CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus 2023-2024, Download PDF

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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24: The Central Board of Secondary Education releases CBSE Class 12 syllabus. The syllabus has been released on the official website of the Board. All those students who are in class 12 should ensure that they check the syllabus and study accordingly. Questions in the Board Exams will be asked from topics mentioned in the syllabus. English is a very scoring subject in class 12.


There are three different sections in English subject. The syllabus for each of these sections must be known by the candidates. Read this article to check complete CBSE Class 12 english syllabus and other details. 

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CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus
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CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus 2023-2024 

The CBSE 12TH English Syllabus is given below in the table and you can access it in details from the PDF Link given at the end of this article-
Section A - Reading Section
This section carries 30 marks. The section includes 3 comprehensions. 
  • 2 Unseen passages with questions in the form of very short, short, and multiple-choice questions. This section tests the ability to handle comprehension, interpretation, and inference along with vocabulary, which includes word meaning and inference. 
  • The passages are mostly of 1100-1200 words.
  • The weightage is 6MCQs and 16 very short answer type questions, holding 22 marks.
 The passages include the following:
  • Factual passages, e.g., instructions, descriptions, reports.
  • Descriptive passages include opinions, e.g., argumentative, persuasive, or interpretative text
  • Literary passages, like drama, essay, an extract from fiction, poetry, or biography.
  • A poem can be of 28-35 lines.
  • The passages might be literary or factual to test comprehension
  • The length of one passage is between 600-700 words.
The third passage in the NCERT Syllabus for Class 12 English is 400-500 words. In this comprehension passage, note-making and Abstraction are evaluated.
  • One Short Answer Type Question is of 3 marks
  • One Long Answer Type Question is to be answered in 80-100 words, carrying 5 marks
Section B - Writing Section
This section is of 30 marks, including writing skills. The section checks the writing skills of the students.  You can attempt two out of these given below:
  • Advertisement writing
  • Notice Writing
  • Poster writing
  • Formal and informal invitation and reply writing (4 Marks)
This section demands choosing one very long answer question comprising (120-150 words)
  • Letter writing - based on verbal/visual input (6 Marks)
  • Business or official letters (for making inquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders, and sending replies)
  • Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinions on an issue of public interest)
  • Application for a job
Two Very Long Answer Questions, including internal choice, are to be attempted in 150-200 words. The queries are built on any of the following -
  • Article writing
  • Debate writing
  • Speech writing
  • Report writing - (10x2=20 Marks)
Section C- Literature Section
This section holds 40 marks, and questions come from literature books and long reading texts. 
Prescribed NCERT Book for Class 12 English paper are as follows-
  • Flamingo
  • Vistas
Scholars can choose any of them as an extended book. 
  • The Invisible Man (unabridged) by H.G. Wells
  • Silas Marner (unabridged) by George Eliot)
Flamingo – Prose
Lesson 1: The Last Lesson (Alphonse Daudet)
Lesson2: Lost Spring (Anees Jung)
Lesson3: Deep Water (William Douglas)
Lesson 4: The Rattrap (Selma Lagerlof)
Lesson 5: Indigo (Louis Fischer)
Lesson 6: Poets and Pancakes
Lesson 7: The Interview
Lesson 8: Going Places (A. R. Barton)

Flamingo – Poetry
Poem 1: My Mother at Sixty – Six (Kamala Das)
Poem 2: An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (Stephen Spender)
Poem 3: Keeping Quiet (Pablo Neruda)
Poem 4: A Thing of Beauty (John Keats)
Poem 5: A Roadside Stand
Poem 6: Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers (Adrienne Rich)

Chapter 1: The Third Level (Jack Finney)
Chapter 2. The Tiger King (Kalki)
Chapter 3. Journey to the end of the Earth (Tishani Doshi)
Chapter 4. The Enemy Pearl (S. Buck)
Chapter 5. Should Wizard hit Mommy (John Updike)
Chapter 6. On the face of It (Susan Hill)
Chapter 7. Evans Tries an O-level (Colin Dexter)
Chapter 8. Memories of Childhood (Zitkala-Sa & Bama)

Also read:
CBSE Class 12 Philosophy Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Sociology Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Legal Studies Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Chemistry Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Economics
CBSE Class 12 Biology Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Physics Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Biotechnology Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Accountancy Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Business Studies Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Geography Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 Hindi Syllabus 
CBSE Class 12 Political Science Syllabus
CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus

Download the complete CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus for 2023-2024 from the following link-


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Prescribed Books
  1. Flamingo: English Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi
  2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi

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Is Class 12 English syllabus reduced?

Yes, due to COVID, CBSE has reduced the syllabus of CBSE class 12 English by 30%to manage time for all subjects for the session 2021-22

What is syllabus in English grammar?

A grammatical syllabus is based on a language's structures. It can be contrasted with other types of syllabi that are organised around tasks, vocabulary, functions, or topics.

Reading Comprehension comprises of how many marks ?

14 marks

Literature Comprehension comprises of how many marks ?

18 marks

How can I get full marks in English 12?

Tips and Tricks to Score 100% Marks in English Literature Section C Class 10
  1. Identify the Name of Lesson.
  2. Identify the Name of Author/Poet/Dramatist.
  3. Read the given extract carefully.
  4. Identify key words/key concept.
  5. Identify the speaker/character.
  6. Recall the theme of poem/prose lesson.

How can I study for English exam?

  1. Understand the content and format of the exam. 
  2. Concentrate on your flaws. 
  3. Make a study schedule (right now!) that works for you. 
  4. With the help of a tutor, you may prepare for your exams faster. 
  5. Increase your vocabularies. 
  6. Keep a daily diary in English. 
  7. Regularly practise speaking. 
  8. Read everything you can.

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