Himachal Pradesh Board English Core Syllabus for Class 11

Himachal Pradesh Board Syllabus for Class 11 English Core

Section- A

Reading Unseen Passage For Comprehension and Note-Making -20 marks (40 Periods)

Two unseen passage with a variety of questions including 5 marks for vocabulary such as words formation and inferring meaning. The total length of both the passages together should be around 1100 words.
1. The passages could be any of the following two types :
2. (a) Factual passage e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.
(b) Discursive Passages involving opinion e.g. argumentative, persuasive.



Unseen Passages

No. of Words

Testing Areas

Marks Allotted


12 marks

around 600

Short answer type questions to test local, global and inferential









8 marks

around 500

Note-making in an appropriate format







One of the passages should have about 600 words carrying 12 marks, the other passage should have about 500 words carrying 8 marks.

The passage carrying 08 marks should be used for testing note-making for 5 marks and testing vocabulary for 3 marks. Vocabulary for 2 marks may be tested in the other passage carrying 12 marks.

Section – B




20 Marks

40 Periods


One out of two tasks such as a factual description of any event or

incident, a report or a process based on verbal input provided (80-100 words).

04 marks



One out of two compositions based on a visual and/or verbal input (in about 100-150 words). The output may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article for publication in a newspaper or a school magazine or a speech.

08 marks



Writing one out of two letters based on given input. Letters types inlcude:

(a) business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and

sending replies).

(b) letters to the editors (giving suggestions, opinions on an issue of public interest) or

(c) application for a job

08 marks



Grammar - 10 marks (30 Periods)

Different grammatical structures in meaningful context will be tested. Item types will include gap-filling, sentence - reordering dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation. The grammar syllabus will include the following areas :



Determiners, Tenses, Clauses, Modals and Error Correction

4 marks


Editing Task

4 marks


Re-ordering of sentences

2 marks

Section – D

Textual Questions – 50 marks (100 Periods)

Questions on the prescribed textbooks will test comprehension at different levels; literal, inferential and evaluative based on the following prescribed text books :
1. English Reader Text book, published by HPBSE Dharamshala.
2. Supplementary Reader, published by HPBSE Dharamshala.



English Reader

35 marks


One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test

comprehension and appreciation.

04 marks


Two out of three short answer questions from the poetry section to test local and global comprehension of text (up to 30 words).

06 marks


Five out of six short answer questions on the lessons from prescribed text (up to 30 words)

3 x 5 = 15 marks


One out of two long answer type questions based on the text to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the set text.

(Expected word limit would be about 100-125 words each.)

10 marks


Supplementary Reader

15 marks


One out of two long answer type questions based on Supplementary Reader to test comprehension of theme, character and incidents. (up to 100 words)

07 marks


Two out of three short answer questions from the Supplementary Reader (up to 30 words)

4+4= 8 marks

Prescribed Books :

1. English Reader Text book - Hornbill published by HPBSE Dharamshala.
2. Supplementary Reader - Snapshot published by HPBSE Dharamshala.

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