CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2017-18

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2017-18

Download latest cbse Class 12 Psychology syllabus for March 2018 board exam including Psychology Practical Syllabus. Class 12 Psychology CBSE Board exam will be of 70 marks & 30 marks will be of Practicals. Details of unit-wise distribution of marks for board exam is given in the syllabus.

Although the topics and textbooks remain same, the syllabus to be covered for board exam vary year by year. Along with Psychology syllabus for class 12 cbse has also issued the chapter-wise breakup of questions along with weightage of each chapter. That’s why it is recommended to download latest Class 12 Psychology syllabus 2018 this year and be on safe side.  Be smart, prepare according to syllabus and practise at least sample papers issued by cbse and previous year questions.  The books of the Psychology for class 11 and 12 are also a little bit helpful in UPSC exam.

Here we have presented the CBSE syllabus of Psychology class 12 in the same format as released by CBSE, without any changes or editing from our side. Students are advised to download the Psychology class 12 syllabus cbse for the March 2018 exam even if you have the previous year syllabus because there might be changes in the syllabus, question pattern and weightage of each chapter.

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Psychology Class 12 Syllabus for March 2018 Exam 

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Detailed Syllabus Psychology Class 12 for March 2018 Board Exam

Unit-I: Variations in Psychological Attributes

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Theories of Intelligence
    1. Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    2. Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
    3. Planning, Attention-arousal, and Simultaneous successive Model of Intelligence
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
    1. Variations of Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities
    1. Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity

Unit-II: Self and Personality

  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
    1. Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Self-regulation
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
    1. Type Approaches
    2. Trait Approaches
    3. Psychodynamic Approach
    4. Behavioural Approach
    5. Cultural Approach
    6. Humanistic Approach
  8. Assessment of Personality
    1. Self-report Measures
    2. Projective Techniques
    3. Behavioural Analysis

Unit-III: Meeting Life Challenges

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
    1. Stress and Health
    2. General Adaptation Syndrome
    3. Stress and Immune System
    4. Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
    1. Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    1. Life Skills

Unit-IV: Psychological Disorders

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of abnormality and psychological Disorders
  3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  5. Major Psychological Disorders
    1. Anxiety Disorders
    2. Somatoform Disorders
    3. Dissociative Disorders
    4. Mood Disorders
    5. Schizophrenic Disorders
    6. Behavioural and Developmental Disorders
    7. Substance-use Disorders

Unit-V: Therapeutic Approaches

  1. Nature and process of psychotherapy
    1. Therapeutic relationship
  2. Types of therapies
    1. Psychodynamic Therapy
    2. Behaviour Therapy
    3. Cognitive Therapy
    4. Humanistic-existential Therapy
    5. Biomedical Therapy
    6. Alternative Therapies
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally III

Unit-VI: Attitude And Social Cognition

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
    1. Attitude Formation
    2. Attitude Change
    3. Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  7. Social Cognition
  8. Schemas and Stereotypes
  9. Impression Formation and Explaining
  10. Behaviour of Others through Attributions
    1. Impression Formation
    2. Attribution of Causality
  11. Behaviour in the Presence of Others
  12. Pro-social Behaviour
    1. Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour

Unit-VII: Social Influence And Group Processes

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
    1. Social Loafing
    2. Group Polarisation
  5. Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  6. Cooperation and Competition
    1. Determinants of Cooperation and Competition
  7. Social Identity
  8. Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes
  9. Conflict Resolution Strategies

Unit-VIII: Psychology and Life

  1. Introduction
  2. Human-Environment Relationship
    1. Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship
  3. Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour
    1. Human Influence on the Environment
    2. Noise
    3. Pollution
    4. Crowding
    5. Natural Disasters
  4. Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour
  5. Psychology and Social Concerns
    1. Poverty and Discrimination
    2. Aggression, Violence, and Peace
    3. Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence
    4. Health
    5. Impact of Television on Behaviour

Unit-IX: Developing Psychological Skills

  1. Introduction
  2. Developing as an effective Psychologist
  3. General Skills
  4. Observational Skills
  5. Specific Skills
    1. Communication Skills
    2. Psychological Testing Skills
  6. Interviewing Skills
  7. Counselling Skills


Practicals (30 Marks)

A. Development of case profile:
Using appropriate methods like, interview, observation and psychological tests.
B. Test administration:
Students are required to administer and interpret five tests.
C. In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological
Distribution of Marks:
(i) Practical File (10 Marks)
(ii) Viva Voce (Case profile and practical) ( 05 Marks)
(iii) Two practicals (5 for conduction and 10 for reporting).  (15 Marks)

Prescribed Books:

1. Psychology, Class XI, Published by NCERT
2. Psychology, Class XII, Published by NCERT
Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi medium.


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