Download CBSE Class X English Syllabus (2018-19) in PDF

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    CBSE Class X English Syllabus

    Hi, friends, today we are going to discuss you the latest CBSE Class X English Syllabus. As you know very well that Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has its own curriculum and they hold the supreme authority to change it further for the benefit of students. So it’s always a wise decision to keep an eye on what happening around with the subject you are going to learn. This year CBSE made little bit changes in CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus. Let us have a look at the updated NCERT CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus for the academic year 2018-19.

    NCERT CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus for the academic year 2018-19.

    Let us first have a brief idea about the Course Structure of the CBSE Class X English for the academic year 2018-19.

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    Section  Topics Total Weightage 80
    A Reading Skills 20
    B Writing Skills with Grammar 30
    C Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text 30
    TOTAL 80

    Note: The Board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

    SECTION A: READING ( 20 Marks, 50 Periods)

    This section will have two unseen passages of a total of 700-750 words as per the details
    below :
    Q.1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type (VSA) Questions. (8 marks)
    Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions of eight marks to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four VSA to test vocabulary and comprehension (two VSA for vocabulary and two for comprehension)(12 marks).

    SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR ( 30 Marks, 60 Periods)

    Q. 3: Formal Letter (Complaints / Inquiry / Placing order / letter to the editor) in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the Main Course Book. (8 marks).                                                      Q.4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200-250 words. ( 10 marks).


    The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X.
    1. Tenses
    2. Modals
    3. Use of passive voice
    4. Subject-verb concord
    5. Reporting

    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions

    6. Clauses:

    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb Clauses
    • Relative clauses

    7. Determiners
    8. Prepositions

    The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

    Q. 5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses.(4 marks)
    Q. 6: Editing or Omission (4 marks).
    Q. 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.(4 marks).


    Q. 8. One out of two extracts from prose/ poetry/play for reference to context. Four Very Short Answer Questions: Two questions of one mark each for global comprehension and two questions of one mark each on interpretation. (4 marks)
    Q. 9. Four Short Answer type Questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each)( 2×4 = 8 Marks)
    Q.10. One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination, and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. (100-120 words).( 8 marks)
    Q.11. One out of two Very Long Answer Question on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference, and character, in about 200-250 words based on prescribed novel text for extended reading.  ( 10 Marks).

    Prescribed Books:

    Published by CBSE, New Delhi

    1. Main Course Book (Revised Edition)
    2. Workbook (Revised Edition)
    3. Literature Reader (Revised Edition)

    EXTENDED READING TEXTS (either one):
    I  Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 by Anne Frank (unabridged edition), Published by CBSE
    ii The Story of My Life – 1903 by Helen Keller(unabridged edition)

    Listening and Speaking Skills.(50 Periods)


    Literature Reader
    1. Two Gentlemen of Verona 4. A Shady Plot
    2 Mrs Packletide’s Tiger 5. Patol Babu
    3. The Letter 6. Virtually True
    1. The Frog and the Nightingale 4. Ozymandias
    2. Mirror 5. The Rime of Ancient Mariner
    3. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments 6. Snake
    1. The Dear Departed 2. Julius Caesar

    Main Course Book

    Main Course Book
    1. Health and Medicine 4. Environment
    2. Education 5. Travel and Tourism
    3. Science 6. National Integration
    Extended Reading Texts – (either one)
    Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 June 12, 1942, to March 14, 1944, By Anne Frank (unabridged edition) (Published by CBSE)
    The Story of My Life – 1903, Chapters1-14 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)
    Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 March 16, 1944, to August 01, 1944 By Anne Frank (unabridged edition) (Published by CBSE)
    The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters15-23 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)
    WORKBOOK* – Suggested Break-up of Units for the purpose of classroom teaching only – NOT FOR TESTING (see the following note).
    1 Determiners 8 Comparison
    2 Tenses 9 Avoiding Repetition
    3 Subject-Verb Agreement 10 Nominalization
    4 Non-Finite 11 Modals
    5 Relatives 12 Active and Passive
    6 Connectors 13 Reported Speech
    7 Conditionals 14 Prepositions

    QUESTION PAPER DESIGN – CBSE Class X English Syllabus SESSION 2018-19

    Typology Testing competencies/ learning outcomes VSAQ 1
    SAQ 30-40
    2 marks
    8 marks
    250 words
    10 marks
    Reading  Skills Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary 12 04 20
    Creative Writing Skills and Grammar Expressing an opinion, reasoning, justifying, illustrating, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency. Applying con¬ventions, using integrated structures with accuracy and fluency 12 01 01 30
    Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Texts Recalling, reasoning, appreciating, applying literary conventions, extrapolating, illustrating and justifying etc. Extracting relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub-themes, understanding the writer’s message and writing fluently. 04 04 01 01 30
    Total 28 x 01 = 28 marks 08 x 02
    = 16 marks
    02 x 08 =
    16 marks
    02 x 10 =
    20 marks

    CBSE Class X English Study Material

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    1 Books Click Here
    2 Sample Paper Click Here
    3 Previous Year Question Paper Click Here
    4 Notes & Study Materials Click Here
    5 Printable Worksheet Click Here
    6 Syllabus Click Here
    7 Marking Scheme Click Here


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