CBSE Class 12 English Elective Syllabus 2017-18

CBSE Class 12 English Elective Syllabus 2017-18

Download latest cbse Class 12 English Elective syllabus for the session 2017-18. Class 12 English Elective Board exam will be of 100 marks. 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 12 cbse has also issued the chapter-wise breakup of questions with weightage of each chapter. The package also enlists the learning objectives. That’s why it is recommended to download new Class 12 English Elective syllabus 2017-18 this year and be on safe side.

Students are advised to download the class 12 cbse English Elective syllabus 2018 for the session 2017-2018 even if you have the previous year syllabus because there might be changes in the syllabus, question pattern and weightage of each chapter. You should also practise the sample papers, previous year questions and sample papers by cbse. Please note that there are two categories of English Elective Syllabus namely English Elective NCERT Syllabus & English Elective CBSE Syllabus. Don’t get confused with the two. You have to appear for any one of them.

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Class 12 English Elective (NCERT) Syllabus

Class 12 English Elective (CBSE) Syllabus 

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Class 12 English Elective NCERT Syllabus (Code 001) 2018

Section A

Reading an unseen passage and a poem                               60 Periods

Very Short Answer Questions: One literary or discursive passage of about 950-1000 words followed by
   short questions
Short Answer Questions: A poem of about 24 – 28 lines to test interpretation and appreciation.


Creative Writing Skills and Applied Grammar                                       60 Periods

Long Answer Question: A short discursive, interpretative writing
Very Long Answer Questions: An essay on an argumentative/discursive topic such as an
Very Short Answer Question: Transformation of sentences.


Literature Textbook: Kaleidoscope                                           60 Periods

Short Answer Questions: To test understanding and appreciation
Long Answer Question: To test deeper understanding, interpretation, appreciation, drawing of
inferences and evaluation.

Fiction                                                                                          40 Periods

Long Answer Questions: Seeking comments, interpretation, evaluation and appreciation of characters,
events, episodes and interpersonal relationships.
Very Long Answer Question: To test deeper understanding, interpretation, appreciation and drawing

Prescribed Books:

1. Kaleidoscope – Textbook published by NCERT
2. A Tiger for Malgudi or The Financial Expert by R.K. Narayan (Novel) Fiction


Class 12 English Elective CBSE Syllabus 2018 (Code 101)

Section A

READING SKILLS                                                                                         60 Periods

Very short answer / Short answer and MCQ type questions:
Two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions including 04 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. The total range of the two passages including a poem or a stanza,
should be around 1000-1100 words to assess comprehension, analysis, inference, evaluation and literary
1. 550-600 words in length (for note-making and summarising)
2. 450-500 words in length (to test comprehension)
The passage could be of any one of the following types:
 – Factual passages, e.g., illustrations, description, reports
 – Discursive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive
 – Literary passages, e.g., poems, extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the
   case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.


WRITING SKILLS AND GRAMMAR                                                                            60 Periods

Short Answer Question: Notices, advertisements, factual description of people, places and objects,
drafting posters, drafting, accepting and declining invitations.
Long Answer Question: Letter of any of the following types based on a verbal or visual input:
a) Official letters for making inquiries, suggesting changes – registering and responding to complaints,
asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies.
b) Letters to the editor on various social, national and international issues.
c) Application for a job including CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Resumé.
Very Long Answer Question: Sustained writing task such as writing a speech, an article for a magazine
or a report based on verbal/visual input.

Grammar                                                                                       30 Periods
A variety of questions, as listed below may be asked, involving the application of grammar items in context
(i.e., not in isolated sentences). The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year. Though only modals,
determiners, voice and tense forms have been dealt with in class XI, however, other grammar items such as
prepositions, verb forms, connectors which have been learnt earlier would also be included.
Very Short Questions and Multiple Choice Questions
– Reordering of words and sentences
– Composing a dialogue based on a given input
– Error correction in sentences
– Draftinquestions/questionnaireses based on given input


Literature: Prescribed Books and Long Reading Text (Novel)                                 70 Periods

Questions to test comprehension at different levels and of different kinds – local, global, interpretative,
inferential, evaluative and extrapolatory.
Very Short and Short Answer Questions: Two out of three extracts from different poems to test theme,
setting and literary devices.
Short Answer Questions: Based on different prose / drama / poetry / pieces from the Literature
Reader; to test local and global comprehension of ideas and languages used in the text.
Long Answer Question: Extended questions based on one of the prose texts or play in the Literature
Reader to test global comprehension and for extrapolation beyond the text.
Long Answer Questions: To test understanding, appreciation, analysis, inference in a plot and writing a
character sketch.

Note: Values based questions for 4 marks may be asked in Sections- B or C


1. Language Skills book – Class XII English Elective CBSE published by Central Board of Secondary
Education, Delhi.
2. Literature Reader – Class XII English Elective CBSE published by Central Board of Secondary Education,
3. Extended Reading Text (Either one) Author
i) The Invisible Man (unabridged) H.G. Wells
ii) Silas Marner (unabridged) George Eliot



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