CBSE 12th Class English Core Syllabus

Course Structure

Section Topics Marks
A Reading Comprehension 30
B Writing Skills 30
C Literary & Long Reading Texts 40
i) Flamingo
ii) Supplementary Reader-Vistas
Total 100

Course Syllabus

Section A: Reading Comprehension

  • Two unseen passages with a variety of very short answer / short answer or MCQ type questions to test comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary such as word formation and inference of meaning will also be tested

  • The total length of the two passages will be between 1100 and 1200 words. The passage will include two of the following −

    • Factual passages, e.g., instructions, descriptions, reports.

    • Descriptive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.

    • Literary passages, e.g., extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography. A poem could be of 28-35 lines.

  • The passages can be literary, factual or discursive to test comprehensions. The length of one passage should be between 600-700 words

  • A third passage of 400-500 words for note-making and abstraction

Section B: Writing Skills

  • Short Answer Questions, e.g., advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies

  • Long Answer Questions − Letters based on verbal / visual input

  • Letter types include −

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

    • Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest

    • Application for a job

  • Very Long Answer Questions − Two compositions based on visual and/or verbal Input may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, a debate or a speech

Section C: Literature and Long Reading Text

Flamingo and Vistas

  • Very Short Answer Questions −

    • Based on an extract from poetry to test comprehension and appreciation

  • Short Answer Questions −

    • Based on prose / drama / poetry from both the texts

  • Long Answer Question −

    • Based on texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts to bring out the key messages and values

  • Long Answer Question −

    • Based on texts to test global comprehension along with analysis and extrapolation

  • Long Answer Question −

    • Based on theme, plot and incidents from the prescribed novels

  • Long Answer Question −

    • Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the character sketch

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