CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2017-2018

In this article you will get CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus, issued by CBSE for the academic session 2017-2018. Here you will also get acquainted with the remodeled structure of assessment for class 9 that will get implemented from the current academic session.

Updated: Apr 27, 2017 09:17 IST

class 9 english syllabus, cbse syllabus 2017-2018, class 9 english communicative syllabusCBSE has released the Class 9 English Communicative syllabus for the academic session 2017-2018. In this article you will get the complete syllabus of CBSE Class 9 English Communicative. The assessment scheme will be similar to class X Board examination. This year as per the CBSE’s remodeled assessment structure, the Assessment scheme will have an 80 marks component for Class 9 Annual examination in all scholastic subjects along with a 20 marks component of Internal Assessment (IA). IA comprises Periodic Tests (PT) with weightage of 10 marks, Notebook Submission of 5 marks and Subject Enrichment Activities of 5 marks.
Students must know the entire syllabus before starting preparing for the exams.
Section-Wise Weightage In English Communicative



Total Weightage 80



Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text





Note:  The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

Section A: Reading (20 Marks)                                                             50 Periods                                              

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below:
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 and four Very Short Answer Type questions to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)                                        60 Periods                                                 

Q. 3:  Writing a diary/article in about 100–120 words using visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on MCB. (8 marks)                                                                                                               

Q. 4:  Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. (12 marks)                                   The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX:
1.  Tenses
2.  Modals
3.  Use of passive voice
4.  Subject – verb concord
5.  Reporting
     (i)  Commands and requests
     (ii)  Statements
     (iii)  Questions
6.  Clauses:
     (i)  Noun clauses
     (ii)  Adverb clauses of condition and time
     (iii)  Relative clauses
7.  Determiners
8.  Prepositions
The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

Q.5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. (3 marks)                                                                                                                                                                     

Q. 6: Editing or Omission (4 marks)

Q. 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (3 marks)

Section C: Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text (30 Marks)   60 Periods      

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 the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) (4 × 2 = 08 Marks)

Q.10. One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. 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 involving interpretation, inference and character sketch, in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)


Literature Reader




1. How I Taught My Grandmother to Read

2. A Dog Named Duke 4. Keeping it from Harold

3. The Man Who Knew too Much


4. Keeping it from Harold

5. Best Seller




1. The Brook

2. The Road Not Taken

3. The Solitary Reaper

4. Lord Ullin’s Daughter

5. The Seven Ages

6. Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After My Teeth

7. Song of the Rain



1. Villa for Sale

2. The Bishop’s Candlesticks




1. People

2. Adventure

3. Environment

4. The Class IX Radio and Video Show

5. Mystery

6. Children

7. Sports and Games


Extended Reading Text (either one):


Gulliver’s Travels in four parts, Unabridged

Edition (2005) by Jonathan Swift Parts I & II

Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged Edition

(1889) by Jerome K. Jerome - Chapters

1 – 10

Gulliver’s Travels in four parts Unabridged

Edition (2005) by Jonathan Swift - Parts


Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged

Edition (1889) by Jerome K. Jerome -

Chapters 11-19

WORK BOOK* - Suggested Break-up of Units for the Purpose of Classroom Teaching

only-NOT FOR TESTING (see the note below)


1 Verb Form

2 Determiners

3 Future Time Reference

4 Modals

1 Connectors

2 The Passive

3 Reported Speech

4 Prepositions

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series


Extended Reading Texts (either one)


Main Course Book (Revised Edition)

Gulliver’s Travels (unabridged) by Jonathan Swift

Workbook (Revised Edition)


Three Men in a Boat (unabridged) by Jerome K. Jerome

Literature Reader (Revised Edition)


 *Note on Workbook: The suggested split up of the units of the Workbook reflects a distribution for the purpose of classroom teaching only. Since grammar and usage is not to be tested directly, but in an integrated manner, the split up as shown, does not restrict questions in the grammar section of question papers to the specific units shown in the split up of Workbook units. Grammar is to be tested by recycling grammar items learnt over a period of time in a comprehensive manner. Teachers may adapt this suggested distribution for classroom teaching, making modifications according to their specific needs.
1.  Schools may adapt the given break-up as per their convenience.
2.  Activities such as Language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatization, script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’ and ‘in school’ activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up, it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher.

CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature Syllabus 2017-2018

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