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CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Syllabus 2023-24 and Past Papers (Code No. 101)

By SchoolMyKids Expert|4 - 5 mins read| July 18, 2023

CBSE Class X English Communicative (Code No. 101) Syllabus 2023-24.  Check out CBSE Class 10 English Communicative Syllabus, CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Previous year question papers, CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Sample Papers and marking scheme.

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CBSE Class 10  English Communicative (Code No. 101) Section Wise Weightage

Section Total Weightage 80
AReading Skills22
BWriting Skills22
DLiterature Textbook26

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

English Communicative Exam Paper Format And English Communicative Syllabus 2023-24

Section A: Reading 

Periods 50

Weightage: 12+ 10 = 22 Marks

This section will have two unseen passages of a total of 700-750 words as per the details below :

The passages can have continuous and non-continuous text inspired from the themes in prescribed books.

  • Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions), Very Short Answer Type Questions (one word/ one phrase / one sentence) and Short Answer Type Questions (30-40 words each) will be asked to test interpretation, analysis, inference, evaluation and vocabulary in context.

Section B: Writing Skills

Periods 50

Weightage: 22 Marks

  • Email to school authorities (Application for leave/ change of subject /change of section/ bus-timings or similar topics) in maximum 50 words (3 Marks)
  • Factual Description of a person/object in maximum 100 words (4 Marks)
  • One out of two formal letters, in maximum 120 words, thematically aligned to topics in MCB. (7 Marks)
  • One out of two articles based on verbal cues, in maximum 150 words, thematically aligned to MCB topics. (8 Marks)

Section C: Grammer

Periods 20

Weightage: 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

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

  • Gap filling (3 marks)
  • Editing or Omission (4 marks)
  • Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.  (3 marks)

Section D: Literature Textbook

Periods: 60

Weightage: 26 Marks

  • Two out of three extracts from prose/poetry for reference to the context. Very Short Answer Questions will be asked to assess global comprehension, interpretation, inference and evaluation. (8 marks (4+4))
  • Five Short Answer type Questions out of six from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas, analysis, evaluation and appreciation (30-40 words each) (5 x2 = 10 Marks)
  • One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, evaluation and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. This can also be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. (150 words). (8 marks)

CBSE Class 10th English Communicative Prescribed Books


  1. Main Course Book (Revised Edition)
  2. Workbook (Revised Edition)
  3. Literature Reader (Revised Edition)

Class X English Communicative Competencies

Testing competencies/ learning outcomesMarks
Demonstrative Knowledge + Understanding (Knowledge based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles or theories, identify, define, or recite, information, Comprehension – to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase information)Upto 30%
Conceptual Application (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations; use given content to interpret a situation, provide an example or solve a problem)Upto 35%
Analysis, Evaluation and Creativity Analysis & Synthesis- classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information;organize and/or integrate unique pieces of information from a variety of sources.Upto 35%
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