CBSE Class 10th English syllabus.

CBSE Class 10th English syllabus.

10th 10th Exam Tips

In this article, you will get the complete syllabus for class 10th which is comprehensive and lucid. The Assessment scheme will have an 80 marks component for class 10 Board examination in all scholastic subjects along with a 20 marks component of Internal Assessment (IA). IA comprises Periodic Tests (PT) with weightage of 10 marks, Notebook Submission of 5 marks and Subject Enrichment Activities of 5 marks. Students must know the entire syllabus before starting preparing for the exams.

The Board Exam Will Be Of 80 Marks And Duration Will Be Three Hours.


 It contains Three Sections:- (Syllabus) 

  1. SECTION “A”—-  Reading skills – 20 Marks.
  2. SECTION “B”—-  Writing skills with Grammer – 30 Marks.
  3. SECTION “C”—- Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text – 30 Marks.


              SECTION “A” (Reading)-    (20)


This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

Question1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type (VSA) Questions.       [8 marks]

Question2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions of eight marks to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four VSA to test vocabulary and comprehension (two VSA for vocabulary and two for comprehension)      [12 marks]


      SECTION “B” (Writing and Grammer)-   (30)


Question3: Formal Letter (Complaints / Inquiry / Placing order / letter to the editor) in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the Main Course Book.     [8 marks]

Question4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200-250 words.  [10 marks]


                 The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X

  1. Tense.
  2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms).
  3. Use of passive voice.
  4. Subject-verb concord.
  5.  Reporting:-
  • (i) Commands and requests.
  • (ii) Statements.
  • (iii) Questions.

6. Clauses:-

  • (i) Noun clauses
  • (ii) Adverb clauses of condition and time
  • (iii) Relative clauses

Determiner.                                                                            8. Prepositions.

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

Question5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. [4 marks]

Question6: Editing or Omission [4 marks]

Question7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. [4 marks]



Question8. One out of two extracts from prose/ poetry/play for reference to context. Four Very Short Answer Questions: Two questions of one mark each for global comprehension and two questions of one mark each on interpretation. [4 marks]

Question9. Four Short Answer type Questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) [2×4 = 8 marks]

Question10. One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination, and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. (100-120 words). [8 marks]

Question11. One out of two Very Long Answer Question on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference, and character, in about 200-250 words based on prescribed novel text for extended reading. [10 marks]


English Language And Literature Course:-



Literature Reader:


  1. Two Gentlemen of Verona.
  2.  Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger.
  3. The Letter.
  4.  A Shady Plot.
  5.  Patol Babu.
  6. Virtually True.


  1. The Frog and the Nightingale.
  2. Mirror.
  3. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments.
  4. Ozymandias.
  5. The Rime of Ancient Mariner
  6. Snake.


  1. The Dear Departed.
  2.  Julius Caesar.

Main Course Book-

  1. Health and Medicine.
  2. Education.
  3. Science.
  4. Environment.
  5. Travel and Tourism.
  6. National Integration.

Extended Reading Texts – (either one)-


  1. Diary of a Young Girl – 1947June 12, 1942, to March 14, 1944by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)Published by CBSE.
  2. Diary of a Young Girl – 1947March 16, 1944, to August 01, 1944by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)Published by CBSE.
  3. The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 1-14 by Helen Keller (unabridged edition).
  4. The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15-23 by Helen Keller (unabridged edition).

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