New Delhi, Updated on Jan 28, 2020 13:07 IST

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) mentions the chapters and topics of all subjects included in CBSE 12th Arts Syllabus 2020. Check them out below.

The CBSE has released the CBSE syllabus 2019-20 on its official website. Students preparing to appear for their class 12th board Arts examinations 2020 can check for the CBSE arts syllabus 2020 for all subjects included in the stream. The syllabus mentions all the chapters and topics that a student must go through to clear the Arts stream with good scores. Along with the CBSE syllabus 2020 Arts, students must also be aware of the CBSE 12th exam pattern for arts and solve the CBSE 12th previous years’ question papers.

CBSE will conduct the CBSE 12th exams 2020 from February 15 to March 30. Given below is the complete CBSE syllabus 2020 of Class 12th Arts.

Humanities/Arts stream offers the following subjects to the students of CBSE Board in class 12th:

  • Language 1-English (Core Language)
  • Language 2-Hindi/Sanskrit/Spanish (Elective Language)
  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Physical & Health Education

The syllabus for the following subjects for CBSE class 12th Arts 2020, according to the CBSE Board, is as follows:

  • History

The History syllabus for class 12th students comprises of three parts named - Themes in Indian History Part 1, 2 & 3. There are a total of 15 units divided within these 3 parts. The syllabus broadly focuses on the ancient, medieval and modern history of India.

Themes in Indian History part 1 talks about the ancient history of India like the Harappan civilization, and political, economic and social history.

Themes in Indian History Part 2 talks about the history of the medieval period in India and consists of four units. It gives the details of the medieval society, new architectural forms during that period, religious histories of Sufi and bhakti traditions.

Themes in Indian History Part 3 talks about the modern history of India like colonialism, partitions, history of Mahatma Gandhi and the formation of The Constitution of India.

Map Work and Project Work is also a part of the History syllabus and marks will be awarded for the same.

  • Economics

CBSE 12th Economics syllabus is divided into three parts that are Part A, B & C. Part A of the syllabus is Introductory Macroeconomics. There are four chapters in Part A describing topics about Macroeconomics like:

  1. National Income and Related Aggregates,
  2. Money and Banking,
  3. Determination of Income and Employment,
  4. Government Budget and the Economy
  5. Balance of Payments

Part B of the syllabus is Indian Economic Development. This part consists of three chapters that are related to the Economic Development of India. The chapters are:

  1. Development Experience and Economic Reforms ( since 1991)
  2. Current Challenges faced in the Indian Economy
  3. Development Experience of India - A Comparison with neighbours

Both the Parts A & B are of 40 marks each. Part C is the project work for the students and will be awarded 20 marks.

  • Geography

The CBSE class 12 Geography syllabus aims to inculcate the knowledge about human geography, human settlements, and other aspects of geography to the students.

The syllabus is briefly divided into three parts of which two parts are theoretical and one part consists of practical.

Part A is about Fundamentals of Human Geography and comprises five units and map work related to it; whereas Part B is India: People and Economy. This part consists of five units of map work as well. Part A and Part B of the Syllabus constitute 70 marks together.

Part C, which is practical work, has two units wherein students will be awarded marks out of 25 based on their practical skills. Five marks are awarded for maintaining practical books and viva.

  • Sociology

Sociology is taught so that young students become aware of the society and the various changes that take place on a day to day basis in society.

The CBSE 12th Sociology syllabus 2020 is divided into two units -A & B. Unit A is about Indian Society and includes seven topics namely:

  1. Introducing the Indian Society
  2. Challenges of Cultural Diversity
  3. Social Institutions - Continuity and Change
  4. The Demographic Structure of the Indian Society
  5. Market as a Social Institution
  6. Patterns of Social Inequality and Exclusion
  7. Suggestions for Project Work

Unit B is Change and Development in Indian Society and consists of eight topics. The topics in Unit B are as follows:

  1. Structural Change
  2. Cultural Change
  3. The Story of Indian Democracy
  4. Change and Development in Rural Society
  5. Change and Development in Industrial Society
  6. Globalization and Social Change
  7. Mass Media and Communications
  8. Social Movements

Project work, Viva and Research are also included in the syllabus and students are awarded marks for the same.

  • Political Science

The CBSE 12th Political Science syllabus 2020 is divided into two parts. Part A is about Contemporary World Politics whereas Part B is about Politics in India since Independence. Part A has nine units that are:

  1. Cold War Era
  2. The End of bipolarity
  3. US Hegemony in World Politics
  4. Alternative centres of power
  5. Contemporary South Asia
  6. International Organizations
  7. Security in Contemporary World
  8. Environment and Natural Resources
  9. Globalization

Part B also consists of nine units that are as follows:

  1. Challenges of Nation Building
  2. Politics of Planned Development
  3. Er of One-Party Dominance
  4. Challenges to the Congress System
  5. India’s External relations
  6. Crisis of the Democratic Order
  7. Regional aspirations
  8. Rise of Popular Movements
  9. Recent Developments in Indian Politics

Each Part awards 40 marks to the students. 20 marks are given for project work.

  • English

CBSE Class 12th English Syllabus includes Unseen Passages, Grammar, Prose, Writing Skills, and Literature.

The Syllabus can be divided as follows:

Section A

This section is Reading Comprehension

It includes two passages wherein one will be unseen passage and will have Multiple Choice Questions, objective type questions, word formation, and meanings. These questions are for testing the vocabulary of the students.

The passage can be a literary passage, factual passage or descriptive passage.

The second passage in section A will be about 500 words. From this passage, the students will be asked to write a summary of the passage and make a note about the given passage.

Section B

This section is to test the Writing Skills of the students.

There will be two questions, one for making an advertisement and the other for making a notice; the students have to opt for any one of the two questions.

Formal letter writing, report writing, speech, and article are the other questions that will be asked in this section.

Section C

This section will have questions related to Literature Books.

The two books that are prescribed by the board for literature are Flamingo and Vistas

The Syllabus in Flamingo is as follows:


  1. My Mother at Sixty Six
  2. Keeping Quiet
  3. A Roadside Stand
  4. An Elementary School Classroom in a Slum
  5. A Thing of Beauty
  6. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers


  1. The Last Lesson
  2. Deep Water
  3. Lost Spring
  4. The Rattrap
  5. Poets and Pancakes
  6. Indigo
  7. Going Places
  8. The Interview

The Syllabus in Vistas is as follows:

  1. The Third Level
  2. The Tiger King
  3. Journey to the End of the Earth
  4. The Enemy
  5. Should Wizard Hit Mommy
  6. On the Face of It
  7. Evans Tries an O-Level
  8. Memories of Childhood
  9. The Cutting of My Long Hair
  10. We too are Human Being

Humanities stream has grown rapidly over the decade and more students are opting for it. The stream provides a wide range of career options to the students. A few careers include teaching, counseling, law, hospitality, aviation and many more.

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