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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Add Comment Total Comments (132)

  • 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………


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