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CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2022-23

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CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2022-23 includes Introduction to World History, Writing and City Life, An empire across three continents, Changing Cultural Traditions, Displacing Indigenous People etc for the session 2022 – 2023. Here is the detailed syllabus. To download class 11 History 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 11 History model question papers but it also provides class 11 History chapter-wise test papers, class 11 History best revision notes and other study material for class 11 History students.

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CBSE Class – 11
History (Code No. 027)
Syllabus (2022-23)


Theory: 80 Marks
Time: 3 Hours

S.NOTHEMESNo. of PeriodsMarks
1.Introduction to World History10
Section A: Early Societies
3.Writing and City Life2010
Section B: Empires
5.An empire across three continents2010
6.Nomadic Empires2010
Section C: Changing Traditions
8.The Three orders2010
9.Changing Cultural Traditions2010
Section D: Paths to Modernization
11.Displacing Indigenous People2010
12.Paths to modernization2015
Project Work2520
Total210100 Marks



  1. Writing and City Life
    Iraq, 3rd millennium BCE

    1. Growth of towns
    2. Nature of early urban societies
    3. Historians’ Debate on uses of writing
  1. An Empire across Three Continents
    Focus: Roman Empire, 27 BCE to 600 CE.

    1. Political evolution
    2. Economic expansion
    3. Religion-culture foundation
    4. Late Antiquity
    5. Historians’ views on the institution of Slavery
  2. Nomadic Empires
    Focus: the Mongol, 13th to 14th century

    1. The nature of nomadism
    2. Formation of empires
    3. Conquests and relations with other states
    4. Historians’ views on nomadic societies and state formation
  3. The Three Orders
    Focus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century

    1. Feudal society and economy
    2. Formation of states
    3. Church and Society
    4. Historians’ views on decline of feudalism.
  4. Changing Cultural Traditions
    Focus: Europe, 14th to 17th century

    1. New ideas and new trends in literature and arts
    2. Relationship with earlier ideas
    3. The contribution of West Asia
    4. Historians’ viewpoints on the validity of the notion ‘European Renaissance’
  5. Displacing Indigenous People
    Focus: North America and Australia, 18th – 20th century

    1. European colonists in North America and Australia
    2. Formation of white settler societies
    3. Displacement and repression of local people
    4. Historians’ viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population.
  6. Paths to Modernization
    Focus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century

    1. Militarization and economic growth in Japan
    2. China and the Communist alternative.
    3. Historians’ Debate on the meaning of modernization




History is one of the most important disciplines in school education. It is the study of the past, which helps us to understand our present and shape our future. It promotes the acquisition and understanding of historical knowledge in breath and in depth across cultures.
The course of history in senior secondary classes is to enable students to know that history is a critical discipline, a process of enquiry, a way of knowing about the past rather than just a collection of facts. The syllabus helps them to understand the process, through which a historian collects, chooses, scrutinizes and assembles different types of evidence to write history.
The syllabus in class-XI is organized around some major themes in world history. In class XII the focus shifts to a detailed study of some themes in ancient, medieval, and modern Indian history.
CBSE has decided to introduce project work in history for classes XI and XII in 2013-14 as a part of regular studies in classroom, as project work gives students an opportunity to develop higher cognitive skills. It takes students to a life beyond text books and provides them a platform to refer materials, gather information, analyze it further to obtain relevant information and decide what matter to keep and hence understand how history is constructed.


Project work will help students:

  • To develop skill to gather data from a variety of sources, investigate diverse viewpoints and arrive at logical deductions.
  • To develop skill to comprehend, analyze, interpret, evaluate historical evidence, and understand the limitation of historical evidence.
  • To develop 21st century managerial skills of co-ordination, self-direction, and time management.
  • To learn to work on diverse cultures, races, religions, and lifestyles.
  • To learn through constructivism-a theory based on observation and scientific study.
  • To inculcate a spirit of inquiry and research.
  • To communicate data in the most appropriate form using a variety of techniques.
  • To provide greater opportunity for interaction and exploration.
  • To understand contemporary issues in context to our past.
  • To develop a global perspective and an international outlook.
  • To grow into caring, sensitive individuals capable of making informed, intelligent, and independent choices.
  • To develop lasting interest in history discipline.


  1. Facets of the Industrialization in sixteenth-eighteenth centuries.
  2. Crusades: causes; rationale; events; outcomes; Holy Alliance
  3. Ancient History in depth: Mesopotamia
  4. Greek Philosophy and City States
  5. Contributions of Roman Civilization
  6. The spirit of Renaissance: Manifestation in art; Literature; Sculpture; Influence on Trading Community; Social Fabric; Philosophy; Political Values; Rational Thinking; Existentialism
  7. Aspects of Development-South American States/Central American States
  8. Different schools of thoughts-Realism: Humanism: Romanticism
  9. Piecing together the past of Genghis Khan
  10. Myriad Realms of Slavery in ancient, medieval, and modern world
  11. History of Aborigines – America/Australia
  12. Facets of Modernization – China/Japan/Korea

Guidelines for History Project Work: 20 Marks

  1. Expected Checklist for the Project Work:
  • Introduction of topic/title
  • Identifying the causes, events, consequences and/or remedies
  • Various stakeholders and effect on each of them
  • Advantages and disadvantages of situations or issues identified
  • Short-term and long-term implications of strategies suggested during research
  • Validity, reliability, appropriateness, and relevance of data used for research work and for presentation in the project file
  • Presentation and writing that is succinct and coherent in project file
  • Citation of the materials referred to, in the file in footnotes, resources section, bibliography etc.
  1. Assessment of Project Work:
  • Project Work has broadly the following phases: Synopsis/ Initiation, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Interpretation, Conclusion.
  • The aspects of the project work to be covered by students can be assessed during the academic year.
  • 20 marks assigned for Project Work can be divided in the following manner:
  1. Viva-Voce
  • At the end, each learner will present the research work in the Project File to the External and Internal examiner.
  • The questions should be asked from the Research Work/ Project File of the learner.
  • The Internal Examiner should ensure that the study submitted by the learner is his/her own original work.
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