CBSE, Class XI Chemistry

CBSE class 11 chemistry covers Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry, Structure of Atom, Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, States of Matter Gases and Liquids, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Redox Reactions, Hydrogen, s- Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals), Some p-Block Elements, Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques, Hydrocarbons, Environmental Chemistry

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CBSE Class 11 Chemistry Syllabus and Examination pattern (Total Periods 180)

Unit I: Some Basic Concepts of Chemistry (Periods 14)

General Introduction: Importance and scope of chemistry.

Historical approach to particulate nature of matter, laws of chemical combination, Dalton’s atomic theory: concept of elements, atoms and molecules.

Atomic and molecular masses. Mole concept and molar mass; percentage composition and empirical and molecular formula; chemical reactions, stoichiometry and calculations based on stoichiometry.

Unit II: Structure of Atom (Periods 16)

Discovery of electron, proton and neutron; atomic number, isotopes and isobars. Thompson’s model and its limitations, Rutherford’s model and its limitations, Bohr’s model and its limitations, concept of shells and subshells, dual nature of matter and light, de Broglie’s relationship, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, concept of orbitals, quantum numbers, shapes of s, p and d orbitals, rules for filling electrons in orbitals - Aufbau principle, Pauli exclusion principle and Hund’s rule, electronic configuration of atoms, stability of half filled and completely filled orbitals.

Unit III: Classification of Elements and Periodicity in Properties (Periods 8)

Significance of classification, brief history of the development of periodic table, modern periodic law and the present form of periodic table, periodic trends in properties of elements –atomic radii, ionic radii, inert gas radii, ionization enthalpy, electron gain enthalpy, electronegativity, valence. Nomenclature of elements with atomic number greater than 100.

Unit IV: Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure (Periods 16)

Valence electrons, ionic bond, covalent bond, bond parameters, Lewis structure, polar character of covalent bond, covalent character of ionic bond, valence bond theory, resonance, geometry of covalent molecules, VSEPR theory, concept of hybridization involving s, p and d orbitals and shapes of some simple molecules, molecular orbital theory of homonuclear diatomic molecules (qualitative idea only). Hydrogen bond.

Unit V: States of Matter: Gases and Liquids (Periods 14)

Three states of matter, intermolecular interactions, types of bonding, melting and boiling points,role of gas laws in elucidating the concept of the molecule, Boyle’s law, Charle’s law, Gay Lussac’s law,Avogadro’s law, ideal behaviour, empirical derivation of gas equation, Avogadro number, ideal gas equation. Kinetic energy and molecular speeds (elementary idea), deviation from ideal behaviour, liquefaction of gases, critical temperature.

Liquid State – Vapour pressure, viscosity and surface tension (qualitative idea only, no mathematical derivations).

Unit VI: Thermodynamics (Periods 18)

Concepts of system, types of systems, surroundings, work, heat, energy, extensive and intensive properties, state functions.

First law of thermodynamics – internal energy and enthalpy, heat capacity and specific heat, measurement of ΔU and ΔH, Hess’s law of constant heat summation, enthalpy of : bond dissociation, combustion, formation, atomization, sublimation, phase transition, ionization, solution and dilution.

Introduction of entropy as a state function, Second law of thermodynamics, Gibbs energy change for spontaneous and non-spontaneous process, criteria for equilibrium.

Third law of thermodynamics –Brief introduction.

Unit VII: Equilibrium (Periods 20)

Equilibrium in physical and chemical processes, dynamic nature of equilibrium, law of mass action, equilibrium constant, factors affecting equilibrium – Le Chatelier’s principle; ionic equilibrium – ionization of acids and bases, strong and weak electrolytes, degree of ionization, ionization of polybasic acids, acid strength, concept of pH., Hydrolysis of salts (elementary idea), , buffer solutions, Henderson equation, solubility product, common ion effect (with illustrative examples).

Unit VIII : Redox Reactions (Periods 6)

Concept of oxidation and reduction, redox reactions, oxidation number, balancing redox reactions in terms of loss and gain of electron and change in oxidation numbers , applications of redox reactions.

Unit IX Hydrogen (Periods 8)

Position of hydrogen in periodic table, occurrence, isotopes, preparation, properties and uses of hydrogen; hydrides – ionic, covalent and interstitial; physical and chemical properties of water, heavy water; hydrogen peroxide-preparation, reactions, use and structure; hydrogen as a fuel.

Unit X: s- Block Elements (Alkali and Alkaline earth metals) (Periods 14)

Group 1 and Group 2 elements:

General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, anomalous properties of the first element of each group, diagonal relationship, trends in the variation of properties (such as ionization enthalpy, atomic and ionic radii), trends in chemical reactivity with oxygen, water, hydrogen and halogens; uses.

Preparation and Properties of Some Important Compounds:

Sodium carbonate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide and sodium hydrogencarbonate, biological importance of sodium and potassium.

CaO, CaCO3, and industrial use of lime and limestone, biological importance of Mg and Ca.

Unit XI: Some p-Block Elements (Periods 16)

General Introduction to p-Block Elements

Group 13 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, variation of properties, oxidation states, trends in chemical reactivity, anomalous properties of first element of the group; Boron- physical and chemical properties, some important compounds: borax, boric acids, boron hydrides.Aluminium: uses, reactions with acids and alkalies.

Group 14 elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, variation of properties, oxidation states, trends in chemical reactivity, anomalous behaviour of first element. Carbon - catenation, allotropic forms, physical and chemical properties; uses of some important compounds: oxides.

Important compounds of silicon and a few uses : silicon tetrachloride, silicones, silicates and zeolites, their uses.


Unit XII: Organic Chemistry – Some Basic Principles and Techniques (Periods 14)

General introduction, methods of purification, qualitative and quantitative analysis, classification and

IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds.

Electronic displacements in a covalent bond: inductive effect, electromeric effect, resonance and hyper conjugation.

Homolytic and heterolytic fission of a covalent bond: free radicals, carbocations, carbanions;

electrophiles and nucleophiles, types of organic reactions.

Unit XIII: Hydrocarbons (Periods 16)

Classification of Hydrocarbons. Aliphatic Hydrocarbons:

Alkanes – Nomenclature, isomerism, conformations (ethane only), physical properties, chemical reactions including free radical mechanism of halogenation, combustion and pyrolysis.

Alkenes – Nomenclature, structure of double bond (ethene), geometrical isomerism, physical properties, methods of preparation; chemical reactions: addition of hydrogen, halogen, water, hydrogen halides (Markovnikov’s addition and peroxide effect), ozonolysis, oxidation, mechanism of electrophilic addition.

Alkynes – Nomenclature, structure of triple bond (ethyne), physical properties, methods of preparation, chemical reactions: acidic character of alkynes, addition reaction of - hydrogen, halogens, hydrogen halides and water.

Aromatic hydrocarbons – Introduction, IUPAC nomenclature; Benzene: resonance, aromaticity ; chemical properties: mechanism of electrophilic substitution – nitration sulphonation, halogenation, Friedel Craft’s alkylation and acylation; directive influence of functional group in mono-substituted benzene; carcinogenicity and toxicity.

Unit XIV: Environmental Chemistry (Periods 6)

Environmental pollution – Air, water and soil pollution, chemical reactions in atmosphere, smogs, major atmospheric pollutants; acid rain, ozone and its reactions, effects of depletion of ozone layer, greenhouse effect and global warming – pollution due to industrial wastes; green chemistry as an alternative tool for reducing pollution, strategy for control of environmental pollution.


CBSEClass 11 Chemistry Practicals Syllabus and examination pattern. Total Periods 60

Micro-chemical methods are available for several of the practical experiments. Wherever possible such techniques should be used.

A. Basic Laboratory Techniques (Periods 2)
1. Cutting glass tube and glass rod
2. Bending a glass tube
3. Drawing out a glass jet
4. Boring a cork

B. Characterization and Purification of Chemical Substance (Periods 6)

1. Determination of melting point of an organic compound.
2. Determination of boiling point of an organic
3. Crystallization involving impure sample of any one of the following: Alum, copper sulphate, Benzoic acid.

C. Experiments Related to pH Change (Periods 6)

(a) Any one of the following experiments:

  • Determination of pH of some solutions obtained from fruit juices, solutions of known and varied concentrations of acids, bases and salts using pH paper or universal indicator.
  • Comparing the pH of solutions of strong and weak acid of same concentration.
  • Study the pH change in the titration of a strong acid with a strong base using universal indicator.

( b) Study of pH change by common-ion effect in case of weak acids and weak bases.

. Chemical Equilibrium (Periods 4)

One of the following experiments:

(a) Study the shift in equilibrium between ferric ions and thiocynate ions by increasing /decreasing the concentration of either of the ions.

(b) Study the shift in equilibrium between  [Co (H2O)6]2+and chloride ions by changing the concentration of either of the ions .


E. Quantitative Estimation (Periods 16)

  • Using a chemical balance.
  • Preparation of standard solution of oxalic acid.
  • Determination of strength of a given solution of sodium hydroxide by titrating it against standard solution of oxalic acid.
  • Preparation of standard solution of sodium carbonate.Determination of strength of a given solution of hydrochloric acid by titrating it against standard sodium carbonate solution.

. Qualitative Analysis (Periods 16)

(a) Determination of one anion and one cation in a given salt

Cations - Pb2+ ,Cu 2+ , As3+ ,Al3+ ,Fe3+ , Mn 2+ ,Ni2+ ,Zn 2+ ,Co2+ ,Ca 2+ ,Sr 2+ ,Ba 2+ ,Mg2+ ,NH+4

Anions - CO2- ,S2- ,SO2- ,SO2- ,NO-2 ,NO-3 ,Cl- ,Br- ,I- ,PO3-4 ,C2O2- ,CH3 COO-

(Note : Insoluble salts excluded)

(b) Detection of nitrogen, sulphur, chlorine, in organic compounds.

Project (Periods 10)

Scientific investigations involving laboratory testing and collecting information from other sources.

A few suggested projects

  • Checking the bacterial contamination in drinking water by testing sulphide ions.
  • Study of the methods of purification of water.
  • Testing the hardness, presence of iron, fluoride, chloride etc. depending upon the regional variation in drinking water and the study of causes of presences of these ions above permissible limit (if any)
  • Investigation of the foaming capacity of different washing soaps and the effect of addition of sodium carbonate on them.
  • Study of the acidity of different samples of the tea leaves.
  • Determination of the rate of evaporation of different liquids.
  • Study of the effect of acids and bases on the tensile strength of fibers.
  • Analysis of fruit and vegetable juices for their acidity.

Note: Any other investigatory project, which involves about 10 periods of work, can be chosen with the approval of the teacher.

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