CBSE Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21| Check Latest Exam Pattern

CBSE has released Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21 which is useful in knowing the topics that could come in the examinations. The annual examination will be of 70 marks, with a duration of three hours while practicals will be of 30 Marks.

CBSE Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21

Units 
Topics
Marks
IWhat is Psychology?10
IIMethods of Enquiry in Psychology13
IIIThe Bases of Human Behavior11
IVHuman Development9
VSensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes9
VILearning10
VIIHuman Memory8
-Total70

Unit I: What is Psychology?

1. Introduction
2. What is Psychology?
• Psychology as a Discipline
• Psychology as a Natural Science
• Psychology as a Social Science
3. Understanding Mind and Behaviour
4. Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology
5. Evolution of Psychology
6. Development of Psychology in India
7. Branches of Psychology
8. Themes of Research and Applications
9. Psychology and Other Disciplines
10.Psychologists at Work
11.Psychology in Everyday Life

Unit II: Methods of Enquiry in Psychology

1. Introduction
2. Goals of Psychological Enquiry
• Steps in Conducting Scientific Research
• Alternative Paradigms of Research
3. Nature of Psychological Data
4. Some Important Methods in Psychology
• Observational Method
• Experimental Method
• Correlational Research
• Survey Research
• Psychological Testing
• Case Study
5. Analysis of Data
• Quantitative Method
• Qualitative Method
6. Limitations of Psychological Enquiry
7. Ethical Issues

Unit III: The Bases of Human Behaviour

1. Introduction
2. Evolutionary Perspective
3. Biological and Cultural Roots
4. Biological Basis of Behaviour
• Neurons
5. Structure and Functions of Nervous System and Endocrine System and their Relationship with Behaviour and Experience
• The Nervous System
• The Endocrine System
6. Heredity: Genes and Behaviour
7. Cultural Basis : Socio-Cultural Shaping of Behaviour
• Concept of Culture
8. Enculturation
9. Socialization
10.Acculturation

Unit IV: Human Development

1. Introduction
2. Meaning of Development
• Life-Span Perspective on Development
3. Factors Influencing Development
4. Context of Development
5. Overview of Developmental Stages
• Prenatal Stage
• Infancy
• Childhood
• Challenges of Adolescence
• Adulthood and Old Age

Unit V: Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes

1. Introduction
2. Knowing the world
3. Nature and varieties of Stimulus
4. Sense Modalities
5. Attentional Processes
• Selective Attention
• Sustained Attention
6. Perceptual Processes
• Processing Approaches in Perception
7. The Perceiver
8. Principles of Perceptual Organisation
9. Perception of Space, Depth and Distance
• Monocular Cues and Binocular Cues
10.Perceptual Constancies
11.Illusions
12.Socio-Cultural Influences on Perception
14 Periods

Unit VI: Learning

1. Introduction
2. Nature of Learning
3. Paradigms of Learning
4. Classical Conditioning
• Determinants of Classical Conditioning
5. Operant/Instrumental Conditioning
• Determinants of Operant Conditioning
6. Key Learning Processes
7. Observational Learning
8. Cognitive Learning
9. Verbal Learning
10.Skill Learning
11.Factors Facilitating Learning
12.Learning Disabilities

Unit VII: Human Memory

1. Introduction
2. Nature of Memory
3. Information Processing Approach: The Stage Model
4. Memory Systems: Sensory, Short-term and Longterm Memories
5. Levels of Processing
6. Types of Long-term Memory
• Declarative and Procedural; Episodic and Semantic
7. Memory as a Constructive Process
8. Nature and Causes of Forgetting
• Forgetting due to Trace Decay, Interference and
Retrieval Failure
9. Enhancing Memory
• Mnemonics using Images and Organisation

Deleted Topics from Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21

• Chapter 5 Sensory, Attentional & Perceptual Processes: Visual Sensation – Pages 87 to 91, Auditory Sensation – Pages 91 to 93

• Chapter 6 Learning: Concept Learning – Page 120, Transfer of Learning – Page 122, Learning Styles -page 125, Application of Learning Principles – Pages 127, 128

• Chapter 7 Memory: Knowledge Representation & Organization in Memory – Page 139 to
142

• Chapter 8 Thinking: Complete Chapter

• Chapter 9 Motivation and Emotion: Complete Chapter

Practical Examination

• Practical (Experiments) file - 5 Marks
• Project file - 5 Marks
• Viva Voce (Project and experiments)- 5 Marks
• One experiment: (05 for conduct and 10 for reporting) -15 Marks

Prescribed Books:

1. Psychology, Class XI, Published by NCERT

Download Class 11 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21



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