English Language & Literature CBSE Class 10 Syllabus

English course structure for class 10

Section  Topic  Marks 
Reading Skills  20 
Writing Skills with Grammar  25 
Literature Textbooks and Long Reading Text 25 
D Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) 20
Total  90

English Language & Literature CBSE Class 10 Syllabus


Qs 1-2. This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

Q. 1: A Factual passage of 300-350 words with eight very short answer type questions. [8 marks]

Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four short answer type questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four MCQs to test vocabulary. [12 Marks]


Q. 3: Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal stimulus. [5 marks]

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. [10 marks]

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in classes IX and X.

1. Tenses

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:

7. Noun clauses

8. Adverb clauses of condition and time

9. Relative clauses

10. Determiners, and

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

Q. 5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. [3 marks]

Q. 6: Editing or omission. [4 marks]

Q. 7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. [3 marks]


Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Three very short answer questions. [3 marks]

One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. One question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation.

Q.9: Four short answer type questions from FIRST FLIGHT & FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two from each) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each). [2×4=8 marks]

Q.10: One out of two long answer type questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (FIRST FLIGHT & FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET). Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. (80-100 words). [4 marks]

Q.11: One out of two Long Answer Questions on theme or plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 100-120 words based on prescribed novel. [10 marks]

Prescribed Books

FIRST FLIGHT – Textbook for Class X
FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X

NOVEL (either one)

Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 By Anne Frank (unabridged edition)
The Story of My Life – 1903 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

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