**UPDATED CBSE CLASS XII History Syllabus: 2018-19
Hi friends, today we are going to discuss with you the latest Syllabus of Class XII History 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 12th History Syllabus. Let us have a look at the updated XIIth Class History Syllabus for the academic year 2017-18
CBSE Class 12th History Syllabus (2018-19 Session)
Unit Wise Detailed Syllabus (Theory Part)
Through a focus on a series of critical historical issues and debates (class XI) or on a range of important historical sources (class XII), the students would be introduced to a set of important historical events and processes.
A discussion of these themes, it is hoped, would allow students not only to know about these events and processes but also to discover the excitement of reading history.
|Paper One||Max Marks: 100|
|Themes in Indian History Part-I
Units 1 – 4
|Themes in Indian History Part-II
Units 5 – 9
|Themes in Indian History Part-III
Units 10 – 15
|Unit 16: Map Work||10||05|
Note: There is no change in the syllabus. Value-Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 of textbooks and
carry 04 marks. Accordingly, the teacher can reduce the weight of the corresponding section.
Class XII: Themes in Indian History
|PART – I |
1. The Story of the First Cities: Harappan
Broad overview: Early urban centers.
|2. Political and Economic History: How (14) |
Inscriptions tell a story.
Broad overview: Political and economic
history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period.
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the
decipherment of the script. Shifts in the
understanding of political and economic
history.Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant.
Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.
|3. Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata (14) Broad overview: Issues in social history, |
including caste, class, kinship, and gender.
Story of discovery: Transmission and
publications of the Mahabharata.
Excerpt: from the Mahabharata, illustrating
how it has been used by historians.
Discussion: Other sources for reconstructing
|4. A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa (14) |
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism.
Story of discovery: Sanchi Stupa
Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.
5. Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i- Akbari (13)
|6. The Mughal Court: Reconstructing (13) |
Histories through Chronicles
(a) Outline of political history 15th-17th centuries.
Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission.
Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama.
Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.
|7. New Architecture: Hampi (13) |
(a) Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found.
|8. Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition (13) |
(a) Outline of religious developments during this period.
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi
compositions have been preserved.
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti-Sufi works.
|9. Medieval Society through Travelers’ (13) |
Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travelers’ accounts.
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they traveled, why they traveled, what they wrote, and for whom they wrote.
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Battuta, Bernier.
|PART – III ( Periods 80) |
10. Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from
Official Reports (13)
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants, and artisans in the late 18th century
Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the types of records and reports produced.
Excerpts: From Firminger’s Fifth Report, Accounts of Frances Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.
Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians.
|11. Representations of 1857 (13) |
(a) The events of 1857-58.
Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts.
Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.
|12. Colonialism and Indian Towns: (13) |
Town Plans and Municipal Reports
Broad overview: The growth of Mumbai, Chennai, hill stations, and cantonments in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports. Focus on Kolkata town planning.
Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal.
|13. Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary (13) Eyes |
(a) The Nationalist Movement 1918 – 48.
Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.
Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.
Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.
|14. Partition through Oral Sources (14) |
(a) The history of the 1940s.
Focus: Punjab and Bengal.
Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced partition.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been analyzed to reconstruct the history of the event.
|15. The Making of the Constitution (14) Broad overview: |
(a) Independence and the new nation-state.
Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates.
|16. Map Work on Units 1-15 (10)|
|17. Project Work (10 periods) |
Please refer Circular for project work guidelines.
Project work will help students:
Paper One (QP 80 + 20 Project)=100 Marks
|Themes in Indian History Part-I |
Units 1 – 4
|Themes in Indian History Part-II |
Units 5 – 9
|Themes in Indian History Part-III |
Units 10 – 15
|Unit 16: Map Work||10||5|
|Note: There is no change in the syllabus. Value-Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 of textbooks and |
carry 04 marks. Accordingly, the teacher can reduce the weight of the corresponding sections.
QUESTION PAPER DESIGN (2017-18)
HISTORY Code No. 027 Class- XII
|Time: 3 Hours Max. Marks: 80|
|Typology of Questions||Learning |
|V. Short |
– (4 Marks)
|1||Remembering- (Knowledge |
based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles, or theories; Identify, define, or recite information)
(Comprehension –to be familiar with the meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase information)
|3||Application- (Use abstract |
information in concrete the, to apply knowledge to new situations; Use given content to interpret a the, provide an example, or solve a problem) (Map skill based questions- Identification, location, significance.)
|–||1 (value |
|4||High Order Thinking Skills- |
(Analysis & Synthesis-
|5||Evaluation- (Appraise, judge, and/or justify the value or worth of a decision or the, or to predict outcomes based on values)||–||1||–||–||–||4||5%|
|One from |
|Two from |
|Each theme on |
theme one question
|Total||3×2=6||6×4=24||3×7= 21||3×8=24||1×5 =5||80||100%|
I. Weightage to content
|Themes in Indian History (Part I)||25 Marks|
|Themes in Indian History (Part II)||25 Marks|
|Themes in Indian History (Part III)||25 Marks|
|Map Work||5 Marks|
|Project work||20 marks|
|Note:- Value-Based Question can be taken from any of the above themes I, II, or III —-04 Marks|
|Total||100 Marks |
II. Weightage to a Difficulty level
|Estimated Difficulty Level||Percentage|
|(i) Easy (E)||30%|
|(ii) Average (AV)||50%|
|(iii) Difficult (D)||20%|
|Scheme of Option: No internal choice except for blind students.|
III. Division of Question Paper
The Question paper will be divided into A, B, C, D, and E.
- Part A will carry 3 very short answer questions of 2 marks each.
- Part B ‘Section-I’ will carry 6 short answer questions of 4 marks each, out of which one is a value based compulsory question. (Part-B’ Section-II’, Value-based) (No change in the syllabus)
- Part C will carry 3 long answer questions of 8 marks each (word limit ‘350’).
- Part D will carry three source -based questions. The number of questions will be three, carrying 7
marks each (no internal choice). The sources will be taken from the textbooks as directed therein.
- Part E will have 1 map question of 5 marks. Items covered are identification and Location.
IV. Scheme of Option
Part A will have no choice.
Part B will be divided into 2 sections (3 books) +1 Value Based section.
- Section I will have 6 questions from all the three books, out of which the student will attempt any
- Section-II -One question will be a value-based question which is a compulsory question.
Part C will carry three Long Answer Questions. The number of questions will be 3, carrying 8 marks each. (Each question from three themes with Internal Choice).
Part D will be Source-Based Questions. There will be THREE sources, ONE from each book followed by questions. There will have “no internal choice”.
In Part E, there will be one Map Question -Test items will be ‘identification’ and Location.
There is no change in the list of Maps.
V. Weightage of Marks Book-wise
|Book I (Ancient India)||2(1)||4+4||7(1)||8(1)||25|
|Book II (Medieval India)||2(1)||4+4||7(1)||8(1)||25|
|Book III (Modern India)||2(1)||4+4||7(1)||8(1)||25|
|Project work –||20|
(Note: Value-Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 textbooks and carry 04 marks. Accordingly
the teacher can reduce the weight of the corresponding sections.)
LIST OF MAPS
1. P-2. Mature Harappan sites: Harappa, Banawali, Kalibangan, Balakot, Rakhigarhi, Dholavira, Nageshwar, Lothal, Mohenjodaro, Chanhudaro, Kot Diji.
2. P-30. Mahajanapada and cities :
Vajji, Magadha, Kosala, Kuru, Panchala, Gandhara, Avanti, Rajgir, Ujjain, Taxila, Varanasi.
3. P-33. Distribution of Ashokan inscriptions:
(i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas
(ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kannauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha
(iii) Pillar inscriptions – Sanchi, Topra, Meerut Pillar and Kaushambi.
(iv) Kingdom of Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas.
4. P-43. Important kingdoms and towns:
(i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas
(ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kanauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha, Shravasti, Rajgir, Vaishali, Varanasi, Vidisha
5. P-95. Major Buddhist Sites:
Nagarjunakonda, Sanchi, Amaravati, Lumbini, Nasik, Bharhut, BodhGaya, Shravasti, Ajanta.
1. P-174. Bidar, Golconda, Bijapur, Vijayanagar, Chandragiri, Kanchipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur, Kolar, Tirunelveli, Quilon
2. P-214. Territories under Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb: Delhi, Agra, Panipat, Amber, Ajmer, Lahore, Goa.
1. P-297. Territories/cities under British Control in 1857:
Punjab, Sindh, Bombay, Madras Fort St. David, Masulipatam, Berar, Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Avadh, Surat, Calcutta, Daccan, Chittagong, Patna, Benaras, Allahabad, and Lucknow.
2. P-305. Main centres of the Revolt:
Delhi, Meerut, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Calcutta, Benaras, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Agra, Avadh.
3. P-305. Important centres of the National Movement:
Champaran, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Benaras, Amritsar, Chauri Chaura, Lahore, Bardoli, Dandi, Bombay (Quit India Resolution), Karachi.
1. Themes in World History, Class XI, Published by NCERT
2. Themes in Indian History, Part I, Class XII, Published by NCERT
3. Themes in Indian History Part-II, Class XII, Published by NCERT
4. Themes in Indian History Part-III, Class XII, Published by NCERT
Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi medium.