CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2010 2011

Classes X

Section A - Reading:

In the existing scheme of the question paper Students answer questions based on four unseen passages carrying five marks each -all the questions are MCQs.

The change proposed is that students be given two passages (carrying 5+5 marks) out of four which are based on MCQ responses. The other two should require effort on the part of the students to supply the responses.

In the proposed question paper scheme

  •  Students will be expected to attempt four passages carrying five marks each.
  •  Passage types will include literary, discursive or factual. One out of the four passages will be a poem.
  •  Two out of four passages will have Multiple Choice Questions carrying 5+5=10 marks
  •  Two out of four passages will have questions wherein students will be expected to supply the responses. This will carry 5+5=10 marks. Question types will be :

           (i)Sentence completion

           (ii) Gap filling

Note: The weightage given to MCQs to be reduced from the existing 20 Marks in the Reading Section to 

Section B--Writing: 

The writing section comprises three writing tasks as indicated below:

Q 5 A short answer question of upto 80 words in the form of a Biographical Sketch (expansion of notes on an individual's life or achievements into a short paragraph)/Data Interpretation, Dialogue Writing or Description (People, Places, Events).

The question will assess students'skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing , or transcoding information from one form to another.

Q 6 A long answer question (minimum 120 words) in the form of a formal letter/ informal letter or an email. The output would be a long piece of writing and will assess the use of appropriate style, language, content and expression. 8 Marks

Q 7 A long answer question (minimum 150 words) in the form of a diary entry, article, speech, story or debate. Students'skills in expression of ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, planning, organising and presenting ideas coherently by introducing, developing and concluding a topic, comparing and contrasting ideas and arriving at a conclusion, presenting an argument with supporting examples, using an appropriate style and format and expanding notes into longer pieces of writing and creative expression of ideas will be assessed. 

Important Notes on Format and Word Limit:

  • Format will not carry any separate marks and in most cases, format will be given in the question paper.
  • The word limit given is the suggested minimum word limit. No candidate may be penalised for writing more or less than the suggested word limit. Stress should be on content, expression, coherence and relevance of the content presented.

Section C - Grammar: 

In the existing scheme of the question paper Students answer five questions of four marks each -all MCQs that test various grammatical items in context. The change proposed is that students be given two questions (carrying 4+4 marks) out of five which are based on MCQ responses. The other three should require effort on the part of the students to supply the responses.

In the proposed question paper scheme:

 This section will carry five questions of four marks each  Out of five questions two questions (question 8 and 9) carrying 4 marks each ie total eight marks will have MCQs .The test types for MCQs include:

 (i)Gap filling

(ii)Sentence completion

(iii) Dialogue Completion


Please refer to attached file for CBSE Class 10 Term2 Changes English-A Syllabus 2010-2011

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