CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020 - Central Board of Secondary Education has released the CBSE 12th English syllabus on their official website. CBSE Class 12 English syllabus 2020 will let the students know about the important topics, marking scheme and pattern of the exams. CBSE Class 12th exams will be conducted from February 15 to April 6, 2020, tentatively. Therefore, this is the time when students should start preparing for the exams devotedly. It must be remembered that English is the subject in which have to pass mandatorily in order to pass CBSE Class 12 exams. The English Core exam will be of 80 marks and the 20 marks will be awarded on the basis of the assessment of listening and speaking skills. Students can go through this article to know the detailed CBSE Class 12 English syllabus 2020, exam pattern and preparation tips.

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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020 - Exam Pattern

Students can go through the exam pattern of CBSE Class 12th English and plan their study schedule accordingly.

CBSE Class 12th English Exam Pattern


Marking Scheme

Section A: Reading Comprehension - Unseen passages and note-making

20 marks

Section B: Writing Skills

30 marks

Section C: Literature Textbooks and Long reading texts

30 marks

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020

Students can go through the CBSE Class 12 English syllabus 2020 from the table provided below. This will let them know about the important topics and marking scheme of Class 12th English.

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CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus


Important Topics

Marks Distribution


A. One unseen passage of 800-900 words

a) Factual passages

b) Descriptive passages

c) Literary passages

B. The second passage of 400-500 words

i) Note making

ii) Summary

20 Marks


a) Advertisements and notices, designing or drafting posters, etc.

b) Letters based on verbal/visual input

Letter types include

• Business or official letters

Letters to the editor

c) Two compositions based on visual and/or verbal Input

30 Marks

Section C - Literature Textbooks

I. Eight Objective Type Questions – 4 from one poetry and 4 from one prose extract.

II. Five out of Seven Short Answer Questions based on prose /drama/poetry from both texts

III. One out of two Long Answer Questions which needs to be answered in 120-150 words

IV. One out of two Long Answer Questions to be answered in 120-150 words

30 Marks



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CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020 - Prescribed Literature Books

As per the CBSE Class 12 English syllabus 2020, there are two literature books that are prescribed to the students namely Flamingo and Vistas. Below mentioned are the chapter-wise segregation of each literature book.

CBSE Class 12th Flamingo Syllabus




1. The Last Lesson

2. Lost Spring

3. Deep Water

4. The Rattrap

5. Indigo

6. Poets and Pancakes

7. The Interview

8. Going Places


1. My Mother at Sixty Six

2. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum

3. Keeping Quiet

4. A Thing of Beauty

5. A Roadside Stand

6. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020 - Vistas

Book name



1. The Third Level

2. The Tiger King

3. Journey to the End of the Earth

4. The Enemy

5. Should Wizard Hit Mommy

6. On the Face of It

7. Evans Tries an O-Level

8. Memories of Childhood

9. The Cutting of My Long Hair

10. We too are Human Being

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020 - Question Paper Design

Go through the question paper design of CBSE Class 12 English and know the weightage per topic and number of questions asked in the CBSE Board 12th exams.

CBSE Class 12 Question Paper Design 2020


Testing Competencies

Objective Type Question including MCQs(1

Mark each)

Short answer questions


Marks each)

Short Answer Question(4 marks each)

Long Answer Question 120-150


(6 marks each)

Very Long Answer Question 150-200


(10 marks


Total marks


Conceptual understanding, decoding, Analyzing, inferring, interpreting, appreciating, literary, conventions and vocabulary, summarizing and using appropriate format/s

MCQ = 5

Objective type questions

= 7






Writing Skills

Reasoning, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency, inference, analysis, evaluation and








Literature Textbooks and Supplementary Reading Text

Recalling, reasoning, appreciating literary convention, inference, analysis, creativity with fluency


Objective type questions (4 from1 prose and 4 from 1 poetry














Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills














CBSE Class 12 English Preparation Tips 2020

Students must be taking English very lightly and focussing on other subjects more. But, they need to remember that it is mandatory to pass in English or else the students will not be considered as passed. English is a very interesting subject and if paid attention students can easily score 90+ in this subject which will enhance their overall percentage. Therefore, they are advised to refer to these simple but effective preparation tips which will help them to score high.

  • Complete the CBSE Class 12 syllabus on time and do not mug up. Students must refer to the CBSE Class 12 time table in order to know the exam date and timing to prepare accordingly.

  • Read the entire chapter be it prose or poetry and try to understand the theme of the same. Later, try to summarise the entire chapter in your words and note it down. Remember if you’ll be able to conclude the entire chapter in a paragraph, it means you’ve understood it well. Therefore, you can elaborate it too, if needed.

  • In addition to completing the CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020, students must solve the CBSE 12th question papers. This will help them to know the exam pattern, difficulty level and marking scheme of the question paper.

  • Revise religiously. Students must remember that a proper revision is a key to score 90+ marks in the CBSE Class 12 result. They must clear all the doubts on time and revise devotedly which will give a final touch to their preparation.

Also, read CBSE Class 12 Preparation Tips

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020

Question: What if I fail in the CBSE Class 12 English exam 2020?


Students will need to appear for the CBSE 12th supplementary exams if they fail in English.

Question: What is the passing marks of CBSE Class 12th?


Students must score 33 per cent marks in every subject in order to pass the CBSE Class 12th exams.

Question: If I fail in English even in the CBSE 12th supplementary exams, what should I do?


Students have to reappear for the CBSE Board Class 12th exams next year in this case. As English is the subject in which you need to pass mandatorily in order to pass the CBSE 12th exams.

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Questions related to CBSE Class 12th

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How students having Biology as an additional subject should fill the Neet form? I have passed class 12th in 2018 from cbse in subject group PCM and had given exam for Bio. as an additional subject from nios in 2019 . So my ques. is what should i write in class 12th roll no. section in neet form ?

Yash Dev Student Expert 12th Dec, 2019

Hello student in this case guess you should give your class 12 Roll number of nios in which you passed biology subjects. Neet eligibility says Candidates need to pass class 12 with physics chemistry and biology. So at the time of admission you might face difficulties if you provide them cbse roll no in which there's no biology.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


What should I do if I fail in class 11th?

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019


11th results doesn't matter soo much.If you have interest in that stream then you can ignore 11th results overall stream matters.Do focus in main papers like in PCM/PCB in Science stream.Aslo,you might have interest in other stream then you can can change stream as it is perfect time for that.Don't think about 2nd option Soo much if you chosen stream  as per your interest..

Ask if any query.


Sir, I failed in MATHS in Class 12 board exams 2019. Now, Ive registered myself as a failure candidate to reappear in all subjects in 2020. So my question is, will i have to give practicals and submit projects of all subjects like previous year?

Piyeta Ghosh 2nd Dec, 2019

Hello aspirant

Now that you have registered yourself to appear for all the subjects , which means you are repeating 12th standard again. The board views you as a normal 12th grade student.

Hence, you have to appear for all the exams (internals and externals), practicals, assignments etc.

Hence, the answer is YES.



If a medical student with 70% in cbse class 12th board can be able to apply BITSAT form 2020?

Malini S N 2nd Dec, 2019


Candidates must have passed their class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as compulsory subjects and candidate who have opted for biology must have 75% aggregate score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.So,if you have physics,chemistry and maths as compulsory subjects,then you will be eligible.Candidates must also score 60% individually in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

All the best!!


last year I will give practical exam of all subjects and pass in all subjects but fail in theory so this time I also give practical exam ?

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 23rd Nov, 2019


Yes, you need to appear for each and every exam this time irrespective of whether you passed last year or not. Your new result will consist of new grades or marks replacing the older ones.

In supplemenry exam you need not to give all exam but just in which you failed.

Hope it helps

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