CBSE Class 11 History of Indian Arts Syllabus 2024-25

CBSE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus for the New Academic Session 2024-25 on March 23rd, 2024, for class 11.

CBSE Board has released the latest Class 11 History of Indian Arts syllabus which is to be strictly followed. Below please find our detailed analysis of Board Paper pattern, Unit-wise summary for the New Session 2024-25.

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CBSE Class 11 History of Indian Arts Latest Syllabus 2024-25

Units   Periods Marks
History of Indian Art    
1 Pre-Historic rock paintings and art of Indus Valley 24 10
2 Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Art 24 10
3 Temple Sculptures, Bronzes and Artistic aspects of Indo-Islamic architecture 24 10
  Total 72 30

CBSE Class 11 History of Indian Arts Syllabus 2024-25: Unit-wise Summary

Unit Content 24 Periods
1. A. Pre-Historic Rock-Paintings Introduction
1) Period and Location
2) Study and appreciation of following Pre-historic paintings:
i. Wizard's Dance, Bhimbethaka
B. Introduction
1) Period and Location.
2) Extension: In about 1500 miles.
i. Harappa & Mohenjo-daro (Now in Pakistan)
ii. Ropar, Lothal, Rangpur, Alamgirpur, Kali Bangan, Banawali and Dholavira (in India)
2 Study and appreciation of following: Sculptures and Terra cottas:
i. Dancing girl (Mohenjodaro) Bronze, 10.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm. Circa 2500 B.C.
(Collection: National Museum, New Delhi).
ii. Male Torso(Harappa) Red lime Stone, 9.2 x 5.8 x 3 cms. Circa 2500 B.C.
(Collection: National Museum, New Delhi)
iii. Mother Goddess (Mohenjo-daro) terracotta, 22 x 8 x 5 c Circa 2500 B.C. (Collection: National Museum, New Delhi).
3 Study and appreciation of following Seal:
i. Bull (Mohenjo-daro)
Stone (Steatite), 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.4 cm. Circa 2500 B.C. (Collection: National Museum, New Delhi).
Decoration on earthen wares: Painted earthen-ware (Jar) Mohenjo-daro (Collection: National Museum, New Delhi).
Unit 2 Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Art
(3rd century B.C. to 8th century A.D.)
24 Periods
1. General Introduction to Art during Mauryan, Shunga, Kushana (Gandhara and Mathura styles) and Gupta period:
2. Study and appreciation of following Sculptures:
i. Lion Capital from Sarnath (Mauryan period) Polished sandstone, Circa 3rd Century B.C. (Collection: Sarnath Museum, U.P.)
ii. Chauri Bearer from Didar Ganj (Yakshi) (Mauryan period) Polished sandstone Circa 3rd Century B.C.(Collection: Patna Museum, Bihar)
iii. Seated Buddha from Katra Mound, Mathura-(Kushan Period- Mathura Style) Red-spotted Sand Stone, Circa 3rd Century AD. (Collection: Govt. Museum, Mathura)
iv. Jain Tirathankara (Gupta period) Stone Circa 5th Century A.D. (Collection: State Museum, Lucknow U.P.)
3. Introduction to Ajanta Location
Period, No of caves, Chaitya and Vihara, paintings and sculptures, subject matter and technique etc.
Unit 3 Temple Sculpture, Bronzes and artistic aspects of Indo- Islamic Architecture 24 Periods
(A) Artistic aspects of Indian Temple sculpture (6th Century A.D. to 13th Century A.D.)
1) Introduction to Temple Sculpture
(6th Century A.D. to 13th Century A.D.)
2) Study and appreciation of following Temple-Sculptures:
i. Descent of Ganga (Pallava period, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu), granite rock Circa 7th Century A.D.
ii. Trimuti (Elephanta, Maharashtra) Stone Circa 9th Century A.D.
iii. Lakshmi Narayana (Kandariya Mahadev Temple) (Chandela period, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh) Stone Circa 10th Century A.D.
iv. Cymbal Player, Sun Temple (Ganga Dynasty, Konark, Orrisa) Stone Circa 13thCentury A.D.
v. Mother and Child (Vimal-Shah Temple, Solanki Dynasty, Dilwara, Mount Abu; Rajasthan) white marble, Circa 13th Century A.D.
(B) Bronzes :
1. Introduction to Indian Bronzes.
2. Method of casting (solid and hollow)
3. Study and appreciation of following South Indian Bronze:
i. Nataraj (Chola period Thanjavur Distt.,Tamil Nadu) 12th Century A.D. (Collection : National Museum, New Delhi)
(C) Artistic aspects of the indo-Islamic architecture:
1. Introduction
2. Study and appreciation of following architecture:
i. Qutub Minar, Delhi
ii. Gol Gumbad of Bijapur


One Practical Paper

70 Marks
Time: 6 Hours (3+3)

Unit wise Weightage

Units Content Periods Marks
1 Nature and Object Study 50 25
2 Painting Composition 50 25
3 Portfolio Assessment 48 20
148 70

Unit 1: Nature and Object Study

25 Marks 50 Periods

Study of two or three natural and geometric forms in pencil with light and shade from a fixed point of view. Natural forms like plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers, etc., are to be used.

forms of objects like cubes, cones, prisms, cylinders and spheres should be used.

Unit 2: Painting Composition

25 Marks 50 Periods

(i) Simple exercises of basic design in variation of geometric and rhythmic shapes in geometrical and decorative designs and colours to understand designs as organised visual arrangements.


10 Marks 25

(ii) Sketches from life and nature

15 Marks 25 Periods

Unit 3: Portfolio Assessment

20 Marks 48 Periods

(a) Record of the entire years' performance from sketch to finished product.

10 Marks

(b) Five selected nature and object study exercises in any media done during  session including the minimum of two still life exercises.

05 Marks

(c) One selected work of paintings composition done during the year

03 Marks

(d) Two selected works of paintings done during the year

02 Marks

These selected works prepared during the course by the candidates and certified by the school authorities as the work done in the school will be placed before the examiners for assessment.


  1. The candidate should be given one hour break after first three hours.
  2. The time table to be so framed as to allow the students to work continuously for minimum of periods at a stretch.

The Changes for Class 11 (2024-25) Year-end Board Examinations are as under:

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

2023-24 Reduced Syllabus

(for reference purposes only)

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