CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2020-2021

Class 11 students can perform well in their English exam by understanding the CBSE board prescribed syllabus for English Core and English Elective. To score well in their English exam, students should prepare themselves according to the syllabus because the final question paper is prepared by referring to the prescribed syllabus. CBSE syllabus for Class 11 English for academic year 2020-21 describes the course content along with marks weightage and time duration for each unit. It also provides information about the textbooks that need to be referred by Class 11 students.

Download CBSE Class 11 Revised English Core Syllabus 2020-2021 PDF

The CBSE syllabus of English subject is provided in pdf format for downloading. Students can download the pdf for both English Core and English Elective subject. In the pdf, students will also find the marking scheme for each chapter.

Download CBSE Class 11 Revised English Elective Syllabus PDF 2020-21

CBSE Class 11 Syllabus for English Core 2020-21

READING COMPREHENSION: 40 Periods

I. Multiple Choice questions based on one unseen passage to assess comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary and inference of meaning will also be assessed. The passage may be factual, descriptive or literary. Ten out of eleven questions to be done. (10×1=10 Marks)

II. Multiple Choice questions based on one unseen case-based factual passage with verbal/visual inputs like statistical data, charts etc. Eight out of Nine questions to be done. (8×1=8 Marks)

Note: The combined word limit for both the passages will be 600-750

Grammar                                                                                                                                8 Marks

III. Multiple choice questions on Gap filling (Determiners, Tenses)

IV. Multiple choice questions on re-ordering/transformation of sentences

(Total eight questions to be done out of the ten given).

Literature Section                                                                                                    14 Marks

V. Multiple Choice questions from an extract from Poetry from Hornbill to assess comprehension and appreciation. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done. (3×1=3)

VI. Multiple Choice questions based on two Prose extracts, out of the three given, from Prose (Hornbill as well as Snapshots to assess comprehension and appreciation. ( 6×1=6)

VII. Text based Multiple Choice Questions to assess comprehension, analysis and interpretation, from Prose and Poetry. Five questions out of six to be done. (5×1=5)

PART B – 40 MARKS

Reading Section: 8 Marks

Q1. Note Making and Summarization based on a passage of approximately 200-250 words.

I. Note Making:                                                                             5 Marks

○ Title: 1
○ Numbering and indenting: 1
○ Key/glossary: 1
○ Notes: 2

II. Summary (up to 50 words):                                                   3 Marks

○ Content: 1
○ Expression: 1

Writing Section:                                                                            16 Marks

Q2. Short writing task -Notice writing up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered (3 Marks: Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1)

Q3. Short writing task –Poster up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered. (3 marks:Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1)

Q4. Letters based on verbal/visual input, to be answered in 120-150 words. Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies), letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements / suitability of courses, etc. One out of the two given questions to be answered (5 Marks: Format: 1 / Content: 2 / Expression: 2)

Q5 .Writing composition based on visual/verbal inputs in 120-150 words. May be descriptive / argumentative in nature such as speech/debate. The theme should be contemporary topical issues. One out of the two given questions to be answered. (5 Marks: Format: 1 / Content: 2 / Expression: 2)

Literature Section:                                                                            16 Marks

Q6. Two Short answer type question (one from Prose and one from Poetry from the book Hornbill), out of four, to be answered in 30-40 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (2×2=4)

Q7. One Short answer type question, from Prose (Snapshots), to be answered in 40-50 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1×2=2)

Q 8. One Long answer type question, from Prose/poetry (Hornbill), to be answered in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. Questions to provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1×5=5)
Q.9 One Long answer type question, based on the chapters from the book Snapshots, to be answered in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. Questions to provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1×5=5)

CBSE Class 11 English Core Deleted Topics 2020-21

Writing

● Classified Advertisements,
● Letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue) Provide realistic context in the form of newspaper report/article to which the students may respond.
● Application for a job with a bio-data or résumé
● Article & Report Writing
● Narrative

Grammar

● Modals
● Clauses
● Change of Voice
● Error Correction, editing task/cloze passages
Literature

Hornbill

● Father To Son
● The Adventure

Snapshots

● The Ghat of the Only World
● The Tale of Melon City

CBSE Class 11 English Elective Syllabus for 2020-2021

Reading

Two unseen passages and a poem                                            20 Periods

1. 12 out of 15 questions from a literary or discursive passage of about 950-1000 words. (1×12=12 marks)
2. 8 questions to test interpretation and appreciation of a poem of about 10-12 lines. (1×8=8 marks)
3. 5 out of 7 questions from a case-based factual passage (with visual inputstatistical data, chart etc.) of 100-120 words to test interpretation. (1×5=5 marks)

Literature Textbook

4. 15 out of 18 questions to test comprehension, literary appreciation and to draw inferences in poetry and prose. (1×15=15 marks)

Part B

Creative Writing Skills                                                  20 Periods

1. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words.

An essay on an argumentative/discursive/reflective/descriptive topic, leading to creative rendering, forming and defending of opinions (5 marks)

2. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words.

(Article Writing. Contemporary topical issues to be a part of Article writing.) (5 marks)

3. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words.

(Speech Writing. Contemporary topical issues to be a part of Speech writing. (5 marks)

Literature Textbook                                               60 Periods

Woven Words: The questions can be asked from both Poetry and Prose.

4. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to assess understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (2 marks)

5. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 50-60 words to assess understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (3 marks)

Arms and the Man – [Drama]                                              20 Periods

6. Two Long Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 80-100 words to appreciate characters, events and episodes. Questions to provide analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. (5×2=10 marks)

Fiction                                                            20 Periods

7. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to critically appreciate characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships and to form their opinions with reference to content, events and episode. (2 marks)

8. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 50-60 words to assess understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (3 marks)

9. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words to test literary appreciation and to draw inferences. Questions should elicit creative responses and develop ability to form opinions. (5 marks)

Seminar (20 marks)

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

CBSE Class 11 English Elective Deleted Portions 2020-21

Woven Words

1. Glory of Twilight
2. The Luncheon
3. For Elkana
4. Refugee Blues
5. Felling of The Banyan Tree
6. Ajmail and The Tigers

Writing

  • Report Writing

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