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CBSE Class 12 English Question Paper 2019 - PDF Download

Class 12

The CBSE Class 12 board has so many streams but, irrespective of students belonging to different streams, English is a common subject that everyone has to attempt. Board exams can be more hectic for many students and they often feel under-prepared and nervous. But, if one prepares well, he/she can handle the board exam with more confidence and it will help students to score high marks in this subject.

Class 12 is supposed to be the major turning point in the life of any student as it helps in starting a new chapter in the students life and also allows them to choose their own career. The ultimate success lies in between successfully passing class 12 and so it is evident that scoring well in class 12 is very important. The career of a student chooses in the future and the path which he or she wants to follow ultimately lies in cracking the class 12 examination. Class 12 examination marks are the ultimate pass to get into top colleges of the country, a ticket that will allow you to roll into top institutes like IIT, NIT, etc.

English Class 12 Syllabus 2023-24 (Core English)

Class 12th English examinations held a total of 80 marks together. Whereas, the Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills consist of 20 Marks, the Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills, consists of Listening Skills( 5 Marks), Speaking Skills(5 Marks) and Project Work(10 Marks). The section-wise marks distribution of English Class 12 Syllabus 2023-24 has been shown in tabulated form down below.

CBSE Class 12th Core English Syllabus 2023-24




Reading Comprehension

1.Unseen passage (factual, descriptive or literary)(12 Marks)

2. Case-Based Unseen (Factual) Passage(10 Marks)

20 Marks                          

Creative Writing Skills

1.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


Question Based upon MCQs, Objective Type Questions, Short Answer Type Questions and Long Answer Type Questions to assess comprehension, analysis, interpretation and extrapolation beyond the text

  1. Based upon Poetry(Flamingo)-6 Marks

  2. Based upon Prose (Flamingo)- 4 Marks

  3. Based upon Prose (Flamingo)- 6 Marks

  4. Short answer type from Prose and Poetry (Flamingo)- 10 Marks

  5. Short answer type from Prose (Vistas)- 4 Marks

  6. One Long answer type from Prose/Poetry (Flamingo)- 5 Marks

  7. One Long answer type based on the chapters (Vistas)- 5 Marks

40 Marks

Total Marks

80 Marks

CBSE Class 12 English Syllabus 2023-24 Literature(Core)

Book-Flamingo (Prose) 

  1. The Last Lesson

  2. Lost Spring

  3. Deep Water

  4. The Rattrap

  5. Indigo

  6. Poets and Pancakes

  7. The Interview

  8. Going Places

Book-Flamingo (Poetry)

  1. My Mother at Sixty-Six

  2. Keeping Quiet

  3. A Thing of Beauty

  4. A Roadside Stand

  5. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers


  1. The Third Level

  2. The Tiger King

  3. Journey to the end of the Earth

  4. The Enemy

  5. On the Face of It

  6. Memories of Childhood

  7. The Cutting of My Long Hair

  8. We Too are Human Beings

Importance of Solving Question Paper of Previous Year CBSE Class 12 English Core Exam

As we all know Class 12 English is a lengthy paper and requires huge practice to be able to solve the board exam paper in the allotted time. For enough practice, every student is suggested to solve more and more previous year question papers. Solving previous year practice papers helps you get familiar with the exam pattern, marking scheme and regular practice helps you to score high marks. 

By solving the previous year papers, you will have a very good knowledge and an idea of what types of questions are frequently asked in the board examination. This will help you to understand your strengths and weaknesses. You can also sort out the time required to solve the paper by using a timer and can help to enhance your question-solving and writing speed.  Scoring well in English may improve the overall percentage of a student.

Frequently Asked Question 

Question 1 : What are the tips to Score Better in CBSE Class 12 English Core Examination?

Answer : Time management is the major factor to scoring well in this examination as CBSE Class 12 English core question paper is quite lengthy. Hence, practice previous year question papers after finishing the syllabus once.

Be aware of some common or current topics related to the environment, politics, sports or value-based topics, it will help you to do well in the writing section; as the writing section is very generalized.

Use The first 15 minutes given for question paper reading to read the comprehension and passages. Attempt the reading section first followed by the Literature Section and then the Writing Section.

Question 2 : What are the Do’s and Don'ts to score High in CBSE Class 12 English Core Examination?

Answer : Focus on what is being taught in the class because students don’t give time to this subject at home.

  • Make notes during your English class, as it will be helpful for the last minute revision.

  • Most important, all the In-text questions and Exercises should be solved at the end because 80% of the questions for the short answers will be from this part.

  • Should not ignore the Reading Comprehension or the Writing skill section, practice for these two sections from time to time.



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