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CBSE Syllabus of Class 12 English Core 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus for Class 12 English Core 2019-20 contains all the topics of this session. myCBSEguide provides you latest Syllabus for Class 12 English Core in PDF format for free download. Students are expected to have acquired a reasonable degree of language proficiency in English by the time they come to class XI, and the course will aim, essentially, at promoting the higher-order language skills. For a large number of students, the higher secondary stage will be a preparation for the university, where a fairly high degree of proficiency in English may be required. Student can Download Latest CBSE Syllabus for class 12 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 12 English Core 2019-20

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The section A will have two passages

  1.  One unseen passage with a variety of Objective Type Questions, including Multiple Choice questions and Short Answer Questions to test comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary such as word formation and inference of meaning will also be tested.

The total length of the passages will be between 800 – 900 words. Five Multiple Choice type question and Seven Objective Type Questions (total 12 Marks) shall be asked from this passage. The passage will include one of the following:

  1. Factual passages, e.g., instructions, descriptions, reports
  2. Descriptive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
  3. Literary passages, e.g., extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography.

B. The second passage will be of 400-500 words. Note-making ana Abstraction will be assessed.

  1. Note making (4 Marks)
  2. Summary (4 Marks)



  1. Advertisements and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies. One question out of the two Short Answer Questions– 4 Marks
  2. Letters based on verbal/visual input.- One question out of the two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words:6 Marks

Letter types include

  • Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
  • Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest) Application for a job
  1. Two compositions based on visual and/or verbal Input may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article/a debate/ a speech or a report- Two Very Long Answer Questions containing internal choice, to be answered in 150-200 words. (10 X 2 = 20 Marks)


Literature Textbooks (30 Marks)

  1. Eight Objective Type Questions – 4 from one poetry and 4 from one prose extract to test comprehension and appreciation. (8×1=8 Marks)
  2. Five out of Seven Short Answer Questions based on prose/drama/poetry from both texts (5×2=10 Marks)
  3. One out of two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts. (6marks) (Flamingo)
  4. One out of two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words to test global comprehension along with analysis and extrapolation. (6marks) (Vistas)

Prescribed Books

1. Flamingo: English Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi
2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi


  1.  The Last Lesson
  2. Lost Spring
  3. Deep Water
  4. The Rat Trap
  5. Indigo
  6. Poets and Pancakes
  7. The Interview
  8. Going Places


  1. My Mother at Sixty Six
  2. An Elementary School
  3. Keeping Quiet
  4. A Thing of Beauty
  5. A Roadside Sand
  6. Aunt Jenifer’s Tigers


  1. The Third Level
  2. The Tiger King
  3. Journey to the End of the Earth
  4. The Enemy
  5. Should Wizard Hit Mommy
  6. On the Face of It
  7. Evans Tries On O-Level
  8. Memories of Childhood
  9. The Cutting of My Long Hair
  10. We too are Human Beings

Question Paper Design

Marks = 80+20=100

TypologyTesting CompetenciesObjective Type Question including MCQs(1 mark each)Short Answer Questions (2 marks each)Short Answer Questions (4 marks each)Long Answer Question 120-150 words (6 marks each)Very Long Answer Question 150-200 words (HOTS) (10 marks each)Total marks
ComprehensionConceptual understanding, decoding, Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and using appropriate format/sMCQ = 5 Objective Type Questions = 7220
Writing SkillsReasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, inference, analysis, evaluation and creativity11230
Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading TextRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with fluency8 Objective Type Questions (4 from1 prose and 4 from 1 poetry extract)5230
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills20

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