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 prepared by referring the prescribed syllabus. CBSE syllabus for Class 11 English for academic year 2019-2020 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 English Syllabus for 2019-2020
The syllabus of the CBSE Board English is given below. Students should also know the marking scheme for each chapter and focus more on those topics which will help them gain marks.
READING COMPREHENSION 45 Periods
There shall be two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions like
Objective Type Questions , Short Answer Questions and Multiple Choice Questions,
including 04 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning.
Multiple Choice Questions (1×6=6marks), Objective Type Questions ( 1×6= 6marks), 01
Short Answer Question (3×1=3marks), 01 Long Answer Question (5×1=5marks)
The range of the two passages including a poem or a stanza, should be 900-1000
words as per the following details:
1. The passage of 550-600 words in length will be used for note-making and
2. The passage of 350-400 words in length will be used to test comprehension,
interpretation and inference.
3. An unseen poem of 28-35 lines to test comprehension, interpretation and inference.
The passages as given above could be of any one of the following types:
Factual passages, e.g., illustrations, description, reports / Discursive passages involving
opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive/Literary passages e.g. extracts from fiction,
biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the case of a poem, the text may be
shorter than the prescribed word limit.
SECTION B (30 Marks)
WRITING SKILLS AND GRAMMAR 60 Periods
1. One Short Answer Question: Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement- 4 Marks
Two Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal/visual input. – (6×2=12 Marks)
It would cover all types of letters. Letter types may include:
(a) business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for
and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
(b) letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue)
(c) application for a job with a bio-data or résumé
(d) letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues,
requirements / suitability of courses, etc.
3. Very Long Answer Question: Composition in the form of article/speech/report writing or
a narrative- 8 Marks
GRAMMAR ( 6 Objective Type Questions)
Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item types will
include gap filling, sentence re- ordering, dialogue completion and sentence
transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals
and Change of Voice. These grammar areas will be tested through 6 objective type
questions on the following:
A. Error Correction, editing tasks
B. Re – ordering of sentences,
C. Transformation of sentences
SECTION C (30 Marks)
LITERATURE 70 Periods
Questions from the prescribed texts to test comprehension at different levels, like literal,
inferential and evaluative will be asked.
1. Two Objective Type Questions out of three – Based on an extract from poetry to test
reference to context comprehension and appreciation. – (1×2=2 Marks)
2. Five Short Answer Questions out of six (3 questions should be from Hornbill) –
Based on prose, poetry and plays from both the texts. (2×5=10 marks))
3. One Long Answer Question out of two from Hornbill (to be answered in 120-150
words) Based on prescribed texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation
beyond the texts. 6 Marks
4. One Long Answer Questions out of two from Snapshots (to be answered in 120-150
words) -Based on theme, plot, incidents or events to test global comprehension and
extrapolation beyond the texts. 6 Marks
5. One Long Answer Question out of two from Hornbill (to be answered in 120-150
words)-Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the
characters/events/episodes/incidents . 6 Marks
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills 45 Periods
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 20 marks. It is recommended
that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced in the class.
SECTION –A 20 marks
An unseen passage and a poem 35 Periods
1. The section will have 12 questions including 6 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),
i.e. 6 MCQs from a Literary or Discursive passage of about 900-950 words, and 6 Objective Type questions (1×12=12marks)
2. 04 Short Answer Questions to be answered in 50-60 words. It shall be asked from a poem of about 20-24 lines to test interpretation and appreciation. (2×4=8marks)
SECTION –B 20 marks
Creative Writing Skills 35 Periods
1. One Very Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 150-200 words.
An essay on an argumentative/discursive/reflective/descriptive topic. (10×1=10marks)
2. One Very Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 150-200 words.
A composition such as an article / a report /a speech. (10×1=10marks)
SECTION – C 30 marks
Literature 75 periods
1. Eight Objective type Questions out of 09 to test comprehension, literary appreciation and drawing inferences in poetry and prose.
2. Three Short Answer Questions out of 04 to be answered in 50-60words to test understanding, appreciation and analysis. (2×3=6marks)
3. One Long Answer Questions out of 02 to be answered in 120-150 words to test literary appreciation and drawing inferences. (1×6=6marks)
B. Arms and the Man – [Drama] (10marks)
Two Long Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 80-100 word to test the evaluation of characters, events and episodes. (5×2=10marks)
C. Fiction (10marks) 25Periods
1. Two Short Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 50-60 words to test analysis of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships and understanding of content, events and episodes (2×2=4marks)
2. One Long Answer Question out of 02 to be answered in 120-150 words to test literary appreciation and drawing inferences. (6×1=6marks)
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 or a play.
- Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion
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