CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2024-25

CBSE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus of the New Academic Session 2024-25 on March 31st, 2023, for class 9.

CBSE Board has issued the latest updated syllabus for Class 9th which is to be strictly followed. Board has restored SINGLE BOARD EXAM PATTERN once again like last year.

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

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CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2024-25



Total Weightage


Reading Skills



Writing Skills






Literature Textbook




CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2024-25: Section-Wise Weightage 

Section A

Reading Skills

  • The section will have two unseen passages with the maximum word limit of 600 words. The passages can be of any two types out of the following: literary / factual / discursive. Please refer to the Main Course Book.

10 Marks

  • Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions), and Very Short Answer type Questions will be asked to test inference, evaluation, analysis and vocabulary in context.

10 Marks

Section B

Writing Skills

This section will have a variety of short and long writing tasks.

24 Marks

  • Notice Writing for school assembly/ Resident Welfare Association/ School Events/ Classroom information etc. (maximum 50 words)

(4 Marks)

  • Dialogue Writing, (maximum 100 words)

(5 Marks)

  • Informal Letter (maximum 120 words)

(7 Marks)

  • Paragraph on one out of two themes from the Main Course Book, based on verbal or visual cues (maximum 150 words)

(8 Marks)

Section C


Grammar items will be taught and assessed over a period of time.

(10 Marks)

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
    1. Subject – verb concord
    2. Reported Speech
      1. Commands and Requests
      2. Statements
      3. Questions
  3. Clauses:
    1. Noun clauses
    2. Adverb clauses
    3. Relative clauses
  4. Determiners  

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:

  • Gap filling

3 marks

  • Editing or Omission

4 marks

  • Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context.

3 marks

Section D

Literature Textbook 

Literature Textbook

26 marks

  • Two out of three extracts from prose/poetry for reference to the context. Very Short Answer Questions and Short Answer Questions will be asked to assess local and global comprehension, interpretation and analysis.

(8 marks (4+4)) 

  • Six Short Answer Questions out of seven, from the Literature Reader, to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas, analysis and evaluation (30-40 words each)

(2x6 = 12 Marks)

  • One out of two Long Answer type Questions to assess how the values inherent in the text have been brought out. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts will be assessed. This can also be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. (120 words).

(6 marks)

CBSE Class 9 English Communicative Syllabus 2024-25 : Competency Based Question Paper Design 

Time: 3 Hours  

Max. Marks: 80



% Weightage


Demonstrative Knowledge + Understanding (Knowledge based simple recall questions, to know specific facts, terms, concepts, principles or theories, identify, define, or recite, information, comprehension – to be familiar with meaning and to understand conceptually, interpret, compare, contrast, explain, paraphrase information)

Up to 30%


Conceptual Application (Use abstract information in concrete situation, to apply knowledge to new situations; use given content to interpret a situation, provide an example or solve a problem)

Up to 35%


Analysis, Evaluation and Creativity Analysis & Synthesis- classify, compare, contrast, or differentiate between different pieces of information; organize and/or integrate unique pieces of information
from a variety of sources.

Up to 35%



The Changes for Class 9 (2024-25) 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%

2023-24 Reduced Syllabus

(for reference purposes only)

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