Syllabus CBSE Class 10th
English Language & Literature
The total weightage assigned to Summative Assessment (SA
I&II) IS 60%. The total weightagwe assigned to Formative Assessment (FA1, 2, 3,
&4) is 40%. Out of the 40% assigned to Formative Assessment, 10% weightage is
assigned to conversation skills (5% each in Term I&II) and 10% weightage to the
Reading Project (at least 1 Book is to be read in each term and the Project will
carry a weightage of 5% in each term) The Summative Assessment I and Summative
Assessment II is for ninety marks each. The weighatge assigned to Summative
Assessment I is 30% and the weightage assigned to Summative Assessment II is
SECTION A: READING : 20 Marks - 30 periods
Qs 1-4 This section will have four unseen passages of a total length of
The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:
Q 1&2:Five Multiple Choice Questions on each passage carrying 5 marks for each
Q 3&4:Five Supply Type Questions carrying 5 marks on each passage.
Out of the 20 marks, 4 marks will be for vocabulary.
The questions will test inference, evaluation and analysis. The passages may
be extracts from poetry/ factual/ literary/ discursive texts.
At least one passage will be an extract from a poem.
SECTION B: WRITING : 20 Marks - 40 periods
Q 5 Letter Writing: One out of two letters (formal/informal/email) in not
more than 120- 150 words based on verbal stimulus and context provided.
Types of letter: Informal - personal, such as to family and friends.
Formal - letters to the editor / the principal of a school.
Email - formal letters to principal of the school or to the editor of a
Newspaper or a Magazine.8 Marks
Q 6 Writing an article, speech or debate based on a visual or verbal stimulus
in not more than 120 words (One out of two). 8 Marks
Q 7 Writing a short composition in the form of dialogue writing or story or
report of minimum 80 words (One out of two). 4 Marks
SECTION C: GRAMMAR : 15 Marks - 45 Periods
This section will assess Grammar items in context for 15 marks.
- This section will carry five questions of three marks each
- Out of five questions two questions (question 8 and 9) carrying 6 marks
will have MCQs of three marks each .
The test types for MCQs include:
- Gap filling
- Sentence completion
- Dialogue Completion
Questions 10, 11 and 12(carrying 3 marks each ie total 9 marks) will be based
on response supplied by students. (Supply Type Questions)
These test types which will not be tested as MCQs include
• Sentence reordering
• Sentence transformation (including combining sentences)
The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X:
2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their
3. Use of passive voice
4. Subject - verb concord
(i) Commands and requests
(i) Noun clauses
(ii) Adverb clauses of condition and time
(iii) Relative clauses
7. Determiners, and
Note: No separate marks are allotted for any of the grammar items
listed above since grammar will be tested in an integrated manner.
SECTION D: TEXT BOOKS : 35 Marks - 95 Periods
First Flight-NCERT Text Book for Class X
Q13 a) and b) Two extracts for reference to context (based on prose or
play). These extracts would require effort on the part of the students to supply
the responses. Up to one mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. At least
one question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one
question will be on interpretation. (20-30 words)
The extracts will carry 4 marks each. 8 Marks
Q 14 Two out of three reference to context stanzas (based on poetry)
followed by 3 MCQs to test local and global comprehension of the set text .The
extracts will carry 3 marks each. 6 Marks (20-30 words)
Q15. Three out of four short answer type questions based on prose or play to
test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas -- 2 marks each. (30-40
words each) 6 Marks
Q16. One out of two long answer type questions extrapolative in nature based on
prose or play. (Upto 80 words). 5 Marks Footprints without Feet: NCERT
Supplementary Reader for Class X 10 Marks
Q 17. One out of two long questions from supplementary reader to interpret,
evaluate and analyze character, plot or situations occurring in the lessons to
be answered in about 80 words. 4 Marks
Q 18. Two out of three short answer type questions based on factual aspects,
interpretation and evaluation of a lesson. (40-50 words each) 3x2 =6 Marks
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-talking 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, and iv. use the scale of
assessment for conversation skills to test the students for continuous
Besides measuring attainment, texts serve the dual purpose of diagnosing
mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners'
attainment, each language skill is to be assessed through a judicious mixture of
different types of questions. In addition to the summative tests, formative
assessment is essential to measure the level of attainment in the four language
skills and the learners' communicative competence.
Formative assessment should be done through 'in class' activities throughout
1 First Flight -Textbook for Class X Published by NCERT,
2 Footprints without Feet - Supplementary Reader for Class X Sri Aurobindo Marg,
Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation,
inference and analysis is a skill to be tested formatively as well as
Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be
dealt with in both I and II Term Summative as well as in Formative Assessment.
Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and
assessed formatively over a period of time. There will be no division of
syllabus for Grammar in the summative assessments for the two terms.