CBSE Class 10 Social Science Revised Syllabus for Board Exam 2021 (Reduced by 30%)

Go through the revised CBSE syllabus of Class 10 Social Science for effective preparation for the Board Exam 2021. Also, check the deleted portion of the syllabus.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus
CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus

Check the new CBSE Syllabus of Class 10 Social Science subject for the academic session 2020-2021. Board has revised the Class 10 Social Science Syllabus which has been reduced by 30% of the original or full syllabus.  Students must check this revised syllabus to know the list of topics to be prepared for the internal exams or the year-end board examination. You will get to know the examination details and components of internal assessment for CBSE Class 10 Social Science Exam 2021.

Contents of CBSE Class 10 Social Science syllabus 2020-21:

  • Unit-wise weightage
  • Topics and sub topics prescribed by board from each unit
  • Project Work
  • Prescribed books
  • Question paper design for the annual board examination
  • Components of Internal Assessment
  • List of map items

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Find below the complete syllabus for CBSE Class 10 Social Science:

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Unit-Wise Weightage


Unit Name



India and the Contemporary World - II



Contemporary India - II



Democratic Politics - II



Understanding Economic Development





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Deleted Portion of CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Paper Pattern & Sample Paper for Board Exam 2021

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Course Structure:

Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World - II (46 Periods)


Learning Objectives

Section 1: Events and Processes:
1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe:

  • The French Revolution and the Idea of the Nation
  • The Making of Nationalism in Europe
  • The Age of Revolutions: 1830-1848
  • The Making of Germany and Italy
  • Visualizing the Nation
  • Nationalism and Imperialism


2. Nationalism in India:

  • The First World War, Khilafat and Non - Cooperation
  • Differing Strands within the Movement
  • Towards Civil Disobedience
  • The Sense of Collective Belonging

 Section 2: Livelihoods, Economies and Societies: Any one theme of the following. The theme selected should be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board Examination.

3. The Making of a Global World:

  • The Pre-modern world
  • The Nineteenth Century global economy, colonialism)
  • The Inter war Economy (Great Depression)
  • Rebuilding the World Economy

4. The Age of Industrialization:

  • Before the Industrial Revolution
  • Hand Labour and Steam Power
  • Industrialization in the colonies
  • Factories Come Up
  • The Peculiarities of Industrial Growth
  • Market for Goods
  • Enable the learners to identify and comprehend the forms in which nationalism developed along with the formation of nation states in Europe in the post-1830 period.
  • Establish the relationship and bring out the difference between European nationalism and anti-colonial nationalisms.
  • Understand the way the idea of nationalism emerged and led to the formation of nation states in Europe and elsewhere.
  • Recognize the characteristics of Indian nationalism through a case study of Non-Cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement.
  • Analyze the nature of the diverse social movements of the time.
  • Familiarize with the writings and ideals of different political groups and individuals.
  • Appreciate the ideas promoting Pan Indian belongingness.






  • Show that globalization has a long history and point to the shifts within the process.
  • Analyze the implication of globalization for local economies.
  • Discuss how globalization is experienced differently by different social groups.






  • Familiarize with the Pro- to-Industrial phase and Early – factory system.
  • Familiarize with the process of industrialization and its impact on labour class.
  • Enable them to understand industrialization in the colonies with reference to Textile industries.


Also Read:

Class 10 Social Science NCERT Book

Class 10 Social Science NCERT Solutions

Unit 2: Contemporary India - II (34 Periods)


Learning Objectives

1. Resources and Development:

  • Types of Resources
  • Development of Resources
  • Resource Planning in India
  • Land Resources
  • Land Utilization
  • Land Use Pattern in India
  • Land Degradation and Conservation Measures
  • Soil as a Resource
  • Classification of Soils
  • Soil Erosion and Soil Conservation

3. Water Resources:

Note: The theoretical aspect of this chapter will not be assessed in Periodic Tests and Board Examination. Only Map Items as given in the Map List from this chapter will be evaluated in Board Examination. 

4. Agriculture:

  • Types of farming
  • Cropping Pattern
  • Major Crops
  • Technological and Institutional Reforms
  • Impact of Globalization on Agriculture



5. Minerals :

Note: The theoretical aspect of this chapter will not be assessed in Periodic Tests and Board Examination. Only Map items as given in map list from this chapter will be
evaluated in Board Examination.

6. Manufacturing Industries:

  • Importance of manufacturing
  • Contribution of Industry to National Economy
  • Industrial Location
  • Classification of Industries
  • Spatial distribution
  • Industrial pollution and environmental degradation
  • Control of Environmental Degradation

7. Life Lines of National Economy:

  • Transport – Roadways, Railways, Pipelines, Waterways, Airways
  • Communication
  • International Trade
  • Tourism as a Trade







  • Understand the importance of forests and wild life in one environment as well as develop concept towards depletion of resources.







  • Identify different dams in the country.





  • Explain the importance of agriculture in national economy.
  • Identify various types of farming and discuss the various farming methods; describe the spatial distribution of major crops as well as understand the relationship between rainfall regimes and cropping pattern.


  • Identify places of  availability of
    different energy resources.





  • Bring out the importance of industries in the national economy as well as understand the regional disparities which resulted due to concentration of industries in some areas.
  • Discuss the need for a planned industrial development and debate over the role of government towards sustainable development.


  • Explain the importance of transport and communication in the ever-shrinking world.
  • Understand the role of trade and tourism in the economic development of a country.

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II (27 Periods)


Learning Objectives

1. Power Sharing:

  • Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka
  • Why power sharing is desirable?
  • Forms of Power Sharing

2. Federalism

  • What is Federalism?
  • What make India a Federal Country?
  • How is Federalism practiced?
  • Decentralization in India

6. Political Parties:

  • Why do we need Political Parties?
  • How many Parties should we have?
  • National Political Parties
  • State Parties
  • Challenges to Political Parties
  • How can Parties be reformed?

7. Outcomes of Democracy:

  • How do we assess democracy’s outcomes?
  • Accountable, responsive and legitimate government
  • Economic growth and development
  • Reduction of inequality and poverty
  • Accommodation of social diversity
  • Dignity and freedom of the citizens
  • Familiarize with the centrality of power sharing in a democracy.
  • Understand the working of spatial and social power sharing mechanisms.


  • Analyse federal provisions and institutions.
  • Explain decentralization in rural and urban areas.



  • Analyse party systems in democracies.
  • Introduction to major political parties, challenges faced by them and reforms in the country.
  • Evaluate the functioning of democracies in comparison to alternative forms of governments.
  • Understand the causes for continuation of democracy in India.
  • Distinguish between sources of strengths and weaknesses of Indian democracy.

Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development (44 Periods)


Learning Objectives

1. Development:

  • What Development Promises - Different people different goals
  • Income and other goals
  • National Development
  • How to compare different countries or states?
  • Income and other criteria
  • Public Facilities
  • Sustainability of development

2. Sectors of the Indian Economy:

  • Sectors of Economic Activities
  • Comparing the three sectors
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sectors in India
  • Division of sectors as organized and unorganized
  • Sectors in terms of ownership: Public and Private Sectors

3. Money and Credit:

  • Money as a medium of exchange
  • Modern forms of money
  • Loan activities of Banks
  • Two different credit situations
  • Terms of credit
  • Formal sector credit in India
  • Self Help Groups for the Poor

4. Globalisation and the Indian Economy:

  • Production across countries
  • Interlinking production across countries
  • Foreign Trade and integration of markets
  • What is globalization?
  • Factors that have enabled Globalisation
  • World Trade Organisation
  • Impact of Globalization on India
  • The Struggle for a fair Globalisation
  • Familiarize with concepts of macroeconomics.
  • Understand the rationale for overall human development in our country, which includes the rise of income, improvements in health and education rather than income.
  • Understand the importance of quality of life and sustainable development.





  • Identify major employment generating sectors.
  • Reason out the government investment in different sectors of economy.







  • Understand money as an economic concept.
  • Understand the role of financial institutions from the point of view of day-to- day life.








  • Explain the working of the Global Economic phenomenon.






Check NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Social Science:

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 History

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Geography

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 Economics


CLASS X (2020-21)

05 Periods         05 Marks

1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake any one project on the following topics:

Consumer Awareness


Social Issues


Sustainable Development

2. Objective: The overall objective of the project work is to help students gain an insight and pragmatic understanding of the theme and see all the Social Science disciplines from interdisciplinary perspective. It should also help in enhancing the Life Skills of the students.

Students are expected to apply the Social Science concepts that they have learnt over the years in order to prepare the project report.

If required, students may go out for collecting data and use different primary and secondary resources to prepare the project. If possible, various forms of art may be integrated in the project work.

3. The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:





Content accuracy, originality and analysis



Presentation and creativity  



Viva Voce


CBSE Class 10 Social Science Previous Years Question Papers

4. The projects carried out by the students in different topics should subsequently be shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel discussions, etc.

5. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be meticulously maintained by concerned schools.

6. A Summary Report should be prepared highlighting:

  • objectives realized through individual work and group interactions;
  • calendar of activities
  • innovative ideas generated in the process ;
  • list of questions asked in viva voce.

7. It is to be noted here by all the teachers and students that the projects and models prepared should be made from eco-friendly products without incurring too much expenditure.

8. The Project Report should be handwritten by the students themselves.

9. Records pertaining to projects (internal assessment) of the students will be maintained for a period of three months from the date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of Board. Subjudiced cases, if any or those involving RTI / Grievances may however be retained beyond three months


1.  India and the Contemporary World - II (History) - Published by NCERT

2.  Contemporary India - II (Geography) - Published by NCERT

3.  Democratic Politics II (Political Science) - Published by NCERT

4.  Understanding Economic Development - Published by NCERT

5.  Together, Towards a Safer India - Part III, a textbook on Disaster Management - Published by CBSE

Note: Please procure latest reprinted edition (2020) of prescribed NCERT textbooks.



CLASS X (2020-21)

Time: 3 Hours                  Max. Marks: 80


  • Teachers may refer ‘Learning Outcomes’ published by NCERT for developing lesson plans, assessment framework and questions.
  • Two items from History Map List and four from Geography Map List


cbse 10 sst syllabus

CLASS-X (2019-2020)


A. Subject – History: Outline Political Map of India

Chapter-3: Nationalism in India - (1918 – 1930).

For locating and labelling / Identification.

1. Indian National Congress Sessions:

a. Calcutta (Sep. 1920)

b. Nagpur (Dec. 1920)

c. Madras (1927)

2. Important Centres of Indian National Movement

(Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement)

a. Champaran (Bihar) - Movement of Indigo Planters

b. Kheda (Gujrat) - Peasant Satyagrah

c. Ahmedabad (Gujarat) - Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha

d. Amritsar (Punjab) - Jallianwala Bagh Incident

e. Chauri Chaura (U.P.) - calling off the Non Cooperation Movement

f. Dandi (Gujarat) - Civil Disobedience Movement

B. Subject-Geography: Outline Political Map of India

Chapter 1: Resources and Development (Identification only)

a. Major soil Types.

Chapter 3: Water Resources (Locating and Labelling)


a. Salal

b. Bhakra Nangal

c. Tehri

d. Rana Pratap Sagar

e. Sardar Sarovar

f. Hirakud

g. Nagarjuna Sagar

h. Tungabhadra.

Note: The theoretical aspect of chapter ‘Water Resources’ to be assessed in the Periodic Tests only and will not be evaluated in Board Examination. However, the map items of this chapter as listed above will be evaluated in Board Examination.

Chapter 4: Agriculture

Identification only

(a)  Major areas of Rice and Wheat.

(b) Largest / Major producer states of Sugarcane; Tea; Coffee; Rubber; Cotton and Jute.

Chapter: 5 Mineral and Energy Resources.

Power Plants:

(Locating and Labelling only)

(a)  Thermal :










(b) Nuclear:


 Rawat Bhata





Note: Only Map Items of this chapter as listed above will be evaluated in Board Examination.

Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries

Locating and Labelling Only

(1) Cotton Textile Industries:








(2) Iron and Steel Plants:







(3) Software Technology Parks:









Chapter 7 Lifelines of National Economy (Locating and Labelling)

Major Ports:




 New Mangalore







International Airports:

Amritsar (Raja Sansi)

Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)

Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)

Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)

Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)

Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)

Note: Items of Locating and Labelling may also be given for Identification.

Download CBSE Class 10 Social Science Revised Syllabus for 2020-21

You may also check the old syllabus or the full syllabus of Class 10 Social Science to check which topics have been eliminated from each chapter of Social Science in the revised syllabus.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science (OLD) Syllabus 2020-21

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