ICSE Class 9 English Syllabus

English is a language subject, so it isn’t easy to score high marks. But, with the help of syllabus, students can get a better understanding of the exam pattern, types of questions asked in the exam, important topics, question paper design etc. So, here we have provided the ICSE Class 9 English Syllabus for the examination 2021. Students can download the syllabus pdf from the link below.

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ICSE Class 9 English Paper Pattern

ICSE Class 9 students have 2 papers of English subject:


Subject Name


Time duration

Paper 1

English Language


2 Hours

Internal Assessment


Paper 2

Literature in English


2 Hours

Internal Assessment


Question Paper Design of English Language (Paper 1) ICSE Class 9

Five questions will be set, all of which will be compulsory. These 5 questions will:

Question 1: Candidates will be required to write a composition of about 300-350 words from a choice of subjects which will test their ability to: organise, describe, narrate, report, explain, persuade or argue, present ideas coherently with accuracy and precision, compare and contrast ideas and arrive at conclusions, present relevant arguments and use correct style and format.

Question 2: Candidates will have to write a letter from a choice of two subjects requiring either a formal or an informal mode of treatment.

Question 3: Candidates will be given a specific situation and will be required to:

(a) Write the text for a notice based on given directions.

(b) Write an email on the same content as the notice

Question 4: An unseen prose passage of about 450 words will be given.

Question 5: There will be a number of short answer questions to test the candidates’ knowledge of functional grammar, structure and use of the language.

Syllabus to be Covered in Class 9 for the ICSE Examination – Literature in English (Paper 2)

A) The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s unabridged play by A.W. Verity)


Act 1 – Scenes 1, 2 & 3,

Act 2 – Scenes 1 to 9,

Act 3 – Scene 1 ONLY.

B) Treasure Trove – A Collection Of Icse Poems And Short Stories (Evergreen Publications)


(i) The Heart of the Tree – Henry Cuyler Bunner

(ii) The Cold Within – James Patrick Kinney

(iii) The Bangle Sellers – Sarojini Naidu

(iv) After Blenheim – Robert Southey

(v) Television – Roald Dahl

(vi) Daffodils – William Wordsworth

Prose (Short Stories):

(i) Chief Seattle’s Speech

(ii) Old Man at the Bridge – Ernest Miller Hemingway

(iii) A Horse and Two Goats – R.K. Narayan

(iv) Hearts and Hands – O. Henry

(v) A Face in the Dark – Ruskin Bond

(vi) An Angel in Disguise – T.S. Arthur

Internal Assessment of Paper 1 – English Language

Schools will prepare, conduct and record assessments of the Listening and Speaking Skills of candidates. Three assessments in the course of the year will be given to candidates.

Pattern of Assessment

a) Listening Skills: 10 Marks

A passage of about 300 words is read aloud by the examiner twice, the first time at normal reading speed (about 110 words a minute) and the next time at a slower speed. Candidates may make brief notes during the readings. They then answer an objective type test based on the passage, on the paper provided.

b) Speaking Skills: 10 Marks

Each candidate is required to make an oral presentation for about two minutes, which will be followed by a discussion on the subject with the examiners, for about three minutes. Subjects for presentation may include narrating an experience, providing a description, giving directions how to make or operate something, expressing an opinion, giving a report, relating an anecdote or commenting on a current event. A candidate may refer to brief notes in the course of the presentation but reading or excessive dependence on notes will be penalized

Internal Assessment of Paper 2 – Literature in English

Schools will set, assess and record written assignments by the candidates. Two or three assignments of approximately 300 to 400 words each will be assigned to candidates.

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