This year, CBSE and ICSE have reduced nearly 30% of the syllabus in all subjects. Read through the complete post to know the detailed Class 12 Humanities Syllabus for CBSE and ICSE. 

As the 12th board exams are scheduled in March 2021 tentatively, check out the important topics you need to study and their weightage. Also, download the revised syllabus and deleted portions for Class 12th Humanities. 

CBSE Class 12 Humanities Syllabus 2020-21

As per the CBSE Class 12 Humanities Subjects, there are 4 mandatory subjects and 6 optional subjects. You can choose the optional subject based on your interest or career perspective. To help you all with the exam preparation, we have explained the subject-wise 12th humanities syllabus below. 

You can also download the syllabus PDF below for each subject. Also, remember that this reduction in the syllabus is only for the 2020-21 batch. From the next year, the syllabus will be as the previous year or it may remain the same. We will keep you posted regarding any changes in the syllabus. 

History CBSE Class 12 Syllabus 2020-21 (CBSE)

The History theory exam holds a weightage of 80 marks and 20 marks for internal assessment. The unit wise weightage as per the updated Class 12th History syllabus is listed below:

Units Marks
Themes in Indian History Part - I (Units 1 – 4) 24
Unit 1: The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology
Unit 2: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story
Unit 3: Social Histories: using the Mahabharata
Unit 4: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa
Themes in Indian History Part-II (Units 5 – 9) 25
Unit 5: Medieval Society through Travellers’ Accounts
Unit 6: Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition
Unit7: New Architecture: Hampi
Unit 8: Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari
Unit 9: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles
Themes in Indian History Part-III (Units 10 – 15) 25
Unit 10: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports
Unit 11: Representations of 1857
Unit 12: Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports
Unit 13: Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes
Unit 14: Partition through Oral Sources
Unit 15: The Making of the Constitution
Map Work 06
Total 80
Project work (Internal Assessment) 20
Total 100

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Geography Revised Class 12th Syllabus 2020-21 (CBSE)

Geography has 80 marks out of 100 assigned to the theoretical test, while 20 marks are allotted to practical work. The revised weightage as per the updated Class 12th Syllabus for Geography is listed below:’

Part / Unit Chapter Marks
Fundamentals of Human Geography  35 
Unit 1  Human Geography  30 Marks 
Unit 2 People 
Unit 3 Human Activities 
Unit 4 Human settlements
Map Work 5
B India: People and Economy 35
Unit 1 People  30 Marks
Unit 2 Human Settlements
Unit 3 Resources and Development
Unit 5 Geographical Perspective on selected issues and problems
Map Work  5
C Practical Work 30
Unit 1 Processing of Data and Thematic Mapping 25
Unit 3 Practical Record Book and Viva Voce 5

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Political Science Revised Class 12th Syllabus 2020-21 (CBSE)

Like other subjects, Political Science also has 80 marks out of 100 dedicated to the theory exam while 20 marks are allocated to the project submissions. The revised weightage as per the updated Syllabus Class 12 for Political Science is listed below:

Units Contents Marks
Part A: Contemporary World Politics 
1 Cold War Era and Non–aligned Movement  6
2 The End of Bipolarity 8
3 New Centres of Power 8
4 South Asia and the Contemporary World 6
5 United Nations and its Organizations  6
6 Globalization  4
Total - 40 Marks
Part B: Politics in India Since Independence 
7 Challenges of Nation-Building  8
8 Planned Development 4
9 India's Foreign Policy  4
10 Parties and the Party Systems in India 8
11 Democratic Resurgence 8
12 Indian Politics: Trends and Developments  8
Total - 40 Marks

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Sociology Revised Class 12th Arts Syllabus 2020-21 (CBSE)

The Sociology theory exam holds a weightage of 80 marks and 20 marks are allotted to internal assessment. These two sums up the final calculations for the Board exam. The unit wise weightage as per the updated Class 12th History syllabus is listed below:

Units Marks
Part A - Indian Society 
Unit 1: Introducing Indian Society Non - Evaluative
Unit 2: The Demographic Structure of Indian Society 10
Unit 3: Social Institutions: Continuity and Change 10
Unit 5: Patterns of Social Inequality and Exclusion 10
Unit 6: The Challenges of Cultural Diversity 10
Unit 7:Suggestions for Project Work Non- Evaluative
Total  40 Marks
Part B - Social Change and Development in India 
Unit 8: Structural Change 5
Unit 9: Cultural Change 5
Unit11: Change and Development in Rural Society 10
Unit 12: Change and Development in Industrial Society 10
Unit 15: Social Movements 10
Total 40 Marks

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CBSE 12th English Syllabus 2020-21

Go through the detailed 12th Syllabus 2020-21 PD of English language and start your preparation accordingly for the exam.

The English Exam conducted for Class 12 includes 40 marks for Reading Comprehension and 20 marks for Literature. 

PART A - 40 Marks

Reading Comprehension (20 Marks)

  • Multiple Choice questions based on one unseen passage to assess comprehension, interpretation, and inference. Vocabulary and inference of meaning will also be assessed. The passage may be factual, descriptive, or literary. Ten out of eleven questions to be done.
  • Multiple Choice questions based on one unseen case-based factual passage with verbal/visual inputs like statistical data, charts, newspaper reports, etc. Ten out of eleven questions to be done.

Note: The combined word limit for both the passages will be 700-750 words.

Literature (20 Marks)

  • Multiple Choice Questions based on two prose extracts, one each from the book, Flamingo and Vistas, to assess comprehension and appreciation. Refer to the lines to answer questions based on the given extract. Any 2 out of 3 extracts to be done. (8x1=8)
  • Multiple Choice Questions based on poetry extract from the book Flamingo to assess comprehension, analysis, and inference. Refer to the lines to answer questions based on the given extract. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done. (4x1=4)
  • Text-based questions to assess comprehension, analysis, inference, and interpretation from the books Flamingo and Vistas. Eight out of ten questions to be done. (8x1=8)

PART B: Subjective Questions (40 Marks)

Writing Section: 16 Marks

  • Q1. Short writing task –Notice/Advertisement up to 50 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered. (3 Marks: Format:1 /Content:1/Expression:1).
  • Q2. Short writing task- Formal/Informal Invitation and Reply up to 50 words.One out of the two given questions to be answered. (3 Marks: Format:1 /Content:1 Expression:1)
  • Q3. Letters based on verbal/visual input, to be answered in approximately 120-150 words. Letter types include application for a job, Letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest) . One out of the two given questions to be answered (5 Marks: Format:1/Content:2/Expression:2)
  • Q4. Article/ Report Writing, descriptive and analytical in nature, based on verbal inputs, to be answered in 120-150 words. One out of the two given questions to be answered (5 Marks: Format:1/Content:2/Expression:2)

Literature Section: 24 Marks

  • Q6. Five Short answer type questions, out of six, from Prose and Poetry from the book Flamingo, to be answered in 30-40 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (5x2=10)
  • Q7. Two Short answer type questions, out of three, from Prose (Vistas), to be answered in 30-40 words. Questions should elicit inferential responses through critical thinking. (2x2=4)
  • Q 8. One Long answer type question, from Prose/poetry (Flamingo), to be answered in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. Questions to provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1x5=5)
  • Q.9 One Long answer type question, based on the chapters from the book Vistas, to be answered in 120-150 words to assess global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. Questions to provide evaluative and analytical responses using incidents, events, themes as reference points. Any 1 out of 2 questions to be done. (1x5=5)

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CBSE 12th Humanities Syllabus for Optional Subjects 2020-21

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CBSE 12th Psychology Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Economics Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Mathematics Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Physical Education Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Legal Studies Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Entrepreneurship Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Home Science Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Fine Arts Syllabus

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CBSE 12th Hindi Core Syllabus

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ICSE Class 12 Humanities Syllabus 2020-21

To compensate for the loss of instructional hours during the current 2020-2021 session, the CISCE has worked with its subject matter experts to lessen the syllabus at ICSE and ISC level for all the core subjects. 

In ICSE Class 12th Humanities, you can opt for a minimum of five subjects.

  • Among the five compulsory subjects, four topics are mandatory which are English core, History, Geography, and Political Science, while the 5th electives should be determined by the students, based on their interests.
  • Electives may be selected from various topics such as Psychology/Sociology/Economics etc.
  • You can also opt for an additional sixth subject from any academic or language group such as Mathematics/Physical Education/Home Science/Fashion Designing etc.
  • In this post, candiadtes can view or download the syllabus PDF of ICSE Humanities Subjects and start preparing for the exam.

ICSE 12th History Syllabus 2020-21 

There will be two papers in this Subject: Paper-I will be a theoretical paper of 80 marks and three hours duration, while 20 marks are allotted to Paper-II (Project submissions) in History Examination 2020 - 2021. The revised weightage as per the updated Class 12 ICSE Humanities Syllabus of History is listed below:

Units Marks
SECTION A INDIAN HISTORY 36
Unit 1 Towards Independence and Partition: the Last Phase (1935-1947)
Unit 2  Establishment and development of Indian democracy (1947 – 1966)
Unit 3 Challenges to Indian democracy (1964 – 1977)
Unit 4 Changing face of the Indian democracy (1977 – 1986).
Unit 5 India’s Foreign Policy
SECTION B WORLD HISTORY 24
Unit 6 World War II 
Unit 7 De-colonisation – in Africa (Ghana & Kenya)
Unit 8 Cold War 1945-91– origin, course, end and impact
Unit 9  Protest Movements
Unit 10 Middle East: Israeli-Palestine conflict (1916- 1993)
Paper II - Project work 20
Total 100

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Geography Revised Class 12th Humanities Syllabus 2020-21 (ICSE)

There will be two papers in this Subject: Paper-I will be a theoretical paper of 70 marks and three hours duration, while 30 marks are allotted to Paper-II (Practical and Project submissions) in Geography Examination 2020 - 2021. The revised weightage as per the updated Class 12 ICSE Humanities Syllabus of Geography is listed below:

Units Marks
Paper -I 70
India in World’s Context
 
Unit 1 Physical Environment
Unit 2  Population and Human settlements
Unit 3 Resources of India and their Utilisation
Unit 4 Infrastructural Resources
Unit 5 Industries
Unit 6 Regional Economic Development
Map Work
Paper - II 30
1 Practical File 10
2 Project report 10
3 Viva Voce 10
Total 100

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English Revised Class 12th Syllabus 2020-21 (ICSE)

The English subject has two components, English Language and Literature in English. There will be two papers in this Subject: Paper-I will be a theoretical paper of 80 marks and three hours duration, while 20 marks are allotted to Paper-II (Project submissions) in ICSE English Language Examination 2020 - 2021.

English Language Weightage in ICSE Exam (Unit-wise)

The Revised English Syllabus for session 2020-2021, along with the weightage is Listed below:-

Paper I: Theory (3 hours): 80 Marks 

  • Question One: A composition on one of a number of subjects. … 20 Marks
  • Question Two: 

Directed writing (article writing, book review, film review, review of cultural programme, speech writing, report writing, personal profile and statement of purpose) based on suggested points. …15 Marks 

Proposal Writing based on a given situation. The proposal should include 

An Introduction 

Objectives 

List of measures to be taken. A concluding statement is desirable. …10 Marks 

  • Question Three: Short-answer questions to test grammar, structure and usage. ...15 Marks 
  • Question Four: Comprehension. …20 Marks 

Paper II: Project Work: 20 Marks

Project Work in Class XII consists of an assessment of candidates in three projects, one each on Listening, Speaking and Writing skills. 

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ICSE 12th Humanities Syllabus for Optional Subjects 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Sociology Syllabus 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Psychology Syllabus 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Political Science Syllabus 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Economics Syllabus 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Mathematics Syllabus PDF 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Physical Education Syllabus PDF 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Home Science Syllabus PDF 2020-21

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ICSE 12th Mass Media & Communication Syllabus 2020-21

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FAQ's

What is the CBSE Class 12th Syllabus for Political Science?

According to the official syllabus published by CBSE the class 12th Political syllabus consists of eleven chapters which are Cold War Era and Non–aligned Movement, The End of Bipolarity, New Centres of Power, South Asia and the Contemporary World, United Nations and its Organizations, Globalization, Challenges of Nation-Building, Planned Development, India's Foreign Policy,Parties and the Party Systems in India, Democratic Resurgence, and Indian Politics:Trends and Developments.

How many Chapters are deleted from Themes of indian History Part-II?

Two Chapters are deleted from themes of indian History Part-II that are Through the Eyes of Travellers and Peasants, Zamindars And the State.

How many Units are there in ICSE Geography Class 12th Syllabus?

There are six units in ICSE class 12th geography syllabus which are Physical Environment,

Population and Human settlements, Resources of India and their Utilisation, Infrastructural Resources, Industries and Regional Economic Development.

What is the weightage of Part B - India: People and Economy, section of CBSE Class 12th Geography syllabus?

Part B - India: People and Economy has a weightage of 35 Marks which comprises four units and Map Work.

How to download the Class 12th Humanities Syllabus PDF?

Candidates can download the Subject wise Class 12th Humanities Syllabus PDF directly by clicking on the links included in the article above.

What is the syllabus of Class 12 humanities Maths syllabus 2020-21?

The Maths syllabus of Class 12 humanities consists of units like relations and functions, algebra, calculus, vectors, three-dimensional geometry, linear programming, and probability.

What are the important topics that need to be prepared under the legal studies of CBSE Class 12 humanities syllabus 2020-21?

Candidates need to focus on topics like the judiciary, topics in law, human rights in India, legal services, the legal profession in India, arbitration, tribunal adjudication, and alternate dispute resolution.

What is the revised 12th Humanities syllabus of economics?

The revised syllabus of class 12 humanities syllabus of economics includes topics like microeconomic theory, the theory of income and employment, money and banking, the balance of payment, and exchange rate, and public national income.

What are the topics deleted from Maths subject of class 12 humanities syllabus?

The following topics are deleted from Maths subject of class 12 humanities syllabus: Binary operations, Graphs of inverse trigonometric functions, Concept of elementary row and column operations, Application of Derivatives, etc.

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