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CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2023-24

CBSE has published the syllabus of class 11th for the academic year 2023-2024 at the official website www.cbseacademic.nic.in. Usually, English is one of the neglected subjects but students shouldn’t ignore language papers i.e. English as it is one of the scoring subjects. The questions asked in English are quite easy than in other subjects, hence this subject can help students to boost their overall percentage. The CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2023-24 has been designed in a way to provide students with all the knowledge and also give them a base for class 12 standard. In this article, we have provided the complete details of the CBSE 11th English Syllabus for 2023-24.

English Class 11 Syllabus 2023-24 [Core English]

English Class 11 Syllabus 2023-24 for Core English has been divided into 3 sections for theory which is of 80 marks in total. The theory part consists of Reading Comprehension, Creative writing skills and literature text books and supplementary reading texts. Whereas the rest 20 marks stands for the Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills which consist of Listening Skills( 5 Marks), Speaking Skills(5 Marks), and Project Work(10 Marks). Check out the marks distribution of CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2023-24 for Core English as tabularised below.

CBSE Class 11 English Syllabus 2023-24 (Core)
SectionParticularsMarks
Reading Comprehension(Section A)
  1. Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary/ discursive, or persuasive)(10 Marks)
  2. Case-Based Unseen (Factual) Passage(8 Marks)
  3. Note Making and Summarization(8 Marks)
26
Creative Writing Skills(Section B)
  1. Grammar(Based upon tense, Clauses, re-ordering/transformation of sentences) (7 Marks)
  2. Creative Writing Skills (Advertisement, Poster, Writing speech, Debate) ( 16 Marks)
23
Literature Text Books and Supplementary Reading Texts(Section C)

This section will have a variety of assessment items including Multiple Choice Questions, Objective type questions, Short Answer Type Questions, and Long Answer Type Questions

  1. Based upon Poetry(Hornbill)-3 Marks
  2. Based upon Prose (Hornbill)- 3 Marks
  3. Based upon Prose (Snapshots)- 4 Marks
  4. Two Short answer type questions one from Prose and one from Poetry(Hornbill)  – 6Marks
  5. One Short answer type question (Snapshots)- 3 Marks
  6. One Long answer type question from Prose/Poetry(Hornbill)- 6 Marks
  7. One Long answer type question on the chapters (Snapshots)- 6 Marks
31
Total Marks80
Assessment of listening and speaking Skills10
Project Work10
Grand Total 100

CBSE Class 11 English Core Syllabus 2023-24 (In detail)

Section A: Reading Comprehension

  • Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary/ discursive, or literary)(10 Marks)
  • Case-Based Unseen (Factual) Passage(8 Marks)
  • Note Making (5 Marks)
  • Summarization(3 Marks)

Section B: Creative Writing Skills

  • Grammar[Questions on Gap filling (Tenses, Clauses)/Questions on re-ordering/transformation of sentences]
  • Creative Writing Skills[Short writing task-  Advertisements up to 50 words, Short writing task –Poster up to 50 words, Speech in 120-150 words, Debate based on visual/verbal inputs in 120-150 words]

Section C: Literature Text Books and Supplementary Reading Texts

  • One Poetry extract out of two from the book Hornbill (3 Marks)
  • One Prose extract out of two from the book Hornbill (3 Marks)
  • One prose extract out of two from the book Snapshots (4 Marks)
  • Two Short answer type questions (one from Prose and one from Poetry from the book Hornbill) (6 Marks)
  • One Short answer type question, from the book Snapshots (3 Marks)
  • One Long answer type question, from Prose/Poetry Hornbill (6 Marks)
  • One Long answer type question, based on the chapters from the book Snapshots(6 Marks)

Prescribed Books

1. Hornbill: English Reader published by NCERT

  • The Portrait of a Lady (Prose)
  • A Photograph (Poem)
  • “We’re Not Afraid to Die… if we can be together
  • Discovering Tut: the Saga Continues
  • The Laburnum Top (Poem)
  • The Voice of the Rain (Poem)
  • Childhood (Poem)
  • The Adventure
  • Silk Road (Prose)
  • Father to Son

2. Snapshots: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT

  • The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse (Prose)
  • The Address (Prose)
  • Mother’s Day (Play)
  • Birth ( Prose)
  • The Tale of Melon City

CBSE Class 11 Core English Syllabus Marking Scheme

The marking scheme given below for the CBSE Class 11 Core English Syllabus 2023-24 gives an idea of marks distribution of the question paper. The Internal Assessment includes listening skills, speaking skills and project work. Students must perform well in both theory paper and the internal assessment to obtain overall marks decent marks. English is a scoring subject and students must take advantage of this to improve their overall marks.

CBSE Class 11 Core English Syllabus Marking Scheme
Reading Comprehension, Writing skills, Literature text books80 marks.
Assessment of Listening Skills05 marks.
Assessment of Speaking Skills05 Marks
Project Work10 Marks
Total100 marks

CBSE Class 11 Elective English Syllabus 2023-24

The CBSE Class 11 Elective English Syllabus 2023-24 along with the marks distribution has been shared below. The Class 11th English Syllabus 2023-24 for Elective English gets divided into section namely comprehension, creative writing, literature texts, drama and fiction. The theory part makes up for 80 marks. CBSE 11th Syllabus 2023-24 for Elective English is important for the students who want to score well in the exams as it contains all the chapters from where  the questions are to be asked in the exams.

CBSE Class 11 Elective English Syllabus 2023-24
SectionParticularsMarks
Comprehension
  1. Unseen passage (literary or discursive)(12 Marks)
  2. Unseen Poem(8 Marks)
  3. Case-Based Factual Passage(5 Marks)
25
Creative Writing
  1. Essay (argumentative/discursive/reflective/descriptive topic) in 120-150 words. (5 marks)
  2. Article in 120-150 words. (5 marks)
  3. Speech in 120-150 words. (5 marks)
15
Literature Texts

This section will have a variety of assessment items including Multiple Choice Questions, Objective Type Questions, Short Answer Type Questions, and Long Answer Type Questions

  1. One Prose and One Poetry out of two to assess comprehension, Literary, appreciation, and inference(Book: Woven Words)(10 Marks)
  2. Two Short Answer Questions to be answered in 30-40 words (4 marks)
  3. Two Short Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 50-60 words (6marks)
20
DramaTwo Long Answer Questions to be answered in 80-100 words (10 marks)10
Fiction
  1. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words(2 marks)
  2. One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 50-60 words (3 marks)
  3. One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words (5 marks)
10
Total80
SeminarPresentation, Poetry, Critical review, Conducting a theatre workshop (20 Marks)20
Grand Total 100

CBSE Class 11 English Elective Syllabus 2023-24 (In detail)

The English elective syllabus is divided into three sections, that is, section A, Section B, and Section C.

Section A: Reading Comprehension

  • Unseen passage (literary or discursive)(12 Marks)
  • Unseen Poem(To test interpretation and appreciation of a poem)(8 Marks)
  • Case-Based Factual Passage(5 Marks)

Section B: Creative Writing Skills

  • Essay (argumentative/discursive/reflective/descriptive topic) in 120-150 words. (5 marks)
  • Article on contemporary topical issues in 120-150 words  (5 marks)
  • Speech on contemporary topical issues in 120-150 words  (5 marks)

Section C: Literature Text, Drama, Fiction

Literature Book: Woven Words

  • One Prose and One Poetry out of two to assess comprehension, Literary, appreciation, and inference(Book: Woven Words)(10 Marks)
  • Two Short Answer Questions to be answered in 30-40 words (4 marks)
  • Two Short Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 50-60 words (6marks)

Drama: Arms and the Man

  • Two Long Answer Questions out of three to be answered in 80-100 words to appreciate characters, events, and episodes. (10 marks)

Fiction

  • One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 30-40 words (2 marks)
  • One Short Answer Question out of two to be answered in 50-60 words (3 marks)
  • One Long Answer Question out of two to be answered in 120-150 words (5 marks)

Seminar (20 marks)

  • Presentation – book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella.
  • Poetry reading is to be followed by interpretative tasks based.
  • A critical review of a film/ documentary or a play.
  • Conducting a theatre workshop to be followed by a discussion

Prescribed Books

1. Textbook: Woven Words published by NCERT

Book-Woven Words- Short Stories

  • The Lament
  • A Pair of Mustachios
  • The Rocking-horse Winner
  • The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
  • Pappachi’s Moth
  • The Third and FinalContinent

Book-Woven Words-Poetry

  • The Peacock
  • Let me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
  • Coming
  • Telephone Conversation
  • The World is Too much With Us
  • Mother Tongue
  • Hawk Roosting
  • Ode to a Nightingale

Book-Woven Words-Essays

  • My Watch
  • My Three Passions
  • Patterns of Creativity
  • Tribal Verse
  • What is a Good Book?
  • The Story
  • Bridges

2. Fiction: The Old Man and the Sea (Novel unabridged) by Ernest Hemingway

3. Drama: Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw

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