CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus

CBSE Class 9 English Syllabus

English plays an important role in the domains of education, administration, business, and political relations, judiciary, industry, etc. and is, therefore, a passport to social mobility, higher education, and better job opportunities. In urban India, it is very common to see young people code-mixing and code-switching between English and Indian languages. It is indeed unfortunate that English has so far remained associated with the rich, elite or upper-middle class. It should be the effort of the Indian educational system to reach English to every Indian child and to ensure that she/he gains a sufficiently high level of proficiency in it and not suffer discrimination for lack of it.

Section-Wise Weightage English Language and Literature

Sections   Total Weightage
A Reading Skills 20
B Writing Skills With Grammer 30
C Literature Textbook and Extended Reading text 30
  Total 80






Section A: Reading (20 Marks)

This section will have two reading passages as per the details below:

  • A Factual passage 300-350 words with eight Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions). (8 marks)
  • A Discursive passage of 350-400 words with four Short Answer Type Questions to test inference, evaluation and analysis with four Objective Type Questions (including Multiple Choice Questions) to test vocabulary. (12 marks)

Section B: Writing and Grammar (30 Marks)

  • 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)
  • Writing a short story based on a given outline or cue/s in about 150–200 words. (10 marks)

 The Grammar syllabus will include the following areas:

  • Tenses
  • Modals
  • Use of passive voice
  • Subject-verb concord
  • Reporting
  • Commands and requests
  • Statements
  • Questions
  • Clauses
    • Noun clauses
    • Adverb clauses of condition and time
    • Relative clauses
  • Determiners
  • Prepositions

Section C: Literature Textbook (30 Marks)

  • One out of two extracts from prose/poetry/play for reference to the context. Four Objective Type Questions: two questions of one mark each on global comprehension and two questions of one mark each for interpretation. (1×4=4 marks)
  • Four Short Answer Type Questions from BEEHIVE AND MOMENTS (3 questions out of four from BEEHIVE and 2 questions out of three from MOMENTS) to test local and global comprehension of theme and ideas (to be answered in 30-40 words each) (2x5=10 marks)
  • One out two long answer type questions from the book BEEHIVE to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. (to be answered in 100-150 words each) (8 marks)
  • One out of two Long Answer Questions from the book MOMENTS on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch in about (100-150 words).  (8 Marks)


Literature Readers (Beehive)


  • The Fun They Had
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Little Girl
  • A Truly Beautiful Mind
  • The Snake and the Mirror
  • My Childhood
  • Packing
  • Reach for the Top
  • The Bond of Love
  • Kathmandu
  • If I were you


  • The Road Not Taken
  • Wind
  • Rain on the Roof
  • The Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • A Legend of the Northland
  • No Men Are Foreign
  • The Duck and the Kangaroo
  • On Killing a Tree
  • The Snake Trying
  • A Slumber did My Spirit Seal

Supplementary Reader (Moments)

  • The Lost Child
  • The Adventures of Toto
  • Iswaran the Storyteller
  • In the Kingdom of Fools
  • The Happy Prince
  • Weathering the Storm in Ersama
  • The Last leaf
  • A House is Not a Home
  • The Accidental
  • The Beggar

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