English - CBSE 10th Grade Standard Syllabus
Paper 3 Hours 100 Marks
A : READING 20 Marks 40 Periods
unseen passages with a variety of comprehension questions
including 04 marks for word-attack skills such as word formation and inferring
meaning in the longer passage of 12 marks.
1. A factual
passage (e.g. instruction, description, report etc.) or a literary
passage (e.g. extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography). The
passage will be between 250-350 words in length. (In the case of a poetry
extract, the text may be shorter than 150 words) 8 marks
2. A factual
passage or a discursive passage involving opinion, (argumentative,
persuasive or interpretative text). The passage will be between 400-450 words
in length. Questions on word attack skills will be for 04 marks. 12 marks
The total length of
the two passages will be between 650 and 800 words.
B : WRITING 30 Marks 63 Periods
Writing Section comprises of four writing tasks as indicated below:
3 and 4 are Short compositions of not more than 50 words each - e.g.,
notice, 5 + 5 10 Marks message, Postcard
based on a verbal stimulus such as an advertisement, notice, newspaper
clipping, tabular data, diary extract, notes, letter or other forms of correspondence.
Word limit : 150-175 words 10 Marks
based on a visual stimulus such as a diagram, picture, graph, map,
cartoon or flow chart. Word limit : 150-175 words 10 Marks
of the longer (10 marks) compositions will draw on the thematic
content of the Main Course book.
C : GRAMMAR 20 Marks 42 Periods
A variety of short
questions involving the use of particular structures within a context
(i.e., not in isolated sentences). Test types used will include gap-filling,
cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence
completion, re-ordering word groups in sentences, editing, dialogue -
completion and sentence - transformation.
syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for :
: Jumbled words in re-ordering exercise to test syntax will
involve sentences in a context. Each sentence will be split into sense groups
(not necessarily into single words) and jumbled up.
D : LITERATURE 30 Marks 65 Periods
and 13 : Two extracts out of three from different poems from the
prescribed Reader, each followed by two or three questions to test local and
global comprehension of the set text. Each extract will carry 3 marks. 3+3 6
One out of two questions (with or without an extract) testing
appreciation of global or local comprehension of a poem from the prescribed
reader. (50-75 words) 04 Marks
Two questions based on one of the drama texts from the prescribed
reader to test local and global comprehension of the set text. One or two lines
for each question if an extract is given. If an extract is not given, the word
limit will be roughly 75 words. 04 Marks
One out of two
questions from the drama texts based on theme, character, plot. (50-75 words) 04
One out of two questions based on one of the prose texts from the
prescribed reader to
comprehension and extrapolation beyond the set text. (50-75 words) 04 Marks
One out of two questions based on the prose texts from the
prescribed reader to
comprehension and extrapolation beyond the set text. (150-175 words) 08
Questions will test
comprehension at different levels : literal, inferential and evaluative.
1. Interact in
English — X Main Course Book Revised edition Published by
2. Interact in
English — X Literature Reader Revised edition Delhi-110092
3. Interact in
English — X Workbook Revised edition
- LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Paper 3 Hours Marks : 100
A : READING 20 Marks 30 Periods
Questions 1 and
2 two unseen passages of total 500 words with a variety of questions
including 4 marks for vocabulary.
Only prose passages
will be used. One will be factual and the other will be literary.
1 - 200 words (8 marks) - Four or five comprehension questions 8
2 - 300 words (12 marks)-Four or five comprehension questions and two questions
on vocabulary. Marks for vocabulary will not exceed 4 marks. 12
B : WRITING 20 Marks 40 Periods
Letter Writing - One letter based on provided verbal stimulus and context. 8
of letter : Informal: Personal such as to family and friends.
: Letter of complaints, enquiries, requests, applications
Writing a short paragraph on a given outline / topic in about 60
words 4 Marks
Composition : A short writing task based on a verbal and / or visual stimulus.
(diagram, picture, graph, map,chart, table, flow chart etc.) Maximum words 80 8
C : GRAMMAR 15 Marks 45 Periods
A variety of short
questions involving the use of particular structures within a context. Test
types used will include cloze, gap-filling, sentence-completion,
sentence-reordering, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation (including
combining sentences). The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas for
1. Use of
connectors : as, since, while, then, just because, just, until.
3. Clauses with
what, where and how.
4. Past Tense.
5. Modals : can,
could, may, must, might.
Note : All other
areas covered in Class IX will also be tested in Class X as this is an
integrated course for this area of learning.
D : TEXT BOOKS 45 Marks 95 Periods
Flight - NCERT Textbook for Class X
& 13 Two extracts from different prose lessons included in Textbook (Approximately
100 words each) 5x2 = 10 Marks
chosen from different lessons will be literary and discursive in nature
Each extract will
be of 5 marks. One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. 4 marks in each
passage will be
used for testing local and global comprehension besides a question on
One out of two questions extrapolative in nature based on any
one of the prose lessons
from Textbook to be
answered in about 80 words. 6 Marks
One out of two questions on Drama Text (local and global
(30-40 words) 4
One extract from a poem from the prescribed reader followed by two
or three questions to test the local and global comprehension of the set text.
Two out of three short answer type questions on
interpretation of themes and ideas contained in the poems to be answered in
30-40 words each. 6 Marks
Prints without Feet - NCERT Supplementary Reader for Class X 15 Marks
One out of two questions from Supplementary Reader to
interpret, evaluate and analyse character, plot or situations occurring in the
lessons to be answered in about 100 words. 8 Marks
One out of two short answer type questions of interpretative
and evaluative nature based on lessons to be answered in 30-40 words 4 Marks
One out of two short answer type questions based on factual
aspects of the lessons to be answered in 20-30 words. 3 Marks
1. First Flight -
Textbook for Class X Published by NCERT,
2. Foot Prints
without Feet - Supplementary Reader for Class X Sri Aurobindo Marg, New