CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020-2021

Students always ignore the language subjects and focus more on the core subjects while preparing for the exams. But the language subjects also carry equal weightage like any other subject. Class 12 English subject of CBSE board is a scoring subject which will help students to uplift their overall percentage if they prepare accordingly. English is divided into two parts English Core and English Elective for CBSE Class 12 board students. The syllabus of both English Core and English Elective is prescribed by the CBSE board itself which contains all the important information about the course structure and distribution of marks for each section.

CBSE Syllabus for Class 12 English 2020-2021

Download Revised CBSE Class 12 English Core Syllabus PDF 2020-2021

PART A – 40 MARKS

Reading Comprehension                                                 20 Marks

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, newspaper report etc. Ten out of eleven questions to be done.                                            (10×1=10 Marks)

Note: The combined word limit for both the passages will be 700-750 words.

Literature                                                                       20 Marks

III. Multiple Choice Questions based on two prose extracts, one each from the books Flamingo and Vistas, to assess comprehension and appreciation. Refer to the lines to answer questions based on the given extract. Any 2 out of 3extracts to be done. (8×1=8)

IV. Multiple Choice Questions based on a poetry extract from the book Flamingo to assess comprehension, analysis and inference. Refer to the lines to answer questions based on the given extract. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done.                               (4×1=4)

VI. Text based questions to assess comprehension, analysis, inference and interpretation from the books Flamingo and Vistas. Eight out of ten questions to be done.                                                                                                                                 (8×1=8)

PART B (SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS) – 40 MARKS

Writing Section: 16 Marks
Q1. Short writing task –Notice/Advertisement up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered.(3 Marks: Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1).

Q2. Short writing task –Formal/Informal Invitation and Reply up to 50 words.One out of the two given questions to be answered.(3 Marks: Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1)

Q3. Letters based on verbal/visual input, to be answered in approximately 120-150words. Letter types include application for a job, Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest) . One out of the two given questions to be answered (5 Marks :Format: 1 / Content: 2 / Expression: 2)

Q4. Article/ Report Writing, descriptive and analytical in nature, based on verbal inputs, to be answered in 120-150 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered (5 Marks:Format : 1 / Content : 2 / Expression : 2)

Literature Section:                                                                                           24 Marks

Q6. Five Short answer type question, out of six, from Prose and Poetry from the book Flamingo, to be answered in 30-40 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking.(5×2=10)

Q7. Two Short answer type question ,out of three, from Prose (Vistas), to be answered in 30-40 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (2×2=4)

Q 8. One Long answer type question, from Prose/poetry (Flamingo), 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 Vistas, 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)

Find also the deleted portion of the CBSE English Core syllabus 2020-21 from the link below:

CBSE Class 12 English Core Deleted Portion of Syllabus 2020-21

Deleted Topics from English Core Syllabus 2020-21

Reading

Note Making & Summarizing

Literature

FLAMINGO
1. Poets and Pancakes                                   1. A Roadside Stand
2. The Interview
3. Going Places

VISTAS
1. The Tiger King
2. Journey to the end of the Earth
3. Memories of Childhood

Writing

• Poster making
• Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
• Speech, Debate

Download Revised CBSE Class 12 English Elective Syllabus PDF 2020-2021

Part A

READING                                                                                                              20 MARKS
This section will have two unseen passages and a poem:
1. 12 Multiple Choice Questions out of 15 from a literary or discursive passage of about  950-1000 words.                                                                                                                                                                   [1 X 12 =12] 2. 4 out of 5 multiple choice questions to test interpretation and appreciation of a poem of about 10-12 lines.                                                                                                                                                              (1×4=4)
3. 4 out of 5 multiple choice questions from a case-based factual passage (with visual input- statistical data, chart etc.) of 100-120 words to test interpretation.                                                                  (1 X 4= 4)

GRAMMAR                                                                                                         8 Marks
4. 8 multiple choice questions out of 10 involving transformation of sentences. (1×8 =8)

LITERATURE                                                                                                   12 Marks
5. 12 out of 16 multiple choice questions from the textbook kaleidoscope. The questions can be
from short stories/Poetry/Non-Fiction/Drama                                                    (1 x 12 = 12)

Part B

Writing                                                                                                                         20 Marks

1. Three Long Writing Task out of Four to be answered in 120-150 words each: A discursive and interpretative writing.                                                                  (5×3=15)
2. One Long Writing Task out of two to be answered in 120-150 words: An essay on an argumentative/discursive topic such as an article/report/speech. Contemporary topics/ issues to be a part of Article, Report and Speech Writing.                            (5×1=5)

Literature – 10 Marks

3. 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.                                                               (2×1=2)

4. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 40-50 words to assess understanding analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking and drawing inferences in poetry and prose. (3X1=3)

5. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words each to assess deeper understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing inferences. Questions to elicit creative responses and assess ability to form opinions. (5×1=5)

Fiction                                                                                                         10 Marks

6. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to test understanding and appreciation and seek comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships.(2 x 1=2)

7. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 40-50 words to test understanding and appreciation and seek comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships. (3 x1=3)

8. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words to test deeper (in depth) understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing global inferences of the given text with reference to characters /events/ incidents and episodes, leading to creative rendering, forming and defending opinions.                 (5×1=5)

Seminar                                                                                                                                  (20 marks)
• Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, 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

To get the deleted portion of the English Elective syllabus 2020-21, click on the link below:

CBSE Class 12 English Elective Deleted portion of the Syllabus 2020-21

Deleted Topics (Kaleidoscope)

Short Stories
1. Tomorrow by Joseph Conrad
2. One Centimetre by Bi Shu-Min

Poetry
1. Blood by Kamala Das

Non-Fiction
1. Science Fiction by Issac Asimov
2. Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

Drama
1. Broken Images by Girish Karnad

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

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