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CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23

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CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23 includes Variations in Psychological Attributes, Self and Personality, Meeting Life Challenges, Psychological Disorders, Attitude and Social Cognition etc for the session 2022 – 2023. Here is the detailed syllabus. To download class 12 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 12 Psychology model question papers but it also provides class 12 Psychology chapter-wise test papers, class 12 Psychology best revision notes and other study material for class 12 Psychology students.

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CBSE Class – 12
Psychology (Code No. 037)
Syllabus (2022-23)

Course Structure

One Theory Paper
Time – 3 Hours
Marks – 70

UnitsTopicsNo. of periodsMarks
IVariations in Psychological Attributes3013
IISelf and Personality3213
IIIMeeting Life Challenges239
IVPsychological Disorders3012
VTherapeutic Approaches259
VIAttitude and Social Cognition168
VIISocial Influence and Group Processes146


Unit IVariations in Psychological Attributes
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theory: Planning, Attention-arousal and Simultaneous successive Model of Intelligence, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence; Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity
30 Periods
Unit IISelf and Personality
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
    • Type Approaches
    • Trait Approaches
    • Psychodynamic Approach and Post Freudian Approaches
    • Behavioural Approach
    • Cultural Approach
    • Humanistic Approach
  8. Assessment of Personality
    • Self-report Measures
    • Projective Techniques
    • Behavioural Analysis
32 Periods
Unit IIIMeeting Life Challenges
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
    • Stress and Health
    • General Adaptation Syndrome
    • Stress and Immune System
    • Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
    • Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    • Life Skills
    • Positive Health
23 Periods
Unit IVPsychological Disorders
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders
    • Historical Background
  3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  5. Major Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
    • Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
    • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Depressive Disorder
    • Bipolar and Related Disorders
    • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders
    • Substance Related and Addictive Disorders
30 Periods
Unit VTherapeutic Approaches
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Nature and Process of Psychotherapy
    • Therapeutic relationship
  2. Types of Therapies
    • Behaviour Therapy
    • Cognitive Therapy
    • Humanistic-Existential Therapy
    • Alternative Therapies
    • Factors contributing to healing in psychotherapy
    • Ethics in Psychotherapy
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill
25 Periods
Unit VIAttitude and Social Cognition
The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
    • Attitude Formation
    • Attitude Change
    • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
16 Periods
Unit VIISocial Influence and Group Processes
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
    • Social Loafing
    • Group Polarisation
14 Periods
Practical 30 marks

  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 psychological tests related to various psychological attributes like intelligence, aptitude, attitude, personality, etc.
  3. In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

Distribution of Marks:

  • Practical File and Case Profile (10 Marks)
  • Viva Voce (Case Profile and practical) (05 Marks)
  • Two practicals (05 Marks for conduct of practicals and 10 Marks for reporting) (15 Marks)
  • Total – 30 Marks
60 Periods


  1. Board Examination: Theory
    Time: 3 Hours
    Maximum 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%
  2. Practical: 30 Marks

Prescribed Books:

Psychology, Class XII, Published by NCERT

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

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