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CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2017 - 2018

May 5, 2017 11:00 IST

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    CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus or curriculum for the new academic session 2017-18 is available here. It contains details about course structure, question paper design, prescribed textbooks and other important information related to class 11 History paper. Students can also download CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2017-18 with the help of download link given at the end of this article.

    Important highlights of the CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2017-18 are given below

    S. No.


    Marks (Periods)


    Introduction to World History

    8 Periods

    Section A: Early Societies

    15 Marks (40 Periods)



    7 Periods


    From the beginning of time

    18 Periods


    Early cities

    15 Periods

    Section B: Empires

    20 Marks (50 Periods)



    7 Periods


    An empire across three continents

    15 Periods


    Central Islamic lands

    13 Periods


    Nomadic Empires

    13 Periods

    Section C: Changing Traditions

    20 Marks (50 Periods)



    7 Periods


    Three orders

    14 Periods


    Changing cultural traditions

    15 Periods


    Confrontation of cultures

    14 Periods

    Section D: Paths to Modernization

    20 Marks (52 Periods)





    The Industrial Revolution



    Displacing indigenous People



    Paths to modernization



    • Map work (units 1-16 )



    • Project Work


    Note: Value Based Question can be taken from any of the above Section- A , B, C, D----- 05 Marks.

    Accordingly, teacher can reduce weightage of the corresponding sections.


    100 (Marks) 220 Periods

    1. Introduction to World History

    Section A: Early Societies

    2. Introduction

    3. From the Beginning of Time

    Focus: Africa, Europe till 15000 BCE

    (a) Views on the origin of human beings.

    (b) Early societies.

    (c) Historians’ views on present-day gathering- hunting societies.

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    4. Early Cities

    Focus: Iraq, 3rd millennium BCE

    (a) Growth of towns.

    (b) Nature of early urban societies.

    (c) Historians’ Debate on uses of writing.

    Section B: Empires

    5. Introduction

    6. An Empire across Three Continents

    Focus: Roman Empire, 27 BCE to 600 CE.

    (a) Political evolution

    (b) Economic expansion

    (c) Religio-cultural foundation

    (d) Late Antiquity.

    (e) Historians’ views on the institution of Slavery.

    7. Central Islamic Lands

    Focus: 7th to 12th centuries

    (a) Polity

    (b) Economy

    (c) Culture.

    (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the nature of the crusades.

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    8. Nomadic Empires

    Focus: the Mongol, 13th to 14th century

    (a) The nature of nomadism.

    (b) Formation of empires.

    (c) Conquests and relations with other states.

    (d) Historians’ views on nomadic societies

    and state formation.

    Section C: Changing Traditions

    9. Introduction

    10. Three Orders

    Focus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century

    (a) Feudal society and economy.

    (b) Formation of states.

    (c) Church and Society.

    (d) Historians’ views on decline of feudalism.

    11. Changing Cultural Traditions

    Focus on Europe, 14th to 17th century.

    (a) New ideas and new trends in literature and arts.

    (b) Relationship with earlier ideas

    (c) The contribution of West Asia.

    (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the validity of the notion ‘European Renaissance’.

    12. Confrontation of Cultures

    Focus on America, 15th to 18th century.

    (a) European voyages of exploration.

    (b) Search for gold; enslavement, raids, extermination.

    (c) Indigenous people and cultures – the Arawaks, the Aztecs, the Incas.

    (d) The history of displacements.

    (e) Historians’ viewpoints on the slave trade.

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    Section D: Paths to Modernization

    13. Introduction

    14. The Industrial Revolution

    Focus on England, 18th and 19th century.

    (a) Innovations and technological change

    (b) Patterns of growth.

    (c) Emergence of a working class.

    (d) Historians’ viewpoints, Debate on ‘Was there an Industrial Revolution?’

    15. Displacing Indigenous People

    Focus on North America and Australia, I8th-20th century.

    (a) European colonists in North America and Australia.

    (b) Formation of white settler societies.

    (c) Displacement and repression of local people.

    (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population.

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    16. Paths to Modernization

    Focus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century.

    (a) Militarization and economic growth in Japan.

    (b) China and the Communist alternative.

    (c) Historians’ Debate on the meaning of modernization

    17. Map Work on Units 1-16

    18. Project work

    Please refer Circular separately for guidelines.

    Project work will help students:

    • To develop skill to gather data from a variety of sources, investigate diverse viewpoints and arrive at logical deductions.

    • To develop skill to comprehend, analyze, interpret, evaluate historical evidence and understand the limitation of historical evidence.

    • To develop 21st century managerial skills of co-ordination, self-direction and time management.

    • To learn to work on diverse cultures, races, religions and lifestyles.

    • To learn through constructivism-a theory based on observation and scientific study.

    • To inculcate a spirit of inquiry and research.

    • To communicate data in the most appropriate form using a variety of techniques.

    • To provide greater opportunity for interaction and exploration.

    • To understand contemporary issues in context to our past.

    • To develop a global perspective and an international outlook.

    • To grow into caring, sensitive individuals capable of making informed, intelligent and independent choices.

    • To develop lasting interest in history discipline.

    Details like prescribed textbooks, question paper design, project work etc., are available in PDF of CBSE Class 11 History Syllabus 2017 – 2018.

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