CBSE 2019-20 English Portion

CLASS – X 2019-20



Note: The annual board examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours. There will be internal assessment for 20 Marks.

SECTION A: READING                                                                                               20 Marks

This section will have two unseen passages of a total length of 700-750. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:

  1. A factual passage of 300-350 words with eight Objective Type Question (including Multiple Choice Questions). 8 marks

II.A Discursive passages of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis four Objective Type Question (including Multiple Choice Questions) to test vocabulary.                                        12 marks


SECTION B: WRITING AND GRAMMAR                                                                 30 Marks

III. Formal letter complaint / inquiry / placing order / letter to editor / article in about 100-150 words. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books.                                                                                                                                       8 marks

  1. Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. 10 marks

The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class X.

  • Tenses
  • Modals
  • Use of passive voice

Section Total Weightage 80

  • Reading Skills 20
  • Writing Skills with Grammar 30
  • C Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text 30


  • Subject – verb concord
  • Reporting
    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions
  • Clauses:
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses
    • Relative clauses
  • Determiners
  • Prepositions

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

V Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses.                                                                                                                    4 marks

VI Editing or omission.                                                                                             4 marks

VII Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.                 4 marks



Internal choice will be there.                                                                                 30 Marks

VIII. One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context.

Four Objective Type Question( including MCQs): Two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of 1 mark each on interpretation. 4 marks

  1. Five Short Answer type Questions to be answered in 30-40 words each from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas( three from FIRST FLIGHT and two from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET) . 2×5=10 marks
  2. One out of two Long Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT to be answered in about 100-150 words to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts.                                     8 marks
  3. One out of two long answer question from the book ‘FOOTPRINTS without FEET’ on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch to be answered in about 100-150 words. 8 marks


ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE (Code No. 184) Course (2019-20)

CLASS – X Textbooks Literature Reader (First Flight)

PROSE (First Flight)

  1. A Letter to God
  2. Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  3. Two Stories about Flying
  4. From the Diary of Anne Frank
  5. The Hundred Dresses –I
  6. The Hundred Dresses –II
  7. Glimpses of India
  8. Mijbil the Otter
  9. Madam Rides the Bus
  10. The Sermon at Benares
  11. The Proposal


  1. Dust of Snow
  2. Fire and Ice
  3. A Tiger in the Zoo
  4. How to Tell Wild Animals
  5. The Ball Poem
  6. Amanda
  7. Animals
  8. The Trees
  9. Fog
  10. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
  11. For Anne Gregory


Supplementary Reader

  1. A Triumph of Surgery
  2. The Thief’s Story
  3. The Midnight Visitor
  4. A Question of Trust
  5. Footprints without Feet
  6. The Making of a Scientist
  7. The Necklace
  8. The Hack Driver
  9. Bholi
  10. The Book that Saved the Earth