CBSE to introduce English novels from class IX

Meritnation|Jun 5th, 2012 05:35pm

The Central Board of Secondary Education is aiming to foster reading habits in students by introducing novels for classes IX-XII. With this attempt, more emphasis will be laid on teaching language skills rather than merely providing verbose notes which makes studies monotonous and mundane.

This attempt of CBSE would nurture reading habits among students of Classes XI and XII as well as among students who are a part of the Formative Assessment in CCE of Classes IX and X.

As per the revised guidelines of the curriculum in English language, CBSE has introduced the following novels for students of Classes IX to XII (w.e.f. 2012-13 for classes IX and XI and w.e.f. 2013-14 for classes X and XII)

Class IX Class X
Class XI
Class XII
English Communicative
(Code 101)

English Language & Literature
(Code 184)

English Communicative
(Code 101)

English Language & Literature (Code  184)

English Core (Code 301) English Core (Code 301)
Name of the Book Prescribed Gulliver’s Travels the Book (2005 edition) by Jonathan Swift


Three Men in a Boat (1889 edition) by Jerome. K. Jerome

Diary of a Young Girl
(1947 edition)
by Anne Frank


The Story of My
Life (1903
edition) by Helen Keller

The Canterville
Ghost (1906 edition) by
Oscar Wilde


Up from Slavery( 2000 edition) by Booker T. Washington

Hounds of Baskerville (1902) Arthur
Conan Doyle


Lord of Flies
William Golding

As per the guidelines, out of the two novels prescribed at each level, every school has the option to choose and teach students either of the two novels for the sake of examination. All the novels would be introduced in expanded form.

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  • 1. Priyanshu chauhan  |  September 24th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Kaam dhanda hota ni saalo ko din bhar saale hamaari lene ke nae nae tarike skhojte rahte hAi ab ye or padho kal mera paper hai SA or yahi novel gale pad rakhi hai

  • 2. Amardeep  |  August 17th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I love a novel.

  • 3. shubham  |  July 5th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    matlab abi aur pakna padega. we are science students n v can speak english well so i dont think must b mendatory for science stream students. iy must b for students of humanities.

  • 4. ragavendhran  |  May 20th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    i need the summary also to be included in notes provided by meritnation.
    this book also doesn’t have the summary at the end of each chapter.
    this is 10th we all can’t waste time in just reading the novel.
    pls think of us.dont give burden to us.

  • 5. ragavendhran  |  May 20th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    already we many things and books to learn attached to that the novel is also becoming a burden to us.

  • 6. ishwari panse  |  May 12th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    for sa1 if i chose the story of young girl in sa1 question paper question will be asked on the whole book or on some part only?

  • 7. tushar thareja  |  April 24th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    the best ever novel readed by me

  • 8. Ruchi  |  March 7th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Its not gud 4 science students as we have to focus on other subjects too.

    I really oppose the idea of novel 4 board classes .

    Yeh kya kar rahe hai cbse wale . kyu bacho ki jaan lene pe tule huye ho

  • 9. vishal dhiman  |  February 27th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    dimag kharab karne wali bat h i think it is not necessary.

  • 10. VANSHIKA  |  February 17th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    very nice novel…………

  • 11. ALFREDJOHN  |  January 7th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    its all ready a burden of books . then adding this to means…………………….

  • 12. disha yadav  |  December 29th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    very interesting novel

  • 13. Sheetal Yadav  |  December 9th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    We are being adviced to go for THE HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE….its all about Shelock Holmes…..OMG! I don’t know ..Hardly 2 months are left for the exams….how we will cover the whole 15 chapters of the novel
    as well as the rest chapters of The Flaminga And The Vistas???

  • 14. mayuri  |  December 4th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    that much big syllabus was not enough or what?? why there is the addition and that to of novel..oh my god

  • 15. ANJALI  |  December 4th, 2012 at 5:50 pm


  • 16. shivani  |  November 27th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    wat d hell is dis …….dis is 2 much
    already we r having so many books 2 be read
    n here comes another

  • 17. shivani  |  November 27th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    itna syllabus KAM THA JO OR DE DIYA

  • 18. ananya  |  November 23rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    it is very nice novel after reading this novel i want to read more novel

  • 19. ananya  |  November 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    after reading this novel i want to read more &more novels

  • 20. Rohan  |  November 20th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    these books r also boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 21. Rohan  |  November 20th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    it is very difficult to read these long books with part 1 as well as 2………………..
    this shuld b cancelled..!!

  • 22. SHIVAM  |  November 17th, 2012 at 9:38 pm


  • 23. Arshad Ali  |  November 16th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    i want the answers of the novel three men in a boat

  • 24. nirmala  |  November 15th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    as a teacher i also feel difficult to make children to make them to read such novels as already wehave three books to complete

  • 25. nirmala  |  November 15th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    ilike you to simplify the story of gullivers travels part two

  • 26. prafful prasad  |  November 2nd, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    it’s a nice decision to introduce inculcates reading habit and benifits our glossary. during spare time i find me not alone but with friends.

  • 27. YUvraj  |  November 2nd, 2012 at 4:23 pm


  • 28. radhika  |  October 26th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i hate this pagal book
    yaaar boring

  • 29. radhika  |  October 26th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    i hate this booooooooooooooook

  • 30. Mona  |  October 21st, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    its intrstng i loved this buk thnks 3 Oscar Wilde for writting such a gud novel

  • 31. vinayak  |  October 17th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    hum par toh boj daal diya

  • 32. preet  |  October 16th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    being a teacher i should say that cbse is making the students and the teachers stressed on increasing books dy by day in the syllabus. Already we have 3 English books which was difficult to cover during such a short teaching period, and over that we got a novel as well to complete……… CBSE should think about the average and the under average students who are simply unable to learn their given syllabus the how do cbse expect them to learn a novel as well.
    I stongly oppose this idea of cbse………

  • 33. Jevin  |  October 9th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    100th comment!!
    Its included for tenth too??
    Like we havent got enuff to study

  • 34. poonam  |  October 7th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    itz nt nic at ol………i m nt able 2 hv n e typ of rfrnce for ques. and ans…….

  • 35. anil kumar tvm  |  October 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    gullivers travels is agood one

  • 36. atul srivastav  |  September 28th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    ye batt bhi sach hai ki mujhe bhi koi site nahi mil raha hai jaha hame novels ke Q/A mil sake….

  • 37. atul srivastav  |  September 28th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    thaxxxx to CBSE …. I am thinking that if there will be novel of harry potter then it may be easy for all of usss.

  • 38. chinmay  |  September 28th, 2012 at 7:13 pm


  • 39. sth  |  September 25th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What the CBSE is doing ?????????????????????????????????????????????//

    I think it has got mad.
    How many subjects and how many books per subject ???????????????????????

    :() :() :() :()

  • 40. sth  |  September 25th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    What the CBSE is doing ?????????????????????????????????????????????//

    I think it has got mad. How many subjects and how many books per subject ???????????????????????

    :() :() :() :()

  • 41. priyal  |  September 25th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    yayy!!! im in 1x n hv already read hound of the baskervilles ts amazing!!

  • 42. Vibha  |  September 25th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    i wish even d summary wit d question answer of gulliver’s travels was also added just like the three men in a boat ;(

  • 43. Vibha  |  September 25th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i wish even the summary of gulliver’s travels was also added just like the three men in a boat :(

  • 44. payal  |  September 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    this is seriously a bullshit…..

  • 45. mukul  |  September 25th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    are cbse walo novel question ans. do

  • 46. Sakshi Shenoy  |  September 24th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    OMG! I mean seriously!!? -.-
    See its okay if they give us some cool novel like Percy Jackson but they have given us Gullivers travels! -.- Ew! I mean i remember seeing that movie long time ago! 😛 The movie is more interesting than the book! 😀

    Buut i guess itsfor our own good and thankgod I like reading books so I am saved! ^_^ :)

    and I really pity the ones who have to read both the novels!

  • 47. Vivek  |  September 24th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    i wnt answers

  • 48. Bijoy Dripta Roy  |  September 23rd, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What is this i dnt like this because the exam is nearer and our skul teacher is givin presure to read the two books? I request nt to give presure the student

  • 49. nishi  |  September 22nd, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    are koi story bta do kal eng ka paper hai…… kaise padhu 10 chapters!!!!! horribleeee

  • 50. simran  |  September 21st, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    are koi aisi site ni h kya jha novel ke question answer mil ske…

  • 51. Sarika pandey  |  September 20th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is not fair..exam me ab novel ko bi learn kr k jana hoga..achanak se naya pattern..its just worst

  • 52. Winnie Ranjan  |  September 20th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I like reading novels but ab pura novel ko toh ratta marna padega na exam dene k liye aur aise hi itna syllabus h pehle se aur pressure padega students par

  • 53. pawani  |  September 19th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    itna syllabus kam tha jo aur de diya

  • 54. shane  |  September 17th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    achanak ye nayaa locha kyon……..?

  • 55. ananya  |  September 16th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    kya yr yeh novel bhi padhni padegi……………i luv these but not in syllabus……or bahut booring hai yeh vali..

  • 56. jennifer  |  September 16th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    tell me the syllabus of three men in a sa-1…yar kal paper hai..koi to batao…plz anyone send it to my id

  • 57. Md Sadiq  |  September 16th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    well thats good but a kind of burden on students

    thats okay we will respect CBSE’s decision

  • 58. Abhishek  |  September 15th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    What will be the portion of the novel for class 9th SA 1

  • 59. siddu  |  September 15th, 2012 at 1:46 pm


  • 60. Rahul  |  September 15th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    It is gud to read novels but it is not fare to give questions in exams from novels. a full FIASCO

  • 61. akshat  |  September 14th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    can any one tell where to download these novels

  • 62. sameer  |  September 14th, 2012 at 11:43 am

    how many chapters are coming from gulliver’s travels and the three men in a boat , in SA 1. please tell me, plse give me reply on my e-mail id

  • 63. sanjeev  |  September 13th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I loves to read novels, thanks to CBSE.It will be great fun.

  • 64. sachin  |  September 13th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    main to pagal ho gaya koi to mujhe bachao

  • 65. viny  |  September 13th, 2012 at 4:31 pm


  • 66. Sejal  |  September 13th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Its not fair….itni sari books qa kam thi jo ye novel v aa gya…

  • 67. nikita  |  September 11th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    oh god…………………..koi answers btado novel questions ke…………………………………………..

  • 68. Lakshu  |  September 11th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love…. Anee Frank’s diary in the English syllabus so much!

  • 69. soumyajha  |  September 9th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    what a burden for communicative english also

  • 70. Maria  |  September 9th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks a lot merit nation! Keep up the good effort.. Evrything is easy with Novels now ..Thank you so much!

  • 71. devendra  |  September 9th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    how many marks are going to add

  • 72. ashutosh  |  September 9th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    much pressure for us

  • 73. riya  |  September 8th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    i like dis novel………

  • 74. anjali  |  September 7th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    three men in a boat is sooooo boring!!!!!!!!!

  • 75. rishi  |  September 7th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    so do we have the supplementary text as well?

  • 76. hksjdiof  |  September 3rd, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    wow now we have to study novels along with our course books……..dude not done bechare bacho pe thodi toh daya karo:((

  • 77. harshit gupta  |  September 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Gulliver’s Travels the Book (2005 edition) by Jonathan Swift

  • 78. avantika agnihotri  |  September 2nd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    really interesting book

  • 79. ridhima  |  September 2nd, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    exited for novel’s paper. i love novels very much

  • 80. avantika  |  September 2nd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    oh yaar so much of pressure

  • 81. noyo  |  September 1st, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    how many chapters from two men in a boat are comming for cl 9
    if there is a option between guliver travells and two men in a boat which one is easier

  • 82. ashmita  |  September 1st, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    it is the most boring thing already we have to complete such a vast syllabus and now these such a novels its juat the waste of time

  • 83. swastika  |  August 30th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    wat d hell is dis …….dis is 2 much
    already we r having so many books 2 be read
    n here comes another

  • 84. Akhilesh  |  August 29th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Hi! I have read your article and thanks for sharing with us and we are developing a cce system software and this is for CBSE affiliated schools in India, for more detail can visit our site what is cce.

  • 85. anjali  |  August 28th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    its nice that we are going to read novel this year….

  • 86. Akanksha  |  August 27th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    it’s shockinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!

  • 87. supriya  |  August 26th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    interesting but which type of question will come in exam.

  • 88. suraj  |  August 26th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    exams are near and one more book?

  • 89. chandrakant  |  August 23rd, 2012 at 6:38 am

    oh my goo———-d

  • 90. chandrakant  |  August 23rd, 2012 at 6:35 am

    this is the most intresting book that i read ever

  • 91. shashi  |  August 22nd, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    it is very interested novel.I like it most.

  • 92. Pritam  |  August 20th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    is it applicable for present class 12 students

  • 93. Suraj Kumar  |  August 20th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    nor a month is left for exam and i got the information today i do not know what will happen

  • 94.  |  August 20th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    it seems board is running literacy program that has failed? This system is making talent go astray

  • 95. thriveni  |  August 19th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for meritnation,I feel very well

  • 96. thriveni  |  August 19th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I feel very happy help with meritnation

  • 97. Sarthak Gupta  |  August 19th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    In english paper we have to answer related to the novel?

  • 98. shreya  |  August 18th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    too much sylabus cbse take these novels back i beg u :(

  • 99. Arvind Rana  |  August 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    still it’s not clear what type of questions will be asked from novel

  • 100. saloni  |  August 15th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    so good for me ,thanks meritnation

  • 101. saloni  |  August 15th, 2012 at 5:53 pm


  • 102. surajg  |  August 14th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    guys where to get these novels (three men in a boat) online- amozon, homeshop18, jabong???? i need 1889 edition

  • 103. rindhon  |  August 11th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    i loved read this story

  • 104. DEEPAK AGARWAL  |  August 11th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    so hard 2 read both the novels

  • 105. jagrat98  |  August 8th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    yes its sm thing new and interesting
    can we get solutions on meritnation

  • 106. xyz  |  August 8th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    there is already to much course on us so why you have given i beg you to take this novel back g

  • 107. xyz  |  August 8th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    there is already to much course on us so why you have given i beg you to take this novel back

  • 108. Prem  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    these are just like beggers as we found on the red lights of metro cities once you registered with them then u are screwed …………

  • 109. akash lalwani  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    i want elove

  • 110. shubham  |  August 1st, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    My school is adding two more novels by own or by cbse god knows what!

  • 111. tapesh  |  August 1st, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    i love novels and i have read anne frank’s novel’s extract earlier in class 8…………..
    So thankxx to CBSE………. :)
    CBSE JAI HO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 112. Kopal  |  July 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Good choice on CBSE’s part. I’m an ardent reader and that is the reason for my good english. Frankly, I’m hoping this will help improve the atrocious english of some people…..
    Reading is a habit that will benefit you your whole life, so I see nothing wrong in 11th and 12th Class students reading 1 or 2 books a year….

  • 113. kapil  |  July 28th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    which types of question are going to come in half – yearly…………….from that book.i mean we can’t learn the whole book………!!!!!!!

  • 114. Vrinda  |  July 27th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    @ divesh it is not a burden but a kind of rest or source of entertainment for 11th and 10th students.
    We should be thankful to CBSE….

  • 115. brindaa  |  July 27th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    our school has more books

  • 116. Akrati  |  July 26th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    kya ye novels 2013 boards main b aaegi….???

  • 117. Akrati  |  July 26th, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    itna kam tha jo aur jod diaaaaa

  • 118. shruti  |  July 25th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    now that’interesting

  • 119. Nancy  |  July 23rd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    i like to read novels thanks for novel in syllabus

  • 120. amal kumar  |  July 18th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    very good experience of redaing novels

  • 121. Yugesh kumar  |  July 17th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I have no comment

  • 122. kallies jain  |  July 13th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    can we get sa1 practice paper for gulliver

  • 123. sandeep kumar  |  July 12th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    mast hai yaar or koi book ho toh wo v de do syllabus me….

  • 124. divesh  |  July 8th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    we are studying science in school not novels.Please take your decision back because it is burden for science students in classes 11 & 12.

  • 125. Piyush Maheshwari  |  July 5th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    In my school both the books are compulsory!!

  • 126. sahil shivam  |  June 28th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    now that’s something interesting,a novel more in syllabus.

  • 127. Zeeshan fareed  |  June 25th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have no commant

  • 128. vaibhav  |  June 16th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    is meritnation will provide us help to tackle this situation of reading such a long novel.

  • 129. Suma  |  June 14th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    My sister is in IX and she has to read both the books…

  • 130. gg  |  June 11th, 2012 at 6:31 pm


  • 131. Sukanya Wable  |  June 9th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    OH MY GOD……!!!!!,,,,,…..????
    i can not believe they’ll now b introducing novels in english portion, i always dreamt of it(it’s diffrent tht i always thot tht harry potter novels must b included), but still, amazing it is.

  • 132. himani  |  June 6th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    is it applicable to present 12th class.


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