CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) holds the responsibility of designing and updating the English syllabus of class 12th. Board has designed the syllabus in a way to give students a high level of competence in the English language. The students should note that there are different syllabi for English Core and English Elective subjects. CBSE 12th Class English syllabus 2020 is vital from the students who are going to appear for the board examination. Students, as well as teachers, can check the CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus 2020 from this post.

English Core Syllabus (Subject Code – 301)

Before we move on to discuss the topics of syllabus, you should check the structure of CBSE English Core Examination.

SectionsTesting CompetenciesTotal Marks
ComprehensionConceptual understanding, Analyzing, inferring, decoding, literary, conventions and vocabulary, etc.20
Writing SkillsReasoning, using appropriate format and fluency, appropriacy of style and tone, analysis, evaluation and creativity30
Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading TextReasoning, Recalling, appreciating literary convention, creativity with fluency, inference, analysis30
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills (Practical Exam)20
 Total100

English Core Syllabus for CBSE Class 12th

Reading Comprehension

  • This section will have two unseen passages along with Objective type MCQs and short answer type questions.
  • One passage will be of 12 marks and the second passage will be of 8 marks.
  • The passage will include any of the following.
    • Descriptive passages involving opinion.
    • Factual passages.
    • Literary passages.
  • Note making and abstraction skill will be tested in the second passage.

Writing Skills

  • Advertisements and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies.
  • Letters based on verbal / visual input.

Literature Textbooks

  • Flamingo: The Last Lesson, Lost Spring, Deep Water, The Rattrap, Indigo, The Interview, Poets and Pancakes, Going Places and Poetry (My Mother at Sixty Six, An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum, Keeping Quiet, A Thing of Beauty, A Roadside Stand, Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers)
  • Vistas: The Third Level, The Tiger King, Journey to the End of the Earth, The Enemy, Should Wizard Hit Mommy, On the Face of It, Evans Tries an O-Level, Memories of Childhood, The Cutting of My Long Hair, We too are Human Being.

English Elective Syllabus (Subject Code – 001)

SectionsTesting CompetenciesTotal Marks
Reading ComprehensionConceptual understanding, Analyzing, inferring, decoding, literary, conventions and vocabulary, etc.20
Creative Writing & Applied GrammarReasoning, using appropriate format and fluency, appropriacy of style and tone, analysis, evaluation and creativity, etc.30
LiteratureReasoning, Recalling, appreciating literary convention, creativity with fluency, inference, analysis20
FictionRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, creativity with fluency, inference, analysis, etc.10
Seminar (Practical Exam)Seeking information and clarifying, articulation clarity of pronunciation, using appropriate language conventions Addressing participants, etc.20

 

 Total100

CBSE English Elective Syllabus for class 12th

Reading

  • An unseen passage and a poem.

Creative Writing Skills and Applied Grammar

  • A discursive and interpretative writing.
  • An essay on an argumentative/discursive topic such as an article/report/speech.
  • Transformation of Sentences.

Literature

  • One short answer question to be answered in 50-60 words.
  • 2 short answer questions to be answered in 60-80 words.
  • 2 long answer questions to be answered in 80-100 words.

Fiction

  • 1 short answer question to be answered in 60 to 80 words to test understanding and appreciation and seek comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships.
  • 1 long answer question to be answered in 120 to 160 words to test deeper understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing inferences.

Seminar

  • Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion.
  • Poetry reading to be followed by interpretative tasks based on close reading and literary analysis of the text. Critical review of a film or a play.
  • Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, and parable) to be followed by a question-answer session.

Download CBSE English12th Syllabus (English Core): Here

Download CBSE English12th Syllabus (Elective): Here

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CBSE Class 12th Syllabus (All Subjects)

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