CBSE Releases Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24: Overview, Mark Distribution, and Deleted Sections

CBSE Releases Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24: Overview, Mark Distribution, and Deleted Sections

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has recently unveiled the much-awaited CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24 on its official website, This comprehensive syllabus aims to enhance students’ language proficiency, critical thinking skills, and appreciation of literature.

Overview of CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24

The syllabus is structured into three essential segments: Reading Skills, Literature Text, and Creative Writing Skills. These sections encompass a diverse range of activities aimed at enhancing students’ reading, writing, and analytical abilities across various genres of English literature.

Detailed Breakdown of the Syllabus

Reading Skills

The Reading Skills section focuses on honing students’ ability to comprehend diverse texts, including literary works, news items, and nonfiction pieces. It evaluates their comprehension, interpretation, and critical analysis of textual information.

Creative Writing Skills

This segment aims to develop students’ proficiency in generating various forms of writing such as essays, stories, and poems. It assesses their creative writing skills across different formats and themes.


The Literature section comprises questions based on poetry and prose from prescribed textbooks (Flamingo and Vistas). It evaluates students’ understanding, analysis, and interpretation of literary texts, emphasizing comprehension and critical thinking.

Mark Distribution for CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24

The total marks for the Class 12 English exams stand at 80. The breakdown of marks for different sections is as follows:

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24
Reading Comprehension1. Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary)(12 Marks)2. Case-Based Unseen (Factual) Passage(10 Marks)20 Marks                          
Creative Writing Skills1.Short Writing Tasks – Notice up to 50 words(4 Marks), Formal/Informal Invitation and Reply up to 50 words(4 Marks).2.Long Writing Tasks – Letters Writing( for a job with bio-data or resume/Letters to the editor)up to 120-150 words(5 Marks), Article/ Report Writing up to 120-150 words(5 Marks)20 Marks
Literature Questions based upon MCQs, Objective Type Questions, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions to assess comprehension, analysis, interpretation and extrapolation beyond the text1.     Based upon Poetry(Flamingo)-6 Marks2.     Based upon Prose (Flamingo)- 4 Marks3.     Based upon Prose (Flamingo)- 6 Marks4.     Short answer type from Prose and Poetry (Flamingo)- 10 Marks5.     Short answer type from Prose (Vistas)- 4 Marks6.     One Long answer type from Prose/Poetry (Flamingo)- 5 Marks7.     One Long answer type based on the chapters (Vistas)- 5 Marks40Marks
Total Marks80 Marks
  • Reading Comprehension: 20 Marks
  • Creative Writing Skills: 20 Marks
  • Literature: 40 Marks

The Literature section includes various question formats, from multiple-choice to long-answer questions, assessing comprehension, analysis, and inference abilities.

Deleted Sections from the Syllabus

The updated syllabus also lists sections that have been removed for the 2023-24 academic year. These deletions involve topics from Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, and Literature Textbooks.

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24 Deleted Syllabus
SectionDeleted Syllabus
Section A – Reading ComprehensionNote-Making and Summarizing
Section B – Writing SkillsAdvertisements, Posters, Business and Official Letters, Debate, Speech
Section C – Literature TextbooksFlamingo TextbookVistas Textbook
Chapter 2: An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (Poetry)Chapter 5 Should Wizard Hit Mommy (Prose)
Chapter 7 Evans Tries an O-Level (Prose)
TextbookChapterAuthor NamePage No.Deleted Topics
Flamingo TextbookAn Elementary School Classroom in a Slum (Poetry)Stephen Spender92-94Full Chapter
Vistas TextbookChapter 5: Should Wizard Hit Mommy (Prose)John Updike48-55Full Chapter
Chapter 7: Evans Tries an O-Level (Prose)Colin Dexter70-92Full Chapter

Tips for Completing the Syllabus

To cover the extensive syllabus effectively, students can create a monthly schedule to manage their studies efficiently. Dividing topics into manageable daily portions allows for consistent progress without feeling overwhelmed.


The CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24 offers a rich and engaging curriculum. Students are encouraged to delve into all chapters and content to grasp the depth and breadth of the subject matter effectively.

This syllabus update brings forth an array of opportunities for students to enhance their language skills and analytical thinking, paving the way for a comprehensive learning experience.

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