CBSE Class 10 English (Language & Literature) Exam 2019: Latest Exam Pattern & Question Paper Format

This article explains the latest exam pattern for CBSE Class 10 Science Exam 2019. You will also get to know about the expected question paper format for board exam. Analysing the exam pattern and question paper design will help to make an effective preparation for the exam.

Created On: Jan 10, 2019 09:48 IST
Modified On: Jan 11, 2019 16:12 IST
CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Exam Pattern
CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Exam Pattern

Only about one month is left for the CBSE Class 10 Board Exams 2019 to commence. Now, students who are going to appear for Class 10 Board Exams must start doing an effective preparation to cover the whole syllabus and then start revisions before exams. 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 2019.

Here, in this article, we will discuss about the latest examination pattern to be followed in CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Examination 2019. We also explain the English question paper format expected to be followed in the board exam.

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

CBSE board will conduct the class 10 English (Language and Literature) exam for 80 marks, with duration of 3 hours. It will cover 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.

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. 

CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Syllabus 2018-2019

Question Paper Design for CBSE Class 10 Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Exam 2019:

As per the sample paper, released by the CBSE Board, the design of question paper for CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) 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 (Language and Literature) is as follows:


No. of Questions

Total Marks

A: Reading



B: Writing and Grammar



C: Literature






  • All questions are compulsory.
  • Total time allowed: 3 Hours
  • Maximum Marks: 80

CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature)Sample Paper 2019

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

Section B: Writing and Grammar

(30 Marks)

Q. 3:  Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor /article in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. (8 marks)

Q. 4:  Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150 – 200 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 = 08 Marks)

CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2019: Exam Pattern and Question Paper Design for All Subjects

Q. 10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out (First Flight and Footprints Without Feet) 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, plot or character involving interpretation and inference 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 (Language and Literature) Exam 2019.

Though it is going to be the first board exam for class 10 students, but they need not to be worried about the exams as a little more hard work and a strategic preparation are enough to pass the CBSE Class 10 Board Exam with  flying colours.

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