CBSE Syllabus for Class 9 English Language And Literature

Exam Structure for  English Language And Literature Class IX  (2017-18)

Section   Total Weightage 80
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills with Grammar 30
C Literature Textbook & Extended Reading Text 30
Total 80

The annual examination will be of 80 marks, with a duration of three hours.

Section A: Reading  [20 Marks]

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below :
Q1: A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Very Short Answer Type Questions. [8 marks]
Q2: A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis and four Very Short Answer Type Questions to test vocabulary. [12 marks]

Section B: Writing  and Grammar  [30 Marks]

Q3: Writing a diary/article in about 100-120 words using visual or verbal cue/s. The questions will be thematically based on the prescribed books. [8 marks]
Q4: Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 200 – 250 words. [12 marks]
The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas in class IX :

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
  3. Use of passive voice
  4. Subject – verb concord
  5. Reporting
    1. Commands and requests
    2. Statements
    3. Questions
  6. Clauses:
    1. Noun clauses
    2. Adverb clauses of condition and time
    3. Relative clauses
  7. Determiners
  8. Prepositions

The above items may be tested through test types as given below:
Q5: Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses. [3 marks]
Q6: Editing or Omission. [4 marks]
Q7: Sentences Reordering or Sentence Transformation in context. [3 marks]

Section C: Literature Textbooks [30 Marks]

Q8: One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context.
Four Very Short Answer Questions: two questions of one mark each for global comprehension and two questions of one mark each for interpretation. [4 marks]
Q9: Four Short Answer type Questions from the Literature Reader to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (30-40 words each).  [4 × 2 = 08 Marks]
Q10: 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. (100-120 words). [8 marks]
Q11: 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:

Published by NCERT, New Delhi

  • BEEHIVE – Textbook for class IX
  • MOMENTS Supplementary Reader for Class IX

Extended Reading Texts (either one)

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

NCERT Solutions