CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2017-18

CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2017-18

Download latest cbse class 9 English Communicative syllabus for the session 2017-2018. This year CBSE has changed the exam pattern. This year, there is no CCE pattern or division of syllabus for SA1 or SA2 as it used to be before. Your final exam will consist of 80 marks and 20 marks will be of internal assessment. This year complete syllabus will be there for 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 Communicative syllabus for class 9 cbse has also issued question paper pattern and weightage of each chapter. That’s why it is strongly recommended to download new class 9 English Communicative syllabus 2017-18 this year and be on safe side.

Gone are the days of SA1& SA2, now you have to practise a lot in a more precise way covering complete syllabus! It’ll be better if you practise according to the syllabus issued by cbse. Syllabus acts as prima facie for your CBSE exam. It reduces the topics, tells the weightage of each chapter so that you can invest more time on important topics.

Students are advised to download the class 9 cbse English Communicative syllabus for the session 2017-2018 even if they have the previous year syllabus because it’s of no use & there is a lot of changes in the new syllabus, question pattern and weightage of each chapter.

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English Communicative Syllabus Class 9 Session 2017-2018

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Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus for March 2018 Exam

Section A: Reading

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below:

Q.1: A Factual passage 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 Very Short Answer Type questions to test vocabulary. [12 marks]

Section B: Writing and Grammar

Q.3: Writing a diary/article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on MCB. [8 marks]

Q.4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200-250 words. [12 marks]

The Grammar syllabus includes the following areas in classes IX:

  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
    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions
  6. Clauses
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses of condition and time
    • Relative clauses
  7. Determiners
  8. Prepositions

Above topics will be tested through test types as given below:

Q.5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses [3 marks]

Q.6: Editing or Omission [4 marks]

Q.7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context [3 marks]

Section C: Literature Textbook and Extended Reading Text

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

Q.9: Four Short Answer type Questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each) [8 marks]

Q.10: One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. 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 involving interpretation, inference and character sketch, in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed
extended reading text. [10 Marks]

Prescribed Books

Interact in English Series 

  • Main Course Book (Revised edition)
  • Literature Reader (Revised edition)
  • Workbook (Revised edition)

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

  • Gullivers Travels (unabridged) by Jonathan Swift
  • Three Men in a Boat (unabridged) by Jerome. K. Jerome



1. Schools may adapt the given break-up as per their convenience.
2. Activities such as Language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatization, script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’ and ‘in school’ activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up, it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher.


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