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CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature New Syllabus 2018-19

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CBSE class 10 English Language and Literature New Syllabus 2018-19 in PDF format for free download. English Language and Literature syllabus for 2018 2019 class 10 CBSE is now available in myCBSEguide app. The curriculum for March 2019 exams is designed by CBSE, New Delhi as per NCERT textbooks for the session 2018-19.

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CBSE class 10 English Language and Literature New Syllabus 2018-19

Section Total Weightage 80
AReading Skills20
BWriting Skills with Gramma30
CLiterature Textbooks and Extended Reading

Note: The Board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

SECTION A: READING (20 Marks) 50 Periods

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

  1. A Factual passage of 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer type Questions. (8 marks)
  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)


  1. Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor /article in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. (8 marks)
  2. 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 class X.

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject-verb concord
  5. Reporting
    1. Commands and requests
    2. Statements
    3. Questions
  6. Clauses:
    1. Noun clauses
    2. Adverb clauses
    3. Relative clauses
  7. Determiners
  8. Prepositions

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

  1. Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. (4 marks)
  2. Editing or omission. (4 marks)
  3. Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (4 marks)


  1. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context.
    Four very Short Answer Questions: Two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of 1 mark each on interpretation. (4 marks)
  2. Four Short Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET ( two from each to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas) (30-40 words each) (4×2=8 marks)
  3. One out of two Long Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET in about 100-120 words to assess creativity, imagination, and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. (8 marks)
  4. One out of two very Long Answer Questions from the extended reading texts on theme, plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 200-250 words.(10 marks)

Prescribed Books: Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class X
  • FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X


  1. The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) by Anne Frank ( uploaded on CBSE website)
  2. he Story of My Life (1903) by Helen Keller ( unabridged edition)
    Note: Teachers are advised to:

    1. encourage classroom interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as role play, group work etc.
    2. reduce teacher-talking time and keep it to the minimum,
    3. take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views, and
    4. continue the Speaking and Listening activities given in the NCERT books.
      Besides measuring attainment, texts serve the dual purpose of diagnosing mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners’ attainment, each language skill is to be assessed through a judicious mixture of different types of questions.
      Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis are skills to be tested.
      Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with.
      Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar.
      Listening and Speaking Skills 50 Periods

Course (2018-19)

Literature Reader (First Flight)
PROSE (First Flight)
1. A Letter to God7. Glimpses of India
2. Nelson Mandela8. Mijbil the Otter
3. Two Stories about Flying9. Madam Rides the Bus
4. From the Diary of Anne Frank10. The Sermon at Benares
5. The Hundred Dresses11. The Proposal
6. The Hundred Dresses –II
1. Dust of Snow7. Animals
2. Fire and Ice8. The Trees
3. A Tiger in the Zoo9. Fog
4. How to Tell Wild Animals10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
5. The Ball Poem11. For Anne Gregory
6. Amanda
SUPPLEMENTARY READER (Footprints without Feet)
1. A Triumph of Surgery6. The Making of a Scientist
2. The Thief’s Story7. The Necklace
3. The Midnight Visitor8. The Hack Driver
4. A Question of Trust9. Bholi
5. Footprints without Feet10. The Book that Saved the Earth
Extended Reading Texts – (either one)
Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 June 12, 1942, to March 14, 1944, By Anne Frank (unabridged edition uploaded on CBSE website) The Story of My Life – 1903, Chapters 1-14 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 March 16, 1944, to August 01, 1944 By Anne Frank (unabridged edition uploaded on CBSE website) The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15-23 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

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