Chemistry - CBSE 12th standard Syllabus
Class XII (Theory)
Total Periods : 180
One Paper Time: 3 Hours 70 marks
Unit No. ||Title ||Marks|
Unit I ||Solid State|| 4|
Unit II ||Solutions ||5|
Unit III ||Electrochemistry ||5|
Unit IV ||Chemical Kinetics ||5|
Unit V ||Surface Chemistry||4|
Unit VI ||General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements|| 3|
Unit VII ||p -Block Elements ||8|
Unit VIII ||d -and f -Block Elements ||5|
Unit IX ||Coordination Compounds ||3|
Unit X ||Haloalkanes and Haloarenes ||4|
Unit XI ||Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers ||4|
Unit XII ||Aldehydes, Ketons and Carboxylic Acids ||6|
Unit XIII ||Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen|| 4|
Unit XIV ||Biomolecules ||4|
Unit XV ||Polymers ||3|
Unit XVI ||Chemistry in Everyday Life ||3|
Unit I: Solid State (Periods 12)
Classification of solids based on different binding forces: molecular, ionic, covalent and metallic
solids, amorphous and crystalline solids (elementary idea). Unit cell in two dimensional and three
dimensional lattices, calculation of density of unit cell, packing in solids, packing efficiency, voids,
number of atoms per unit cell in a cubic unit cell, point defects, electrical and magnetic properties.
Band theory of metals, conductors, semiconductors and insulators and n & p type semiconductors.
Unit II: Solutions (Periods 12)
Types of solutions, expression of concentration of solutions of solids in liquids, solubility of gases
in liquids, solid solutions, colligative properties - relative lowering of vapour pressure, Raoult's
law, elevation of boiling point, depression of freezing point, osmotic pressure, determination of
molecular masses using colligative properties, abnormal molecular mass, van't Hoff factor.
Unit III: Electrochemistry (Periods 14)
Redox reactions, conductance in electrolytic solutions, specific and molar conductivity, variations
of conductivity with concentration, Kohlrausch's Law, electrolysis and law of electrolysis
(elementary idea), dry cell -electrolytic cells and Galvanic cells, lead accumulator, EMF of a cell,
standard electrode potential, Nernst equation and its application to chemical cells, Relation
between Gibbs energy change and emf of a cell, fuel cells, corrosion.
Unit IV: Chemical Kinetics (Periods 12)
Rate of a reaction (Average and instantaneous), factors affecting rate of reaction: concentration,
temperature, catalyst; order and molecularity of a reaction, rate law and specific rate constant,
integrated rate equations and half life (only for zero and first order reactions), concept of collision
theory (elementary idea, no mathematical treatment). Activation energy, Arrhenious equation.
Unit V: Surface Chemistry (Periods 8)
Adsorption - physisorption and chemisorption, factors affecting adsorption of gases on solids,
catalysis, homogenous and heterogenous activity and selectivity; enzyme catalysis colloidal state
distinction between true solutions, colloids and suspension; lyophilic , lyophobic multimolecular
and macromolecular colloids; properties of colloids; Tyndall effect, Brownian movement,
electrophoresis, coagulation, emulsion - types of emulsions.
Unit VI : General Principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements
Principles and methods of extraction - concentration, oxidation, reduction - electrolytic method
and refining; occurrence and principles of extraction of aluminium, copper, zinc and iron.
Unit VII: p -Block Elements (Periods 14)
Group -15 Elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, oxidation
states, trends in physical and chemical properties; nitrogen preparation properties & uses ;
compounds of nitrogen, preparation and properties of ammonia and nitric acid, oxides of nitrogen
(Structure only) ; Phosphorus - allotropic forms, compounds of phosphorus: preparation and
properties of phosphine, halides PCl3 , PCl5 and oxoacids (elementary idea only).
Group 16 Elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, oxidation states, occurrence,
trends in physical and chemical properties,dioxygen: Preparation, Properties and uses,
classification of oxides, Ozone, Sulphure -allotropic forms; compounds of sulphure: Preparation
properties and uses of sulphur-dioxide, sulphuric acid: industrial process of manufacture,
properties and uses; oxoacids of sulphur (Structures only).
Group 17 Elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, oxidation states, occurrence,
trends in physical and chemical properties; compounds of halogens, Preparation properties and
uses of chlorine and hydrochloric acid, interhalogen compounds, oxoacids of halogens (structures
Group 18 Elements: General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence, trends in physical
and chemical properties, uses.
Unit VIII: d and f Block Elements (Periods 14)
General introduction, electronic configuration, occurrence and characteristics of transition metals,
general trends in properties of the first row transition metals - metallic character, ionization enthalpy,
oxidation states, ionic radii, colour, catalytic property, magnetic properties, interstitial compounds,
alloy formation, preparation and properties of K2Cr2O7 and KMnO4.
Lanthanoids - Electronic configuration, oxidation states, chemical reactvity and lanthanoid
contraction and its consequences.
Actinoids - Electronic configuration, oxidation states and comparison with lanthanoids.
Unit IX: Coordination Compounds (Periods 12)
Coordination compounds - Introduction, ligands, coordination number, colour, magnetic
properties and shapes, IUPAC nomenclature of mononuclear coordination compounds. Bonding,
Werner's theory, VBT, and CFT; structure and stereo isomerism, importance of coordination
compounds (in qualitative inclusion, extraction of metals and biological system).
Unit X : Haloalkanes and Haloarenes. (Periods 12)
Haloalkanes: Nomenclature, nature of C -X bond, physical and chemical properties, mechanism
of substitution reactions, optical rotation.
Haloarenes: Nature of C -X bond, substitution reactions (Directive influence of halogen in
monosubstituted compounds only.
Uses and environmental effects of - dichloromethane, trichloromethane, tetrachloromethane,
iodoform freons, DDT.
Unit XI: Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers (Periods 12)
Alcohols: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties( of primary
alcohols only), identification of primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols, mechanism of dehydration,
uses with special reference to methanol and ethanol.
Phenols: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties, acidic nature
of phenol, electrophillic substitution reactions, uses of phenols.
Ethers: Nomenclature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical properties, uses.
Unit XII: Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids (Periods 12)
Aldehydes and Ketones: Nomenclature, nature of carbonyl group, methods of preparation,
physical and chemical properties, mechanism of nucleophillic addition, reactivity of alpha hydrogen
in aldehydes: uses.
Carboxylic Acids: Nomenclature, acidic nature, methods of preparation, physical and chemical
UnitXIII: Organic compounds containing Nitrogen (Periods 10)
Amines: Nomenclature, classification, structure, methods of preparation, physical and chemical
properties, uses, identification of primary, secondary and tertiary amines.
Cyanides and Isocyanides - will be mentioned at relevant places in context.
Diazonium salts: Preparation, chemical reactions and importance in synthetic organic chemistry.
Unit XIV: Biomolecules (Periods 12)
Carbohydrates - Classification (aldoses and ketoses), monosaccahrides (glucose and fructose),
D-L configuration oligosaccharides (sucrose, lactose, maltose), polysaccharides (starch, cellulose,
Proteins -Elementary idea of á - amino acids, peptide bond, polypeptides, proteins, structure
of proteins - primary, secondary, tertiary structure and quaternary structures (qualitative idea
only), denaturation of proteins; enzymes. Hormones - Elementary idea excluding structure.
Vitamins - Classification and functions.
Nucleic Acids: DNA and RNA.
Unit XV: Polymers (Periods 8)
Classification - natural and synthetic, methods of polymerization (addition and condensation),
copolymerization, some important polymers: natural and synthetic like polythene, nylon polyesters,
bakelite, rubber. Biodegradable and non-biodegradable polymers.
Unit XVI: Chemistry in Everyday life (Periods 8)
Chemicals in medicines - analgesics, tranquilizers antiseptics, disinfectants, antimicrobials,
antifertility drugs, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines.
Chemicals in food - preservations, artificial sweetening agents, elementary idea of antioxidants.
Cleansing agents- soaps and detergents, cleansing action.
Evaluation Scheme for Examination Marks
Volumetric Analysis 10
Salt Analysis 8
Content Based Experiment 6
Class record, project work and viva 6
Micro-chemical methods are available for several of the practical experiments.
Wherever possible, such techniques should be used.
A. Surface Chemistry (Periods 5)
(a) Preparation of one lyophilic and one lyophobic sol
Lyophilic sol - starch, egg albumin and gum
Lyophobic sol - aluminium hydroxide, ferric hydroxide, arsenous sulphide.
(b) Dialysis of sol-prepared in (a) above.
(c) Study of the role of emulsifying agents in stabilizing the emulsion of different oils.
B. Chemical Kinetics (Periods 4)
(a) Effect of concentration and temperature on the rate of reaction between sodium thiosulphate
and hydrochloric acid.
(b) Study of reaction rates of any one of the following:
(i) Reaction of iodide ion with hydrogen peroxide at room temperature using different
concentration of iodide ions.
(ii) Reaction between potassium iodate, (KIO3) and sodium sulphite: (Na2SO3) using starch
solution as indicator (clock reaction).
C. Thermochemistry (Periods 4)
Any one of the following experiments
i) Enthalpy of dissolution of copper sulphate or potassium nitrate.
ii) Enthalpy of neutralization of strong acid (HCI) and strong base (NaOH).
iii) Determination of enthaply change during interaction (Hydrogen bond formation) between
acetone and chloroform.
Anions - Co2-
3, S2-, SO2-
3, Cl-, Br-, I-, PO3-
(Note: Insoluble salts excluded)
Scientific investigations involving laboratory testing and collecting information from other sources.
A few suggested Projects.
• Study of the presence of oxalate ions in guava fruit at different stages of ripening.
• Study of quantity of casein present in different samples of milk.
• Preparation of soybean milk and its comparison with the natural milk with respect to curd
formation, effect of temperature, etc.
• Study of the effect of potassium bisulphate as food preservative under various conditions
(temperature, concentration, time etc.)
• Study of digestion of starch by salivary amylase and effect of pH and temperature on it.
• Comparative study of the rate of fermentation of following materials: wheat flour, gram
flour, potato juice, carrot juice etc.
• Extraction of essential oils present in Saunf (aniseed), Ajwain (carum), Illaichi (cardamom).
• Study of common food adulterants in fat, oil, butter, sugar, turmeric power, chilli powder
Note: Any investigatory project, which involves about 10 periods of work, can be
chosen with the approval of the teacher.
1. Chemistry Part -I, Published by NCERT.
2. Chemistry Part -II, Published by NCERT.