Updated Syllabus of Class XII | Class XI | English Core | 2021- 2022 |


Updated Syllabus of Class XII | Class XI | English Core | 2021- 2022 |

Having seen the gravity of the situation and analyzing the current scenario and rising number of cases of COVID-19 CBSE (Central Board of Education) has decided to cut down the syllabus of Class 12 and Class 11 English Core for the session 2021-2022. The only motto behind curbing down the syllabus is to give temporary relief to the students going to appear in the upcoming board examinations. Given below is updated syllabus of Class 12 English Core 2021-2022.

Subject : English Core

Class : XII

Total Marks : 100 (80+20)


Part A (Objective) – 40 Marks

1. Reading Section   : 20 Marks

(There will be two unseen passages each carrying 10 Marks)

2. Literature Section : 20 Marks

(There will be Extracts Based Questions asked from both the books’ Prose & Poetry)

Part B (Subjective) – 40 Marks

3. Writing Section     : 16 Marks

(Letter to Editor & Job Application)


4. Literature Section : 24 Marks

  • Five Short Answer Type Questions in 30-40 words  (5×2 = 10)
  • Two Short Answer Type Questions from Vistas  (2×2 = 4)
  • One Long Answer Type Question from Vistas  (1×5 = 5)
  • One Long Answer Type Question from Flaming  (1×5 = 5)

ASL – 20 Marks

Note: Rest of the 20 Marks will be awarded on the basis of ASL (Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills) by the teacher concerned. 


Books Prescribed by CBSE for Class XII



  1. The Third Level by Jack Finney
  2. The Tiger King by Kalki (Deleted)
  3. Journey to the End of the Earth by Tishani Doshi (Deleted)
  4. The Enemy by Pearl S.Buck
  5. Should Wizard Hit Mommy by John Updike
  6. On the Face of It by Susan Hill
  7. Evans Tries an O-Level by Colin Dexter
  8. Memories of Childhood by Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (Deleted)


  1. The Last Lesson by Alphonse Daudet
  2. Lost Spring by Anees Jung
  3. Deep Water by William Douglas
  4. The Rattrap by Selma Lagerlof
  5. Indigo by Louis Fischer
  6. Poets and Pancakes by Asokamitran (Deleted)
  7. The Interview by Christopher Silvester (Deleted)
  8. Going Places by A.R.Barton (Deleted)


  1. My Mother at Sixty Six by Kamala Das
  2. An Elementary School Classroom School in a Slum
  3. Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda
  4. A Thing A Beauty by John Keats
  5. A Roadside Stand by Robert Frost (Deleted)
  6. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers by Adrienne Rich


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