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Topics asked in writing skills section of CBSE Class 12th English paper

Feb 7, 2018 16:46 IST
    Topics for writing skills section of CBSE Class 12 English paper
    Topics for writing skills section of CBSE Class 12 English paper

    CBSE English Core paper is divided into three sections i.e. Section A – Reading Comprehension, Section B – Writing and Grammar and Section C – Literature. Students appearing for the CBSE board exam need to know about the complete syllabus of their upcoming English paper on March 05, 2018. As students are aware of the literature section and reading comprehension syllabus, the topics in writing skills sections are quite unexpected. Students only have an idea about the type and format of the questions to be asked in Section B of CBSE board English paper.

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    The writing skills section of CBSE Class 12th English Board Paper includes-

    • Letter writing – Formal letter for registering complaints, making enquiries, information letters, order placing and replies, letter to the editor for public interest issues providing suggestion and opinion and Job application.
    • Essay, debate or speech writing
    • Advertisements and Notices
    • Report writing
    • Designing or drafting posters and
    • Formal and Informal invitation and replies

    After analysing the past year question papers of CBSE board English subject we have found that the questions are commonly based on the following topics –

    Education – CBSE class 12 board exam English paper commonly includes questions based on Education so as to make the students aware of its importance in everyone’s life. Therefore, the writing skills section of Class 12 English board exam includes topics like

    • Banning mobile phones in School
    • Importance of girl education,
    • Increasing drop out rate of schools
    • Introduction of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE)

    For attempting questions on these topics students need to have complete knowledge about the topics. To get an idea about what questions related to education might be asked in the English paper, students can study the trends in education for past two years; for example – regulation of fee/fee hike in private schools has been in news last year, or Is entrance exam the right method of selection for admissions to undergraduate courses etc.; therefore, there could be essay or debate questions on this topic

    Environment – Our environment has become a topic of serious concern nowadays. With global warming and many other man-made hazards affecting our environment, students need to know about the issues and measures to save it. Therefore, the board has included environmental topics in the CBSE class 12 English exam to create awareness among students.

    Students will be required to write essays, debates, notices, letters etc. The questions on this topic includes –

    • Environment safety measures
    • Cleanliness drives,
    • Making students or neighbourhood aware of water conservation, electricity conservation
    • Letter to the editor for garbage mismanagement or pollution in your area/locality etc

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    Health – For proper education of students about health and fitness and many health-related issues, the education board has included these topics in Class 12 English board exam. The questions on this topic will include awareness about health, diseases, fitness and Government initiatives and programmes. The question can be asked in form of report writing, notice writing as a school head boy or girl. Also, there can be essay, speech or debate questions for –

    • Initiatives by Prime Minister for Importance of Yoga, Yoga day
    • Diet pills for losing weight
    • Effects of pollution on healthNotices on Dengue, Malar
    • ia or other diseases awareness

    Technology  Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Today, every other person has access to internet and tech devices. Therefore, it is important for students to know about it as well and this is why students are asked to write about various topics of technology so that students become aware of its uses as well as advantages and disadvantages.

    The students will be required to write on latest technology, trending device or applications. The questions based on this topic are as under –

    • Debate on GPRS system in school buses or formal letter for requesting to install GPRS system in school buses
    • Debate or speech on mobile phones or technical devices for education
    • Cybercrime and safety measures against it

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    Social Issues – Making students aware of the issues in society has become really important and they should be able to understand as well as take initiatives to stop social evils. Therefore, the writing skills section of class 12 English board exam can include on such issues in our society.

    The topics on social issues in India are most commonly asked in the language papers. Students will be required to write essays, debate or letters; for example –

    • Necessity of homes for orphans or old age people
    • Child marriage is a curse
    • Child labour,
    • Illiteracy
    • Religion-based violence
    • Corruption or Prime Minister’s initiative against black money i.e. demonetisation of Indian currency
    • Abortion or killing girl child

    Conclusion: Students appearing for English core paper of CBSE board exams 2018 need to practice well for the writing skills section as this section includes topics that are not mentioned in the syllabus. Students only know the format of the questions that will be asked in this section. To score well in writing skills section of CBSE Board class 12 English paper –

    • Know the correct format of letter, notices, reports, speech, debate, essay, invitation etc
    • Practice as many as questions possible for this section from previous year question papers and sample papers
    • Work on minimising your spelling and grammar mistakes
    • Improve your handwriting and writing speed so as to manage the exam duration

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