CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2023-24

CBSE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus for the New Academic Session 2023-24 on March 31st, 2023, for class 10.

CBSE Board has released the latest Class 10 English Language and Literature syllabus which is to be strictly followed. Below please find our detailed analysis of Board Paper pattern, Unit-wise summary, Objectives, FAQs for the New Session 2023-24.

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CBSE Class 10 English Latest Syllabus 2023-24

Sections Periods Weightage
A Reading Skills (40 periods) 20 Marks
B Writing Skills and Grammar (40 periods) 20 Marks
C Language through Literature (50 periods) 40 Marks

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2023-24: Section-Wise Summary


Reading Skills

I. Reading Comprehension through Unseen Passage 

20 Marks

  1. Discursive passage of 400-450 words.

(10 marks)

2. Case-based passage (with visual input- statistical data, chart etc.) of 200-250 words.

(10 marks)

(Total length of two passages to be 600-700 words)

Multiple Choice Questions / Objective Type Questions will be asked to assess inference, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and vocabulary.


Writing Skills and Grammar

II Grammar

10 Marks

  • Determiners
  • Tenses
  • Modals
  • Subject – verb concord
  • Reported speech
    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions

3. The courses at the secondary level seek to cement high professional grasp of grammatical items and levels of accuracy. Accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar in context will be assessed through Gap Filling/ Editing/Transformation exercises. Ten out of 12 questions will have to be attempted.

III Writing Skills

10 Marks

4. Formal Letter based on a given situation in 100-120 words. One out of two questions is to be answered

5 marks

5. Writing an Analytical Paragraph (100-120 words) on a given map/chart/graph/cue/s . One out of two questions is to be answered. 

5 marks


Language through Literature

IV. Reference to the Context

(5+5 = 10 Marks)

6. One extract out of two from Drama / Prose.

7. One extract out of two from poetry. 

Multiple Choice Questions / Objective Type Questions will be asked to assess inference, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and vocabulary.   

V. Short & Very Long Answer Questions

30 Marks

8. Four out of Five Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 40-50 words from the book FIRST FLIGHT 

4x3=12 marks

9. Two out of Three Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 40-50 words each from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET.

2x3=6 marks

10. One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT to be answered in about 100-120 words each to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. This can be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. 

6 marks

11. One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch to be answered in about 100-120 words. 

6 marks

1. First Flight

A. Prose

  • 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. Glimpses of India
  • 6. Mijbil the Otter
  • 7. Madam Rides the Bus
  • 8. The Sermon at Benares
  • 9. The Proposal (Play)

B. Poems

  • 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. The Trees
  • 8. Fog
  • 9. The Tale of Custard the Dragon
  • 10. For Anne Gregory

2. 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. Bholi
  • 9. The Book That Saved the Earth

Internal Assessment

Listening and Speaking Competencies 30 Periods
Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 05 marks.
It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced .

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2023-24 : Competency Based Question Paper Design

Sections Competencies Total marks
Reading Comprehension Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary 20
Writing Skill and Gramm 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 20
Language through Literature Recalling, reasoning, appreciating, applying literary conventions illustrating and justifying etc. Extract relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub-theme, understanding the writers’ message and writing fluently. 40
Total 80

The Changes for Class 10 (2023-24) Year-end Board Examinations are as under:

Periodic Assessment Academic Session 2022-23 Academic Session 2023-24
Composition of question paper year-end examination/ Board Examination (Theory)
  • Competency Based Questions are 40% in the form of Multiple-Choice Questions, Case Based Questions, Source Based Integrated Questions or any other type.
  • Objective Questions are 20%
  • Remaining 40% Questions are Short Answer/ Long Answer Questions
  • Competency Focused Questions in the form of MCQs/Case Based Questions, Source-based Integrated Questions or any other type = 50%
  • Select response type questions(MCQ) = 20%
  • Constructed response questions (Short Answer/Long Answer type Questions, as per existing pattern) = 30%

Objectives of CBSE Syllabus for Class 10 English

The CBSE syllabus for class 10 English 2023-24 has been developed with the aim of the following:

  • To build greater confidence and proficiency in oral and written communication in the students.
  • To develop the quality of critical thinking in the learners.
  • To work in pairs/groups to debate/discuss events and incidents of topical interest.
  • To read and identify the main points / significant details of texts, paragraphs, images, etc.
  • To develop an appreciation for Indian languages, translations, and Indian Literature.

Frequently Asked Questions on CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2023-24

Ans: Every chapter of Class 10 English is important for the Board exam. Students must be well-versed in their syllabus and must thoroughly read the texts. They must also develop the quality of critically analysing the text to write the answers. For the Language section, students must solve ample practice exercises.

Ans: No, it is absolutely not too hard to score above 90 in English in the Board Exam. Students must be thorough with the texts and the syllabus, solve practice exercises daily, time themselves, solve 10 years’ question papers, and do a lot of revision. 

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Ans: Students can find the CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus at the CBSE official website or check our CBSE Class 10 Syllabus.

CBSE Class 10 English Deleted Syllabus 2022-23

Subject , Unit & Chapters Topics Deleted
English Language
  • Word limit of Case-based factual passage changed from 300-350 to 200-250.

  • Total length of two passages Discursive passage & Case-based factual passage changed from 700-750 words to 600-700 words

  • From the grammar portion following topics are deleted.

  • 1 Use of Passive Voice
    2 Clauses: Noun, Adverb Clauses of condition and time, Relative Clauses
    3 Prepositions
English Literature
First Flight (Prose) The Hundred Dresses - I
The Hundred Dresses - II
First Flight (Poetry) Animals
Footprints without Feet The Hack Driver

2022-23 Reduced Syllabus

(for reference purposes only)

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