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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus - English Core (Subject code 301)

By Ruchika Gupta

Class 12 English Syllabus as per CBSE (English core subject code 301)

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CBSE Class 12 English syllabus - Every year the Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the examinations for class 12. In class 12th students can opt for different streams like medical, non - medical, arts and commerce. However the subject of English is compulsory for all the students appearing for the class 12 CBSE board exam irrespective of the stream they choose. Class XII English Syllabus and Question Paper pattern is given below. The English paper is a little tough one and students need to prepare well for it.
The question paper for class 12 English exam is divided into 3 sections as follows-

 

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1

Section A

Reading Section

2

Section B

Writing Section

3

Section C

Literature Section

 

Let us discuss the syllabus for each section in detail-

 

Class 12 English Syllabus Section A - Reading section

The section A of CBSE class 12th English paper that is the reading section carries a weightage of 30  marks.

The section A will have three passages. The passages will be of the following types -

A. Two unseen passages with a variety of Very Short Answer / Short Answer or Multiple Choice 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 - 1200 words.
Six Multiple Choice type question and sixteen Very Short Answer Type Questions ( total 22 Marks) shall be asked from these passages.

The passage will include two of the following:
a) Factual passages, e.g., instructions, descriptions, reports.
b) Descriptive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
c) 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.

B. The third passage will be of 400-500 words .Note-making and Abstraction will be assessed .
i. one Short Answer Type Question (3 Marks )
ii. one Long Answer Type Question to be answered in 80-100 words (5 marks) .

Class 12 English Syllabus Section B writing section

The section B of the class 12th English paper that is the writing section carries a weightage of 30 marks. Check out English Writing Skills section. Students shall be tested on various styles of writing skills as follows-

a. Choice will be given to attempt one question out of the given two Short Answer Questions based on any of the following - 

  1. advertisement writing
  2. notice writing
  3. Poster writing
  4. formal and informal invitation and reply writing. – 4 Marks

b. Choice will be given to attempt one question out of the given two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words. The questions will be based on any of the following -

Letter writing - based on verbal / visual input.- 6 Marks

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

c. Two Very Long Answer Questions containing internal choice, to be answered in 150-200 words have to be attempted. The questions will be based on any of the following -

  1. Article writing
  2. Debate writing
  3. speech writing
  4. Report writing              - (10x2=20 Marks)

 

Syllabus for Class 12 English Section C - Literature section


The Section C of the class 12th English paper that is the literature section carries a weightage of 40 marks. The questions will be from the Literature text books and long reading texts. See Class 12 English Summary and Explanation
Prescribed Books for the literature section of the Class 12th English paper are as follows -
1.Flamingo: English Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi
2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi

The following chapters have been excluded from the syllabus-

Flamingo

Poets and Pancakes

 

The interview

 

A Roadside stand (poetry)

Vistas

The third level

 

Journey to the end of the Earth

 

3. Students can choose any one out of the two prescribed books as Extended Reading Text. The prescribed books for Extended Reading Text for Class 12th English paper are as follows-

i) The Invisible Man ( unabridged) by H.G.Wells
ii)Silas Marner (unabridged) by George Eliot

The type of questions asked from these prescribed Class 12 English books will be as follows -

I. Very Short Answer Questions - Based on an extract from poetry to test comprehension and appreciation. ( 4 Marks)

II. Students can attempt any four out of the given six Short Answer Questions based on prose / drama / poetry from both texts ( 4X3=12 Marks)

III. Students can attempt any one out of the given two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts. (6marks)

IV. Students can attempt any one out of the given two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words to test global comprehension along with analysis and extrapolation. (6marks)

V. Students can attempt any one out of the given two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words based on theme, plot and incidents from the prescribed novels. (6marks)

VI. Students can attempt any one out of the given two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words - based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of character sketch. (6marks)

 

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Also See Class 12 English Summary and Explanation