CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam 2019: Latest Exam Pattern and Question Paper format

Check here the the latest examination pattern and expected question paper format for the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam 2019. Knowing the latest exam pattern will help to brief your preparations for board exam 2019.

Created On: Jan 9, 2019 11:16 IST
Modified On: Jan 10, 2019 11:42 IST
CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam Pattern 2019
CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam Pattern 2019

In this article, we are providing the latest examination pattern and expected question paper format for the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam 2019. Here we will also discuss some major changes introduced by CBSE for the upcoming Class 10 Board Exam 2019.

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Examination Pattern for Board Exams 2019 is as follows:

From the last academic session the examination pattern for CBSE Class 10 was changed with the reintroduction of compulsory board examinations. Under the altered assessment scheme, now CBSE conducts the Class 10 English (Communicative) exam annually for 80 marks covering 100% syllabus of the subject. Other 20 marks are kept with schools for internal assessment (IA).

IA comprises:

  • Periodic Tests (PT) with weightage of 10 marks each
  • Notebook Submission of 5 marks
  • Subject Enrichment Activities of 5 marks.

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Solved Sample Paper 2019

As per the sample paper, released by the CBSE Board, the new examination pattern for CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2019 will be according to the following format:

There will be a total of 11 questions divided into three section, viz., A, B and C. Section-Wise Weightage in English Communicative is as follows:


No. of Questions

Total Marks

A: Reading



B: Writing and Grammar



C: Literature






CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Syllabus 2018-2019

Relaxation in passing criteria: Overall 33% marks enough to pass a subject

CBSE has extended the passing criteria relaxation for the Class 10 examination, according to which candidates appearing for Class 10 examination in 2019 onwards will have to secure overall 33 percent marks (internal and external included) in the subjects to be eligible to pass that subject. 

Section A: Reading

(20 Marks)

Q.1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type Questions. (8 marks)

Q.2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions of eight marks to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four Very Short Answer (VSA) type questions to test vocabulary and comprehension (two VSA for vocabulary and two for comprehension) (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar

(30 Marks)

Q.3: Formal letter (Complaints / Inquiry / Placing order / Letter to the editor) in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the Main Course Book. (8 marks)

Q.4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. (10 marks)

Q.5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. (4 marks)

Q.6: Editing or Omission (4 marks)

Q.7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (4 marks)

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) and English (Language and Literature) Sample Papers

Section C: Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text

30 Marks

Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context.  Four Very Short Answer Questions: Two questions of one mark each for global comprehension and two questions of one mark each for interpretation. (4 marks)

Q.9: Four Short Answer type Questions from first Flight and Footprints Without Feet (two from each to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas. (30-40 words each) (4 × 2 = 8 Marks)

Q.10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts, will be assessed. (100-120 words). (8 marks)

Q.11: One out of two very Long Answer Questions on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference and character, in about 200-250 words based on prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)

All questions are compulsory however some questions might have an internal choice to select from. 

Students must go through this latest pattern while preparing for CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2019.

Though the CBSE Class 10 Assessment Structure has been changed completely as compared to the previous one, but it’s not a big deal to score well in Class 10 Board exams if you have a clear strategy and a good study plan to cross the victory line. So stay alert and focused.

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