CBSE Class 10 English Elective Syllabus 2017-18

CBSE Class 10 English Elective Syllabus 2017-18

Download latest cbse class 10 English Elective syllabus for the session 2017-18. This year CBSE has changed the exam pattern. English Elective Board exam will consist of 80 marks and 20 marks will be internal of assessment. This year, there is no CCE pattern or division of syllabus for SA1 or SA2 as it used to be before. This year complete syllabus will be there in your final/annual exam. Each year cbse keep on issuing revised syllabus. Although the topics and textbooks remain same, the contents within vary year by year. Along with English Elective syllabus for class 10 cbse has also issued the chapter-wise breakup of questions along with weightage of each chapter. The package also enlists the learning objectives. That’s why it is strongly recommended to download new class 10 English Elective syllabus 2017-18 this year and be on safe side.

This year is going to be tough for you because you’ve to cover complete syllabus for your board exam. Earlier it used to be only half the syllabus ie syllabus of SA2. So it is very important for you to prepare for your board exams smartly according to the English Elective class 10 syllabus by cbse because it will reduce the topics, will tell the weightage of each chapter so that you can invest more time on important topics. 

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English Elective syllabus for class 10 

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English Elective Syllabus for Class 10 Board Exam 2018


This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

Q.1: A Factual passage of 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 and four MCQs to test vocabulary.   [12 Marks]


Q.3: Formal letter complaint / Inquiry / placing order / Letter to the editor / article in about 100-120 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books.   [8 marks]

Q.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 X.

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject – verb concord
  5. Reporting
    • (i) Commands and requests
    • (ii) Statements
    • (iii) Questions
  6. Clauses:
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses of condition and time
    • 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.  [4 marks]

Q.6: Editing or omission.   [4 marks]

Q.7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.   [4 marks]


Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Four very Short Answer Questions : Two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of 1 mark each on interpretation.   [4 marks]

Q.9: Four Short Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two from each to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each)  [2×4=8 marks]

Q.10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the texts have been brought out (FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET) 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 or character involving interpretation and inference in about 200-250 words based on prescribed extended reading text.   [10 marks]

Prescribed Books

Published by NCERT

  • FIRST FLIGHT – Textbook for Class X
  • FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X


  • Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 By Anne Frank (unabridged edition)
  • The Story of My Life – 1903 By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)


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