11th Standard CBSE English Syllabus

11th standard is the career point at which students gain advanced skills necessary for higher studies. Students at this stage definitely need to bridge the gaps existed in their high school. As per the NCERT and CBSE, there have been few changes made with an equal emphasis on grammar and literature to enhance reading, writing, and comprehension skills. 11th standard CBSE English syllabus has 2 major divisions namely, the core English with grammar and elective English emphasizing on literature part. The table below depict the detailed version Class 11 CBSE English Syllabus.


Section title

Marks allotted


Section A: Reading Comprehension

  • This section has 2 passages including poems . A range of question forms can be seen in this section , common  question types are Objective Type , Short Answer  type  and Multiple Choice Questions 

  • 04 marks comes from vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. Multiple Choice Questions are of  (1×6=6marks), Objective Type Questions ( 1×6= 6marks), 01 Short Answer Question (3×1=3marks) and 01 Long Answer Question (5×1=5marks).

  • The range of the two passages including a poem or a stanza, should be 900-1000 words as per the following details:


1.  A passage with 550-600 words in length will be used for note-making and summarizing. The passage of 350-400 words in length will be used to test comprehension, interpretation and inference.


3. An unseen poem of 28-35 lines to test comprehension, interpretation and inference. Passage types can be factual passages (illustrations, description, reports) or they can be Discursive passages involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive or literary passages , for example, extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.

20 Marks

45 Periods

Section B: Writing Skills and Grammar Writing

  1. One Short Answer Question: Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement-  which weighs about  4 Marks

  2. Two Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal/visual input. – (6×2=12 Marks)

  3. There are different types of letters  like


  1. Business or official letters (for suggesting, requesting, enquiring, registering complaining, asking for information or for  giving information, placing orders and sending replies)

  2. Letters to the editor (giving suggestions/opinions on an issue)

  3. Application for a job with a bio-data or résumé

  4. Letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements / suitability of courses, etc.

  1. Very Long Answer Question: Composition in the form of article/speech/report writing or a narrative- 8 Marks


GRAMMAR PART  (  for 6 Objective Type Questions)

Common grammatical elements include gap filling, sentence re- ordering, dialogue completion and sentence transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals and Change of Voice. Common exercises to test grammar skills are  6 objective type questions on the following:

  1. Error Correction, editing tasks

  2. Re – ordering of sentences,

  3. Transformation of sentences

30 Marks

60 Periods

Section C: Literature Questions to test comprehension at different levels are literal, inferential and evaluative.

  • Eight Objective type Questions each carry 1 mark (out of the total 9 questions) to test comprehension, literary appreciation and drawing inferences. Questions can come from both poetry and prose.

  • Three Short Answer Questions out of 04 to be answered in 50-60words to test understanding, appreciation and analysis for  (2×3=6marks)

  • One Long Answer Question for 6 marks which require at least 120-150 words.


Drama part

  • Arms and the Man for total 10marks with a duration 25Periods.

  • Two Long Answer Questions each carry 5 marks. These are to be answered in 80-100 word to test the evaluation of characters, events and episodes.


Fiction Part

  • Fiction part weighs 10marks with the duration of 25Periods.

  • Two Short Answer Questions carry 2 marks each. Answers must be at least in 50-60 words to test analysis of characters, events, episodes and interpersonal relationships and understanding of content, events and episodes.

  •  One Long Answer Question carry 6 marks out of 02 to be answered in 120-150 words. This is to test the literary, appreciation, and drawing inferences.



  • This is for 20 marks with a presentation of either a book review /a play /a short story/a novel/novella (tale, table, and parable) to be followed by a question-answer session.

  • A critical review of film or play is essential. Poetry reading to be followed by interpretative tasks based on close reading and literary analysis of the text.

  • A  theatre workshop to be conducted which is followed by a discussion

30 Marks

70 Periods

Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills

This will carry 20 marks. These skills must be ongoing and practiced regularly in the class.  An interactive viva-voce is conducted to evaluate this section.

20 Marks

45 Periods




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