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CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2022-23

CBSE Students are dependent on acquiring a sound knowledge of the English Language as promoted in Class XI, and the course focuses fundamentally on progressing higher-demand language abilities.

For a huge number of students, the higher secondary stage is the basis for the higher school level, where a genuine degree of ability in English grasping power may be required. However, the higher secondary level may be a basis for a section into the professional level. The Core Course should oblige the two get-togethers by propelling the language talent, skill, and technique required for academic learning similarly as the language skill, and technique is required for the workplace.

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English Core:

English Elective:

Detail CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus

Section A
Reading Comprehension through Unseen Passage
1. One unseen passage to assess comprehension, interpretation inference and vocabulary. The
passage may be factual, descriptive or literary.
2. One unseen case-based passage with verbal/visual inputs like statistical data, charts etc.
Note: The combined word limit for both the passages will be 600-750.

Multiple Choice Questions / Objective Type Questions will be asked. (10+8=18)
3. Note Making and Summarization based on a passage of approximately 200-250 words.
Section B
4. Grammar
i. Questions on Gap filling (Tenses, Clauses)
ii. Questions on re-ordering/transformation of sentences
5. Creative Writing Skills
Short writing task – Classified Advertisements up to 50 words. One out of the two given
questions to be answered (3 Marks: Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1)

Short writing task –Poster up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be
answered.(3marks:Format : 1 / Content : 1 / Expression : 1)

Writing a Speech in 120-150 words based on verbal / visual cues related to some contemporary
/ age-appropriate topic.

Writing a Debate based on visual/verbal inputs in 120-150 words. The theme should be
contemporary topical issues. One out of the two given questions to be answered. (5 Marks:
Format: 1 / Content: 2 / Expression: 2)
Section C
This section will have variety of assessment items including Multiple Choice Questions, Objective Type
Questions, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions to assess comprehension,
analysis, interpretation and extrapolation beyond the text.
6. Reference to the Context
i. One Poetry extract out of two from the book Hornbill to assess comprehension,
interpretation, analysis and appreciation. (3×1=3 Marks)

ii. One Prose extract out of two from the book Hornbill to assess comprehension,
interpretation, analysis and appreciation. (3×1=3 Marks)

iii. One prose extract out of two from the book Snapshots to assess comprehension,
interpretation and analysis. (4×1=4 Marks)
7. Two Short answer type question (one from Prose and one from Poetry from the book Hornbill), out
of four, to be answered in 40-50 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical
thinking. (3×2=6 Marks)
8. One Short answer type question, from the book Snapshots, to be answered I n 40- 50 words.
Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. Any 1 out of 2 questions to
be done. (3×1=3 Marks)
9. One Long answer type question, from Prose/Poetry Hornbill, to be answered in 120-150 words.
Questions can be based on incident / theme / passage / extract / event as reference points to
assess extrapolation beyond and across the text. The question will elicit analytical and evaluative
response from student. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1×6=6 Marks)
10. One Long answer type question, based on the chapters from the book Snapshots to be answered
in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. Questions to
provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points.
Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1×6=6 Marks)

CBSE Class 11 English Core Marking Scheme

Section Competencies Total marks
Reading Skills Conceptual understanding, decoding,Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and usingappropriate format/s. 26
Creative Writing Sills Conceptual Understanding, application ofrules, Analysis, Reasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency,  inference, analysis, evaluation and creativity. 23
Literature Text Books and  Supplementary Reading  TextsRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with  fluency, Critical Thinking. 31
TOTAL80
Assessment ofListening andSpeaking Skills10
Internal Assessment • Listening • Speaking • Project Work5 5 10
GRAND TOTAL 100

Prescribed Books For English Core

1. Hornbill: English Reader published by National Council of Education Research andTraining, New Delhi 

•The Portrait of a Lady (Prose) 

•A Photograph (Poem) 

•“We’re Not Afraid to Die… if we can be together 

•Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues 

•The Laburnum Top (Poem) 

• The Voice of the Rain (Poem) 

•Childhood (Poem) 

•The Adventure 

 •Silk Road (Prose) 

•Father to Son 

2. Snapshots: Supplementary Reader published by National Council of EducationResearch and Training, New Delhi 

• The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse (Prose) 

• The Address (Prose) 

• Mother’s Day (Play) 

• Birth ( Prose) 

• The Tale of Melon City

Detail CBSE Class 11 English Elective Syllabus

Section A
Reading
1. 12 out of 15 questions from a literary or discursive passage of about 950-1000words.
(1×12=12 marks)
2. 8 questions to test interpretation and appreciation of a poem of about 10-12 lines.
(1×8=8 marks)
3. 5 out of 7 questions from a case-based passage (with visual input-statistical data,
chart etc.) of 100-120 words to test interpretation. (1×5=5 marks)
Section B
Creative Writing Skills
4. An Essay on an argumentative/discursive/reflective/descriptive topic, leading to creative
rendering, forming and defending of opinions, to be answered in 120-150 words. (5 marks)

5. Article on one out of two topics to be answered in 120-150 words. Contemporary topical
issues to be a part of Article writing. (5 marks)

6. Speech on one out of two topics to be answered in 120-150 words. Contemporary topical
issues to be a part of Speech writing. (5 marks)
Section C
This section will have variety of assessment items including Multiple Choice Questions, Objective
Type Questions, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions to assess
comprehension, analysis, interpretation and extrapolation beyond the text.
Book: Woven Words
7. Reference to the Context
i. One Prose extract out of two to assess comprehension, Literary, appreciation and inference.
ii. One Poetry extract out of two to assess comprehension, Literary, appreciation and inference.
(5+5=10 Marks)
8. Two Short Answer Question out of three to be answered in 30-40 words to assess
understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential
responses through critical thinking. (2×2=4 marks)
9. Two Short Answer Question out of three to be answered in 50-60 words to assess
understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential
responses through critical thinking. (3×2=6marks)
Arms and the Man – [Drama]
10. Two Long Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 80-100 words to appreciate
characters, events and episodes. Questions to provide analytical responses using
incidents, events, themes as reference points. (5×2=10 marks)
Fiction
11. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to critically
appreciate characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships and to form their
opinions with reference to content, events and episode. (2 marks)
12. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 50-60 words to assess
understanding, analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential
responses through critical thinking. (3 marks)
13. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words to test literary
appreciation and to draw inferences. Questions should elicit creative responses and
develop ability to form opinions. (5 marks)
Seminar (20 Marks)

CBSE English Elective Marking Scheme

Section Competencies Total marks Weightage
Comprehension Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary25 31.25%
Creative Writing Reasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, use of appropriate format and fluency15 18.75%
Literature Texts Recalling, reasoning, appreciating literary conventions illustrating with relevant quotations from the texts, giving opinions and justifying with fluency20 25%
Drama Recalling, reasoning, appreciating literary conventions, illustrating with relevant quotations from the texts, giving opinions and justifying with fluency10 12.50%
Fiction Recalling, reasoning, appreciating literary conventions, illustrating with relevant quotations from the texts, giving opinions and justifying with fluency10 12.50%
TOTAL 80 100%
Seminar Seeking information and clarifying, illustrating with relevant quotations from the texts, reasoning, diction, articulation clarity of pronunciation, using appropriate language conventions Addressing participants using appropriate  titles or nomenclatures andoverall fluency20 
Grand Total 100

Prescribed Books for English Elective

1. Text book: Woven Words published by NCERT 

2. Fiction: The Old Man and the Sea (Novel unabridged) by Ernest Hemingway

3. Drama: Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

Frequently Asked Question

Q1. What is the Syllabus of Class 11 English?

Ans: You can check CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus on this page.

Q2. Is there any change in CBSE Class 11 Syllabus?

Ans: Yes, CBSE has Updated English Syllabus this year.

Q3. How many Chapters are there in CBSE Class 11 English?

Ans: There are 13 chapters in CBSE Class 11 English syllabus.

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