CBSE Class 9 Social Science Revised Syllabus for 2020-2021: Download in PDF

CBSE has revised the Class 9 Social Science Syllabus for the current academic session 2020-2021. Board has reduced the syllabus by 30%. We are providing the revised syllabus here in the detailed form. Students should go through the latest syllabus to know the prescribed topics, weightage, and paper pattern and make their study plans according to the same.

Contents of CBSE Class 9 Social Science syllabus 2020-2021:

  • Unit-wise weightage
  • Prescribed topics and sub-topics in each unit
  • Project Work
  • Prescribed books
  • Question paper design for the annual board examination
  • Components of Internal Assessment
  • List of map items

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CLASS 9 (2020-21)

Theory Paper

CBSE Class 9 Social Science Unit-Wise Weightage


Unit Name


No. of Periods


India and the Contemporary World - I




Contemporary India - I




Democratic Politics - I










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Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World – I

(4 Periods)


Learning Objectives

Section 1: Events and processes:(All the three themes are compulsory)








I. The French Revolution:

  • French Society During the Late Eighteenth Century
  • The Outbreak of the Revolution
  • France Abolishes Monarchy and Becomes a Republic
  • Did Women have a Revolution?
  • The Abolition of Slavery
  • The Revolution and Everyday Life

II. Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution:

  • The Age of Social Change
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The February Revolution in Petrograd
  • What Changed after October?
  • The Global Influence of the Russian Revolution and the USSR

III. Nazism and the Rise of Hitler:

  • Birth of the Weimar Republic
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power
  • The Nazi Worldview
  • Youth in Nazi Germany
  • Ordinary People and the Crimes Against Humanity

In each of the themes in this unit students would get familiarized with distinct ideologies, extracts of speeches, political declarations, as well as the politics of caricatures, posters and engravings. Students would learn how to interpret these kinds of historical evidences.







  • Familiarize students with the names of people involved, the different types of ideas that inspired the revolution, the wider forces that shaped it.
  • Know the use of written, oral and visual material can be used to recover the history of revolutions.





  • Explore the history of socialism through a study of the Russian revolution.
  • Familiarize students with the names of people involved, the different types of ideas that inspired the revolution.





  • Discuss the critical significance of Nazism in shaping the politics of modern world.
  • Get familiarized students with the speeches and writings of Nazi leaders.

Unit 2: Contemporary India – I

(37 Periods)


Learning Objectives

1. India 

  • Size and Location
  • India and the World
  • India’s Neighbours

2. Physical Features of India: 

  • Major Physiographic Divisions






3. Drainage: 

Note: Only Map Items as given in the Map List from this chapter to be evaluated in Examination. 

4. Climate: 

  • Concept
  • Climatic Controls
  • Factors influencing India’s climate
  • The Indian Monsoon
  • Distribution of Rainfall
  • Monsoon as a unifying bond 

5. Natural Vegetation and Wild Life:

  • Factors affecting Vegetation
  • Vegetation types
  • Wild Life
  • Conservation
  • Identify the location of India in the Indian subcontinent.





  • Understand the major landform features and the underlying geological structure; their association with various rocks and minerals as well as nature of soil types.






  • Identify the river systems of the country.


  • Identify various factors influencing the climate and explain the climatic variation of our country and its impact on the life of the people.
  • Explain the importance and unifying role of monsoons.





  • Explain the nature of diverse flora and fauna as well as their distribution.
  • Develop concern about the need to protect the biodiversity of our country.

Unit 3: Democratic Politics – I

(37 Periods)



1. What is Democracy? Why Democracy?:

  • What is Democracy?
  • Features of Democracy
  • Why Democarcy?
  • Broader Meaning of Democracy




2. Constitutional Design:

  • Why do we need a Constitution?
  • Making of the Indian Constitution
  • Guiding Values of the Indian Constitution 


3. Electoral Politics:

  • Why Elections?
  • What is our System of Elections?
  • What makes elections in India democratic? 








4. Working of Institutions:

  • How is the major policy decision taken?
  • Parliament
  • Political Executive
  • Judiciary
  • Develop conceptual skills of defining democracy.
  • Understand how different historical processes and forces have promoted democracy.
  • Develop a sophisticated defense of democracy against common prejudices.
  • Develop a historical sense of the choice and nature of democracy in India.
  • Understand the process of Constitution making.
  • Develop respect for the Constitution and appreciation for Constitutional values.
  • Recognize Constitution as a dynamic and living document.
  • Understand representative democracy via competitive party politics.
  • Familiarize with Indian electoral system.
  • Reason out for the adoption of present Indian Electoral System.
  • Develop an appreciation of citizen’s increased participation in electoral politics.
  • Recognize the significance of the Election Commission.


  • Get an overview of central governmental structures.
  • Identify the role of Parliament and its procedures.
  • Distinguish between political and permanent executive authorities and functions.
  • Understand the parliamentary system of executive’s accountability to the legislature.
  • Understand the working of Indian Judiciary.

Unit 4: Economics

(37 Periods)


Learning Objective

1. The Story of Village Palampur:

  • Overview
  • Organization of production
  • Farming in Palampur
  • Non-farm activities of Palampur

2. People as Resource: 

  • Overview
  • Economic activities by men and women
  • Quality of Population
  • Unemployment

3. Poverty as a Challenge: 

  • Two typical cases of poverty
  • Poverty as seen by Social Scientists
  • Poverty Estimates
  • Vulnerable Groups
  • Interstate disparities
  • Global Poverty Scenario
  • Causes of Poverty
  • Anti-poverty measures
  • The Challenges Ahead


  • Familiarize with basic economic concepts through an imaginary story of a village.





  • Understand the demographic concepts
  • Understand how population can be as asset or a liability for the nation.




  • Understand poverty as a challenge.
  • Identify vulnerable group and interstate disparities
  • Appreciate the initiatives of the government to alleviate poverty.


CLASS IX (2020-21)

(5 Periods)                                                    (5 Marks)

1. Every student has to compulsorily undertake one project on Disaster Management.

2. Objectives: The main objectives of giving project work on Disaster Management to the students are to:

(a) Create awareness in them about different disasters, their consequences and management

(b) Prepare them in advance to face such situations

(c) Ensure their participation in disaster mitigation plans

(d) Enable them to create awareness and preparedness among the community.

3. The project work should also help in enhancing the Life Skills of the students.

4. If possible, different forms of art may be integrated in the project work.

5. In order to realize the expected objectives completely, it would be required of the Principals / teachers to muster support from various local authorities and organizations like the Disaster Management Authorities, Relief, Rehabilitation and the Disaster Management Departments of the States, Office of the District Magistrate/ Deputy Commissioners, Fire Service, Police, Civil Defense, etc. in the area where the schools are located.

6. The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:





Content accuracy, originality and analysis



Presentation and creativity  



Viva Voce


7. The project carried out by the students should subsequently be shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel discussions, etc.

8. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be meticulously maintained by the concerned schools.

9. A Summary Report should be prepared highlighting:

10. It is to be noted here by all the teachers and students that the projects and models prepared should be made from eco-friendly products without incurring too much expenditure.

11. The Project Report should be handwritten by the students themselves.

12. The record of the project work (internal assessment) should be kept for a period of three months for verification, if any.


1.  India and the Contemporary World - I History - Published by NCERT

2.  Contemporary India - I Geography - Published by NCERT

3.  Democratic Politics - I Published by NCERT

4.  Economics - Published by NCERT

5.  Together, Towards a Safer India - Part II, a textbook on Disaster Management for Class IX - Published by CBSE

6. Learning outcomes at Secondary stage Published by NCERT

Note: Please procure latest reprinted edition (2020) of prescribed NCERT textbooks.

Social Science (Code No. 087)


CLASS–IX (2020–21)

Time : 3 hrs                             Marks: 80


1. Teachers may refer ‘Learning Outcomes’ published by NCERT for developing lesson plans, assessment framework and questions.

2. 02 Items from History Map List and 04 from Geography Map List



CBSE Class 9 Syllabus of All Subjects 2020-2021 (Reduced)


CLASS-IX (2020-21)

A. Subject - History

Chapter-1: The French Revolution

Outline map of France (For locating and labelling/Identification)

Chapter-2: Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution

Outline map of World (For locating and labelling/Identification)

          (Central Powers and Allied Powers)

          Central Powers - Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey (Ottoman Empire)

          Allied Powers - France, England, (Russia), America

Chapter-3: Nazism and the  Rise of Hitler

Outline map of World (For locating and labelling/Identification)

          Axis Powers – Germany, Italy, Japan

         Allied Powers – UK, France, Former USSR, USA

          Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia(only Slovakia shown in the map), Denmark, Lithuania,    France, Belgium

B. Subject-Geography (Outline Political Map of India)

Chapter-1: India-Size And Location     

Chapter-2: Physical Features of India

Chapter-3: Drainage

Note: Only map items of this chapter as listed below to be evaluated in Examination.

(a) Rivers: (Identification only)

(b) Lakes: Wular, Pulicat, Sambhar, Chilika, 

Chapter-4: Climate                                                                                                        

Chapter-5: Natural Vegetation And Wild Life                                                                              

Download CBSE Class 9 Social Science Revised Syllabus for 2020-2021

We have also provided below the link of the uncut /original syllabus that was released in the beginning of the current academic session. Students can check this syllabus to make a comparison with the reduced syllabus and make a list of the topics and chapters which they do not have to prepare for the final assessment.

Download the CBSE Class 9 Social Science Syllabus 2020-2021 in PDF

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