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CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2018: Latest Exam Pattern

Dec 5, 2017 12:34 IST
    CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative): Latest Exam Pattern
    CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative): Latest Exam Pattern

    With the discontinuation of the ‘Dual Assessment Scheme’ in CBSE class 10, students will be assessed on the basis of board exams to be conducted at the end of the academic year. As the current academic year is moving towards it’s end, now every student would be aware of the latest assessment structure so, they must be preparing hard for the coming board exams. Unlike the previous assessment structure, they have a challebge to prepare full syllabus for the annual assessment, i.e., CBSE board exams. So they must follow a smart and strategic study technique following which they are able to prepare full syallabus of each subject and spare enough time for revision before the exams commence. But before they start preparing for exams they must have an idea about the exam structure and type of questions to be asked in CBSE Class 10 Board Exams 2018.

    From the current session the examination pattern for CBSE Class 10 has been changed. CBSE recently released the sample papers for all important subjects to give an idea of the examination pattern to be followed in Class 10 Board Exams 2018.

    CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Sample Paper 2017-2018

    Here, we will discuss about the major changes observed in the latest examination pattern to be followed in CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Examintion 2018.

    Previously, Class 10 English (Communicative) exam used to be conducted in two terms, summative assessment-I and summative assessment-II, with each term containing half syllabus. The paper consisted of a theory paper of 70 marks and 20 marks were kept for Assessment of Speaking and Listening skill, making the paper of 90 marks.

    This year, board will conduct the class 10 English (Communicative) exam 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) Syllabus 2017-2018

    As per the sample paper, released by the CBSE Board, the new examination pattern for CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2018 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






    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)

    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 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 consider this latest pattern while preparing for CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2018.

    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.

    All the very best!

    CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2017: Question Paper

    CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2017: Marking Scheme

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