CBSE Class 9 English (Language & Literature) Syllabus for Annual Exam 2020

CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 English Language and Literature has the detailed course structure that will help students know the topics prescribed by the board for the examinations to take be held in 2019-20 session. Now, as the annual examinations for CBSE Class 9 are about to begin from February-March, 2020, students must check the latest syllabus thoroughly to know which topics they have to prepare for the examinations.

CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature) syllabus 2019-2020 includes:

  • 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 9 English Language and Literature:

Section-Wise Weightage English Language and Literature



Total Weightage 80


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.

Section A: Reading                             20 Marks                                                        50 Periods

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below:

1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Objective Type Questions( including Multiple Choice Questions). (8 marks)

2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions) to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar      30 Marks                                                         60 Periods

3: Writing a diary/article in about 100–120 words using visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. (8 marks)

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 IX:

i. Tenses

ii. Modals

iii. Use of passive voice

iv. Subject – verb concord

v. Reporting

vi. Commands and requests

vii. Statements

viii Questions

ix.  Clauses:

  a. Noun clauses

  b. Adverb clauses of condition and time

  c. Relative clauses

x. Determiners

xi. Prepositions

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

5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. (4 marks)

6: Editing or Omission (4 marks)

7: Sentences reordering or sentence transformation in context. (4 marks)

Section C: Literature Textbook           30 Marks                                   60 Periods

8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Four Objective Type Questions: two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of one mark each for interpretation. (1×4=4 marks)

9: Four Short Answer Type Questions from BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS (3 questions out of four from BEEHIVE and 2 questions out of three from MOMENTS) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (to be answered in 30-40 words each) (2x5=10 marks)

10: One out two long answer type questions from the book BEEHIVE to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. (to be answered in 100-150 words each) (8 marks)

11: One out of two Long Answer Questions from the book MOMENTS on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch in about (100-150 words).  (8 Marks)

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for class IX
  • MOMENTS – Supplementary Reader for Class IX
  • Words and Expressions-I, Workbook

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.


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- Course (2019-20) CLASS – 9


Literature Reader


1. The Fun They Had

2. The Sound of Music

3. The Little Girl

4. A Truly Beautiful Mind

5. The Snake and the Mirror

6. My Childhood

7. Packing

8. Reach for the Top

9. The Bond of Love

10. Kathmandu

11. If I were you


1. The Road Not Taken

2. Wind

3. Rain on the Roof

4. The Lake Isle of Innisfree

5. A Legend of the Northland

6. No Men Are Foreign

7. The Duck and the Kangaroo

8. On Killing a Tree

9. The Snake Trying

10. A Slumber did My Spirit Seal

Supplementary Reader (Moments)

1. The Lost Child

2. The Adventures of Toto

3. Iswaran the Storyteller

4. In the Kingdom of Fools

5. The Happy Prince

6. Weathering the Storm in Ersama

7. The Last leaf

8. A House is Not a Home

9. The Accidental

10. The Beggar


Question Paper Design

CLASS – 9 (2019–20)


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