Syllabus Of Grade X - ENGLISH (EN1001)


  • This syllabus is divided into four Sections: A, B, C and D. All the sections are compulsory.
  • Separate marks are given with each section.
Section Area Covered Marks
A Reading 20 read more
B Writing Skills 20 read more
c Grammar 20 read more
d Literature 40 read more
Total Marks 100 Time: 3 Hours

Section A

Reading (20 Marks)

Q 1 & 2 The reading section will have two unseen texts as shown below:

Text Number Text Type Length Marks Types Of Questions
Question 1 Factual/Discursive/ Literary 500 – 550 Words 12 Marks Supply Type (Gap filling, sentence completion, word attack questions, Reference and short answer question)
Question 2 Factual/discursive / Literary 300 – 350 Words 08 Marks Multiple Choice Question


The total length of the three passages will be between 800 - 900 words. There will be at least 3 marks for assessing vocabulary.

Care should be taken to cover all the text types, ie discursive and literary while selecting the passages. A poem may or may not be used as one of the three texts. Apart from a poem, prose literary texts may include excerpts from authentic literature such as short story, autobiography, biography, travelogue, novel etc.

Whenever a poem or a prose/literary text is used, the other two texts should be discursive. If a poem is selected then, the length of the poem may be between 14 to 25 lines.

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Section B

Writing Skills (20 Marks)

The writing section comprises four writing tasks as indicated below.

Question. 3 : A short composition of about 50 words in the form of a Notice, Message or Diary Entry. (04 Marks)

Question. 4 : A composition of about 100 words in the form of Biographical sketch, Data Interpretation, Dialogue. Writing or Description (People, Objects or Events) (05 Marks)

Question. 4&5 : will assess students' skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing, transcoding information from one form to another or using a style appropriate for a notice, message or diary entry

Question. 5 : An extended writing task of about 120 words in the form of a Formal/Informal Letter or Email. The long piece of writing will assess the use of appropriate style, language, content and expression (06 Marks)

Question. 6 : An extended writing task of about 120 words in the form of an Article, Speech, Debate, Newspaper/School Magazine Report or Story (05 Marks)

Students' skill in expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, planning, organizing and presenting ideas coherently by introducing, developing and concluding a topic, comparing and contrasting ideas and arriving at a conclusion, presenting an argument with supporting examples, using an appropriate style and format and expanding notes into longer pieces of writing and creative expression of ideas will be assessed.

Question. 5 & 6 : will make use of a visual/ verbal stimulus and one of the questions will be thematically based on MCB.

    Important Note on Format and Word Limit:
  • Format will not carry any separate marks and in most cases, format will be given in the question paper.
  • The word limit given is the suggested minimum word limit. No candidate may be penalized for writing more or less than the suggested word limit provided the topic is covered adequately. Stress should be on content, expression, coherence and relevance of the content presented.

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Section c

Grammar (20 Marks)

This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 questions of 4 marks each.

Questions 7 & 8 will have Multiple Choice Questions. The test types for MCQs include the following:

  • Gap filling
  • Sentence completion / Dialogue completion

Questions 9, 10 & 11 will be based on response supplied by students (Supply Type). The test types will include the following:

  • Sentence reordering
  • Editing / Omission
  • Sentence transformation

Questions 7 to 11 will test grammar items which have been dealt with in class IX. Different structures such as verb forms, sentence structure, connectors, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, clauses, phrases etc., can be tested through formative assessment over a period of time. As far as the summative assessment is concerned, it will recycle grammar items learnt over a period of time and will test them in context.

Tests types used will include gap-filling, cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence completion, recording word groups into sentences, editing, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation.

The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for:

  • Verbs forms
  • Sentence structures
  • Other areas

Note: Jumbled words in reordering exercise to test syntax will involve sentences in a context. Each sentence will be split into sense groups (not necessarily into single words) and jumbled up.

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Section d


Question 12 will have the following arrangement:

12 A: An extract from poetry with three questions based on reference to context requiring students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)

12 B: An extract from a short story with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)

12 C: An extract from a play with three reference to context questions requiring the students to supply the answers. (04 Marks)

Question 13 Two out of Three short answer type questions based on prose, poetry and play of 3 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation.(30-40 words each) (06 Marks)

Question 14 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text (story, poem or play) by going beyond the text/ poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across two texts will also be assessed. (150 words) (06 Marks)

Novel/Long Reading Text 15 Marks

Question 15 Type of Questions: Global questions on theme and plot involving interpretation and inference (06 Marks)

Question 16 One out of two character sketches in 100 words. (10 Marks)

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Prescribed Books/Materials

  1. Interact in English - X Main Course Book Revised edition
  2. Interact in English - X Literature Reader Revised edition
  3. Interact in English - X Workbook Revised edition
  4. Novel/Long Reading Text
  5. Diary of a Young Girl - 1947 (unabridged edition) Anne Frank
  6. OR
  7. The Story of My Life - 1903 (unabridged edition) Helen Kelle