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CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2025 (New)

Studying Jane Austen is English Language and Literature whereas learning how to be Jane Austen is English Communicative. CBSE has included English Communicative subjects to help students understand the practicality of the language in daily life for effective communication. Students who want a holistic language understanding can opt for the subject.

CBSE Class 9 English Communicative 2024-24 Syllabus includes reading, writing, grammar, and literature sections to improve the required skills. Students can find direct PDF download links to the latest Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus for 2025 exams.

CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2024-25

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Some students opt for English Communicative whereas some opt for CBSE English Literature and Literature which can be prepared using the PDF Class 9  Syllabus and NCERT books.

Competency-based Question Paper Design
Sections Competencies Weightage (%)
Demonstrative Knowledge
+ Understanding
(Knowledge-based simple recall questions,
to know specific facts, terms, concepts,
principles or theories, identify, define, or
recite, information, comprehension – to
be familiar with meaning and to understand
conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast,
explain, and paraphrase information)
Conceptual Application (Use abstract information in concrete
situation, to apply knowledge to new situations,
and use the given content to
interpret a situation, provide an example
or solve a problem)
Analysis, Evaluation and Creativity Analysis & Synthesis- classify, compare,
contrast, or differentiate between different pieces
of information; organise and/or integrate unique
pieces of information
from a variety of sources.
TOTAL 100%

From the table below, students can understand the exam pattern and the types of questions they can find in the final examination.

Class 9 English Communicative Blueprint 2024-25
Section Topics Marks
Reading Skills
Literary/Factual/Discursive Passage 20
Objective Type and Very Short Questions
Creative Writing Skills
Notice Writing 24
Informal Letter
Dialogue Writing
Paragraph (from Main Course Book)
Tenses 10
Modals, Subject–Verb Concord,
Reported Speech, Commands and
Requests, Statements, Questions
Clauses: Noun, Adverb, and Relative
Literature Textbook
Reference to the Context. 26
Short Answer Questions
Long Answer-type Questions
Internal Assessment
Pen Paper Test + Multiple Assessment + Portfolio +
Subject Enrichment (Listening and Speaking Skills)

*NOTE: Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 5 marks. It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practised.

CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2025: Structure

The syllabus for English Communicative is categorised into four sections- Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Literature. 

Section A: Reading Skills

  • The section will have two unseen passages with a maximum word limit of 600 words. The passages can be of any two types out of the following: literary/factual/discursive. Please refer to the Main Course Book.
  • Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions), and Very Short Answer Type Questions will be asked to test inference, evaluation, analysis and vocabulary in context.

Section B: Writing Skills

This section will have a variety of short and long writing tasks.

  • Notice Writing for school assembly/ Resident Welfare Association/ School Events/ Classroom information etc. (maximum 50 words) 
  • Dialogue Writing, (maximum 100 words)
  • Informal Letter (maximum 120 words) 
  • Paragraph on one out of two themes from the Main Course Book, based on verbal or visual cues (maximum 150 words)

Section C: Grammar Skills

Grammar items will be taught and assessed over some time.

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
  • Subject-verb concord
  • Reported Speech (Commands and Requests/Statements/Questions)
  1. Clauses:
  • Noun clauses
  • Adverb clauses
  • Relative clauses
  1. Determiners

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

  • Gap filling
  • Editing or Omission
  • Sentence reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.

Section D: Literature Skills

Two out of three extracts from prose/poetry for reference to the context. Very Short Answer Questions and Short Answer Questions will be asked to assess local and global comprehension, interpretation and analysis.

Six Short Answer Questions out of seven, from the Literature Reader, to test local and global comprehension of themes and ideas, analysis and evaluation (30-40 words each)

One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. This can also be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. (120 words).

Prescribed Books: Interact in English Series by CBSE or can be downloaded from this link

  • Main Course Book (Revised Edition)
  • Literature Reader (Revised Edition)
  • Workbook (Revised Edition)

How to Score 98+ in English CBSE Class 9?

CBSE Class 9 lays the foundation for the higher classes and if prepared properly, it is easy to score above 95 in the exams. English is an easy and scoring subject. Here is how students can score 98+ in English CBSE Class 9. 

  • Go through the CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus or Language & Literature Syllabus based on what subject the student has chosen. 
  • For the reading and writing section, attempt questions from sample paper books and previous year's papers regularly. Make sure to understand the format 
  • For the literature section, divide the syllabus into units, and prioritise the chapters based on marks weightage. 
  • Start reading the chapter and write short notes based on your understanding. 
  • Attempt related questions from the CBSE books.

The sequence to attempt the exam can vary from student to student but the literature section holds the maximum marks weightage in the examination along with the writing section. Take your time to complete both sections respectively first. Keep the Section A- Reading section for last. 

Downloading the CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus for 2025 exams can help in starting preparation. 


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