CBSE Syllabus Class 12 Psychology

On July 5, 2021, CBSE had announced that the Syllabus for Class 12 Board Exams will also be deducted as per a Term-based Examination System and on July 22, 2021, they finalised the reduced syllabus as well by providing changed PDFs.

CBSE Class 12 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 12 Psychology 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.

2022-23 Reduced Syllabus

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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.

2021-22 Reduced Syllabus

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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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Term I

Units Unit Names Marks
I Variations in Psychological Attributes 12
II Self and Personality 13
III Meeting Life Challenges 10
File (05) + Viva Voce (03) +
Administration of one test & report writing (07)

Unit I: Variations in Psychological Attributes

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Theories of Intelligence: Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theories, Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence, Planning, Attention-Arousal and Simultaneous Successive Model of Intelligence
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity

Unit II: Self and Personality

  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
  • Type Approach
  • Trait Approach
  • Psychodynamic Approach
  • Behavioural Approach
  • Cultural Approach
  • Humanistic Approach
  1. Assessment of Personality
  • Self-report Measures
  • Projective Techniques
  • Behavioural Analysis

Unit III: Meeting Life Challenges

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and
  • Health
  • Stress and Health
  • General Adaptation Syndrome
  • Stress and Immune System
  • Lifestyle
  1. Coping with Stress
  • Stress Management Techniques
  1. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
  • Stress Resistant Personality
  • Life Skills
  • Positive Health

Term II

Units Unit Names Marks
IV Psychological Disorders 13
V Therapeutic Approaches 07
VI Attitude and Social Cognition 08
VII Social Influence and Group Processes 07
VIII Psychology and Life
IX Developing Psychological Skills
File (05) + Viva Voce (03) +
Administration of one test & report writing (07)

Unit IV: Psychological Disorders

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders
  • Historical Background
  1. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  2. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  3. Major Psychological Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

Unit V: Therapeutic Approaches

  1. Nature and Process of Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic relationship
  1. Types of Therapies
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Humanistic-Existential Therapy
  • Biomedical Therapy
  • Alternative Therapies
  1. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

Unit VI: Attitude and Social Cognition

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
  • Attitude Formation
  • Attitude Change
  • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  1. Prejudice and Discrimination
  2. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  3. <red> Social Cognition <red>
  4. <red> Schemas and Stereotypes <red>
  5. <red> Impression Formation and Explaining <red>
  • <red> Behaviour of Others through Attributions <red>
  • <red> Impression Formation <red>
  • <red> Attribution of Causality <red>
  1. <red> Behaviour in the Presence of Others <red>
  2. <red> Pro-social Behaviour <red>
  • <red> Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour <red>

Unit VII: Social Influence and Group Processes

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
  • Social Loafing
  • Group Polarisation
  1. <red> Conformity, Compliance and Obedience <red>
  2. <red> Cooperation and Competition <red>
  • <red> Determinants of Cooperation and Competition <red>
  1. <red> Social Identity <red>
  2. <red> Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes <red>
  3. <red> Conflict Resolution Strategies <red>

<red> Unit VIII: Psychology and Life <red>

  1. <red> Introduction <red>
  2. <red> Human-Environment Relationship <red>
  • <red> Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship <red>
  1. <red> Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour <red>
  • <red> Human Influence on the Environment <red>
  • <red> Noise <red>
  • <red> Pollution <red>
  • <red> Crowding <red>
  • <red> Natural Disasters <red>
  1. <red> Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour <red>
  2. <red> Psychology and Social Concerns <red>
  • <red> Poverty and Discrimination <red>
  • <red> Aggression, Violence and Peace <red>
  • <red> Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence <red>
  • <red> Health <red>
  • <red> Impact of Television on Behaviour <red>

<red> Unit IX: Developing Psychological Skills <red>

  1. <red> Introduction <red>
  2. <red> Developing as an effective Psychologist <red>
  3. <red> General Skills <red>
  4. <red> Observational Skills <red>
  5. <red> Specific Skills <red>
  • <red> Communication Skills <red>
  • <red> Psychological Testing Skills <red>
  1. <red> Interviewing Skills <red>
  2. <red> Counselling Skills <red>

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