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CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Political Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Political Science 2019-20 contains all the topics of this session. myCBSEguide provides you latest Syllabus for Class 11 Political Science in PDF format for free download. The branch of knowledge that deals with the state and systems of government; the scientific analysis of political activity and behavior. As you know in India politics is very popular and you have an interest in politics to need to study Political Science. Syllabus for class 11 in PDF format is now available in myCBSEguide mobile app. The curriculum for March 2020 exams is designed by CBSE, New Delhi as per NCERT textbooks for the session 2019-20.

CBSE Syllabus for Class 11 Political Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus Class 11 Political Science

A. Theory

UnitsPeriods: 220Marks: 80
Part A: Indian Constitution at work
1Constitution: Why and How, Philosophy of the Constitution, Constitution as a living document2610+6=16
2Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution18
3Election and Representation118
4The Executive11
5The legislature118
6The judiciary11
8Local Governments11
Part B: Political Theory
9Political Theory: An Introduction108
12Justice with special reference to Social Justice12

B. Project Work: 20 Marks
Grand Total = 100


  1. Constitution Why and How and Philosophy of the Constitution (26 Periods)
    Constitution: Why and How, The making of the Constitution, the Constituent Assembly, Procedural achievements and Philosophy of the Constitution. Constitution as a Living Document
    Are Constitutions static? The procedure to amend the Constitution. Why have there been so many amendments? Basic Structure and Evolution of the Constitution. Constitution as a Living Document.
  2. Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution (18 Periods)
    The importance of Rights, Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution, Directive Principles of State Policy, Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles
  3. Election and Representation (11 Periods)
    Elections and Democracy, Election System in India, Reservation of Constituencies, Free and Fair Elections, Electoral Reforms.
  4. Legislature (11 Periods)
    Why do we need a Parliament? Two Houses of Parliament. Functions and Power of the Parliament, Legislative functions, control over Executive. Parliamentary committees. Self-regulation.
  5. Executive (11 Periods)
    What is an Executive? Different Types of Executive. Parliamentary Executive in India, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. Permanent Executive: Bureaucracy.
  6. Judiciary (11 Periods)
    Why do we need an Independent Judiciary? Structure of the Judiciary, Judicial Activism, Judiciary and Rights, Judiciary and Parliament
  7. Federalism (11 Periods)
    What is Federalism? Federalism in the Indian Constitution, Federalism with a strong Central Government, conflicts in India’s federal system, Special Provisions
  8. Local Governments (11 Periods)
    Why do we need Local Governments? Growth of Local Government in India, 73rd and 74th Amendments, implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments
    Part B: Political Theory
  9. Political Theory: An Introduction (10 Periods)
    What is Politics? What do we study in Political Theory? Putting Political Theory to practice. Why should we study Political Theory?
  10. Freedom (11 Periods)
    The Ideal of Freedom. What is Freedom? Why do we need constraints? Harm Principle. Negative and Positive Liberty
  11. Equality (11 Periods)
    Significance of Equality. What is Equality? Various dimensions of Equality. How can we promote Equality?
  12. Justice with special reference to Social Justice (12 Periods)
    What is Justice? Just Distribution. Justice as fairness. Pursuing Social Justice.
  13. Rights (11 Periods)
    What are Rights? Where do Rights come from? Legal Rights and the State. Kinds of Rights. Rights and Responsibilities.
  14. Citizenship (11 Periods)
    What is citizenship? Citizen and Nation, Universal Citizenship, Global Citizenship
  15. Nationalism (11 Periods)
    Nations and Nationalism, National Self-determination, Nationalism and Pluralism
  16. Secularism (11 Periods)
    What is Secularism? What is Secular State? The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism. Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.
  17. Peace (11 Periods) What is Peace? Can violence ever promote peace? Peace and the State. Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace. Contemporary challenges to peace.
  18. Development (11 Periods)
    What is development? Dominant, development Model and alternative conceptions of development.

Prescribed Books:

  1. Indian Constitution at work, Class XI, Published by NCERT
  2. Political Theory, Class XI, Published by NCERT
    Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi and Urdu versions

Question Paper Design(2019 – 20)

  • Very Short Answer (1 Mark)
    Remembering: 6
    Understanding: 2
    Application: 7
    Analysing: 4
    Evaluation: 1
    (1X20 = 20)
  • Very Short Answer (2 Marks)
    Remembering: 1
    Understanding: 0
    Application: 1
    Analysing: 1
    Evaluation: 0
    (2X3 = 6)
  • Short Answer (4 Marks)
    Remembering: 1
    Understanding: 1
    Application: 0
    Analysing: 1
    Evaluation: 0
    (4X4 = 16)
  • Long Answer based on Passage(5 Marks)
    Remembering: 0
    Understanding: 1
    Application: 1
    Analysing: 1
    Evaluation: 0
    Creating: 1
    (5X1 = 5)
  • Long Answer(6 Marks)
    Remembering: 1
    Understanding: 1
    Application: 1
    Analysing : 0
    Evaluation: 0
    (6X3 = 18)

Total = 80 Marks

  1. Weightage of Difficulty Level
    Difficult 20%
    Average 50%
    Easy 30%
  2. Project Work: 20 Marks
    Details of Project Work

    1. The Project work will be implemented in class XI from the session i.e. 2019-20.
    2. Out of 20 marks, 10 marks are to be allotted to viva voce and 10 marks for project work.
    3. For class XI, only internal assessment is to be done.
    4. The project can be individual/pair/group of 4-5 each. The Project can be made on any of the topics given in the syllabus of a particular class.
    5. The suggestive list of activities for project work is as follows:-
      – Role Play, Skit, Presentation, Model, Field Survey, Mock Drills/Mock Event, etc
    6. The teacher should give enough time for preparation of the Project Work. The topics for Project Work taken up by the student must be discussed by the teacher in classroom

Scheme of Options:
There is internal choice for long answer questions of 6 marks.
There are three passage – based questions of 5 marks each. No questions from plus (+) boxes.

In order to assess different mental abilities of learners, question paper is likely to include questions based on passages, visuals such as maps, cartoons, etc. No factual question will be asked on the information given in the plus (+) boxes in the textbooks.

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