CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020- Students appearing in CBSE 10th Board exam can check and download the English syllabus from The CBSE syllabus for class 10 English comprises marks distribution for each section along with the topics and chapters. The English paper will be of 80 marks and exam duration will be 3 hours. The question paper will be divided into three sections, Reading, Writing and Grammar, and Literature reader. CBSE has prescribed some standard textbooks for CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020, which students must refer to while preparing. By practising from sample papers, students can check their preparation level. The Central Board of Secondary Education conducts the CBSE Class 10th exam in the month of February 2020. Students appearing in class 10th examination must go through this CBSE Class 10 English syllabus 2020. Through this cbse class 10 English literature syllabus, students can check the important topics, prescribed books and papers pattern of English examination. Go through the complete article to know in detail about the CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020.
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CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020

CBSE Class 10 English Exam Pattern 2020

The theory exam of English will be of 80 marks and internal assessment will be of 20 marks. The theory paper is broadly divided into three sections. Refer to the table below for an overview of the CBSE syllabus for Class 10 English.

Exam Pattern of CBSE Class 10 English


Section name



Reading Skills



Writing Skills with Grammar



Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text


Total Weightage


CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020

In the table below, all the topics included in every section are provided. Students must check them all while preparing for the examination.

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus


Section name

Topics Included


Reading Skills

  • A factual passage of 300-350 words with eight Objective Type Question

  • A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions


Writing Skills with Grammar

Writing Skills

  • Formal letter complaint / inquiry / placing order

  • letter to editor/article

  • The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books

  • Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s


Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text

  • One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/drama for reference to context. Four Objective Type Question( including MCQs).

  • Five Short Answer type Questions to be answered in 30-40 words each from the prescribed textbook.

  • One out of two Long Answer type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT to be answered in about 100-150 words.

  • One out of two long answer questions from the book ‘FOOTPRINTS without FEET’ theme.

Best Books for CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020

Below are the books prescribed by CBSE class 10 syllabus of English. These books are published by NCERT and students are advised to read these CBSE class 10 English syllabus books first and later switch to any reference book. Through these books, students can easily cover the CBSE Class 10 English syllabus 2020

  • First Flight – Textbook for Class X

  • Footprints without Feet – Supplementary Reader for Class X

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020 for Literature Reader

As mentioned above, there are mainly two textbooks. The CBSE syllabus for Class 10 English prescribed under each textbook is mentioned in the table below.

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus for 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 (Footprints without Feet)

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

Class 10 English syllabus 2020 for Grammar

Grammar plays an important role in the English subject. Students must practice it with consistency to score well in the examination. Below are the topics of the grammar section which are included in the CBSE class 10 English syllabus 2020.

  • Tenses

  • Modals

  • Use of passive voice

  • Subject-verb concord

  • Reporting

(i) Commands and requests

(ii) Statements

(iii) Questions

  • Clauses:

(i) Noun clauses

(ii) Adverb clauses

(iii) Relative clauses

  • Determiners

  • Prepositions

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020 - Marking Scheme

Students can check the complete marking scheme of English from the table below. Here the questions will be asked for 1, 2, 8 and 10 marks.

Marking Scheme for CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus


Testing competencies/ learning outcomes

Very short answer type questions (1 mark)

Short answer questions 30-40 words (2 marks)

Long answer questions 100-150 words (HOTS) (8 marks)

Very long answer questions 150-200 words (10 marks)


Reading skills

Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary.






Writing skills and grammar

A creative expression of an opinion, reasoning, justifying, illustrating, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency.

Applying conventions, using integrated structures with accuracy and fluency.






Literature textbook and extended reading texts

Recalling, reasoning, appreciating, applying literary conventions, extrapolating, illustrating and Texts justifying etc.

Extracting relevant information, identifying the central theme and

sub-themes, understanding the writer’s message and writing fluently












CBSE Class 10 English Sample Papers 2020

Practising with sample papers will provide an extra edge to the preparation. Here are some of the benefits of practising CBSE class 10 English sample papers.

  • Students can check their weak areas and can work on them in the remaining time.

  • Practising with sample papers will reduce the chances of silly mistakes in the main examination.

  • The art of time management can be easily learned through the regular practice of sample papers.

CBSE Class 10 English Preparation Tips 2020

  • English is a theory-based subject and it requires a lot of reading and writing practice. So make a habit of reading and writing at least one hour a day.

  • Solve CBSE class 10th question papers to know the marking scheme, examination pattern, and difficulty level of questions asked previously.

  • Read the newspaper on a daily basis. This will help you in unseen passages.

  • Go through the CBSE Class 10 English syllabus 2020 and check all that you need to study while preparing for the exam.

  • The CBSE class 10th date sheet is expected to release in December 2020. So students must finish the entire CBSE syllabus for Class 10 English before it.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020

Question: Are all questions compulsory in the CBSE class 10 English exam?


Yes, all questions are compulsory. However, there will be internal choices in some of the questions.

Question: What is the difficulty level of questions asked in the CBSE 10th exam?


The questions asked are easy to moderate type.

Question: What are the passing marks for CBSE 10 exams?


Students must get 33% marks to pass the examination.

Question: Which is the best book for the class 10 CBSE English exam?


NCERT is the standard book for the English exam. Which is the best book for the class 10 CBSE English exam?

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when is going to the result will publish

Suryashis Chakraborty 22nd Mar, 2020

Hello Himanshu,

The CBSE Board was earlier scheduled to declare the CBSE Class 10 Boards Examination results online, on, in the first week of May. The declaration of the results was expected to be on May 6, 2020. However due to the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic, the examinations have been postponed and the results are expected to be delayed.

You can stay updated on our website via the following link:

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



I bubbled one letter of my name incorrectly but wrote correctly in boxes? (CBSE class 10)

Nikki Nair 20th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant

If you have filled your Roll no correctly then according to your number the scanner will match the database and will consider the wrong bubble that you have marked!

Even the Application has another advantage that it either checks the characters or the bubble .Either of them have to be correct

If both of them are wrong ,then there are chances that the paper may be rejected,Else you are good to go



In 2020 those cbse class 10th exam was completed will also reschedule or not and when the results are coming ?

Suraj Negi 21st Mar, 2020

hello neha, yes as you know due to coronavirus pandemic, Board decided to postponed few exams, and yes it will affect result also. here is one website where you will get the date for all announcing results and here is cbse result date (


i wrote my roll no above the boxes but filled bubbles correctly in cbse class X board exam , will there be any problem??

Aashima Puri 14th Mar, 2020


No it's not a matter to worry about. If you have written the roll number on the sheet , it would suffice the need and your paper would be easily located.


I want preparatory 1st science question paper of 10th class

Hrisheekesh Singh 28th Jan, 2020

Hi Smitha,

You should carry forward your preparation of class 10th science exam in the following steps:-

1. Read a particular chapter through NCERT thoroughly.

2. Try solving the in-chapter exercises.

3. Memorize the formulae or equations orally.

4. Try writing those formulae and equations again and again.

5. Make notes of the chapter.

6. Try solving the end chapter exercises.

7. Keep revising your notes again and again to increase your remembering ability. Keep rewriting the formulae and equations also.

8. Be confident during the exam.

I hope this helps you,

Good Luck for your exam

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