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CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature Syllabus for 2018-19

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New revised syllabus 2018-2019 class 9 English Language and Literature will be followed by all CBSE schools from this session (April 2018 onwards) in class 9. those schools offering English Communicative till last session, will now offer English Language and literature from session 2018-19.

English language and literature Syllabus 2018-19

Class 9th syllabus of English Language and literature has some modifications this year. The novels Guliver’s Travel and Three men in a boat have been discontinued this year. Now the 8 mark long question will be asked from the text book. There will be no question from novels this year onwards.

New Poem Added to the syllabus

Last year, 9 poems were part of syllabus but this year CBSE has added one new poem to class 9 English Language and literature syllabus. Now students have to study 10 poems. The new poem added is A Slumber did My Spirit Seal. Thus total number of chapters this year are 11 prose from Beehive, 10 poems from NCERT text book Beehive and 10 chapters from NCERT text book Moments.

moments text book for class 9 English Language and Literature NCERTBeehive text book for class 9 English Language and Literature NCERT


  • Total Weightage 80 Marks
  • Section A Reading Skills 20 Marks
  • Section B Writing Skills with Grammar 30 Marks
  • Section C Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text 30 Marks

The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.


There will be 20 Marks to be covered in 50 Periods. This section will have two reading passages.

  • Q.1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer type Questions. 8 marks
  • Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four Very Short Answer Questions to test vocabulary. 12 marks


There will be 30 Marks to be covered in 60 Periods

  • Q. 3: Writing an Article/ Descriptive Paragraph( person/ place/ event/diary entry) in about 100-150 words based on visual or verbal
    cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. 8 marks
  • Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150 – 200 words. 10 marks

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX :
1. Tenses
2. Modals
3. Use of passive voice
4. Subject – verb concord
5. Reporting Commands and requests, Statements, Questions
6. Clauses: (i) Noun clauses (ii) Adverb clauses of condition and time (iii) Relative clauses
7. Determiners
8. Prepositions
The above items may be tested through test types(grammar in context) as given below:

  • Q. 5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. 4 marks
  • Q. 6: Editing or omission 4 marks
  • Q. 7: Sentences reordering or sentence transformation in context. 4 marks


There will be 30 Marks to be covered in 60 Periods

  • Q. 8. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Four Very Short Answer Questions: two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of one mark each on interpretation. (1×4=4 marks)
  • Q.9. Five Short Answer Type Questions from BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS (3 questions from BEEHIVE and 2 questions from MOMENTS) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) 2×5 = 10 marks
  • Q.10. One out two long answer type questions from the book BEEHIVE to assess Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. (100-150 words) 8 marks
  • Q.11. One out of two Long Answer Questions from the book MOMENTS on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch in about 100-150 words.

Prescribed Books for class 9 English

The books are Published by NCERT, New Delh

  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for class IX
  • MOMENTS – Supplementary Reader for Class IX

NOTE: Teachers are advised to:

  1. Encourage classroom interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as role play, group work etc.
  2. Reduce teacher-talk time and keep it to the minimum,
  3. Take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views.

Besides measuring attainment, texts serve the dual purpose of diagnosing mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners’ attainment, each language skill is to be assessed through a judicious mixture of different types of questions.
Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis are skills to be tested.
Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with.
Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed.
Listening and Speaking Skills : 50 Periods

List of Chapters Class 9 English

PROSE (Beehive)

  1. The Fun They Had
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. The Little Girl
  4. A Truly Beautiful Mind
  5. The Snake and the Mirror
  6. My Childhood
  7. Packing
  8. Reach for the Top
  9. The Bond of Love
  10. Kathmandu
  11. If I were you


  1. The Road Not Taken
  2. Wind
  3. Rain on the Roof
  4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  5. A Legend of the Northland
  6. No Men Are Foreign
  7. The Duck and the Kangaroo
  8. On Killing a Tree
  9. The Snake Trying
  10. A Slumber did My Spirit Seal


  1. The Lost Child
  2. The Adventures of Toto
  3. Iswaran the Storyteller
  4. In the Kingdom of Fools
  5. The Happy Prince
  6. Weathering the Storm in Ersama
  7. The Last leaf
  8. A House is Not a Home
  9. The Accidental Tourist
  10. The Beggar

Marking scheme for class 9 English

Reading Skills

  • VSA (1 Marks) : 12
  • SA (30 to 40 words 2 Marks) : 04
  • LA (100 to 150 words 8 Marks) : 00
  • VLA (150 to 200 words 10 Marks) : 00

Writing and Grammar

  • VSA (1 Marks) : 12
  • SA (30 to 40 words 2 Marks) : 00
  • LA (100 to 150 words 8 Marks) : 01
  • VLA (150 to 200 words 10 Marks) : 01

Text books (NCERT)

  • VSA (1 Marks) : 04
  • SA (30 to 40 words 2 Marks) : 05
  • LA (100 to 150 words 8 Marks) : 02
  • VLA (150 to 200 words 10 Marks) : 00


  • VSA (1 Marks) : 28 x 1 = 28 Marks
  • SA (30 to 40 words 2 Marks) : 09 x 2 = 18 Marks
  • LA (100 to 150 words 8 Marks) : 03 x 08 = 24 Marks
  • VLA (150 to 200 words 10 Marks) : 01 x 10 = 10 Marks

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18 thoughts on “CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature Syllabus for 2018-19”

  1. We need to know from where are we going to get the detailed chapters of the literature part so that it can be taught to the children

  2. MARCH 31,2018 AT 5:15PM
    What is the term wise division of BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS ?
    Is the supplementary reader still a part of the curriculum?

  3. This iis very helpful for my son. I have seen the grammer syllabus but which book will be suitable for grammer syllabus? Could you please suggest?

  4. Sir
    In the English medium schools,trained,humble teachers be appointed to handle the young kids because an educational institution is man manufacturing industry.The students must be encouraged to speak or make conversation in English language.Their mistakes should not be should not be remarked .

  5. Dear Teachers
    Give emphasis on beauty of character of students and enhance their skill of listening and reading,please.

  6. Can you please suggest a good reference book for english literature and grammar. What weightage is given to the moments book syllabus. Is CBSE planning to reduce Some of the English syllabus, which is huge almost 30 chapters. Thanks

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