CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus 2020-21| Check Latest Exam Pattern

CBSE has released the syllabus for 2020-21 academic session. This session syllabus has been reduced approx 30 percent due to coronavirus pandemic. The written examination will be of 80 marks while Listening and Speaking Competencies will cover 20 marks. There will be two parts in the question paper divided into three sections.

CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus 2020-21

Section A - Reading Skills 
Section B - Writing Skills with Grammar
Section C - Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text

Part A

Reading (20 Marks)

I. Multiple Choice Questions based on a Discursive passage of 400-450 words. Ten out of twelve questions to be answered. (10×1=10)

II. Multiple Choice Questions based on a Case-based factual passage of 300-350 words. Ten out of
twelve questions to be answered. (10×1=10) (Total length of two passages to be 700-750 words).

Literature Textbooks (10 Marks)

III. Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract from drama/prose Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done. (5x1=5)
IV. Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract from poetry to test analysis and
interpretation. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done (5x1=5)

Grammar 10 Marks

V. Ten Multiple Choice Questions, out of twelve, to be answered. Questions shall be based on the following:
i. Tenses
ii. Modals
iii. Subject – verb concord
iv. Reported speech
a. Commands and requests
b. Statements
c. Questions
v. Determiners

Part B – Subjective Questions (40 marks)

Writing 10 Marks

I. Formal letter (word limit 100-120 words) based on a given situation. One out of two
questions is to be answered. 5 marks

II. Writing an analytical paragraph (word limit 100-120 words) based on a given outline/ Data/
Chart/ Cue/s .One out of two questions is to be answered. 5 marks

Literature 30 Marks

III. Four out of six Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 20-30 words each from
First Flight and Footprints without Feet (two out of three from each textbook.).2x4=8 marks

IV. Four out of six Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 40-50 words each from
First Flight and Footprints without Feet (two out of three from each textbook.). 3x4=12 marks

V. One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from First Flight to be answered in about 100-120 words. This can be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. 5 marks

VI. One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from Footprints without Feet on theme or plot or
character sketch to be answered in about 100-120 words. 5 marks.

Topics which have been deleted from the Syllabus:

Grammar

• Use of Passive Voice
• Clauses: Noun, Adverb, Relative
• Prepositions

First Flight

1. How to Tell Wild Animals
2. Trees
3. Fog
4. Mijbil the Otter
5. For Anne Gregory

Footprints without Feet – Supplementary Reader for Class X

1. The Midnight Visitor
2. A Question of Trust
3. The Book That Saved The Earth

Internal Assessment

Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 05 marks. It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced. Art-integrated projects based on activities like Role Play, Skit, Dramatization etc. must be used.

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