NCERT Solutions and Notes for CBSE Class 11 English Core (2020-2021)

CBSE Class 11 Syllabus for English Core 2020-21


There shall be two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions like Objective Type Questions , Short Answer Questions and Multiple Choice Questions, including 04 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning.

Multiple Choice Questions (1×6=6marks), Objective Type Questions ( 1×6= 6marks)

The range of the two passages including a poem or a stanza, should be 900-1000 words as per the following details:

1. The passage of 550-600 words in length will be used for note-making and summarizing.

2. The passage of 350-400 words in length will be used to test comprehension, interpretation and inference.


3. An unseen poem of 28-35 lines to test comprehension, interpretation and inference.

The passages as given above 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. extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.

SECTION B (30 Marks)



  1. One Short Answer Question: Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement – 4 Marks
  2. Two Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal/visual input. – (6×2=12 Marks)

It would cover all types of letters. Letter types may include:

(a) business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)

(b) letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue)

(c) application for a job with a bio-data or résumé

(d) letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements / suitability of courses, etc.

3. Very Long Answer Question: Composition in the form of article/speech/report writing or a narrative- 8 Marks

GRAMMAR ( 6 Objective Type Questions)

Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item types will include gap filling, sentence re- ordering, dialogue completion and sentence transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals and Change of Voice. These grammar areas will be tested through 6 objective type questions on the following:

A. Error Correction, editing tasks

B. Re – ordering of sentences,

C. Transformation of sentences

SECTION C (30 Marks)

LITERATURE: 70 Periods

Questions from the prescribed texts to test comprehension at different levels, like literal, inferential and evaluative will be asked.

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