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CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Syllabus 2016 – 2017

Jun 6, 2016 09:30 IST

    CBSE has released syllabus of Class 10 for the academic session 2016‒2017.

    Important highlights of the CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Syllabus for the academic year 2016-17 are:

    • CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Course for SA ‒ I and SA ‒ II (2016 ‒ 17)
    • Section wise weightage in English Communicative
    • Prescribed Books for CBSE Class 10th English Communicative
    • Question Paper Design for CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Class 10 (2016-17)

    Overview of the CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Syllabus is as follows:

    CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Course for SA ‒ I and SA ‒ II (2016 ‒ 17):


    Literature Reader

    Summative Assessment – I

    Summative Assessment - II



    1. Two Gentlemen of Verona

    1. A Shady Plot

    2. Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

    2. Patol Babu

    3. The Letter

    3. Virtually True



    2. The Frog and the Nightingale

    1. Ozymandias

    2. Mirror

    2. The Rime of Ancient Mariner

    3. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments

    3. Snake



    1. The Dear Departed

    1. Julius Caesar

    Main Course Book


    2. Health and Medicine

    1. Environment

    2. Education

    2. Travel and Tourism

    3. Science

    3. National Integration

    Extended Reading Texts – (either one)

    Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

    June 12, 1942 to March 14, 1944

    By Anne Frank (unabridged edition)

    The Story of My Life – 1903, Chapters 1-14

    By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

    Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

    March 16, 1944 to August 01, 1944

    By Anne Frank (unabridged edition)

    The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15-23

    By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

    WORK BOOK* – Suggested Break-up of Units for the purpose of classroom teaching only

    – NOT FOR TESTING (see the following note).

    Term I

    Term II

    1. Determiners

    1. Comparison

    2. Tenses

    2. Avoiding Repetition

    3. Subject-Verb Agreement

    3. Nominalization

    4. Non-Finites

    4. Modals

    5. Relatives

    5. Active and Passive

    6. Connectors

    6. Reported Speech

    7. Conditionals

    7. Prepositions

    * Note on Workbook

    The suggested split up of the units of the Workbook reflects a distribution for the purpose of classroom teaching only. Since grammar and usage is not to be tested discreetly, but in an integrated manner, the split up as shown will not restrict questions in the grammar section of SA I and SA II question papers to the specific units shown in the split up of Workbook units. Grammar will be tested by recycling grammar items learnt over a period of time in a comprehensive manner. Teachers may adapt this suggested distribution for classroom teaching making modifications according to their specific needs. Similarly Formative Assessment of grammar items may also be carried out in an integrated manner along with the skills of reading, writing, speaking and Listening as well as Literature.


    1. Formative Assessment is assessment ‘for’ learning. Thus, schools may adapt the given break-up as per their convenience.

    2. All activities related to Formative Assessment such as language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatization, script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’ and ‘in school’ activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher.

    Section wise weightage in English Communicative






    Reading Skills




    Writing Skills with Grammar




    Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text




    Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL)








    It is a division of marks assigned to all the four skills of language. The distribution of marks for Formative Assessments carrying 40% weightage may be done by the schools themselves. A variety of activities to assess all the skills of language may be used for Formative Assessments. The Summative Assessment Question Papers, if developed by the schools themselves, may be for 70 marks to which 20 marks may be added for Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills making the paper of 90 marks. The one third of the 90 marks i.e. 30 should be added each in both Summative Assessments. Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills (ASL) will be done formally at the term end examination in Summative – II. Schools can conduct ASL for Summative – I themselves as per the guidelines provided by the CBSE. However, assessment of these skills may also be done under the Formative activities spread over two terms. There will be one written paper of English at the end of each term carrying 70 marks. The time limit will be three hours.

    Section A: Reading (20 Marks, 50 Periods)

    Qs 1 - 2. This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750 words. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

    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 to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four MCQs to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

    Section B: Writing & Grammar (25 Marks, 60 Periods)

    Q. 3 Letter to the Editor / article in about 100-120 words will make use of any visual / verbal stimulus and the question will be thematically based on the MCB. (5 marks)

    Q. 4 Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. (10 marks)

    The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in classes IX & X.

    1. Tenses

    2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)

    3. Use of passive voice

    4. Subject – verb concord

    5. Reporting

    (i) Commands and requests

    (ii) Statements

    (iii) Questions

    6. Clauses:

    (i) Noun clauses

    (ii) Adverb clauses of condition and time

    (iii) Relative clauses

    7. Determiners, and

    8. Prepositions

    The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

    Q. 5 Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. (3 marks)

    Q. 6 Editing or Omission (4 marks)

    Q. 7 Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (3 marks)

    Section C: Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text (25 Marks, 60 Periods)

    Q. 8 One out of two extracts from prose / poetry / play for reference to context. Three very short answer questions. One mark in each extra will be for vocabulary. One question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation. (3 marks)

    Q. 9 Four short answer type questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) (2×4 = 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.(80-100 words). (4 marks)

    Q. 11 One out of two Very Long Answer Question on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference and character, in about 150-200 words based on prescribed novel. (10 Marks)

    Section D: Speaking and Listening Skills: (20 Marks, 50 Periods)

    Since the introduction of Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) in classes IX and X, it has become imperative to carry out speaking and listening activities in regular classroom teaching. Sufficient practice should be given to students in order to prepare them for ASL. Performance descriptors should be shared with students from time to time.

    Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi


    1. Main Course Book (Revised Edition)

    2. Workbook (Revised Edition)

    3. Literature Reader (Revised Edition)


    i Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)

    ii The Story of My Life – 1903 by Helen Keller(unabridged edition)

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