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CBSE Class XII
HISTORY (Code No. 027)
Syllabus (2017-18)


Paper One (100 Marks)

Units

Periods

Marks

Themes in Indian History Part-I Units 1 – 4

55

25

Themes in Indian History Part-II Units 5 – 9

65

25

Themes in Indian History Part-III Units 10 – 15

80

25

Unit 16 : Map Work

10

05

Project work

10

20

 

220

100

Note: There is no change in the syllabus. Value Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 textbooks andcarry 04 marks. Accordingly teacher can reduce weightage of the corresponding section.

Class XII: Themes in Indian History

PART - I
1. The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology. (13)

Broad overview: Early urban centres.
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a majorsite.
Discussion: How it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians.

2. Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story. (14)
Broad overview: Political and economichistory from the Mauryan to the Gupta period.
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and economichistory.
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta periodland grant.
Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.

3. Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata (14)
Broad overview: Issues in social history,including caste, class, kinship and gender.
Story of discovery: Transmission andpublications of the Mahabharata.
Excerpt: from the Mahabharata, illustratinghow it has been used by historians.
Discussion: Other sources for reconstructing social history.

4. A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa (14)
Broad overview:
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism.
(b) Focus on Buddhism.
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures fromSanchi.
Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.

PART-II
5. Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i- Akbari (13)

Broad overview:
(a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16thand 17th centuries.
(b) Patterns of change over the period.
Story of Discovery: Account of thecompilation and translation of Ain-i-Akbari.
Excerpt: from the Ain-i-Akbari
Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text to reconstruct history.

6. The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles (13)
Broad overview:
(a) Outline of political history 15th-17thcenturies.
(b) Discussion of the Mughal court andpolitics.
Story of Discovery: Account of the productionof court chronicles, and their subsequenttranslation and transmission.
Excerpts: from the Akbarnama andPadshahnama.
Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.

7. New Architecture: Hampi (13)
Broad overview:
(a) Outline of new buildings during Vijaya nagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
(b) Relationship between architecture and the political system.
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampiwas found.
Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi
Discussion: Ways in which historians haveanalyzed and interpreted these structures.

8. Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition (13)
Broad overview:
(a) Outline of religious developments duringthis period.
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufisaints.
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions have been preserved.
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti-Sufiworks.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted by historians.

9. Medieval Society through Travelers' Accounts (13)
Broad overview: Outline of social and cultural life as theyappear in travelers' accounts.
Story of their writings: A discussion of wherethey travelled, why they travelled, what theywrote, and for whom they wrote.
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier.
Discussion: What these travel accounts cantell us and how they have been interpreted byhistorians.

PART - III ( Periods 80)
10. Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports (13)

Broad overview:
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans inthe late 18th century
(b) East India Company, revenue settlementsand surveys.
(c) Changes over the nineteenth century.
Story of official records: An account of whyofficial investigations into rural societies wereundertaken and the types of records andreports produced.
Excerpts: From Firminger's Fifth Report,Accounts of Frances Buchanan-Hamilton, andDeccan Riots Report.
Discussion: What the official records tell anddo not tell, and how they have been used byhistorians.

11. Representations of 1857 (13)
Broad overview:
(a) The events of 1857-58.
(b) How these events were recorded andnarrated.
Focus: Lucknow.
Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts.
Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.

12. Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports (13)
Broad overview: The growth of Mumbai,Chennai, hill stations and cantonments in the18th and 19th centuries.
Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports. Focuson Kolkata town planning.
Discussion: How the above sources can beused to reconstruct the history of towns. Whatthese sources do not reveal.

13. Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes(13)
Broad overview:
(a) The Nationalist Movement 1918 - 48.
(b) The nature of Gandhian politics andleadership.
Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.
Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.
Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.

14. Partition through Oral Sources (14)
Broad overview:
(a) The history of the 1940s.
(b) Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.Focus: Punjab and Bengal.
Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those whoexperienced partition.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been analyzed to reconstruct the history of theevent.

15. The Making of the Constitution (14)
Broad overview:
(a) Independence and the new nation state.
(b) The making of the Constitution.
Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates.
Excerpts: from the debates.
Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analyzed.

16. Map Work on Units 1-15 (10)

17. Project Work (10 periods)
Please refer Circular for project work guidelines.
Project work will help students:

  • To develop skill to gather data from a variety of sources, investigate diverse viewpoints andarrive at logical deductions.
  • To develop skill to comprehend, analyze, interpret, evaluate historical evidence and understandthe limitation of historical evidence.
  • To develop 21st century managerial skills of co-ordination, self-direction and time management.
  • To learn to work on diverse cultures, races, religions and lifestyles.
  • To learn through constructivism-a theory based on observation and scientific study.
  • To inculcate a spirit of inquiry and research.
  • To communicate data in the most appropriate form using a variety of techniques.
  • To provide greater opportunity for interaction and exploration.
  • To understand contemporary issues in context to our past.
  • To develop a global perspective and an international outlook.
  • To grow into caring, sensitive individuals capable of making informed, intelligent andindependent choices.
  • To develop lasting interest in history discipline.

HISTORY (027)
Class XII (2017-18)
Design of the Question Paper

Paper One (100 Marks)

Units

Periods

Marks

Themes in Indian History Part-I
Units 1 – 4

55

25

Themes in Indian History Part-II
Units 5 – 9

65

25

Themes in Indian History Part-III
Units 10 – 15

80

25

Unit 16 : Map Work

10

5

Project Work

10

20

 

220

100

Note: There is no change in the syllabus. Value Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 textbooks and carry 04 marks. Accordingly teacher can reduce weightage of the corresponding sections.

QUESTION PAPER DESIGN (2017-18)
HISTORY (Code No. 027) Class- XII

Typologies of Questions

Remembering- (Knowledge based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms,concepts,principles or theories; Identify, define, or recite, information)
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 1
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 1
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 0
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 1
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 0
Total Marks : 14
% Weightage : 18%

Understanding- (Comprehension –to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually,interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase information)
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 1
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 1
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 1
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 1
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 0
Total Marks : 21
% Weightage : 26%

Application- (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations; Use given content to interpret a situation, provide anexample, or solve a problem) (Map skill based questions- Identification, location, significance.)
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 0
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 1 (value based +1)
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 1
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 0
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 1
Total Marks : 20
% Weightage : 25%

High Order Thinking Skills- (Analysis & Synthesis- Classify,compare, contrast,or differentiate between different pieces of information; Organizeand/or integrate unique pieces of information from a variety of sources)
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 1
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 1
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 1
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 1
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 0
Total Marks : 21
% Weightage : 26%

Evaluation- (Appraise,judge, and/or justify the value or worth of a decision or outcome, or to predict outcomes based on values)
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 0
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 1
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 0
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 0
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 0
Total Marks : 4
% Weightage : 5%

TOTAL
Very Short Answer -(2 Marks) : 3 x 2 = 6
Short Answer - (4 Marks) : 6 x 4 = 24
Passage Based (5 Marks) : 3 x 7 = 21
Long Answer (8 Marks) : 3 x 8 = 24
Map Skill (5 Marks) : 1 x 5 = 5
Total Marks : 80
% Weightage : 100%

Note: Each source based question will have three questions with marks ranging from 1 – 4.

  1. Weightage to content

Themes in Indian History (Part I)

25 Marks

Themes in Indian History (Part II)

25 Marks

Themes in Indian History (Part III)

25 Marks

Map Work

5 Marks

Project work

20 marks

Note:- Value Based Question can be taken from any of the above theme I,II,or III ----04 Marks

Total

100 Marks

  1. Weightage to Difficulty level

Estimated Difficulty Level

Percentage

(i) Easy (E)

30%

(ii) Average (AV)

50%

(iii) Difficult (D)

20%

Scheme of Option: No internal choice except for blind students.

 

III. Division of Question Paper

The Question paper will be divided into A, B, C, D and E.

  • Part A will carry 3 very short answer questions of 2 marks each.
  • Part B 'Section-I' will carry 6 short answer questions of 4 marks each, out of which one is a value based compulsory question. (Part-B' Section-II', Value based) (No change in the syllabus)
  • Part C will carry 3 long answer questions of 8 marks each (word limit '350').
  • Part D will carry three source -based questions. The number of questions will be three, carrying 7marks each (no internal choice). The sources will be taken from the textbooks as directed therein.
  • Part E will have 1 map question of 5 marks. Items covered are identification and Location.

IV. Scheme of Option

Part A will have no choice.
Part B will be divided into 2 sections (3 books) +1 value based section.

  • Section I will have 6 questions from all the three books, out of which the student will attempt any5 questions.
  • Section-II -One question will be a value based question which is a compulsory question.

Part C will carry three long answer questions. The number of questions will be 4, carrying 8 markseach. (Each question from three themes). Student will have to answer any three questions.
Part D will be source-based questions. There will be THREE sources, ONE from each book followed by questions. There will have "no internal choice".
In Part E, there will be one map question -Test items will be 'identification' and 'significance'.
There is no change in the list of Maps.

v. Weightage of Marks Book-wise

 

VSA 2 marks

SA 4 marks

Source based 7 marks

Marks

Long answer 8 marks

Total

Book I (Ancient India)

2(1)

4+4

7(1)

 

8(1)

25

Book II (Medieval India)

2(1)

4+4

7(1)

 

8(1)

25

Book III (Modern India)

2(1)

4+4

7(1)

 

8(1)

25

Map

     

5x1

 

5

Project work -

         

20

 

2x3=6

4x6=24

7x3=21

5

8x3=24

100

(Note: Value Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 textbooks and carry 04 marks. Accordinglyteacher can reduce weightage of the corresponding sections.)

LIST OF MAPS

Book 1
1. P-2. Mature Harappan sites: Harappa, Banawali, Kalibangan, Balakot, Rakhigarhi, Dholavira,Nageshwar, Lothal, Mohenjodaro, Chanhudaro, Kot Diji.
2. P-30. Mahajanapada and cities: Vajji, Magadha, Kosala, Kuru, Panchala, Gandhara, Avanti, Rajgir, Ujjain, Taxila,Varanasi.
3. P-33. Distribution of Ashokan inscriptions:
(i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas
(ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kannauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha
(iii) Pillar inscriptions - Sanchi, Topra, Meerut Pillar and Kaushambi.
(iv) Kingdom of Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas.
4. P-43. Important kingdoms and towns:
(i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas
(ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kanauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha, Shravasti, Rajgir,Vaishali, Varanasi, Vidisha
5. P-95. Major Buddhist Sites: Nagarjunakonda, Sanchi, Amaravati, Lumbini, Nasik, Bharhut, BodhGaya, Shravasti,Ajanta.

Book 2
1. P-174. Bidar, Golconda, Bijapur, Vijayanagar, Chandragiri, Kanchipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur,Kolar, Tirunelveli, Quilon
2. P-214. Territories under Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb: Delhi, Agra, Panipat, Amber, Ajmer,Lahore, Goa.

Book 3
1. P-297. Territories/cities under British Control in 1857: Punjab, Sindh, Bombay, Madras Fort St. David, Masulipatam, Berar, Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Avadh, Surat, Calcutta, Dacca, Chitagong, Patna, Benaras, Allahabad andLucknow.
2. P-305. Main centres of the Revolt: Delhi, Meerut, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Calcutta, Benaras, Gwalior,Jabalpur, Agra, Avadh.
3. P-305. Important centres of the National Movement: Champaran, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Benaras, Amritsar, Chauri Chaura, Lahore, Bardoli, Dandi, Bombay (Quit India Resolution), Karachi.

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