Himachal Pradesh Board English Core Syllabus for Class 12

Himachal Pradesh Board Syllabus for Class 12 English Core


Reading Unseen Passages and Note making – 17 marks and 40 periods

Two unseen passage with a variety of questions including 03 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning and 04 marks for note-making.

The total length of the two passages will be between 950-1200 words. The passages will include two of the following :

(a) Factual Passages e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.
(b) Discursive Passage involving opinion e.g. argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
(c) Literary Passage e.g. extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography.



Unseen Passages

No. of Words

Testing Areas

Marks Allotted




Short answer type question to test local, global and inferential comprehension (7),

Vocabulary (3)




Note-making in an appropriate format (4)

Abstraction (3)


1. A passage to test reading comprehension. The passage can be literary, factual or discursive. The length of the passage should be between 600- 700 words. (10 marks)

2. A shorter passage of 350-500 words for note-making and abstraction. (07 marks)



Advanced Writing Skills

29 Marks

70 Periods

3. One out of two short compositions of not more than 50 words each e.g. advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies.



4. A report or a factual description based on verbal input provided (one out of two) (100-125 words)



5. Writing one out of two letters based on verbal 8


Letter type include:

a) Business or official letters (for making inquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)

b) Letters to the editor (giving suggestions on an issue)

c) Application for a job



6. One out of two compositions based on visual and/or verbal input (150-200 words). Output may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, or a speech.





Text Books

39 Marks

100 Periods

Prescribed Books: English Reader


7. One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test comprehension and appreciation


8. Three out of four short questions from the poetry sections to test local and global

comprehension of text.


9. Four short answer questions based on the lessons from prescribed text. (2 x 4)


10. 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 about 125-150 words each)




















Supplementary Reader


11. One out of two long answer type question based on Supplementary Reader to test

comprehension and extrapolation of theme,

character and incidents (Expected word limit

about 125-150 words)


12. Four Short answer questions from the Supplementary Reader (2 x 4)

Prescribed Books :


1. Flemingo - Published by Dharamshala. H.P. Board of School Education,

2. Vistas - Published by Dharamshala. H.P. Board of School Education,
















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