!