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CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2017 – 2018

Apr 26, 2017 11:45 IST

    Download CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2017 – 2018

    CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2017 – 2018 is available here for download in PDF format. Latest CBSE Syllabus 2017-2018 for class 11 English Core contains important details related to course structure, question paper design and other important details.

    Major highlights of CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2017 – 2018 are given below





    Reading Comprehension



    Writing Skills and Grammar



    Literature and Long Reading Texts/Novel



    Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills


    Section - A

    Reading Comprehension (45 Periods)

    • Very short answer +/ Short answer and MCQ type questions:

    Two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions including 04 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. The total range of the 2 passages including a poem or a stanza, should be around 900-1000 words.

    1. 550-600 words in length (for note-making and summarising)

    2. 350-400 words in length (to test comprehension, interpretation and inference)

    An unseen poem of about 28-35 lines.

    The passages could be of any one of the following types:

    • Factual passages, e.g., illustrations, description, reports

    • Discursive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive

    • Literary passages e.g. extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.

    Section - B

    Writing Skills and Grammar

    Writing (60 Periods)

    Short Answer Questions: Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement

    • Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal/visual input. It would cover all types of letters.

    • Letter types may include:

    (a) business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)

    (b) letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue)

    (c) application for a job with a bio-data or resumé

    (d) letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements suitability of courses, etc.

    • Very Long Answer Question: Composition in the form of article, speech, report writing or a narrative


    Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item types will include gap filling, sentence re-ordering, dialogue completion and sentence transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals and Change of Voice. These grammar areas will be tested using the following short answer type and MCQ type questions.

    • Error Correction, editing tasks,

    • Re - ordering of sentences,

    • Transformation of sentences

    CBSE Class 11 Biotechnology Syllabus 2017 - 2018

    Section - C

    Literature and Long Reading Texts/Novels (70 Periods)

    Questions to test comprehension at different levels: literal, inferential and evaluative

    1. Hornbill: Textbook published by NCERT, New Delhi

    2. Snapshots: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT, New Delhi

    The following have been deleted:


    Name of the lessons deleted


    1. Landscape of the Soul

    2. The Adventure

    3. Silk Road

    4. The Laburnum Top (Poetry)


    5. The Ghat of the only World

    • Very Short Answer Questions - Based on an extract from poetry to test reference to context comprehension and appreciation.

    • Short Answer Questions - Based on prose, poetry and plays from both the texts.

    • Long Answer Question - Based on prescribed texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts to bring out the key messages and values.

    • Long Answer Questions - Based on theme, plot, incidents or events from the prescribed novels.

    • Long Answer Question - Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the characters.

    Note: Values-based questions may be given as long answers in the writing or literature sections.

    CBSE Class 11 English Elective (NCERT) Syllabus 2017 – 2018

    Extended Reading Texts: (either one)

    With a view to inculcate the habit of reading among the students, CBSE has introduced compulsory reading of a Long Reading Text - Novel in the English Core Course which will be evaluated in the Term-end Assessments. Schools can opt for either one of the texts.



    (i) The Canterville Ghost

    Oscar Wilde (unabridged 1906 Edition)

    (ii) Up from Slavery

    Booker T. Washington (unabridged 2000 Edition)

    Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills (45 Periods)

    It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced in the class.

    CBSE Class 11 English Elective (CBSE) Syllabus 2017 - 2018

    Guidelines for Assessment in Listening and Speaking Skills

    A. Activities:

    • Activities for listening and speaking available at www.cbseacademic.in are to be used for developing listening and speaking skills of students.

    • Subject teachers should also refer to books prescribed in the syllabus.

    • In addition to the above, teachers may create their own material for assessing the listening and speaking skills.

    B. Parameters for Assessment:

    The listening and speaking skills are to be assessed on the following parameters:

    i. Interactive competence (Initiation & turn taking, relevance to the topic).

    ii. Fluency (cohesion, coherence and speed of delivery).

    iii. Pronunciation

    iv. Language (accuracy and vocabulary).

    C. Schedule:

    • The practice of listening and speaking skills should be done throughout the academic year.

    • The final assessment of the skills is to be done as per the convenience and schedule of the school.

    D. Record keeping:

    The record of the activities done and the marks given must be kept for three months after the declaration of result of class XI, for any random checking by the Board.

    No recording of speaking skills is to be done.

    Details related to design or format of CBSE Class 11 English Core question paper is available in the PDF of the syllabus.

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