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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus

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Reading unseen Passages and Note-making

Two unseen passages with a variety of questions including 03 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning and 05 marks for note-making.

The total length of the two passages will be between 950-1200 words. The passages will include two of the following:

  • Factual Passages e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.
  • Discursive passage involving opinion e.g. argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
  • Literary passage e.g. extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography

A passage of about 600-700 words carrying 12 marks and another passage of about 350-500 words carrying 08 marks

1. A passage to test reading comprehension. The passage can be literary, factual or discursive. The length of the passage should be between 600-700 words.
2. A shorter passage of 350-500 words for note-making and abstraction.


Advanced Writing Skills:

3. One out of two short compositions of not more than 50 words 5 each e.g. advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies.

4. A report or a factual description based on verbal input provided 10 (one out of two) (100-125 words)

5. Writing one out of two letters based on verbal input. 10 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 on an issue)
  • application for a job

6. One out of two compositions based on visual and/or verbal input 10 (150-200 words). Output may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, or a speech.

Prescribed Books:
Flamingo 30
7. One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to 4 test comprehension and appreciation

8. Three out of four short questions from the poetry section to 6 test local and global comprehension of text.

9. Five short answer questions based on the lessons from 10 prescribed text. (2x5)

10. One out of two long answer type questions based on the text 10 to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the set text. (Expected word limit about 125-150 words each)


11. One out of two long answer type question based on Supplementary 7 Reader to test comprehension and extrapolation of theme, character and incidents (Expected word limit about 125-150 words)


Long Reading Text - Novel

With a view to in still the habit of reading among the students, CBSE introduces compulsory reading of Long Reading Text/Novel in the English Core Course and will be evaluated in both Formative and Summative Assessments.

There will be two long answer questions on the theme, plot, character and incidents from the prescribed novel. Schools can choose any one of the two novels.

Name of the Text BookName of the lessons deleted 
Flamingo 1.Poets and Pancakes
2. The Interview
3. A Road Ride Stand (Poetry) 
Vistas 4.The Third Level
5. Journey to the End of the Earth 

The novels are:
Lord of the Flies (unabridged 1954) William Golding
Hound of Baskervilles (unabridged 1902) Arther Conan Doyle


Conversational Skills - 10 Marks
Testing of Conversational Skills will be done by CBSE

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