CBSE Class 10 English Communicative New Syllabus

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In the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) syllabus 2018-2019, you will find:

  • Topics to be studied during the complete course
  • Weightage allotted to each section employed in question paper
  • Type of questions asked in different sections
  • Textbook course
  • Question paper design for the board examination
  • Prescribed books

Find below the complete syllabus for CBSE Class 10 English Communicative:

Section-Wise Weightage in English Communicative



Total Weightage 80


Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text





Section A: Reading                                 

20 Marks                               

50 Periods

This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

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 of eight marks to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four Very Short Answer (VSA) type questions to test vocabulary and comprehension (two VSA for vocabulary and two for
comprehension) (12 marks)


Section B: Writing and Grammar             

30 Marks                              

60 Periods

Q. 3:  Formal letter (Complaints / Inquiry / Placing order / Letter to the editor) in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the Main Course Book. (8 marks)

Q. 4:  Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. (10 marks)

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X:
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
(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. (4 marks)

Q.6: Editing or Omission (4 marks)

Q.7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (4 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 from First Flight and Footprints Without Feet (two from each to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas. (30-40 words each) (4 × 2 = 8 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 or plot involving interpretation, inference and character, in about 200-250 words based on prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)


English Language And Literature Course



Literature Reader

1. Two Gentlemen of Verona

2 Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

3. The Letter

4. A Shady Plot

5. Patol Babu

6. Virtually True

1. The Frog and the Nightingale

2. Mirror

3. Not Marble, nor the Gilded Monuments

4. Ozymandias

5. The Rime of Ancient Mariner

6. Snake

1. The Dear Departed 2. Julius Caesar

Main Course Book

1. Health and Medicine

2. Education

3. Science

4. Environment

5. Travel and Tourism

6. National Integration

Extended Reading Texts – (either one)

Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

June 12, 1942 to March 14, 1944

by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)

Published by CBSE


Diary of a Young Girl – 1947

March 16, 1944 to August 01, 1944

by Anne Frank (unabridged edition)

Published by CBSE

The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 1-14 by Helen Keller (unabridged edition) The Story of My Life – 1903 Chapters 15-23 by Helen Keller (unabridged edition)
WORK BOOK* – Suggested Break-up of Units for the purpose of classroom teaching only – NOT FOR TESTING (see the following note).
1. Determiners

2. Tenses

3. Subject-Verb Agreement

4. Non-Finites

5. Relatives

6. Connectors

7. Conditionals

8. Comparison

9. Avoiding Repetition

10. Nominalization

11. Modals

12. Active and Passive

13. Reported Speech

14. Prepositions

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

Main Course Book (Revised Edition)


Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 by Anne Frank (unabridged edition), Published by CBSE
Workbook (Revised Edition)

Literature Reader (Revised Edition)

The Story of My Life – 1903 by Helen Keller(unabridged edition)


Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis are skills to be tested.

 Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with.

Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar.

Listening and Speaking Skills  (50 Periods)


CBSE class 10 English Communicative New Syllabus 2018-19


1 Determiners 8 Comparison
2 Tenses 9 Avoiding Repetition
3 Subject-Verb Agreement 10 Nominalization
4 Non-Finites 11 Modals
5 Relatives 12 Active and Passive
6 Connectors 13 Reported Speech
7 Conditionals 14 Prepositions



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