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CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature Syllabus 2020-21 and Past Papers (Code No. 184)

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CBSE Class X English Language And Literature (Code No. 184) Syllabus 2020-21.  Check out CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature Syllabus, CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature Previous year question papers, CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature Sample Papers. Check out CBSE Class 10th Syllabus and Past Papers of other CBSE Class 10th Course CBSE Class 10th Science Syllabus 2020-21 and Past PapersCBSE Class 10th Mathematics Syllabus 2020-21 and Past Papers, CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature Syllabus 2020-21 and Past Papers, CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Syllabus 2020-21 and Past Papers, CBSE Class 10th Social Science Syllabus 2020-21 and Past Papers or check out CBSE Class 10th Previous Year Question Papers and Sample Papers Solved. Continue to read for CBSE Class 10th English Language And Literature.

Section – Wise Weightage – CBSE Class 10th  English Language And Literature

Section   Total Weightage – 80
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills with Grammar 30
C Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text 30
  TOTAL 80

Note : The Board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

English Language And Literature  Exam Paper Format And English Language And Literature  Syllabus

SECTION A: READING                                     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 of 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 to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four MCQs to test vocabulary.  12 marks


Q 3:  Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books.     8 marks

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 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
    1. Commands and requests
    2. Statements
    3. Questions
  6.  Clauses:
    1. Noun clauses
    2. Adverb clauses
    3. 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


Q.8:  One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Four very Short Answer Questions : Two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of 1 mark each on interpretation.          4 marks

Q.9: Four Short Answer type Questions 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 from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET in about 100-120 words to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. 8 marks

Q.11: One out of two Very Long Answer Question on theme or plot involving interpretation, inference and character, in about 200-250 words based on prescribed novel text for extended reading. 10 Marks

English Language And Literature Prescribed Books

Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class X
  • FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X
  • EXTENDED READING TEXTS (either one) :
    • Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 by Anne Frank (unabridged edition), Published by CBSE
    • The Story of My Life – 1903 by Helen Keller(unabridged edition)

Class X English Language and Literature Question Paper Format and Design

Typology Testing competencies/ learning outcomes VSAQ 1 mark Short answer Questions 30-40 words 2 marks Long answer Question- II 100-120 words 8 marks Very Long Answer Question 150-200 words (HOTS) 10 marks Marks
Reading Skills Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary 12 04 20
Creative Writing Skills and Grammar Expressing an opinion, reasoning, justifying illustrating, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency. Applying conventions, using integrated structures with accuracy and fluency. 12 01 01 30
Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Texts Recalling, reasoning, appreciating, applying literary conventions, extrapolating, illustrating and justifying etc. Extracting relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub themes, understanding the writer’s message and writing fluently. 04 04 01 01 30
Total   28 x 01  = 28 marks 08 x 02  = 16 marks 02 x 08 = 16 marks 02 x 10 = 20 marks 80 marks

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