CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Study Guide


Complete Study Guide for CBSE Class 10 Communicative English


CBSE Class 10 Exam pattern, marking scheme, syllabus, books, chapters, Sample papers, videos, lesson explanation notes as per latest pattern

Are you looking for the Class 10th English Syllabus 2023–24 for the CBSE? Well, your search ends here. You can get the complete guide to ace CBSE Class 10th English curriculum for 2023–24 in the article below.

Are you struggling to find the right approach to begin preparing for CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Board exam? 

Your quest ends right here. The article below is a comprehensive guide to ace the CBSE Class 10th English Communicative curriculum for 2023–2024.

Students may prepare for the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) board examination with the aid of SuccessCDs’ comprehensive study materials for class 10 English. With SuccessCDs, students have access to simple-to-understand notes, sample essays, and PYQs. Our study material is based on the CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus and is created by subject matter experts. Students may effectively and thoroughly study for the board examination with SuccessCDs.

The CBSE has announced the section-wise weightage of marks for the English Communicative exam in the class 10 Communicative English syllabus. The students will be marked on all parameters of language skills i.e. reading, writing, grammar, literature, speaking and listening. Here is the section-wise break-up of marks for the English written exam-

Section-Wise Weightage – CBSE Class 10th  English Communicative


Note: The Board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours. The remaining 20 marks have been allotted to Internal Assessment and Assessment of speaking and listening skills.

As a student of class 10 English Communicative, you must know the detailed examination pattern as provided by the CBSE.


Class 10 English Communicative Syllabus and Examination Format

Section A: Reading  

This section will have two unseen passages of a total of 700-750 words as per the details below:

Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions), Very Short Answer Type Questions (one word/ one phrase / one sentence) and Short Answer Type Questions (30-40 words each) will be asked to test interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation and vocabulary in context.

These two passages will be inspired by the themes given in the MCB (Main coursebook) published by the CBSE.

Section B: Writing 

This section will have a variety of short and long writing tasks which have been detailed below-

  • Email writing – e-mail to school authorities for Application for leave/ change of subject /change of section/ bus-timings or similar topics in maximum 50 words can be asked for 3 Marks
  • Factual Description of a person/object in maximum 100 words will fetch 4 Marks
  • One out of two formal letters, in maximum 120 words, based on topics in MCB will be for 7 Marks
  • One out of two articles based on verbal cues has to be attempted in maximum 150 words, thematically aligned to MCB topics. It will be awarded 8 Marks


Question Type
Email to school authorities (50 words)
Factual Description   (100 words)
Formal Letter (120 words)
Article  (150 words)
22 Marks


Now we come to the Grammar section:-

The Grammar portion of the class 10 Communicative English syllabus will include the following topics-

  • Clauses:
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses
    • Relative clauses


The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

Q 5: Gap filling                                           3 marks

Q 6: Editing or Omission                             4 marks

Q 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.  3 marks


Then we reach the most crucial part of the English communicative paper – the Literature section

Section C: Literature Textbook And Extended Reading Text 

  • Two out of three extracts from prose/poetry for reference to the context. Very Short Answer Questions will be asked to assess global comprehension, interpretation, inference and evaluation. 8 marks (4+4)
  • Five Short Answer type Questions out of six from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas, analysis, evaluation and appreciation (30-40 words each)   5 x2 = 10 Marks
  • One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, evaluation and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. This can also be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. (150 words).      8 marks



CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Prescribed Books

Published by CBSE, New Delhi


  1. Main Course Book (Revised Edition)
    1. Health and Medicine
    2. Education
    3. Science
    4. Environment
    5. Travel and Tourism
    6. National Integration


  1. Workbook (Revised Edition)
  2. Literature Reader (Revised Edition)


  1. Two Gentlemen of Verona
  2. Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger
  3. The Letter
  4. A Shady Plot
  5. Patol Babu
  6. Virtually True


  1. The Frog and the Nightingale
  2. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments
  3. Ozymandias
  4. The Rime of Ancient Mariner
  5. Snake


  1. The Dear Departed
  2. Julius Caesar

Students can get a better understanding of all literature lessons by learning the meanings of difficult words that they come across in the prose and poetries of the literature reader

In poems, the knowledge of poetic devices is crucial and students must know about the important poetic devices in poetry and how to identify them. 

We have also compiled a List of Poetic devices in class 10 English communicative poems for the convenience of the young learners.


CBSE Class 10 Sample Paper 

Students move on answering CBSE class 10 Sample papers after reading the NCERT English textbooks’ syllabus in order to improve their grades and assess their level of preparation. Additionally, by using sample papers, students are able to identify their areas of weakness and  work on them. You can go through CBSE Sample Paper and its marking scheme by clicking on the links below.

CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Sample Question Paper 2023-24 
CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Marking Scheme 2023-24


Pro Tips to ace CBSE Class 10 Board Exams –

A strong preparation strategy is the first step towards success. As a consequence, students should consider a few factors when developing a study schedule.

Understand, don’t cram- Read and understand all the prescribed chapters thoroughly. SuccessCDS provides you chapter explanations in an easy manner so that the concepts are etched in your mind. You can check out the expert curated chapter explanation here- CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Chapter Explanations

Make reading a habit-  the more you read, the more proficient you’ll become in both reading and writing. You may get lots of ideas from reading. As a result, start thinking in English straight away rather than translating your thoughts. Additionally, it helps you improve your writing skills.

Practice Writing- Regular writing is important since it helps you determine if your ideas are sound or not. Most of the time, individuals structure their thoughts down accurately, but when they use English, they make grammatical mistakes.

Grammar- Making your Grammar fundamentals clear might really help you in this part. Practice grammar regularly. It was also necessary to analyse your responses in order to identify and remedy any errors you had made. You may enrol in the  Grammar Course by SuccessCDs, specially curated to cater to the needs of Class 10 students.

Get Professional Advice- We here at SuccessCDS have a team of experts to solve all your doubts and answer all your queries. Consider enrolling in the SuccessCDS’s Class 10 Communicative Course specially designed for Class 10 to help you ace Board examinations with flying colours.