CBSE Class 10 Social Science Term 1 Syllabus 2021-2022 with Important Resources

Download CBSE Class 10 Social Science Term 1 Syllabus for tomorrow's paper. Check this revised syllabus for one last time before the exam to make sure you have studied all topics mentioned in it. Check map work for the term 1 paper.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Term 1 Syllabus 2021-2022
CBSE Class 10 Social Science Term 1 Syllabus 2021-2022

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus for term 1 (2021-2022) is available here. This syllabus includes the names of units (along with their weightage) and chapters that are to be covered in term 1. It also mentions the list of map items and the components of internal assessment for the first term. Students must go through the full syllabus to prepare for their term 1 exams (in November/December 2021) in the right way.

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Course Structure - Class 10th Social Science Term 1 (2021-2022)

Marks - 40



No. of Periods



India and the Contemporary World -1




Contemporary India – I




Democratic Politics – I











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COURSE CONTENT - Class 10th Term 1 (2021-2022)


Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World – II


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

• 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.

Unit 2: Contemporary India – II


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

• Understand the value of resources and the need for their judicious utilization and conservation.

3. Water Resources

• Water Scarcity and The Need for Water Conservation and Management

• Multi-Purpose River Projects and Integrated Water Resources Management

• Rainwater Harvesting

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 will be evaluated in Board Examination.

• Comprehend the importance of water as a resource as well as develop awareness towards its judicious use and conservation.

• Identify different Dams in the country.

4. Agriculture

• Types of farming

• Cropping Pattern

• Major Crops

• Technological and Institutional Reforms

• Impact of Globalization on Agriculture

• 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.

• Explain various government policies for institutional as well as technological reforms since independence.

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II


Learning Objectives

1. Power Sharing

• Case Studies of Belgium and Sri Lanka

• Why power sharing is desirable?

• Forms of Power Sharing

• Familiarize with the centrality of power sharing in a democracy.

• Understand the working of spatial and social power sharing mechanisms

2. Federalism

• What is Federalism?

• What make India a Federal Country?

• How is Federalism practiced?

• Decentralization in India

• Analyse federal provisions and institutions.

• Explain decentralization in rural and urban areas.

Unit 4: Economics



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

• 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.

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

• Identify major employment generating sectors.

• Reason out the government investment in different sectors of economy.



Chapter 1: Resources and Development

a. Major soil Types Chapter

3: Water Resources


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

a. Major areas of Rice and Wheat

b. Largest / Major producer States of Sugarcane, Tea, Coffee, Rubber, Cotton and Jute

Internal Assessment:


CLASS X (2021-22)

05 Marks

1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake any one project on the following topics: Consumer Awareness OR 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, different forms of Art may be integrated in the project work.

S. No.




Content accuracy, originality and analysis



Presentation and creativity



Viva Voce


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

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 (like comic strips, drawings, illustrations, script play etc.);

→ 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

6. Learning Outcomes at the Secondary Stage – Published by NCERT

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

Download CBSE Class 10 Social Science Term 1 Syllabus 2021-2022

Given below is the link to the old CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus that can be referred to for understanding the changes made to the syllabus and know how topics have been divided for the two terms.

CBSE Class 10 Social Science OLD Syllabus 2021-2022 (Released on 31st March)

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