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CBSE Class 12 English Question Paper 2020 - PDF Download

Class 12

Class 12 is supposed to be the major turning point in the life of any student as it helps in beginning a new chapter in the life of every student and also allows them to choose their own career. The ultimate success of a student lies in 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.

The government authorities authorize public examinations every year for the final year students of the 12th standard. These examinations are known as the Central Board of Secondary Examination or CBSE. To be able to get good marks in the examinations conducted by CBSE, it is very important to understand the pattern exam. The last year’s papers and the practice papers play an important role in the preparation journey of every student's life. They help in giving a basic idea to the students on how to prepare for the board exams. The internet is a key resource and at times it gets difficult to search for the right information over the internet and therefore, we eSaral has brought a solution to all the problems of a student when it comes to searching previous years’ question papers. The CBSE class 12 English question paper 2020 is easily available on our website and can be accessible via downloading the link given below. The CBSE class 12 English question paper 2020 with solutions is the PDF format which can also be printed so that you can practice it in a hardcopy format.

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

Advantages of Practicing Previous Year English Question Paper

Following are the few important advantages of solving the previous year's question paper for English:

  • Helps to Get Detailed Information About The Syllabus - You must always complete your syllabus at least two or three months before the exam to get a clear picture of your whole syllabus. This will help you to understand the chapter in detailed form and know what should be focused on. By doing this, you can track the progress of your own preparation and improve your performance.

  • Rectification of Errors - Practice may make it seem easy for you to understand your weak points. However, you tend to overlook the actual errors while revising your syllabus. Hence, practicing previous years' question papers will definitely assist you in gaining good marks in the examinations.

  • Self Assessment - The best thing about previous years' questions is that you can start practicing questions even before CBSE issues the sample question papers for the examinations. That way, you will be able to enhance your progress.

  • Help to Understand the Weightage of Marks in Exams - Solving previous question papers before the CBSE Class 10 and 12 exams will give you an understanding of the marks distribution and weightage of each question. This will help you manage your time accordingly as to how much time to devote to each section.

  • Reduce the Exam Stress - Practice and revision will help you prepare well for the final board  examination. Most of the students get stressed during the final examination. But if you practice daily, you can memorize every detail from your textbooks well. You won't repeat your older mistakes every time and you'll be prepared for the final examination.

  • Increase your Speed - CBSE exams have a three-hour duration for every subject. Therefore, if you solve and practise the sample previous years' question papers enough, it should not be difficult for you to complete the entire paper within this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.



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