CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus for Board Exam 2019

In this article, we are providing the CBSE syllabus for Class 10 English Language and Literature. All class 10 students, who are going to take the first board exam of their academic career, must go through the CBSE syllabus to know the topics they need to cover for the Board Exam 2019.

From the last academic session,i.e., 2017-2018, board introduced the new assessment pattern in class 10 wherein the dual assessment pattern was replaced by the compulsory board examination. Under the current assessment scheme, performance of a student is assessed on the basis of a final examination in each scholastic subject carrying 100 marks with an 80 marks component for class 10 Board examination and a 20 marks component for Internal Assessment (IA). IA comprises Periodic Tests (PT) with weightage of 10 marks, Notebook Submission of 5 marks and Subject Enrichment Activities of 5 marks.

CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Exam Pattern 2019

The CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature syllabus given here is as per the remodeled assessment structure. So, students must know the entire syllabus before starting preparing for the Class 10 English Language and Literature board exam 2019.

In the CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) syllabus 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 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.

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)

CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) Solved Sample Paper 2019

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)

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

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)

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class 10


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

FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class 10

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

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


CBSE Class 10 English (Language and Literature) exam will be conducted 23 March, 2019. Students must go through the complete syllabus to know the areas which they have to prepare with more concentration. This will definitely help to boost their preparations for the CBSE Exam 2019.

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