CBSE English Core Class 12th Syllabus 2019-20

English Elective Class 12th Syllabus 2019-20
Section Area of Learning Marks
A Reading Comprehension 30
B Writing Skills 30
C Literature & Long Reading Text 40
Total 100


Section A: Reading Comprehension

Passage 1

One 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 passage will be between 800 – 900 words. The passage will include following questions:

  • 5-MCQs (1 mark each)
  • 9-Very short answer type questions including 3 Questions on vocabulary for 1 mark each
  • 3-Short answer type question (2 marks each)

Passage 2

A second passage of 400-500 words. There will be two long answer type questions of 5 marks each.

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.

Prescribed Books

  1. Flamingo: English Reader published by NCERT
  2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT

Lessons Deleted

Flamingo – 1. Poets and Pancakes; 2. The Interview; 3. A Road Side Stand (Poetry)

Vistas – 4. The Third Level; 5. Journey to the End of the Earth

Extended Reading Text: (either one)

  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot




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