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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2022-23

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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2022-23 includes India and the Contemporary World – II, Contemporary India – II, Democratic Politics – II etc for the session 2022 – 2023. Here is the detailed syllabus. To download class 10 Social Science CBSE latest sample question papers for the 2023 exams, please install the myCBSEguide App which is the best mobile app for CBSE students. The myCBSEguide app not only provides you the CBSE class 10 Social Science model question papers but it also provides class 10 Social Science chapter-wise test papers, class 10 Social Science best revision notes and other study material for class 10 Social Science students.

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CBSE Class – 10
Social Science (Code No. 087)
Syllabus (2022-23)

Time: 3 Hrs.
Max. Marks: 80

S.No.UnitsNo. of PeriodsMarks
IIndia and the Contemporary World – II6020
IIContemporary India – II5520
IIIDemocratic Politics – II5020
IVUnderstanding Economic Development5020


Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World – II

Section 1: Events and Processes:

1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe:

  • The French Revolution and the Idea of the Nation
  • The Making of Nationalism in Europe
  • The Age of Revolutions: 1830-1848
  • The Making of Germany and Italy
  • Visualizing the Nation
  • Nationalism and Imperialism

2. Nationalism in India:

  • The First World War, Khilafat and Non – Cooperation
  • Differing Strands within the Movement
  • Towards Civil Disobedience
  • The Sense of Collective Belonging

Section 2: Livelihoods, Economies and Societies:

3. The Making of a Global World:

  • The Pre-modern world
  • The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)
  • The Inter war Economy
  • Rebuilding a World Economy: The Post-War Era

4. The Age of Industrialization:

  • Before the Industrial Revolution
  • Hand Labour and Steam Power
  • Industrialization in the Colonies
  • Factories Come Up
  • The Peculiarities of Industrial Growth
  • Market for Goods

Section 3: Everyday Life, Culture and Politics:

5. Print Culture and the Modern World:

  • The First Printed Books
  • Print Comes to Europe
  • The Print Revolution and its Impact
  • The Reading Mania
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • India and the World of Print
  • Religious Reform and Public Debates
  • New Forms of Publication
  • Print and Censorship

Unit 2: Contemporary India – II

1. Resources and Development:

  • Concept
  • Development of Resources
  • Resource Planning – Resource Planning in India, Conservation of Resources
  • Land Resources
  • Land Utilization
  • Land Use Pattern in India
  • Land Degradation and Conservation Measures
  • Soil as a Resource – Classification of Soils, Soil Erosion and Soil Conservation (excluding Box Information on State of India’s Environment)

2. Forest and Wildlife

  • Conservation of forest and wildlife in India
  • Types and distribution of forests and wildlife resources
  • Community and Conservation

3. Water Resources:

  • Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management
  • Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Rainwater Harvesting

4. Agriculture:

  • Types of Farming – Primitive Subsistence, Intensive Subsistence, Commercial
  • Cropping Pattern – Major Crops, Food Crops other than Grains, Non Food Crops, Technological and Institutional Reforms
  • Food Security (excluding impact of globalization on agriculture)

5. Minerals and Energy Resources

  • What is a mineral?
  • Mode of occurrence of Minerals – Where are these minerals found?, Ferrous Minerals, Non-Ferrous Minerals, NonMetallic Minerals, Rock Minerals
  • Conservation of Minerals
  • Energy Resources – Conventional Sources of Energy, Non-Conventional Sources of Energy
  • Conservation of Energy Resources

6. Manufacturing Industries:

  • Importance of Manufacturing – Industrial Location (excluding Industry Market Linkage), Agro based Industry (excluding Cotton Textiles, Jute Textiles, Sugar Industry), Mineral based Industries (excluding Iron Steel Industry, Cement Industry), Industrial Pollution and Environmental Degradation, Control of Environmental Degradation

7. Life Lines of National Economy:

  • Roadways
  • Railways
  • Pipelines
  • Waterways
  • Major Seaports
  • Airways
  • Communication
  • International Trade
  • Tourism as a Trade

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II

1. Power Sharing:

  • Belgium and Sri Lanka
  • Majoritarianism in Sri Lanka
  • Accommodation in Belgium
  • Why power sharing is desirable?
  • Forms of Power Sharing

2. Federalism:

  • What is Federalism?
  • What make India a Federal Country?
  • How is Federalism practiced?
  • Decentralization in India

4. Gender, Religion and Caste:

  • Gender and Politics – Public/Private division, Women’s political representation
  • Religion, Communalism and Politics – Communalism, Secular State (excluding image on page 46, 48, 49 of NCERT Textbook – Democratic Politics –II – reprinted edition 2021)
  • Caste and Politics – Caste inequalities, Caste in politics, Politics in caste

6. Political Parties:

  • Why do we need Political Parties? – Meaning, Functions, Necessity
  • How many parties should we have?
  • National Parties
  • State Parties
  • Challenges to Political Parties
  • How can Parties be reformed?

7. Outcomes of Democracy:

  • How do we assess democracy’s outcomes?
  • Accountable, responsive and legitimate government
  • Economic growth and development
  • Reduction of inequality and poverty
  • Accommodation of social diversity
  • Dignity and freedom of the citizens

Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development (50 Periods)

1. Development: 

  • What Development Promises – Different People, Different Goals
  • Income and Other Goals
  • National Development
  • How to compare different countries or states?
  • Income and other criteria
  • Public Facilities
  • Sustainability of Development

2. Sectors of the Indian Economy:

  • Sectors of Economic Activities
  • Comparing the three sectors
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in India
  • Division of sectors as organized and unorganized
  • Sectors in terms of ownership: Public and Private Sectors

3. Money and Credit:

  • Money as a medium of exchange
  • Modern forms of Money
  • Loan activities of Banks
  • Two different Credit situations
  • Terms of Credit
  • Formal Sector Credit in India
  • Self Help Groups for the Poor

4. Globalization and the Indian Economy:

  • Production across countries
  • Interlinking production across countries
  • Foreign Trade and integration of markets
  • What is Globalization?
  • Factors that have enabled Globalization
  • World Trade Organization
  • Impact of Globalization in India
  • The Struggle for a fair Globalization

5. Consumer Rights:
To be used only for Project Work

CLASS X (2022-23)

05 Periods
05 Marsks

  1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake any one project on the following topics:

    Consumer Awareness
    Social Issues
    Sustainable Development

  2. Objective: The overall objective of the project work is to help students gain an insight and pragmatic understanding of the theme and see all the Social Science disciplines from interdisciplinary perspective. It should also help in enhancing the Life Skills of the students.
    Students are expected to apply the Social Science concepts that they have learnt over the years in order to prepare the project report.
    If required, students may go out for collecting data and use different primary and secondary resources to prepare the project. If possible, various forms of art may be integrated in the project work.
  3. The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:
    S. No.AspectsMarks
    a.Content accuracy, originality and analysis2
    b.Presentation and creativity2
    c.Viva Voce1
  4. The projects carried out by the students in different topics should subsequently be shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel discussions, etc.
  5. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be meticulously maintained by concerned schools.
  6. A Summary Report should be prepared highlighting:
    • objectives realized through individual work and group interactions;
    • calendar of activities;
    • innovative ideas generated in the process;
    • list of questions asked in viva voce.
  7. It is to be noted here by all the teachers and students that the projects and models prepared should be made from eco-friendly products without incurring too much expenditure.
  8. The Project Report can be handwritten/digital.
  9. The Project Work needs to enhance cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills of the learners. It will include self-assessment and peer assessment, and progress of the child in project-based and inquiry-based learning, art integrated activities, experiments, models, quizzes, role plays, group work, portfolios, etc., along with teacher assessment. (NEP-2020)
    (The Project work can culminate in the form of Power Point Presentation/Exhibition/Skit/albums/files/song and dance or culture show /story telling/debate/panel discussion, paper presentation and whichever is suitable to Visually Impaired Candidates.)
  10. Records pertaining to projects (internal assessment) of the students will be maintained for a period of three months from the date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of Board. Subjudiced cases, if any or those involving RTI / Grievances may however be retained beyond three months.


Time: 3 Hours
Maximum Marks : 80

S. No.CompetenciesTotal Marks% Weightage
1Remembering and Understanding:
Exhibiting memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts, and answers; Demonstrating understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions and stating main ideas.
Solving problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.
3Formulating, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating:
Examining and breaking information into parts by identifying motives or causes; Making inferences and finding evidence to support generalizations; Presenting and defending opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria;
Compiling information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.
4Map Skill56.25%

Note: 1. Teachers may refer ‘Learning Outcomes’ published by NCERT for developing lesson plans, assessment framework and questions.
2. 02 Items from History Map List and 03 Items from Geography Map List


Periodic Assessment10 MarksPen Paper Test5 marks
Assessment using multiple strategies For example, Quiz, Debate, Role Play, Viva, Group Discussion, Visual Expression, Interactive Bulletin Boards, Gallery Walks, Exit Cards, Concept Maps, Peer Assessment, SelfAssessment, etc.5 marks
Portfolio5 Marks
  • Classwork
  • Work done (Activities / Assignments)
  • Reflections, Narrations, Journals, etc.
  • Achievements of the student in the subject throughout the year
  • Participation of the student in different activities like Heritage India Quiz
Subject Enrichment Activity5 Marks
  • Project Work

CLASS X (2022-23)

A. HISTORY (Outline Political Map of India)
Chapter – 3 Nationalism in India – (1918 – 1930) for locating and labelling / Identification

  1. Indian National Congress Sessions:
    1. Calcutta (Sep. 1920)
    2. Nagpur (Dec. 1920)
    3. Madras (1927)
  2. Important Centres of Indian National Movement
    1. Champaran (Bihar) – Movement of Indigo Planters
    2. Kheda (Gujarat) – Peasant Satyagrah
    3. Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
    4. Amritsar (Punjab) – Jallianwala Bagh Incident
    5. Chauri Chaura (U.P.) – Calling off the Non-Cooperation Movement
    6. Dandi (Gujarat) – Civil Disobedience Movement

B. GEOGRAPHY (Outline Political Map of India)
Chapter 1: Resources and Development (Identification only)

  1. Major soil Types

Chapter 3: Water Resources (Locating and Labelling)

  1. Salal
  2. Bhakra Nangal
  3. Tehri
  4. Rana Pratap Sagar
  5. Sardar Sarovar
  6. Hirakud
  7. Nagarjuna Sagar
  8. Tungabhadra

Chapter 4: Agriculture (Identification only)

  1. Major areas of Rice and Wheat
  2. Largest / Major producer states of Sugarcane, Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Cotton and Jute

Chapter 5: Minerals and Energy Resources
Minerals (Identification only)

  1. Iron Ore mines
    • Mayurbhanj
    • Durg
    • Bailadila
    • Bellary
    • Kudremukh
  2. Coal Mines
    • Raniganj
    • Bokaro
    • Talcher
    • Neyveli
  3. Oil Fields
    • Digboi
    • Naharkatia
    • Mumbai High
    • Bassien
    • Kalol
    • Ankaleshwar

Power Plants
(Locating and Labelling only)

  1. Thermal
    • Namrup
    • Singrauli
    • Ramagundam
  2. Nuclear
    • Narora
    • Kakrapara
    • Tarapur
    • Kalpakkam

Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries (Locating and Labelling Only)
Software Technology Parks:

  1. Noida
  2. Gandhinagar
  3. Mumbai
  4. Pune
  5. e. Hyderabad
  6. Bengaluru
  7. Chennai
  8. Thiruvananthapuram

Chapter 7: Lifelines of National Economy
Major Ports: (Locating and Labelling)

  1. Kandla
  2. Mumbai
  3. Marmagao
  4. New Mangalore
  5. Kochi
  6. Tuticorin
  7. Chennai
  8. Vishakhapatnam
  9. Paradip
  10. Haldia

International Airports:

  1. Amritsar (Raja Sansi – Sri Guru Ram Dass jee)
  2. Delhi (Indira Gandhi)
  3. Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
  4. Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)
  5. Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)
  6. Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)

Note: Items of Locating and Labelling may also be given for Identification.


  1. India and the Contemporary World-II (History) – Published by NCERT
  2. Contemporary India II (Geography) – Published by NCERT
  3. Democratic Politics II (Political Science) – Published by NCERT
  4. Understanding Economic Development – Published by NCERT
  5. Together Towards a Safer India – Part III, a textbook on Disaster Management – Published by CBSE
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