CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020-21| Check Latest Exam Pattern

CBSE has released Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2020-21. To understand what you need to study to get good marks in the examination, you must need to check the syllabus and exam pattern. Here, we are providing Class 10 Syllabus for the new academic session 2020-21 that will make you aware of the topics given in social science syllabus. There are two minor changes has been introduced in this session:

• In Chapter 2 Forest and Wildlife (Geography), a topic 'develop concept towards depletion of resources' has been deleted from learning outcomes.
• In Chapter 3 Water Resources (Geography), he map items of this chapter will be evaluated in the Board examinations. However, theoretical aspect will not be evaluated as earlier.

The question paper will consist of 35 questions. All questions would be compulsory. There will be questions of assertion and reason, paragraph based and statement based also.

Units

Marks 
IIndia and the Contemporary World - II (History)20
IIContemporary India - II (Geography)20
IIIDemocratic Politics II (Political Science)20
IVEconomics  20
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Total
80
History

Section I - Events and Processes

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 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 II - Livelihoods, Economies and Societies (Any one chapter of the following)

• Chapter 3 - The Making of Global World
→ The Pre-modern world
→ The Nineteenth Century (1815-1914)
→ The Inter war Economy
→ Rebuilding a World Economy: The Post-War Era

• Chapter 4 - 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

• Chapter 5 - 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

Geography

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 2 - Forest and Wildlife Resources (To be assessed in the Periodic Tests only)
→ 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

• Chapter 3 - Water Resources (To be assessed in the Periodic Tests only)
→ Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management
→ Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management
→ Rainwater Harvesting

• Chapter 4 - Agriculture
→ Types of farming
→ Cropping Pattern
→ Major Crops
→ Technological and Institutional Reforms
→ Impact of Globalization on Agriculture

• Chapter 5 - 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
o Conventional and Non-Conventional
o Conservation of Energy Resources

• Chapter 6 - 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

• Chapter 7 - Lifelines of National Economy
→ Transport – Roadways,  Railways, Pipelines, Waterways, Airways
→ Communication
→ International Trade
→ Tourism as a Trade

Political Science

• Chapter 1 - Power Sharing
→ Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka
→ Why power sharing is desirable?
→ Forms of Power Sharing

• Chapter 2 - Federalism
→ What is Federalism?
→ What make India a Federal Country?
→ How is Federalism practiced?
→ Decentralization in India

• Chapter 3 - Democracy and Diversity (To be assessed in the Periodic Tests only)
→ Case Studies of Mexico
→ Differences, similarities and divisions
→ Politics of social divisions

• Chapter 4 - Gender, Religion and Caste
→ Gender and Politics
→ Religion, Communalism and Politics
→ Caste and Politics

• Chapter 5 - Popular Struggles and Movements (To be assessed in the Periodic Tests only)
→ Popular Struggles in Nepal and Bolivia
→ Mobilization and Organization
→ Pressure Groups and Movements

• Chapter 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?

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 8 - Challenges to Democracy (To be assessed in the Periodic Tests only)
→ Thinking about challenges
→ Thinking about Political Reforms
→ Redefining democracy

Economics

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 2 - Sectors of 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

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 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

• Chapter 5 - Consumer Rights (To be done as Project Work)

List of map items for Social Science

A. Subject – History: Outline Political Map of India

Chapter-3: Nationalism in India - (1918 – 1930). [For locating and labelling / Identification.]

1. Indian National Congress Sessions:
a. Calcutta (Sep. 1920)
b. Nagpur (Dec. 1920)
c. Madras (1927)

2. Important Centres of Indian National Movement
(Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement)
a. Champaran (Bihar) - Movement of Indigo Planters
b. Kheda (Gujrat) - Peasant Satyagrah
c. Ahmedabad (Gujarat) - Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
d. Amritsar (Punjab) - Jallianwala Bagh Incident
e. Chauri Chaura (U.P.) - calling off the Non Cooperation Movement
f. Dandi (Gujarat) - Civil Disobedience Movement

B. Subject-Geography: Outline Political Map of India

Chapter 1: Resources and Development (Identification only)
a. Major soil Types.

Chapter 3: Water Resources (Locating and Labelling)
Dams:
a. Salal
b. Bhakra Nangal
c. Tehri
d. Rana Pratap Sagar
e. Sardar Sarovar
f. Hirakud
g. Nagarjuna Sagar
h. Tungabhadra.

Note: The theoretical aspect of chapter ‘Water Resources’ to be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board Examination. However, the map items of this chapter as listed above will be evaluated in Board Examination.

Chapter 4: Agriculture [Identification only]

(a) Major areas of Rice and Wheat.
(b) Largest / Major producer states of Sugarcane; Tea; Coffee; Rubber; Cotton and Jute.

Chapter: 5 Mineral and Energy Resources.

Minerals: (Identification only)
(I)  Iron ore mines:
Mayurbhanj
Durg
Bailadila
Bellary
Kudremukh

(II) Mica mines:
Ajmer
Beawar
Nellore
Gaya
Hazaribagh

(III) Coal mines:
Raniganj
Jharia
Bokaro
Talcher
Korba
Singrauli
Singareni
Neyvali

(IV) Oil Fields:
Digboi
Naharkatia
Mumbai High
Bassien
Kalol
Ankaleshwar

(V) Bauxite Deposits:
The Amarkantak plateau
Maikal hills
The plateau region of Bilaspur- Katni.
Orissa Panchpatmali deposits in Koraput district

(VI) Mica deposits:
The Chota Nagpur plateau.
Koderma Gaya – Hazaribagh belt of Jharkhand
Ajmer
Nellore mica belt

Power Plants: (Locating and Labelling only)

(a) Thermal:
Namrup
Talcher
Singrauli
Harduaganj
Korba
Uran
Ramagundam
Vijaywada
Tuticorin

(b) Nuclear:
Narora
Rawat Bhata
Kakrapara
Tarapur
Kaiga
Kalpakkam

Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries [Locating and Labelling Only]

(1) Cotton Textile Industries:
Mumbai
Indore
Ahmedabad
Surat
Kanpur
Coimbatore
Madurai

(2) Iron and Steel Plants:
Burnpur
Durgapur
Bokaro
Jamshedpur
Raurkela
Bhilai
Vijaynagar

(3) Software Technology Parks:
Mohali
Noida
Jaipur
Gandhinagar
Indore
Mumbai
Pune
Kolkata
Bhubaneshwar
Vishakhapatnam
Hyderabad
Bangalore
Mysore
Chennai
Thiruvanantapuram
Bhadravati
Vishakhapatnam
Salem

Chapter 7 Lifelines of National Economy. [Identification Only: Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor.]

National Highways:
NH-1
NH-2
NH-7

Locating and Labelling:

Major Ports:
Kandla
Mumbai
Jawahar Lal Nehru
Marmagao
New Mangalore
Kochi
Tuticorin
Chennai
Vishakhapatnam
Paradip
Haldia
Kolkata

International Airports:
Amritsar (Raja Sansi)
Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)
Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
Thiruvanantapuram (Nedimbacherry)
Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)
Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)
Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)
Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)

Note: Items of Locating and Labelling may also be given for Identification.

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

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