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CBSE class 12 Psychology New Syllabus 2018-19

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CBSE class 12 Psychology New Syllabus 2018-19 in PDF format for free download. Psychology New syllabus for 2018 2019 class 12 CBSE is now available in myCBSEguide app. The curriculum for March 2019 exams is designed by CBSE, New Delhi as per NCERT text books for the session 2018-19.

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CBSE class 12 Psychology New Syllabus 2018-19

Psychology is introduced as an elective subject at the higher secondary stage of school education. As a discipline, psychology specializes in the study of experiences, behaviours, and mental processes of human beings within a socio-cultural historical context. This course purports to introduce the learners to the basic ideas, principles, and methods in Psychology. The emphasis is to create interest and exposure needed by
learners to develop their own knowledge base and understanding.
The course deals with psychological knowledge and practices which are contextually rooted. It emphasizes the complexity of behavioural processes and discourages simplistic cause-effect thinking. This is pursued by encouraging critical reasoning, allowing students to appreciate the role of cultural factors in behaviour, and illustrating how biology and experiences shape behaviour.
It is suggested that the teaching – learning processes should involve students in evolving their own understanding, therefore, teaching of Psychology should be based on the use of case studies, narratives, experiential exercises, analysis of common everyday experiences, etc.

  • To develop appreciation about human mind and behaviour in the context of learners’ immediate society and environment.
  • To develop in learners an appreciation of the nature of psychological knowledge and its application to various aspects of life.
  • To enable learners to become perceptive, socially aware and self-reflective.
  • To facilitate students’ quest for personal growth and effectiveness, and to enable them to become responsive and responsible citizens

CBSE class 12 Psychology New Syllabus 2018-19CLASS–XII


One Theory Paper Marks 70

UnitsPeriodWeightage in Marks
IVariations in Psychological Attributes209
IISelf and Personality2410
IIIMeeting Life Challenges147
IVPsychological Disorders2410
VTherapeutic Approaches207
VIAttitude and Social Cognition208
VIISocial Influence and Group Processes227
VIIIPsychology and Life136
IXDeveloping Psychological Skills136

Unit-I: Variations in Psychological Attributes: 20 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Theories of Intelligence
    1. Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    2. Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
    3. Planning, Attention-arousal, and Simultaneous successive Model of Intelligence
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
    1. Variations of Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities
    1. Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity

Unit-II Self and Personality: 24 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
    1. Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Self-regulation
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
    1. Type Approaches
    2. Trait Approaches
    3. Psychodynamic Approach
    4. Behavioural Approach
    5. Cultural Approach
    6. Humanistic Approach
  8. Assessment of Personality
    1. Self-report Measures
    2. Projective Techniques
    3. Behavioural Analysis

Unit-III: Meeting Life Challenges: 14 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
    1. Stress and Health
    2. General Adaptation Syndrome
    3. Stress and Immune System
    4. Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
    1. Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    1. a) Life Skills

Unit-IV: Psychological Disorders: 24 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of abnormality and psychological Disorders
  3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  5. Major Psychological Disorders
    1. Anxiety Disorders
    2. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
    3. Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
    4. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
    5. Dissociative Disorders
    6. Depressive Disorder
    7. Bipolar and Related Disorders
    8. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    9. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    10. Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
    11. Feeding and Eating Disorders
    12. Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

Unit-V: Therapeutic Approaches: 20 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Nature and process of psychotherapy
    1. Therapeutic relationship
  2. Types of therapies
    1. Psychodynamic Therapy
    2. Behaviour Therapy
    3. Cognitive Therapy
    4. Humanistic-existential Therapy
    5. Biomedical Therapy
    6. Alternative Therapies
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

Unit-VI: Attitude And Social Cognition: 20 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
    1. Attitude Formation
    2. Attitude Change
    3. Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  7. Social Cognition
  8. Schemas and Stereotypes
  9. Impression Formation and Explaining
  10. Behaviour of Others through Attributions
    1. Impression Formation
    2. Attribution of Causality
  11. Behaviour in the Presence of Others
  12. Pro-social Behaviour
    1. Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour

Unit-VII: Social Influence And Group Processes: 22 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
    1. Social Loafing
    2. Group Polarisation
  5. Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  6. Cooperation and Competition
    1. Determinants of Cooperation and Competition
  7. Social Identity
  8. Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes
  9. Conflict Resolution Strategies

Unit-VIII: Psychology and Life: 13 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Human-Environment Relationship
    1. Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship
  3. Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour
    1. Human Influence on the Environment
    2. Noise
    3. Pollution
    4. Crowding
    5. Natural Disasters
  4. Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour
  5. Psychology and Social Concerns
    1. Poverty and Discrimination
    2. Aggression, Violence, and Peace
    3. Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence
    4. Health
    5. Impact of Television on Behaviour

Unit-IX: Developing Psychological Skills: 13 periods
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Developing as an effective Psychologist
  3. General Skills
  4. Observational Skills
  5. Specific Skills
    1. Communication Skills
    2. Psychological Testing Skills
  6. Interviewing Skills
  7. Counselling Skills

Practicals 30 Marks 60 Periods

  1. Development of case profile:
    Using appropriate methods like, interview, observation and psychological tests.
  2. Test administration:
    Students are required to administer and interpret five tests.
  3. In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

Distribution of Marks:

  1. Practical File: 10 Marks
  2. Viva Voce (Case profile and practical) 05 Marks
  3. Two practicals (5 for conduct and 10 for reporting) 15 Marks

Prescribed Books:

  1. Psychology, Class XI, Published by NCERT
  2. Psychology, Class XII, Published by NCERT

Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi medium.

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