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CBSE syllabus for class 9 English language and literature

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CBSE syllabus for class 9 English language and literature session 2018-19 is now available in myCBSEgide mobile app and CBSE official website cbse nic in. Now there will be only English Language and literature as English subject in class 9th in all cbse schools in India and abroad. Previously, there were two subjects in class 9th English viz. English Communicative (designed by CBSE) and English Language and literature (designed by NCERT).

CBSE to focus on Examination not book publishing

As CBSE was instructed not to involve in book publishing and curriculum design work, so it has been decided to discontinue all subjects offered by CBSE on the basis of self developed curriculum. English communicative was one of them. Now CBSE will conduct examination on the basis of books published by NCERT, New Delhi. For class 9th English, NCERT books are BEEHIVE and MOMENTS. These two books will be followed by all the CBSE affiliated schools from session 2018-19. The same will continue to class 10 next year. However, students passed class 9th this year (2018-19) will continue to study English Communicative in class 10. This will be the last batch to study English Communicative in class 10 in the session 2018-19.

English Communicative vs English Language & Literature

Here is a comparative study about the two subjects offered by CBSE and NCERT in CBSE schools in India and outside India.

English CommunicativeEnglish Language & Literature
Curriculum designed by CBSECurriculum designed by NCERT
Mostly followed by KVs and Private SchoolsMostly followed by government schools
Considered difficult syllabus as compared to English language and literature but actually both have same syllabus in terms of Reading, Writing and Grammar.Considered easy syllabus as compared to English Communicative but in reality, it has more chapters as compare to English Communicative and all other sections are common.
Two novels to study in addition to literature book and main course book.Same novels here but CBSE as discontinued them this year (2018-19) onwards. So, it is now a bit easy.
There was a main course book. However no direct question was asked from MCB in exam.No main course book but NCERT is preparing one this year.

NCERT Text books for English Language and Literature

NCERT has two text books in class 9th English Language and Literature. English Reader named as BEEHIVE and Supplementary Reader as MOMENTS.  The text book Beehive has 11 lessons and 10 poems. Supplementary book Moments has 10 lessons. Here is the list of lessons in both the books.

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

Download NCERT Books for class 9 English in PDF

NCERT has made available all text books in PDF format to download free from it’s website. Here is how you can download NCERT text book for class 9 English Language and Literature.

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

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

Both the books are in zipped format. You may need to install winzip or winRar to extract them and open as PDF file.

CBSE Syllabus for English Language and Literature 2018-19

Here is the complete syllabus, marking scheme and section wise distribution of marks in class 9th English Language and Literature for the session 2018-19. CBSE has made some changes to the syllabus this year. Even if you are already following English Language and Literature in your school, you are advised to go through the new revised syllabus carefully and note down the changes.

CBSE syllabus English Language and Literature

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