CBsE Class 10 English 2020 Paper Structure, Sections, Mark Description, Pattern, and Analysis (Download PDF)

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The CBSE English paper consists of following sections:

  • Section A - Reading Skills - 20 marks
  • Section B - Writing Skills with Grammar - 30 marks
  • Section C - Literature Textbook and Supplementary Reading Text - 30 marks

Section a - Reading Skills

The section A had two reading


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

Section B - Writing and Grammar

This section had internal choice for every question and the type of questions asked include

  • Writing an Article/Descriptive Paragraph (person/place/event/diary entry) in about 100 - 150 words based on visual or verbal cue/s. The questions were 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
  • Questions from Grammar syllabus
  1. Gap filling with one or two words to test Prepositions, Articles, Conjunctions and Tenses - 4 marks
  2. Editing or omission - 4 marks
  3. Sentences reordering or sentence transformation in context - 4 marks

Section C - Literature Textbooks

This section had internal choice for every question and the type of questions asked included

  • 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 on interpretation - (1 × 4 = 4 marks)
  • Five 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) - (2 × 5 = 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

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