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A Brief Comparison between NCERT and SCERT Math

Mathematics is one of the subjects usually feared by all the students but the hard fact is that without maths you can’t go any further. That’s why Mathematics has always been and will always be one of the most important subjects of the scholastic syllabus.

After the NCERT review and amendment of the mathematics syllabus, you need to know how they changed and how they are actually doing now. Also, SCERT is giving it a strong challenge.

So for parents and students, it is necessary to know how similar they are or how do they differ from each other. Unlike others, we thought of giving you first-hand reviews from the students because official reviews can very well be biased and idealistic.


The purpose of the mathematics syllabus set up for students has a manifold purpose. The objective could be that students should possess:

Conceptual Knowledge – Requires knowledge of basic concepts to identify problems.

Problem Solving ability – Requires translation of word problems into mathematical form. Applying different concepts and then solving them.

Practical Geometry Knowledge – Use of geometrical sense in real-life situations is needed.

Hands-on Application – Activities related to real life and paper folding/cutting.


The Mathematics were books examined and the chapters/lessons are normally categorized as –

1. Numbers and operations on numbers

2. Algebra

3. Mathematics in real life

4. Geometry

5. Measurement

6. Data Handling

7. Pattern Recognition

8. Value and handling of money

9. History of mathematics

For higher classes, the chapters/lessons are categorized as

1. Numbers system

2. Set Theory

3. Polynomials

4. Linear equation

5. Coordinate geometry

6. Surds and Indices

7. Commercial Arithmetic

8. Geometry

9. Geometrical construction

10. Trigonometry

11. Mensuration

12. Probability

13. Statistics

14. Proofs in mathematics

15. Introduction to mathematical modeling


According to the majority of reviewers, textbooks are attractively packaged and student-friendly. And teachers say, “They are a part of a series which is in alignment with the continuing and developing nature of mathematics”.

According to a student, “The covers are colourful with the name and serial number are printed clearly. The text is interposed with diagrams, sketches and pictures which improve the readability of text.”

One of the parents said these books deviate from the traditional type of Mathematics textbooks which consisted of text only.

We found that in NCERT books, guidelines for the teachers are given at the beginning of the book.

Comparison between NCERT and SCERT

We thought of doing a comparison between NCERT and SCERT Mathematics and the findings are as listed below:

  • There are content pages that are conventional in both books still the presentation of the topics is different.

NCERT books are divided into chapters, with brief reviews and revision of the topics. The topics are presented with many solved exercises.

There are no such chapters in SCERT books, the content presented as a sequence of lessons make the book. The depth and difficulty increase gradually through the lessons.

Unlike SCERT, a review discussion on the topics concludes the NCERT book chapters. Though answers to exercises are provided in both the books.

  • Topics that are covered in both books are not of much variance. For example, rational numbers fractions, decimals, exponents and powers and their operations, are common to both the lessons on numbers.
  • Instruction for group activities is a common feature in both books.
  • The concepts from the initial chapters are used for understanding new concepts later on.
  • Student exercises are given for detailed practice.
  • Besides knowing the procedure both the books put stress on the use of mathematics laboratory.

Both NCERT and SCERT books also give stress on the basic mathematical concepts under mathematical problems. As the purpose is to identify problems and build concepts by solving the problems, the questions are created in such a manner.

Thus, it is seen that though there are characteristics that are common in both the books there are also dissimilar things. Both NCERT and SCERT textbooks have a style on their own and the student has to go through all the chapters for an in-depth understanding of the much-celebrated subject – Maths!