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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2022-23

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English Core

English Elective

Detailed CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus & Marking Scheme (Eng. Core)

Section A: Reading Skills

Reading Comprehension through Unseen Passage (20 Marks)

  1. One unseen passage to assess comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary and inference of meaning will also be assessed. The passage may be factual, descriptive or literary. (10×1=10 Marks)
  2. One unseen case-based passage with verbal/visual inputs like statistical data, charts etc. (10×1=10 Marks)

Note: The combined word limit for both the passages will be 700-750 words accordingly.

Multiple Choice Questions / Objective Type Questions will be asked. 

Section B

  1. Creative Writing Skills

            This Section Has Short and Long Task

  • Notice up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered.(5 Marks: Format : 1 / Organisation of Ideas: 1/Content : 2 / Accuracy of Spelling and Grammar : 1 ).
  • Formal/Informal Invitation and Reply up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered. (5 Marks: Format : 1 / Organisation of Ideas: 1/Content : 2 / Accuracy of Spelling and Grammar :1 ). 
  • Letters based on verbal/visual input, to be answered in approximately 120-150 words. Letter types include application for a job with bio data or resume. Letters to the editor (giving suggestionsor opinion on issues of public interest) . One out of the two given questions to be answered . (5 Marks: Format : 1 / Organisation of Ideas: 1/Content : 2 / Accuracy of Spelling and Grammar :1 ).
  •  Article/ Report Writing, descriptive and analytical in nature, based on verbal inputs, to be answered in 120-150 words. One out of the two given questions to be . (5 Marks: Format : 1 / Organisation of Ideas: 1/Content : 2 / Accuracy of Spelling and Grammar :1 ).

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. 

  1. Reference to the Context (40 Marks)
  • One Poetry extract out of two from the book Flamingo to assess comprehension, interpretation, analysis and appreciation. (6×1=6 Marks)
  • One Prose extract out of two from the book Vistas to assess comprehension, interpretation, analysis and appreciation. (4×1=4 Marks)
  • One prose extract out of two from the book Flamingo to assess comprehension, interpretation and analysis. (6×1=6Marks)
  1. Short answer type question (from Prose and Poetry from the book Flamingo), to be answered in 40-50 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. Five questions out of the six given are to be answered. (5×2=10 Marks)
  2. Short answer type question, from Prose (Vistas), to be answered in 40- 50 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. Any 2 out of 3 questions to be done. (2×2=4 Marks)
  3. One Long answer type question, from Prose/Poetry (Flamingo), 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. (1×5=5 Marks) 
  4. One Long answer type question, based on the chapters from the book Vistas, 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. (1×5=5 Marks)

Prescribed Books for English Core

  • Flamingo: English Reader published by NCERT

Prose

  1. The Last Lesson
  2.  Lost Spring
  3. Deep Water
  4. The Rattrap
  5. Indigo
  6. Poets and Pancakes
  7. The Interview
  8. Going Places

Poetry

  1. My Mother at Sixty Six
  2. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum
  3. Keeping Quiet
  4. A Thing of Beauty
  5. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
  • Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT
  1. The Third Level 
  2. The Tiger King 
  3. Journey to the end of the Earth 
  4. The Enemy 
  5. On the Face of It 
  6. Memories of Childhood
  7. The Cutting of My Long Hairs
  8. We too are Human Beings

CBSE Class 12 English Core Question Paper Design,

SectionCompetenciesTotal marks%
Reading ComprehensionConceptual understanding, decoding, Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and using appropriate format/s2025
Creative Writing SkillsConceptual Understanding, application of rules, Analysis, Reasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, inference, analysis, evaluation and creativity2025
Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading TextRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with fluency4050
 TOTAL80100
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills 20
 GRAND TOTAL100 

Detailed CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus & Marking Scheme (Elective Eng.)

READING 20 MARKS 

This section will have two unseen passages and a poem: 

1. 12 Multiple Choice Questions / Objective Type Questions out of 15 from a literary or  discursive passage of about 950-1000 words. (1 X 12 =12 Marks) 

2. 4 out of 5 multiple choice questions / Objective Type Questions to test interpretation and  appreciation of a poem ofabout 10-12 lines. (1×4=4 Marks) 

3. 4 out of 5 multiple choice questions / Objective Type Questions from a case-based factual  passage (with visual input- statistical data, chart etc.) of 100-120 words to test interpretation. (1 X 4= 4 Marks) 

Section B 

GRAMMAR 8 Marks

4. 8 multiple choice questions / Objective Type Questions out of 10 involving transformation of sentences. (1×8 =8 Marks) 

Writing 20 Marks

5. Three Long Writing Task out of Four to be answered in 120-150 words each: Adiscursive  and interpretative writing. (5×3=15 Marks) 6. One Long Writing Task out of two to be answered in 120-150 words: An essay on an  argumentative/discursive topic such as an article/report/speech. Contemporary topics/issues to be a part of Article, Report and Speech Writing. (5×1=5 Marks) 

Section D 

LITERATURE 22 Marks 

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. 

7. Reference to the Context 

i. One Prose extract out of two to assess literary appreciation and analysis (6×1= 6 Marks)

ii. One Poetry extract out of two to assess literary appreciation and analysis (6×1= 6 Marks) 

8. One Short answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to assess understanding analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (2×1=2 Marks) 

9. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 40-50 words to assess understanding analysis and critical appreciation. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking and drawing inferences in poetry and prose.  (3X1=3 Marks) 

10. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words each to assess  deeper understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing inferences. Questions to  elicit creative responses and assess ability to form opinions. (5×1=5 Marks) 

Fiction 10 Marks 

11. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words to test understanding and appreciation and seek comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships. 

 (2×1=2 Marks) 

12. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 40-50 words to test understanding and appreciation and seek comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships.  (3 x1=3 Marks)

13. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words to testdeeper  (in depth) understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing global inferences of  the given text with reference to characters /events/ incidents and episodes, leading to  creative rendering, forming and defending opinions. (5×1=5 Marks) 

Students can select one of the two prescribed texts. 

Seminar (20 marks) 

∙ Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, parable) to be followed by a question-answer session. 

∙ Poetry reading to be followed by interpretative tasks based on close reading and literary analysis of the text. Critical review of a film or a play 

∙ Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion 

CBSE Class 12 Elective English Question Paper Design

SectionCompetenciesTotal marks%
Reading ComprehensionConceptual understanding, decoding, Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and using appropriate format/s2025
Applied GrammarApplying appropriate language conventions comprehension using structures interactively, application, accuracy810
Creative WritingReasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, inference, analysis, evaluation and creativity2025
LiteratureRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with fluency2227.5
FictionRecalling, reasoning, appreciating literary conventions, illustrating with relevant quotations from the text, inferring, analyzing, evaluating and creating, giving opinions, justifying with fluency1012.5
 TOTAL80100
SeminarSeeking 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 and overall fluency20
 GRAND TOTAL100 

Prescribed Books for English Elective

1. Kaleidoscope – Text book published by NCERT 

2. Fiction: A Tiger for Malgudi or The Financial Expert by R.K. Narayan (Novel)

Book- Kaleidoscope-Short Stories 

∙ I Sell my Dreams  

∙ Eveline 

∙ A Wedding in Brownsville 

Book- Kaleidoscope-Poetry 

∙ A Lecture Upon the Shadow ∙ Poems by Milton 

∙ Poems by Blake 

∙ Kubla Khan  

∙ Trees 

∙ The Wild Swans of Coole 

∙ Time and Time Again  

Book- Kaleidoscope- Non fiction 

∙ Freedom 

∙ The Mark on the Wall  

∙ Film-making  

∙ Why the Novel Matters 

∙ The Argumentative Indian 

Book- Kaleidoscope-Drama 

1. Chandalika- RABINDRANATH TAGORE

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus FAQs

1. What is the CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2022?

Ans:- The CBSE Class 12 Syllabus of English has three important sections: reading, Writing, Literature. The complete chapters list is available on the CA Wizard.

2. How many Chapters are there in CBSE English Class 12th?

Ans:- Flamingo English class 12 contains a total of 14 Chapters, and Vistas contains 8 Chapters.

3. Are NCERT books enough for Class 12 English exam preparation?

Ans:- Yes. The NCERT books are enough for preparation. However, you can use the previous year’s question papers and English sample papers for more practice.

4. How to score high marks in CBSE Class 12 English paper?

Ans:- Improve your writing speed and writing skills. These two are very important besides learning and understanding the lessons.

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