CBSE Syllabus of Class 9 Social Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 Social Science 2019-20 contains all the topics of this session. myCBSEguide provides you latest Syllabus for Class 9 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 9 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 9 Social Science 2019-20

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CBSE Syllabus Class 9 Social Science

Time: 3 Hrs.
Max. Marks: 80

No.UnitsNo. of PeriodsMarks
IIndia and the Contemporary World – I6020
IIContemporary India – I5520
IIIDemocratic Politics – I5020

Course Content

Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World – I (60 Periods )
Section 1: Events and Processes: (All the three themes are compulsory)

  1. The French Revolution:
    • French Society During the Late Eighteenth Century
    • The Outbreak of the Revolution
    • France Abolishes Monarchy and Becomes a Republic
    • Did Women have a Revolution?
    • The Abolition of Slavery
    • The Revolution and Everyday Life
  2. Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution:
    • The Age of Social Change
    • The Russian Revolution
    • The February Revolution in Petrograd
    • What Changed after October?
    • The Global Influence of the Russian Revolution and the USSR
  3. Nazism and the Rise of Hitler:
    • Birth of the Weimar Republic
    • Hitler’s Rise to Power
    • The Nazi Worldview
    • Youth in Nazi Germany
    • Ordinary People and the Crimes Against Humanity

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

  1. Forest Society and Colonialism:
    • Why Deforestation?
    • The Rise of Commercial Forestry
    • Rebellion in the Forest
    • Forest Transformations in Java
  2. Pastoralists in the Modern World:
    • Pastoral Nomads and their Movements
    • Colonial Rule and Pastoral Life
    • Pastoralism in Africa

Unit 2: Contemporary India – I (55 Periods)

  1. India
    • Size and Location
    • India and the World
    • India’s Neighbours
  2. Physical Features of India:
    • Major Physiographic Divisions
  3. Drainage:
    • Major rivers and tributaries
    • Lakes
    • Role of rivers in the economy
    • Pollution of rivers
  4. Climate:
    • Concept
    • Climatic Controls
    • Factors influencing India’s climate
    • The Indian Monsoon
    • Distribution of Rainfall
    • Monsoon as a unifying bond
  5. Natural Vegetation and Wild Life:
    • Factors affecting Vegetation
    • Vegetation types
    • Wild Life
    • Conservation
  6. Population:
    • Size
    • Distribution
    • Population Growth and Process of Population Change

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – I (50 Periods)

  1. What is Democracy? Why Democracy?:
    • What is Democracy?
    • Features of Democracy
    • Why Democarcy?
    • Broader Meaning of Democracy
  2. Constitutional Design:
    • Democratic Constitution in South Africa
    • Why do we need a Constitution?
    • Making of the Indian Constitution
    • Guiding Values of the Indian Constitution
  3. Electoral Politics:
    • Why Elections?
    • What is our System of Elections?
    • What makes elections in India democratic?
  4. Working of Institutions:
    • How is the major policy decision taken?
    • Parliament
    • Political Executive
    • Judiciary
  5. Democratic Rights:
    • Life without rights
    • Rights in a Democracy
    • Rights in the Indian Constitution
    • Expanding the scope of rights

Unit 4: Economics (50 Periods)

  1. The Story of Village Palampur:
    • Overview
    • Organization of production
    • Farming in Palampur
    • Non-farm activities of Palampur
  2. People as Resource:
    • Overview
    • Economic activities by men and women
    • Quality of Population
    • Unemployment
  3. Poverty as a Challenge:
    • Two typical cases of poverty
    • Poverty as seen by Social Scientists
    • Poverty Estimates
    • Vulnerable Groups
    • Interstate disparities
    • Global Poverty Scenario
    • Causes of Poverty
    • Anti-poverty measures
    • The Challenges Ahead
  4. Food Security in India:
    • Overview
    • What is Food Security?
    • Why Food Security?
    • Who are food insecure?
    • Food Security in India
    • What is Buffer Stock?
    • What is the Public Distribution System?
    • Current Status of Public Distribution System

Project Work

05 Periods (05 Marks)

  1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake one project on Disaster Management
  2. Objectives: The main objectives of giving project work on Disaster Management to the students are to:
    1. create awareness in them about different disasters, their consequences and management
    2. prepare them in advance to face such situations
    3. ensure their participation in disaster mitigation plans
    4. enable them to create awareness and preparedness among the community.
  3. The project work should also help in enhancing the Life Skills of the students.
  4. If possible, various forms of art may be integrated in the project work.
  5. In order to realize the expected objectives completely, it would be required of the Principals / teachers to muster support from various local authorities and organizations like the Disaster Management Authorities, Relief, Rehabilitation and the Disaster Management Departments of the States, Office of the District Magistrate/ Deputy Commissioners, Fire Service, Police, Civil Defense etc. in the area where the schools are located.
  6. The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:
    S. No.AspectsMarks
    aContent accuracy, originality and analysis2
    bPresentation and creativity2
    cViva Voce1
  7. The project carried out by the students should subsequently be shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel discussions, etc.
  8. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be meticulously maintained by the schools.
  9. A Summary Report should be prepared highlighting:
    1. objectives realized through individual work and group interactions;
    2. calendar of activities;
    3. innovative ideas generated in the process ;
    4. list of questions asked in viva voce.
  10. 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.
  11. The Project Report should be handwritten by the students themselves.
  12. The record of the project work (internal assessment) should be kept for a period of three months for verification if any.

Prescribed Books:

  1. India and the Contemporary World – I (History) – Published by NCERT
  2. Contemporary India – I (Geography) – Published by NCERT
  3. Democratic Politics – I Published by NCERT
  4. Economics – Published by NCERT
  5. Together, Towards a Safer India – Part II, a textbook on Disaster Management for Class IX – 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 – 1
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
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

Subject – History
Chapter-1: The French Revolution

Outline Political Map of France (For locating and labeling / Identification)

  • Bordeaux
  • Nantes
  • Paris
  • Marseilles

Chapter-2: Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution

Outline Political Map of World (For locating and labeling / Identification)

  • Major countries of First World War
    (Central Powers and Allied Powers)
    Central Powers – Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey (Ottoman Empire)
    Allied Powers – France, England, Russia, U.S.A.

Chapter-3: Nazism and Rise of Hitler
Outline Political Map of World (For locating and labeling / Identification)

  • Major countries of Second World War
    Axis Powers – Germany, Italy, Japan
    Allied Powers – UK, France, Former USSR, USA
  • Territories under German expansion (Nazi Power) Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia (only Slovakia shown in the map), Denmark, Lithuania, France, Belgium

Subject – Geography (Outline Political Map of India)

Chapter -1: India-Size and Location

  • India-States with Capitals, Tropic of Cancer, Standard Meridian (Location and Labelling)

Chapter -2: Physical Features of India

  • Mountain Ranges: The Karakoram, The Zasker, The Shivalik, The Aravali, The Vindhya, The Satpura, Western & Eastern Ghats
  • Mountain Peaks – K2, Kanchan Junga, Anai Mudi
  • Plateau – Deccan Plateau, Chotta Nagpur Plateau, Malwa Plateau
  • Coastal Plains – Konkan, Malabar, Coromandel & Northern Circar (Location and Labelling)

Chapter -3: Drainage

  • Rivers: (Identification only)
    1. The Himalayan River Systems-The Indus, The Ganges, and The Satluj
    2. The Peninsular rivers-The Narmada, The Tapi, The Kaveri, The Krishna, The Godavari, The Mahanadi
  • Lakes: Wular, Pulicat, Sambhar, Chilika

Chapter – 4: Climate

  • Areas receiving rainfall less than 20 cm and over 400 cm (Identification only)

Chapter – 5: Natural Vegetation and Wild Life

  • Vegetation Type: Tropical Evergreen Forest, Tropical Deciduous Forest, Thorn Forest, Montane Forests and Mangrove- For identification only
  • National Parks: Corbett, Kaziranga, Ranthambor, Shivpuri, Kanha, Simlipal & Manas
  • Bird Sanctuaries: Bharatpur and Ranganthitto
  • Wild Life Sanctuaries: Sariska, Mudumalai, Rajaji, Dachigam (Location and Labelling)

Chapter – 6: Population (location and labelling)

  • The state having highest and lowest density of population
  • The state having highest and lowest sex ratio
  • Largest and smallest state according to area

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