CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus for 2021-22

On July 22, 2021, CBSE finalised the reduction in syllabus for the 2021-22 session as per the latest Term-based Examination Pattern.

CBSE Class 10 Syllabus has undergone drastic changes since the previous 2020-21 session. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the education system has been challenging for both teachers and students.

So, similar to the 30% reduction in the last session, CBSE decided to reduce the overall syllabus according to the Term-based Board Examination for the 2021-22 session again.

We, at Educart, were prompt about it and have updated the changes in all the subjects for you. Here, you can find:

  • freely-downloadable PDF links to the latest reduced Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus for 2021-22 academic session; and
  • simple analysis of all the deleted topics/ chapters for 2021-22 Term-based Board Exam.

With all this information in hand, both teachers and students will have a defined structure to begin the learning process on time and efficiently.


Class 10 English Language and Literature Reduced Syllabus for 2021-22 (Reduced)

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We have also provided the syllabus for the 2021-22 session that was previously restored so that you can compare the deleted and added topics.

Class 10 English Language and Literature Syllabus for 2021-22 (Restored Previously)

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Now, let us take a look at the syllabus for Term I and Term II Board Exams in detail and try to understand what changes have been made.


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Part Unit Name Marks
Term I Term II
A Reading 10 10
B Writing and Grammar 10 10
C Literature 20 20
D Internal Assessment 10 10
TOTAL 100

Part A: READING (Term I and Term II)

Question based on the following kinds of unseen passages to assess inference, evaluation, vocabulary, analysis and interpretation:

1. Discursive passage (400-450 words)

2. Case based Factual passage (with visual input/ statistical data/ chart etc. 300-350 words)

Part B: WRITING SKILL (Term I)

1. Formal letter based on a given situation

  • Letter of the Editor
  • Letter of Complaint (Official)
  • Letter of Complaint (Business)

Part B: WRITING SKILL (Term II)

1. Formal letter based on a given situation

  • Letter of Order
  • Letter of Enquiry

2. Analytical Paragraph (based on outline/ chart/ cue/ map/ report etc.)

Part B: GRAMMAR (Term I and Term II)

1. Tenses

2. Modals

3. Subject Verb Concord

4. Determiner

5. Reported Speech

6. Commands and Requests

7. Statements

8. Questions

Part C: LITERATURE (Term I)

Questions based on extracts / texts to assess interpretation, inference, extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts.

First Flight (Prose)

1. A Letter to God

2. Nelson Mandela

3. Two Stories About Flying

4. From the Diary of Anne Frank

5. The Hundred Dresses 1

6. The Hundred Dresses 2

First Flight (Poetry)

1. Dust of Snow

2. Fire and Ice

3. A Tiger in the Zoo

5. The Ball Poem

Footprints without Feet

1. A Triumph of Surgery

2. The Thief's Story

5. Footprints Without Feet

Part C: LITERATURE (Term II)

Questions based on extracts / texts to assess interpretation, inference, extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts.

First Flight (Prose)

7. Glimpses of India

9. Madam Rides the Bus

10. The Sermon at Benares

11. The Proposal (Play)

First Flight (Poetry)

6. Amanda

7. Animals

10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon

Footprints without Feet

6. The Making of a Scientist

7. The Necklace

8. The Hack Driver

9. Bholi


Here are the topics/ chapters that are <red> deducted <red> from the Syllabus for the 2021-22 session.

<red> GRAMMAR <red>

<red> 1. Use of Passive Voice <red>

<red> 2. Clauses: Noun, Adverb Clauses of condition and time, Relative Clauses <red>

<red> 3. Prepositions <red>

<red> LITERATURE <red>

<red> First Flight (Prose) <red>

<red> 8. Mijbil The Otter <red>

<red> First Flight (Poem) <red>

<red> 4. How to Tell Wild Animals <red>

<red> 8. The Trees <red>

<red> 9. Fog <red>

<red> 11. For Anne Gregory <red>

<red> Footprints Without Feet <red>

<red> 3. The Midnight Visitor <red>

<red> 4. A Question of Trust <red>

<red> 10. The Book That Saved The Earth <red>

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