CBSE Class 10 English Exam Pattern

English exam pattern is as below:

Division of Syllabus for Term II (October-March) Total Weightage Assigned  Total Weightage Assigned
 Summative Assessment II 30%
SectionMarks  
Reading20  
Writing 25  
Grammar20 
Literature + Value Based Question25  
Formative Assessment 20%
TOTAL 90 marks  50% 
The question paper will include Value Based Question(s) from Literature

Section to the extent of 3-5 marks

  

SECTION A: READING 20 Marks

Qs 1-3 The reading section will have three unseen texts as shown below:

Text number TextTypeLengthMarks Type of Questions
Text 1

Factual/

Discursive/

Literary

 450 - 500 words7+3 =10 

Supply Type - 7 Qs
(Gap filling, sentence completion,

Table completion, w,

short answer questions

and Reference questions)

Vocabulary/ word attack skills -

3 Qs

Text 2

Factual/

Discursive/

Literary

 200 - 300 words5Multiple Choice Questions.
Text 3

Factual/

Discursive/

Literary

200 - 300 words In case

of a poem,

it may be shorter than

200 words.

5Multiple Choice Questions.

SECTION B: WRITING 25 Marks

The writing section comprises six writing tasks as indicated below.

Q. 4 Writing a Notice in 50 -60 words  3 marks

Q. 5 Writing a Message or a Diary Entry in 50-60 words  3 marks

Q. 6 A composition of up to 80-100 words in the form of Biographical sketch, Interpretation, or Description (people, objects or events)    4 marks

Q. 7 An extended writing task of length up to 120 - 150 words in the form of a Formal/Informal Letter or Email. The long piece of writing will assess the use of appropriate style, language, content and expression.  5 marks

Q. 8 An extended writing task of 120 -150 words in the form of a Story or a Report.  5 marks

Q. 9 An extended writing task of 120 - 150 words in the form of an Article or a Speech  5 marks

SECTION C: GRAMMAR 20 Marks

This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 questions of 4 marks each.

Questions no 10 will have Multiple Choice Questions. The test types for MCQs include the following:

  • Gap filling
  • Sentence completion
  • Dialogue completion

Questions 11, 12,13 & 14 will be based on response supplied by students (Supply Type). The test types will include the following:

  • Sentence reordering
  • Editing/ Omission
  • Sentence transformation

SECTION D: LITERATURE 25 Marks

Q. 15 will have the following arrangement:

15 A: An extract from poetry with three Multiple Choice Questions based on reference to context.  3 marks

15 B: An extract from a short story with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers.  3 marks

15 C: An extract from a play with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers.  3 marks

Q. 16 Three out of four short answer type questions in 50 -60 words based on prose, poetry and play of 2 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation.  6 marks

Q. 17 One question based on values and key messages brought out on the basis of prescribed texts based on prose or play in about 120-150 words.  5 marks

Q 18 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text (story,poem or play) by going beyond the text/poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across two texts will also be assessed in 120-150 words.  5 marks

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