Class 10 English


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Course Overview

CBSE Class 10 – English Syllabus

Literature Reader (First Flight)

  • A letter to God
  • Glimpses of India
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Mijbil the Otter
  • Two stories about flying
  • Madam rides the bus
  • From the diary of Anne Frank
  • The sermon at Benaras
  • The Hundred Dresses I
  • The Hundred Dresses II

Supplementary Reader (Footprints without Feet)

  • A Triumph of Surgery
  • The Making of a Scientist
  • The Thief’s story
  • The Necklace
  • The Midnight visitor
  • The Hack Driver
  • A Question of Trust
  • Bholi
  • Footprints without Feet
  • The Book that Saved the Earth


  • Dust of snow
  • Animals
  • Fire and ice
  • The Trees
  • A Tiger in the zoo
  • How to Tell Wild Animals
  • The tale of Custard the Dragon
  • The Ball poem
  • For Anne Gregory
  • Amanda

Extended Reading Texts -(either one)

  • Diary of a Young Girl – 1947 By Anne (unabridged edition uploaded on CBSE website )
  • The Story of My Life – 1903, By Helen Keller (unabridged edition)

Writing skills with grammar

  • Use of passive voice 
  • Article Writing
  • clauses
  • determiners
  • direct and indirect speech
  • editing
  • gap filling
  • Letter Writing
  • Modals
  • omission
  • prepositions
  • sentence reordering
  • sentence transformation
  • story writing
  • subject verb concord
  • Tense
  • Unseen passage


Best Reference Books CBSE Class 10 – English

  1. English Communicative – Oswaal School Books

CBSE Class 10 English, Notes ,Test Papers, Sample Papers, NCERT Solutions,Past Years Papers Solution and Help from Ex- IITian for English

Section – wise weightage for the CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature paper

The Board examination of Class 10 English will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours. The section – wise weightage of marks in the class 10 English paper will be as follows






Reading skills



Writing skills with grammar



Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text/s





Syllabus of CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature paper

The section – wise syllabus for the class 10 English paper is as follows –

Section A – Reading section (Total marks allotted – 20 marks)

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.

Q. 2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer type Questions and four MCQs.


Section B – Writing skills and Grammar (Total marks allotted – 30 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.

Q. 4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words.

The English Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X.
1. Tenses
2. Modals
3. Use of passive voice
4. Subject – verb concord
5. Reporting
(i) Commands and requests
(ii) Statements
(iii) Questions
6. Clauses:
(i) Noun clauses
(ii) Adverb clauses
(iii) 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.

Q. 6: Editing or omission.

Q. 7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.


Section C – Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text/s (Total marks allotted – 30)

Q8. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Four very Short Answer Questions will be asked.

Q9. Four out of given five Short Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (30-40 words each)

Q9.  One out of two Long Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET to be answered in about 100-120 words.

Q10.  One out of two very Long Answer Questions from the extended reading texts based on theme, plot or character to be answered in about 200-250 words.


Prescribed Books for Section C of the class 10 English paper are as follows –

Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • First Flight – Text for Class X
  • Footprints Without Feet -Supplementary Reader for Class X

Extended Reading Texts (either one of the following):

a. The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) by Anne Frank ( uploaded on CBSE website)
b. The Story of My Life (1903) by Helen Keller ( unabridged edition)


Question – wise marks allotment for CBSE Class 10 English paper

The maximum marks allotted to each question in sequence of question numbers as asked in the CBSE class 10 English paper is as follows –


Section A

Reading Skills

Total marks – 20


Unseen passage

8 marks


Unseen passage

12 marks

Section B

Writing skills with grammar

Total marks – 30


Formal letter writing

8 marks


Short story writing

10 marks


Gap filling

4 marks


Editing / omission

4 marks


Sentence reordering

4 marks

Section C

Literature Textbooks and Extended Reading Text/s

Total marks – 30


Reference to context

4 marks


Four short answer questions

4*2 = 8 marks


Long Answer type Question

8 marks


Very Long Answer type Question

10 marks



80 Marks

Although the Class 10 English board exam will include the complete syllabus covered in the academic year, the CBSE has given a break up of the syllabus to be covered in term I and II. The break up of lessons from the prescribed books

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