CBSE Class 11 Geography Syllabus 2017 2018

CBSE Class 11 Geography Syllabus 2017 2018 available in Pdf for free download. The latest syllabus for Class 11 Geography have been issued by CBSE based on which Grade 11 students will have to prepare for examinations by CBSE, NCERT and KVS in Standard 11. The latest CBSE syllabus has been used to design NCERT book for Class 11 Geography based on which exams for Grade 11 Geography will be conducted. Refer to MCQ Questions for Class 11 Geography with answers and also download more latest study material for all subjects

Geography Class 11 CBSE Syllabus

Class 11 Geography students should refer to the following curriculum for NCERT Class 11 Geography. These CBSE NCERT KVS Syllabus for Grade 11 Geography will be very useful for preparing for upcoming exams and help you to score good marks

Geography CBSE Syllabus Class 11

CBSE Class 11 Geography Syllabus 2017-2018. Download the latest syllabus to do your studies as per the latest guidelines issued by CBSE NCERT. The syllabus, weightage of chapters, blue print of question papers and the design of question papers is issued every year for the benefit of students. Access all syllabus for all subjects here.

23. GEOGRAPHY (Code No. 029) (2017-18)

Geography is introduced as an elective subject at the senior secondary stage. After ten years of general

education, students branch out at the beginning of this stage and are exposed to the rigours of the discipline

for the first time. Being an entry point for the higher education, students choose Geography for pursuing

their academic interest and, therefore, need a broader and deeper understanding of the subject. For others,

geographical knowledge is useful in daily lives because it is a valuable medium for the education of young

people. Its contribution lies in the content, cognitive processes, skills and values that Geography promotes

and thus helps the students explore, understand and evaluate the environmental and social dimensions of

the world in a better manner.

Since Geography explores the relationship between people and their environment, it includes studies of

physical and human environments and their interactions at different scales-local, state/region, nation and

the world. The fundamental principles responsible for the varieties in the distributional pattern of physical

and human features and phenomena over the earth's surface need to be understood properly. Application of

these principles would be taken up through selected case studies from the world and India. Thus, the

physical and human environment of India and study of some issues from a geographical point of view will be

covered in greater detail. Students will be exposed to different methods used in geographical investigations.


The course in Geography will help learners to:

 Familiarise with key concepts, terminology and core principles of Geography.

 Describe locations and correlate with Geographical Perspectives.

 List/describe what students might see, hear, smell, at a place.

 List/describe ways a place is linked with other places.

 Compare conditions and connections in one place to another.

 Analyze/describe how conditions in one place can affect nearby places.

 Identify regions as places that are similar or connected.

 Describe and interpret the spatial pattern features on a thematic map.

 Search for, recognize and understand the processes and patterns of the spatial arrangement of the

natural features as well as human aspects and phenomena on the earth's surface.

 Understand and analyse the inter-relationship between physical and human environments and utilise

such knowledge in reflecting on issues related to community.

 Apply geographical knowledge and methods of inquiry to emerging situations or problems at different

levels-local, regional, national and global.

 Develop geographical skills, relating to collection, processing and analysis of spatial data/ information

and preparation of report including maps and graphs and use of computers where ever possible; and to

be sensitive to issues.


CLASS XI (2017-18)

One Theory Paper 70 Marks 3 Hours

Part A Fundamentals of Physical Geography 35 Marks

Unit-1: Geography as a discipline 30

Unit-2: The Earth

Unit-3: Landforms

Unit-4: Climate

Unit-5: Water (Oceans)

Unit-6: Life on the Earth

Map and diagram 5

Part B India-Physical Environment 35 Marks

Unit-7: Introduction 30

Unit-8: Physiography

Unit-9: Climate, vegetation and soil

Unit-10: Natural hazards and Disasters

Map and Diagram 5

Part C Practical Work 30 Marks

Unit-1: Fundamentals of Maps 10 Marks

Unit-2: Topographic and Weather Maps 15 Marks

Practical Record Book and Viva 5 Marks

Part A: Fundamentals of Physical Geography 87 Periods

Unit-1: Geography as a Discipline 04 Periods

 Geography as an integrating discipline, as a science of spatial attributes.

 Branches of Geography; Physical Geography and Human Geography.

 Scope and Career Options

Unit-2: The Earth 11 Periods

 Origin and evolution of the earth; Interior of the earth.

 Wegener's continental drift theory and plate tectonics.

 Earthquakes and volcanoes: causes, types and effects.

Unit-3: Landforms 20 Periods

 Rocks: major types of rocks and their characteristics.

 Geomorphic processes: weathering, mass wasting, erosion and deposition; soil-formation.

 Landforms and their evolution.

Unit 4: Climate 30 Periods

 Atmosphere- composition and structure; elements of weather and climate.

 Insolation-angle of incidence and distribution; heat budget of the earth-heating and cooling of

atmosphere (conduction, convection, terrestrial radiation and advection); temperature- factors

controlling temperature; distribution of temperature-horizontal and vertical; inversion of


 Pressure-pressure belts; winds-planetary, seasonal and local; air masses and fronts; tropical and

extratropical cyclones.

 Precipitation-evaporation; condensation-dew, frost, fog, mist and cloud; rainfall-types and

world distribution.

 World climates-classification Koeppen, Differences in parameter between koeppen &

Thornthwaite, Global warming and climatic changes.

 Climate and Global Concerns.

Unit 5: Water (Oceans) 10 Periods

 Basics of Oceanography

 Oceans - distribution of temperature and salinity.

 Movements of ocean water-waves, tides and currents; submarine reliefs.

 Ocean resources and pollution.

Unit 6: Life on the Earth 07 Periods

 Biosphere - importance of plants and other organisms; biodiversity and conservation;

ecosystem and ecological balance.

Map work on identification of features based on 1 to 6 units on the outline/Physical/Political map of the world. 05 Periods

Part – B: India - Physical Environment 78 Periods

Unit-7: Introduction 04 Periods

 Location, space relations, India's place in the world.

Unit-8: Physiography 28 Periods

 Structure and Relief; Physiographic Divisions.

 Drainage systems: Concept of river basins, Watershed; the Himalayan and the Peninsular rivers.

Unit-9: Climate, Vegetation and Soil 28 Periods

 Weather and climate - spatial and temporal distribution of temperature, pressure winds and

rainfall, Indian monsoon: mechanism, onset and withdrawal, variability of rainfalls: spatial and

temporal; use of weather charts; Climatic types (Koeppen).

 Natural vegetation-forest types and distribution; wild life; conservation; biosphere reserves.

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