CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2020
Updated on Nov 25, 2019 - 10:40 a.m. IST by Saumya.Srivastava
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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 March 30, 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

Section A - Reading comprehension

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

Section B - Writing skills

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 2020 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 2020. 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 12th result 2020. 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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if Im "general pwd candidate",what is the minimum 12th percentage required to get into Nits?and also is there any separate minimum percentage required to get in individual subject?(i.e. general candidate minimum of 75% in required,so this means 75% in each subject or its total of all subjects)

Manish Singh 29th Feb, 2020

To get into any NITs,IIITs and  CFTIs a general candidate has to get 75% percentage aggregate in his\her class 12 or be in top 20 percentile in the board exams. For SC/ST/PwD candidate, 65% aggregate is required to be eligible to get admission in nits. No individual subjects marks are required.


Is grazing emergence same as critical angle?

Charvi Nayyar 29th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant

When the angle of incidence for a prism is 90 degree then the ray just grazes along the surface of the prism . This is known as grazing incidence and in this case the angle of refraction at the first refracting surface is equal to the critical angle of the material of the prism.

hope this helps


what will happen if I dont give one of my 12 improvement exam?plz reply fast plz?

shivam ranjan 24th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant...

There will not be any problem if you don't give improvement exam after applying for it as it is not mandatory exam. Your old result will remain valid even if you quit improvement exam.



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is physical education included in Mark sheet which will increase the total??

TANUJ JAIN 24th Feb, 2020

Hi James,

As per my knowledge for CBSE Board the students will be graded for their physical education based on tests conducted by the school. However, it will be included in the mark sheet, but will not have an impact on the overall assessment of the student.

Hope this helped,

Thank You.


Will the overall aggregate be calculated out of all 5 subjects or the better 4?

Md Azmer 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

The aggregated will be calculated with the best 4 subjects. But in some entrance it is all 5 subjects.

Good Luck

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