CBSE Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23

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CBSE Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23 includes Methods of Enquiry in Psychology, Human Development, Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes etc for the session 2022 – 2023. Here is the detailed syllabus. To download class 11 Psychology 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 Psychology model question papers but it also provides class 11 Psychology chapter-wise test papers, class 11 Psychology best revision notes and other study material for class 11 Psychology students.

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CBSE Class – 11
Psychology (Code No. 037)
Syllabus (2022-23)


Theory Paper 3 Hours
Marks: 70

UnitsTopicsNo. of periodsMarks
IWhat is Psychology?2711
IIMethods of Enquiry in Psychology3213
IVHuman Development2611
VSensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes188
VIIHuman Memory198
IXMotivation and Emotion145


Unit IWhat is Psychology?
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. What is Psychology?
    • Psychology as a Discipline
    • Psychology as a Natural Science
    • Psychology as a Social Science
  3. Understanding Mind and Behaviour
  4. Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology
  5. Evolution of Psychology
  6. Development of Psychology in India
  7. Branches of Psychology
  8. Psychology and Other Disciplines
  9. Psychology in Everyday Life
27 Periods
Unit IIMethods of Enquiry in Psychology
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Goals of Psychological Enquiry
    • Steps in Conducting Scientific Research
    • Alternative Paradigms of Research
  3. Nature of Psychological Data
  4. Some Important Methods in Psychology
    • Observational Method
    • Experimental Method
    • Correlational Research
    • Survey Research
    • Psychological Testing
    • Case Study
  5. Analysis of Data
    • Quantitative Method
    • Qualitative Method
  6. Limitations of Psychological Enquiry
  7. Ethical Issues
32 Periods
Unit IVHuman Development
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Meaning of Development
    • Life-Span Perspective on Development
  3. Factors Influencing Development
  4. Context of Development
  5. Overview of Developmental Stages
    • Prenatal Stage
    • Infancy
    • Childhood
    • Challenges of Adolescence
    • Adulthood and Old Age
26 Periods
Unit VSensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Knowing the world
  3. Nature and varieties of Stimulus
  4. Sense Modalities
    • Functional limitation of sense organs
  5. Attentional Processes
    • Selective Attention
    • Sustained Attention
  6. Perceptual Processes
    • Processing Approaches in Perception
  7. The Perceiver
  8. Principles of Perceptual Organisation
  9. Perception of Space, Depth and Distance
    • Monocular Cues and Binocular Cues
  10. Perceptual Constancies
  11. Illusions
  12. Socio-Cultural Influences on Perception
18 Periods
Unit VILearning
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of Learning
  3. Paradigms of Learning
  4. Classical Conditioning
    • Determinants of Classical Conditioning
  5. Operant/Instrumental Conditioning
    • Determinants of Operant Conditioning
    • Key Learning Processes
  6. Observational Learning
  7. Cognitive Learning
  8. Verbal Learning
  9. Skill Learning
  10. Factors Facilitating Learning
  11. Learning Disabilities
20 Periods
Unit VIIHuman Memory
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of Memory
  3. Information Processing Approach: The Stage Model
  4. Memory Systems: Sensory, Short-term and Long term Memories
  5. Levels of Processing
  6. Types of Long-term Memory
    • Declarative and Procedural; Episodic and Semantic
  7. Nature and Causes of Forgetting
    • Forgetting due to Trace Decay, Interference and Retrieval Failure
  8. Enhancing Memory
    • Mnemonics using Images and Organisation
19 Periods
Unit VIIIThinking
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of Thinking
    • Building Blocks of Thought
  3. The Processes of Thinking
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Reasoning
  6. Decision-making
  7. Nature and Process of Creative Thinking
    • Nature of Creative Thinking
    • Process of Creative Thinking
  8. Thought and Language
  9. Development of Language and Language Use
14 Periods
Unit IXMotivation and Emotion
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of Motivation
  3. Types of Motives
    • Biological Motives
    • Psychosocial Motives
  4. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  5. Nature of Emotions
  6. Expression of Emotions
    • Culture and Emotional Expression
    • Culture and Emotional Labelling
  7. Managing Negative Emotions
  8. Enhancing Positive Emotions
14 Periods
Practical (Projects, experiments, small studies, etc.) 30 marks
The students shall be required to undertake one project and conduct two experiments. The project would involve the use of different methods of enquiry like observation, survey, interview, questionnaire, small studies related to the topics covered in the course (e.g. Human development, Learning, Memory, Motivation, Perception, Attention and Thinking). Experiments could focus on cause-and-effect relationship.
Practical Examination

  • Practical (Experiments) file 05 Marks
  • Project file 05 Marks
  • Viva Voce (Project and experiments) 05 Marks
  • One experiment 15 Marks
    (05 Marks for conduct of practical and 10 Marks for reporting)
    Total 30 Marks
60 Periods


I. Theory

Time: 3 HoursMaximum Marks: 70
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, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions and stating main ideas2535%
2Applying: Solving problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.3145%
3Formulating, Analysing, 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.1420%

II. Practical: 30 Marks

Prescribed Books:

Psychology, Class XI, Published by NCERT
Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi medium.

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