CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus for Board Exam 2020

CBSE has released the syllabus/ course structure for all subjects of class 10. Students, who have entered the class 10, must start with the thorough understanding of the CBSE curriculum and then go down with the course to achieve success in their first board examinations.  With this article, students may read and download the CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature syllabus for the new academic session, 2019-20.

Contents of CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) syllabus 2019 are:

  • Section-wise weightage for question paper
  • Preparatory content for each section
  • Division of marks in each section
  • Prescribed books
  • Components of Internal Assessment
  • Textbook course
  • Question paper design for the annual board examination

Find below the complete syllabus for CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature:

Section-Wise Weightage English Language and Literature



Total Weightage


Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text





Note: The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours. There will be internal assessment for 20 Marks.

Check the latest examination pattern for CBSE Class 10 English subject here

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 to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four MCQs to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar      30 Marks                                                      60 Periods

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 10:
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 of condition and time
     (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 = 08 Marks)

Q.10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out (First Flight and Footprints Without Feet) 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, plot or character involving interpretation and inference in about 200-250 words based on prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)


  • Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills 50 Periods
  • Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 05 marks.
  • It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced in the class.
  • Art-integrated activities like role-play, skit, dramatization etc. can also be used.

English Language And Literature Course


Literature Reader (First Flight)

PROSE (First Flight)

1. A Letter to God

2. Nelson Mandela

3. Two Stories about Flying

4. From the Diary of Anne Frank

5. The Hundred Dresses –I

6. The Hundred Dresses –II

7. Glimpses of India

8. Mijbil the Otter

9. Madam Rides the Bus

10. The Sermon at Benares

11. The Proposal


1. Dust of Snow

2. Fire and Ice

3. A Tiger in the Zoo

4. How to Tell Wild Animals

5. The Ball Poem

6. Amanda

7. Animals

8. The Trees

9. Fog

10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11. For Anne Gregory

Supplementary Reader (Footprints without Feet)

1. A Triumph of Surgery

2. The Thief’s Story

3. The Midnight Visitor

4. A Question of Trust

5. Footprints without Feet

6. The Making of a Scientist

7. The Necklace

8. The Hack Driver

9. Bholi

10. The Book that Saved the Earth

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series

FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class 10

FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class 10

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-talk 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) Continue the Speaking and Listening activities given in the NCERT books.

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.

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 (Language and Literature) Previous Years Question Papers


CLASS - X (2019-20)(Code no.184)

Marks 80

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