CBSE Class 9 English (Language & Literature) Syllabus 2020-2021

CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature syllabus for current academic session is available here. Students may download the latest syllabus and follow the same for their exam preparations.

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CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus
CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus

CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 English Language and Literature has a detailed course structure that will help students know the topics prescribed by the board for the examinations to be held in the 2020-21 academic year. To provide its students with a better learning experience, CBSE keeps on updating the English syllabus. Therefore, students should refer to the latest CBSE syllabus only. 

CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature) syllabus 2020-2021 includes:

  • Section-wise weightage for question paper
  • Preparatory content for each section
  • Division of marks in each section
  • Prescribed books
  • Components of Internal Assessment
  • Textbook course
  • Question paper design for the annual board examination

Find below the complete syllabus for CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature:

Section-Wise Weightage English Language and Literature



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.

There will be internal assessment for 20 Marks.

Section A: Reading                             20 Marks                                                        50 Periods

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below:

1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Objective Type Questions( including Multiple Choice Questions). (8 marks)

2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions) to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing Skills and Contextual Grammar      30 Marks                  60 Periods

For writing tasks there will be internal choice.

3: Writing an Informal Letter on a situation /Descriptive Paragraph (person/place/event/diary
entry) in about 150-200 words based on visual or verbal cue/s.  (10 marks)

4: Writing a story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. (10 marks)

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX:

i. Tenses

ii. Modals

iii. Use of passive voice

iv. Subject – verb concord

v. Reporting speech

     a. Commands and requests

     b. Statements

     c. Questions

vi.  Clauses:

     a. Noun clauses

     b. Adverb clauses of condition and time

     c. Relative clauses

vii. Determiners

viii. Prepositions

The above items may be tested through test types (grammar in context) as given below:

5: Cloze passage / Gap Filling / Editing.  (4 marks)
6: Dialogue Writing/ Reporting dialogue on a given cue. (6 marks)

Section C: Literature Textbook & Supplementary Reader Textbook     30 Marks                 60 Periods

There will be Internal Choice for every question.

7. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Two Short Answer Type Questions of two marks each based on interpretation. (2x2=4 marks)

8. Five Short Answer Type Questions out of seven short answer type questions from BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS (3 questions out of four from BEEHIVE and 2 questions out of three from MOMENTS) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (to be answered in 30-40 words each)  (2x5=10 marks)

9. One out of two Long Answer Type questions to be answered in 100-150 words, from the book BEEHIVE to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. This can be a passage based question taken from a situation / plot from the texts. (8 marks)

10. One out of two Long Answer Type questions from the book MOMENTS on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch in about (100-150 words). (8 marks)

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for class IX
  • MOMENTS – Supplementary Reader for Class IX
  • Words and Expressions-I, Workbook

NOTE: Teachers are advised to:

(i) Encourage classroom interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as role play, group work etc.

(ii) Reduce teacher-talk time and keep it to the minimum.

(iii) Take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views.


Listening and Speaking Competencies   (50 Periods)

Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 05 marks.

It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced in the class. Art-integrated activities like Role Play, Skit, Dramatization etc. can also be used.

English Language And Literature Course


Literature Reader- Course (2020-21) CLASS – 9


Literature Reader


1. The Fun They Had

2. The Sound of Music

3. The Little Girl

4. A Truly Beautiful Mind

5. The Snake and the Mirror

6. My Childhood

7. Packing

8. Reach for the Top

9. The Bond of Love

10. Kathmandu

11. If I were you


1. The Road Not Taken

2. Wind

3. Rain on the Roof

4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree

5. A Legend of the Northland

6. No Men Are Foreign

7. The Duck and the Kangaroo

8. On Killing a Tree

9. The Snake Trying

10. A Slumber did My Spirit Seal

Supplementary Reader (Moments)

1. The Lost Child

2. The Adventures of Toto

3. Iswaran the Storyteller

4. In the Kingdom of Fools

5. The Happy Prince

6. Weathering the Storm in Ersama

7. The Last leaf

8. A House is Not a Home

9. The Accidental

10. The Beggar


Question Paper Design

CLASS – 9 (2020–21)


Download CBSE Class 9 English Language and Literature Syllabus 2020-21 here

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