Difference between NCERT Solutions, and NCERT Exemplar Solutions

3 min readMar 29, 2022



As a curriculum governing body, the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research & Training) is responsible for ensuring that students develop a fundamental and conceptual understanding of the subjects. Moreover, through its robust sets of evaluation questions, NCERT ensures that it tests students to understand the clarity of the subject, conceptual understanding, and development of analytical capabilities.

As part of the NCERT textbook solutions, you will develop foundational knowledge of a subject. Also a few standard evaluation questions at the end of each chapter. Experts agree that the main focus of the standard NCERT solutions/content is to develop an understanding of content aimed at attempting school/board / CBSE exams.

To offer to learn a level deeper than the usual standard subject content and better prepare students for competitive examinations. NCERT introduced the NCERT Exemplar line of course content to help them solve Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). The content is structured in that it offers advanced level questions banks which are in the form of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), or “short answer questions”, or applied knowledge-based questions, to enhance concept understanding, and help attempt advanced evaluations.

The Exact Difference Between NCERT Solutions and NCERT Exemplar Solutions.

After having understood the basic difference between the two solution materials, one would conclude that both the materials are distinctly different in terms of question types, level of questions, trickiness, analytical skills involved. Below are some of the marked striking differences that NCERT Exemplar Solutions has from NCERT Solutions.

Differentiated Question Variation

The NCERT Exemplar solution set ranges from class 6 thto 12 thand includes a vast majority of variety of questions pertaining to a specific topic. One would not come to see such an expansive question set across the NCERT solutions. The variety is aimed at exposing students to a large set of questions. This is required so that they are comfortable attempting any questions during competitive examinations.

In-Depth Conceptual Clarity

While the NCERT Textbooks solutions are aimed at a basic and fundamental understanding of a subject, the NCERT exemplar solutions make no compromise in ensuring in-depth clarity on a specific topic.

The questions in NCERT Exemplar are framed in a manner that enables a student to leverage their basic understanding while attempting the questions. And at the same time, develop an advanced level understanding of the topic, through advanced level questions.

NCERT Exemplar is Great for Competitive Examination Preparation

The Exemplar solutions are a great way for one to prepare for competitive examinations. Exams such as NEET, JEE Main, NTSE, KVPY, etc. One may simply agree that competitive examinations questions are slightly advanced, require in-depth clarity, and outpass in variety and differentiation vis-à-vis NCERT solutions. However, the NCERT Exemplar solutions are structured to address the needs of the competitive examination candidate by helping them solve HOTS, MCQs, etc.

Hence, if you’re looking to, and can advance your knowledge beyond the standard NCERT solutions, do go for the NCERT Exemplar Solutions.

Originally published at https://blogs.dynamind.co on March 29, 2022.




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