One of the most viral questions on the internet has been, this book or that… So, here is my take on questions of these sorts. In this latest series of articles, I shall attempt to help clarify whatever doubts you may have regarding which book to chose. Of the various books that High School students can use for Physics, DC Pandey and HC Verma both are insanely popular choices. Both these books bring a good concise theory to the table, coupled with solved and unsolved questions.
HC Verma has a much more “college book type” feel to it (in as much that it has a concise theory and mostly elementary solved questions to demonstrate the use of theory). The unsolved exercises are a bit tougher, however (Especially the last few questions in the subjective unsolved exercises). While HCV can be used as a standalone books for most exams (including JEE Main, NEET and BITSAT), it just isn’t self-sufficient for JEE Advanced. For JEE Advanced, HCV needs to be combined with a good question bank.
On the other hand, DC Pandey is a great alternative. The series works great as a standalone (? If you could still call it standalone. I mean, it’s still a series) for all sorts of exams, leaving apart Olympiad stuff. Also, it’s got sufficient practice questions for you. This book is great for people like me : People who take a lot of time to grasp concepts, and who really need to work for it. I didn’t use DCP much during my JEE days, yet it would have served my purpose well. And hence, it’s a great buy too 🙂
For those of you planning to revise with new material, you would be better off with revision packages or test series and revising your notes.
Hope this helps !