CBSE Class 9 Syllabus-English Communicative 2016-2017

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CBSE Class 9 Syllabus-English Communicative 2016-2017

English Communicative:

The exam structure of CBSE class 9th student is simply distributed in small parts which includes reading skills, writing skills & grammar, literature textbook & extended reading text and also assessment of speaking & listening called as ASL.

There are 60% weightage for summative assessment I & II and 40% weightage of formative assessment. The equal weightage assigned for both summative assessment i.e. 30% for assessment I and 30% for assessment II.

Assessment I is from April to September whereas assessment II is from October to March.

There is one written exam at the end of each assessment carrying 70 marks of duration 3 hours. Assessment of Speaking and Listening skills carrying 20 marks which finally makes the SA-I of 90 marks in total. But 90 marks converted in 30 marks i.e. one-third of 90 marks are added each in both SA.


Division of syllabus in various section is as follows:

Section A: Reading Skills [20 marks]

This section contains two/three unseen passages. The arrangement within the reading section is as follows:


Q.1: A Factual passage of 300-350 words with eight very short answer type questions. [8 marks]

Q.2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four short answer type questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four very short answer questions to test vocabulary. [12 marks]


Q.1a: A Factual passage 200-250 words with five very short answer type questions with one question to test vocabulary. [5 marks]

Q.1b: A Literary passage (Prose only – Fiction / Non-fiction) of 200-250 words with five short answer type questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with one question to test vocabulary. [5 marks]

Q.2: Open text-based assessment (OTBA) with 1–2 long answer questions to test analytical and critical thinking skills. [10 marks]

Section B: Writing Skills & Grammar [25 marks]

Q.3: Writing a diary/article in about 100-120 words based on visual or verbal cue/s, and the questions will be thematically based on MCB. [5 marks]

Q.4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150-200 words. [10 marks]

Grammar syllabus includes the following areas in classes IX:

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals (have to/had to, must, should, need, ought to and their negative forms)
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject – verb concord
  5. Reporting
    • Commands and requests
    • Statements
    • Questions
  6. Clauses
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses of condition and time
    • Relative clauses
  7. Determiners
  8. Prepositions

Above topics will be tested through test types as given below:

Q.5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses [3 marks]

Q.6: Editing or Omission [4 marks]

Q.7: Sentences reordering or Sentence Transformation in context [3 marks]

Section C: Literature Textbook & Extended Reading Text [25 marks]

Q.8: One out of two extracts from prose or poetry or play for reference to context. Three very short answer questions. [3 marks]

One mark in each extract will be for vocabulary. At least one question will be used for testing local and global comprehension and one question will be on interpretation.

Q.9: Four short answer type questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each). [8 marks]

Q.10: 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. (80-100 words). [4 marks]

Q.11:  One out of two very Long Answer Questions on theme, plot involving interpretation, inference and character sketch, in about 150-200 words based on the prescribed extended reading text. [10 Marks]

Prescribed Books:

Interact in English Series 

  • Main Course Book (Revised edition)
  • Literature Reader (Revised edition)
  • Workbook (Revised edition)

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

  • Gullivers Travels (unabridged) by Jonathan Swift
  • Three Men in a Boat (unabridged) by Jerome. K. Jerome


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