CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21| Check Latest Exam Pattern

CBSE has released Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21 that will important in knowing the topics that could come in the examinations. This year due to coronavirus outbreak, the board has decided to remove some topics from the syllabus. The question paper will be of 70 marks. Practical Work will be conducted of 30 marks.

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21

Variations in Psychological Attributes12
Self and Personality13
Meeting Life Challenges10
Psychological Disorders13
Therapeutic Approaches7
Attitude and Social Cognition8
Social Influence and Group Processes7


Unit I Variations in Psychological Attributes

1. Introduction
2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
4. Intelligence
5. Theories of Intelligence: Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theories, Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence, Planning, Attention-Arousal and
Simultaneous Successive Model of Intelligence
6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
7. Culture and Intelligence
8. Emotional Intelligence
9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement

Unit II Self and Personality

1. Introduction
2. Self and Personality
3. Concept of Self
4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
5. Culture and Self
6. Concept of Personality
7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
• Type Approach
• Trait Approach
• Psychodynamic Approach
• Behavioural Approach
• Cultural Approach
• Humanistic Approach
8. Assessment of Personality
• Self-report Measures
• Projective Techniques
• Behavioural Analysis

Unit III Meeting Life Challenges

1. Introduction
2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
• Stress and Health
• General Adaptation Syndrome
• Stress and Immune System
• Lifestyle
4. Coping with Stress
• Stress Management Techniques
5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
• Stress Resistant Personality
• Life Skills
• Positive Health

Unit IV Psychological Disorders

1. Introduction
2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders
• Historical Background
3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
5. Major Psychological Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
• Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
• Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
• Dissociative Disorders
• Depressive Disorder
• Bipolar and Related Disorders
• Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders
• Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
• Feeding and Eating Disorders
• Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

Unit V Therapeutic Approaches

1. Nature and Process of Psychotherapy
• Therapeutic relationship
2. Types of Therapies
• Behaviour Therapy
• Cognitive Therapy
• Humanistic-Existential Therapy
• Alternative Therapies
3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

Unit VI Attitude and Social Cognition

1. Introduction
2. Explaining Social Behaviour
3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
4. Attitude Formation and Change
• Attitude Formation
• Attitude Change
• Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
5. Prejudice and Discrimination
6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice

Unit VII Social Influence and Group Processes

1. Introduction
2. Nature and Formation of Groups
3. Type of Groups
4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
• Social Loafing
• Group Polarisation

Practical Examination

The students shall be required to undertake one project and conduct two experiments.

Practical File 10 Marks
Viva Voce (Case profile and practical)05 Marks
Two practicals (5 for conduction and 10 for reporting)15 Marks

Practical 30 Marks

A. Test administration: Students are required to administer and interpret three psychological tests related to various psychological attributes like intelligence, aptitude, attitude, personality, etc.
B. In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

Prescribed Books:

1. Psychology, Class XI, Published by NCERT
2. Psychology, Class XII, Published by NCERT

Download Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2020-21

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