CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2023-24

CBSE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus for the New Academic Session 2023-24 on March 31st, 2023, for class 12.

CBSE Board has released the latest Class 12 Psychology syllabus which is to be strictly followed. Below please find our detailed analysis of Board Paper pattern, Unit-wise summary for the New Session 2023-24.

We have also updated Oswal Gurukul Books as per the Latest Paper Pattern prescribed by Board for each Subject Curriculum.

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CBSE Class 12 Psychology Latest Syllabus for 2023-24

Units Topics Periods Marks
I Variations in Psychological Attributes 30 13
II Self and Personality 32 13
III Meeting Life Challenges 23 9
IV Psychological Disorders 30 12
V Therapeutic Approaches 25 9
VI Attitude and Social Cognition 16 8
VII Social Influence and Group Processes 14 6
  Total 170 70

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2023-24: Unit-wise Summary



Unit I

Variations in Psychological Attributes

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theory: Planning, Attention-arousal and Simultaneous successive Model of Intelligence, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence; Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity

30 Periods

Unit II

Self and Personality

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Self and Personality
  3. Concept of Self
  4. Cognitive and Behavioural aspects of Self
  5. Culture and Self
  6. Concept of Personality
  7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
    • Type Approaches
    • Trait Approaches
    • Psychodynamic Approach and Post Freudian Approaches
    • Behavioural Approach
    • Cultural Approach
    • Humanistic Approach
  8. Assessment of Personality
    • Self-report Measures
    • Projective Techniques
    • Behavioural Analysis

32 Periods

Unit III

Meeting Life Challenges

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health
    • Stress and Health
    • General Adaptation Syndrome
    • Stress and Immune System
    • Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
    • Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    • Life Skills
    • Positive Health

23 periods

Unit IV

Psychological Disorders

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders
    • Historical Background
  3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  5. Major Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
    • Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
    • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Depressive Disorder
    • Bipolar and Related Disorders
    • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders
    • Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

30 Periods

Unit V

Therapeutic Approaches

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Nature and Process of psychotherapy
    • Therapeutic relationship
  2. Types of Therapies
    • Behaviour Therapy
    • Cognitive Therapy
    • Humanistic-Existential Therapy
    • Alternative Therapies
    • Factors contributing to healing in Psychotherapy
    • Ethics in Psychotherapy
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

25 Periods

Unit VI

Attitude and Social Cognition

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
    • Attitude Formation
    • Attitude Change
    • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice

16 Periods

Unit VII

Social Influence and Group Processes

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
    • Social Loafing
    • Group Polarisation

14 Periods


  • Development of case profile:
    Using appropriate methods like interview, observation & psychological tests.
  • Test administration:
    Students are required to administer and interpret five psychological tests related to various psychological attributes like intelligence, aptitude, attitude, personality, etc.
  • In the Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

30 Marks

60 Periods

Distribution of Marks:

  • Practical File and Case Profile
  • Viva Voce (Case Profile & Two Practicals)
  • Two Practicals (5 marks for conduct of practicals and 10 marks for reporting)


10 Marks

05 Marks

15 Marks

30 Marks

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Question Paper Design 2023-24

Time:3Hours Maximum Marks: 70
S. No. Competencies Total Marks % Weightage
1 Remembering and Understanding: Exhibiting memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts, and answers; Demonstrating understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions and stating main ideas 25 35%
2 Applying: Solving problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way 31 45%
3 Formulating, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating: Examining and breaking information into parts by identifying motives or causes; Making inferences and finding evidence to support generalizations; Presenting and defending opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria; Compiling information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions 14 20%
Total 70 100%

The Changes for Class 12 (2023-24) 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%

2022-23 Reduced Syllabus

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