CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature) Syllabus 2018-2019

Apr 9, 2018 16:55 IST
CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus 2018-2019

Here you will get the latest syllabus for CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature), released for the academic session 2018-2019.

From the last session, 2017-2018, a new assessment scheme has been introduced in CBSE Class 9. According to the CBSE’s remodeled assessment structure, now students are assessed on the basis of a final exam in each scholastic subject carrying 100 marks. It is composed of an 80 marks component for annual 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.

From this year, CBSE has discontinued the English (Communicative) in class 9. Now students will write the exam for only English (Language and Literature).

Before starting with the preparation of the new course material in class 9, students must go through the complete syllabus. The CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature) syllabus given here is as per the current assessment scheme.

In the CBSE Class 9 English (Language and Literature) syllabus 2018-2019, 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 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.

Section A: Reading                            20 Marks                                                        50 Periods

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

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 Very Short Answer Type questions to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar      30 Marks                                                         60 Periods

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

Q. 4:  Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. (12 marks)

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX:

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. (3 marks)

Q. 6: Editing or Omission (4 marks)

Q. 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. (3 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 the Literature Reader 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. 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 involving interpretation, inference and character sketch, in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed extended reading text. (10 Marks)

English Language And Literature Course


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

Main Course Book

1. People

2. Adventure

3. Environment

4. The Class IX Radio and Video Show

5. Mystery

6. Children

7. Sports and Games


Extended Reading Text (either one):

Gulliver’s Travels in four parts, Unabridged

Edition (2005) by Jonathan Swift Parts I & II

Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged Edition

(1889) by Jerome K. Jerome - Chapters

1 – 10

Gulliver’s Travels in four parts Unabridged Edition (2005) by Jonathan Swift – Parts III & IV

Three Men in a Boat, Unabridged

Edition (1889) by Jerome K. Jerome -

Chapters 11-19

Prescribed Books: Published by CBSE, New Delhi

Interact in English Series


Extended Reading Texts (either one)


BEEHIVE (Textbook for class IX)

Gulliver’s Travels (unabridged) by Jonathan Swift

Moments (Supplementary Reader for class IX)

Three Men in a Boat (unabridged) by Jerome K. Jerome

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.

 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.

 Listening and Speaking Skills  (50 Periods)