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CBSE Syllabus of Class 10 Social Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus for Class 10 Social Science 2019-20 contains all the topics of this session. myCBSEguide provides you latest Syllabus for Class 10 Social Science in PDF format for free download. Social science is a category of academic disciplines, concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society. And it has four branch History, Geography, Political Science, Economics. Student can Download full CBSE Syllabus for class 10 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 10 Social Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus Class 10 Social Science

Time: 3 Hrs.
Max. Marks: 80

No.UnitsNo. of PeriodsMarks
IIndia and the Contemporary World – II6020
IIContemporary India – II5520
IIIDemocratic Politics – II5020
IVUnderstanding Economic Development5020

Course Content

Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World – II (60 Periods)
Section 1: Events and Processes:

  1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe:
    • The French Revolution and the Idea of the Nation
    • The Making of Nationalism in Europe
    • The Age of Revolutions: 1830-1848
    • The Making of Germany and Italy
    • Visualizing the Nation
    • Nationalism and Imperialism
  2. Nationalism in India:
    • The First World War, Khilafat and Non – Cooperation
    • Differing Strands within the Movement
    • Towards Civil Disobedience
    • The Sense of Collective Belonging

Section 2: Livelihoods, Economies and
Societies: Anyone theme of the following:

  1. The Making of a Global World:
    • The Pre-modern world
    • The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)
    • The Interwar Economy
    • Rebuilding a World Economy: The Post-War Era
  2. The Age of Industrialization:
    • Before the Industrial Revolution
    • Hand Labour and Steam Power
    • Industrialization in the colonies
    • Factories Come Up
    • The Peculiarities of Industrial Growth
    • Market for Goods

Section 3: Everyday Life, Culture and Politics:

  1. Print Culture and the Modern World:
    • The First Printed Books
    • Print Comes to Europe
    • The Print Revolution and its Impact
    • The Reading Mania
    • The Nineteenth Century
    • India and the World of Print
    • Religious Reform and Public Debates
    • New Forms of Publication
    • Print and Censorship

Unit 2: Contemporary India – II (55 Periods)

  1. Resources and Development:
    • Types of Resources
    • Development of Resources
    • Resource Planning in India
    • Land Resources
    • Land Utilization
    • Land Use Pattern in India
    • Land Degradation and Conservation Measures
    • Soil as a Resource
    • Classification of Soils
    • Soil Erosion and Soil Conservation
  2. Forest and Wildlife
    • Biodiversity or Biological Diversity
    • Flora and Fauna in India
    • Vanishing Forests
    • Asiatic Cheetah: Where did they go?
    • The Himalayan Yew in trouble
    • Conservation of forest and wildlife in India
    • Project Tiger
    • Types and distribution of forests and wildlife resources
    • Community and Conservation

Note: The chapter ‘Forest and Wildlife’ to be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board

  1. Water Resources:
    • Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management
    • Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management
    • Rainwater Harvesting

Note: The chapter ‘Water Resources’ to be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board

  1. Agriculture:
    • Types of farming
    • Cropping Pattern
    • Major Crops
    • Technological and Institutional Reforms
    • Impact of Globalization on Agriculture
  2. Minerals and Energy Resources
    • What is a mineral?
    • Mode of occurrence of Minerals
    • Ferrons and Non-Ferrons Minerals
    • Non-Metallic Minerals
    • Rock Minerals
    • Conservation of Minerals
    • Energy Resources
      1. Conventional and NonConventional
      2. Conservation of Energy Resources
  3. Manufacturing Industries:
    • Importance of manufacturing
    • Contribution of Industry to National Economy
    • Industrial Location
    • Classification of Industries
    • Spatial distribution
    • Industrial pollution and environmental degradation
    • Control of Environmental Degradation
  4. Life Lines of National Economy:
    • Transport – Roadways, Railways, Pipelines, Waterways, Airways
    • Communication
    • International Trade
    • Tourism as a Trade

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II

  1. Power sharing:
    • Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka
    • Why power sharing is desirable?
    • Forms of Power Sharing
  2. Federalism:
    • ​​​​What is Federalism?
    • What make India a Federal Country?
    • How is Federalism practiced?
    • Decentralization in India
  3. Democracy and Diversity:
    • Case Studies of Mexico
    • Differences, similarities and divisions
    • Politics of social divisions
  4. Gender, Religion and Caste:
    • Gender and Politics
    • Religion, Communalism and Politics
    • Caste and Politics​​​​​​​
  5. Popular Struggles and Movements:​​​​​​​
    • Popular Struggles in Nepal and Bolivia
    • Mobilization and Organization
    • Pressure Groups and Movements
  6. Political Parties:
    • Why do we need Political Parties?
    • How many Parties should we have?
    • National Political Parties
    • State Parties
    • Challenges to Political Parties
    • How can Parties be reformed?
  7. Outcomes of Democracy:
    • How do we assess democracy’s outcomes?
    • Accountable, responsive and legitimate government
    • Economic growth and development
    • Reduction of inequality and poverty
    • Accommodation of social diversity
    • Dignity and freedom of the citizens
  8. Challenges to Democracy:
    • Thinking about challenges
    • Thinking about Political Reforms
    • Redefining Democracy

Note: The chapter ‘Challenges to Democracy’ to be assessed in the Periodic

Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board Examination.
Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development (50 Periods)

  1. Development:
    • What Development Promises – Different people different goals
    • Income and other goals
    • National Development
    • How to compare different countries or states?
    • Income and other criteria
    • Public Facilities
    • Sustainability of development
  2. Sectors of the Indian Economy:
    • Sectors of Economic Activities
    • Comparing the three sectors
    • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in India
    • Division of sectors as organized and unorganized
    • Sectors in terms of ownership: Public and Private Sectors
  3. Money and Credit:
    • Money as a medium of exchange
    • Modern forms of money
    • Loan activities of Banks
    • Two different credit situations
    • Terms of credit
    • Formal sector credit in India
    • Self Help Groups for the Poor
  4. Globalization and the Indian Economy:
    • Production across countries
    • Interlinking production across countries
    • Foreign Trade and integration of markets
    • What is globalization?
    • Factors that have enabled Globalisation
    • World Trade Organisation
    • Impact of Globalization on India
    • The Struggle for a fair Globalisation
  5. Consumer Rights:
    Note: Chapter 5 ‘Consumer Rights’ to be done as Project Work.

Project Work
05 Periods (05 Marks)

  1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake any one project on the following topics:
    Consumer Awareness
    Social Issues
    Sustainable Development
  2. Objective: The overall objective of the project work is to help students gain an insight and pragmatic understanding of the theme and see all the Social Science disciplines from interdisciplinary perspective. It should also help in enhancing the Life Skills of the students.
    Students are expected to apply the Social Science concepts that they have learnt over the years in order to prepare the project report.
    If required, students may go out for collecting data and use different primary and secondary resources to prepare the project. If possible, various forms of art may be integrated in the project work.
  3. The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:
    S. No.AspectsMarks
    a.Content accuracy, originality and analysis2
    b.Presentation and creativity2
    c.Viva Voce1
  4. The projects carried out by the students in different topics should subsequently be shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel discussions, etc.
  5. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be meticulously maintained by concerned schools.
  6. A Summary Report should be prepared highlighting:
    • objectives realized through individual work and group interactions;
    • calendar of activities;  innovative ideas generated in the process;
    • list of questions asked in viva voce.
  7. It is to be noted here by all the teachers and students that the projects and models prepared should be made from eco-friendly products without incurring too much expenditure.
  8. The Project Report should be handwritten by the students themselves.
  9. Records pertaining to projects (internal assessment) of the students will be maintained for a period of three months from the date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of Board. Subjudiced cases, if any or those involving RTI / Grievances may, however, be retained beyond three months.

Prescribed Books:

  1. India and the Contemporary World-II (History) – Published by NCERT
  2. Contemporary India II (Geography) – Published by NCERT
  3. Democratic Politics II (Political Science) – Published by NCERT
  4. Understanding Economic Development – Published by NCERT
  5. Together Towards a Safer India – Part III, a textbook on Disaster Management – Published by CBSE

Note: Please procure latest reprinted edition (2019) of prescribed NCERT textbooks.

Question Paper Design

Very Short Answer Objective type (VSA) (1 Mark)
Remembering -9
Understanding – 4
Applying – 3
Analysing and Evaluating – 2
Creating – 2
Total – 1×20=20

Short Answer-II (SA) (3 Marks)
Remembering -3
Understanding – 2
Applying – 1
Analysing and Evaluating – 1
Creating – 1
Map Skill – 0
Total – 3×8 =24

Long Answer-I (LA) (5 Marks)
Remembering -1
Understanding – 2
Applying – 2
Analysing and Evaluating – 1
Creating –
Total – 5×6=30

Map Skill
Remembering -0
Understanding – 0
Applying – 0
Analysing and Evaluating – 0
Creating – 0
Total – 6

Total Marks
Remembering – 23
Understanding – 20
Applying – 16
Analysing and Evaluating – 10
Creating – 5
Map Skill – 6
Total – 80

Weightage (% age)
Remembering – 29%
Understanding – 25
Applying – 20%
Analysing and Evaluating – 12
Creating – 6.5%
Map Skill – 7.6%
Total – 100%

Internal Assessment: 20 Marks

Internal Assessment

  1. Periodic Assessment – 10 Marks
    Pen Paper Test – 5 Marks
    Assessment using multiple strategies, For example, Quiz, Debate, Role Play, Viva, Group Discussion, Visual Expression, Interactive Bulletin Boards, Gallery Walks, Exit Cards, Concept Maps, Peer Assessment, SelfAssessment, etc.
  2. Portfolio – 5 Marks
    • Classwork Work done (Activities / Assignments)
    • Reflections, Narrations, Journals, etc.
    • Achievements of the student in the subject throughout the year
    • Participation of the student in different activities like Heritage India Quiz
  3. Subject Enrichment Activity – 5 Marks
    • Project Work

List of Map Items

  1. History (Outline Political Map of India)
    Chapter – 3 Nationalism in India – (1918 – 1930) for locating and labelling / Identification

    1. Indian National Congress Sessions:
      1. Calcutta (Sep. 1920)
      2. Nagpur (Dec. 1920)
      3. Madras (1927)
    2.  Important Centres of Indian National Movement
      1. Champaran (Bihar) – Movement of Indigo Planters
      2.  Kheda (Gujrat) – Peasant Satyagraha
      3. Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
      4. Amritsar (Punjab) – Jallianwala Bagh Incident
      5. Chauri Chaura (U.P.) – Calling off the Non-Cooperation Movement
      6. Dandi (Gujarat) – Civil Disobedience Movement
  2. Geography (Outline Political Map of India)

Chapter 1: Resources and Development (Identification only)

  1. Major soil Types

Chapter 3: Water Resources (Locating and Labelling)

  1. Salal
  2. Bhakra Nangal
  3. Tehri
  4. Rana Pratap Sagar
  5. Sardar Sarovar
  6. Hirakud
  7. Nagarjuna Sagar
  8. Tungabhadra

Note: The chapter ‘Water Resources’ to be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board Examination.

Chapter 4: Agriculture (Identification only)

  1. Major areas of Rice and Wheat
  2. Largest/Major producer states of Sugarcane, Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Cotton and Jute

Chapter 5:  Minerals and Energy Resources
Minerals (Identification only)

  1. Iron Ore Mines
    • Mayurbhanj
    • Durg
    • Bailadila
    • Bellary
    • Kudremukh
  2.  Coal Mines
    • Raniganj
    • Bokaro
    • Talcher
    • Neyveli
  3. Oil Fields
    • Digboi
    • Naharkatia
    • Mumbai High
    • Bassien
    • Kalol
    • Ankleshwar

Power Plants
(Locating and Labelling only)

  1. Thermal
    • Namrup
    • Singrauli
    • Ramagundam
  2. Nuclear
    • Narora
    • Kakrapara
    • Tarapur
    • Kalpakkam

Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries (Locating and Labelling Only)

Cotton Textile Industries:

  1. Mumbai
  2. Indore
  3. Surat
  4. Kanpur
  5. Coimbatore

Iron and Steel Plants:

  1. Durgapur
  2. Bokaro
  3. Jamshedpur
  4. Bhilai
  5. Vijaynagar
  6. Salem

Software Technology Parks:

  1. Noida
  2. Gandhinagar
  3. Mumbai
  4. Pune
  5. Hyderabad
  6. Bengaluru
  7. Chennai
  8. Thiruvananthapuram

Chapter 7: Lifelines of National Economy
Major Ports: (Locating and Labelling)

  1. Kandla
  2. Mumbai
  3. Marmagao
  4. New Mangalore
  5. Kochi
  6. Tuticorin
  7. Chennai
  8. Vishakhapatnam
  9. Paradip
  10. Haldia

International Airports:

  1. Amritsar (Raja Sansi)
  2. Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)
  3. Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
  4. Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)
  5. Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)
  6. Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)

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