Madhya Pradesh Board English Literature Syllabus for Class 11

Madhya Pradesh Board Syllabus for Class 11 English Literature

English(General) syllabus for class XI of 2008-09 session

Time: 3 hours
Maximum Marks: 100



Reading and comprehension (Two)

Two unseen passages with a variety of questions including 6 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. The total length of both the passages together should be around 350 words. The passages could be any of the following two types :-

(a) Factual passages- e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.

(b) Discursive passages- involving opinion e.g. argumentative, persuasive

25 Marks

45 Periods



B-1 A factual description of any event or incident e.g. a report or a process based on verbal input provided (in about 40-50 words)


B-2 Composition based on a visual and/or verbal input (in about 80-100 words). The output may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article for publication in a newspaper or a school magazine, a speech etc.


An essay on day-to-day life topics in about 250 words.
After giving ample practice to students to write original compositions for two or three years the option of 'Essay' may be eliminated.


B-3 Writing letters based on given input. Letter types include (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. (d) personal/informal letters.

20 Marks

36 Periods



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

1. Determiners

2. Tenses

3. Active and passive constructions

4. Clauses

5. Modals.

10 Marks

18 Periods


Textual Questions

Questions on the prescribed text books will test comprehension at different levels literal, inferential and evaluative based on the following prescribed text books:


D1 (a) One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test comprehension (40-50 words)-4 Marks


(b) Three out of four short questions from the poetry section to test local and global comprehension of the text. (30-40 words)-9 Marks


D2 Six short answer type questions on the lessons from the prescribed text (30 words) (2 x 6=12 Marks)


D3 Two (out of three) long answer type questions based on the text to test global comprehension.(Expected word limit would be about 50-60 words each) (2 x 5=10 Marks)


D4. Objective questions based on Text book- 10 Marks

45 Marks

81 Periods


Prescribed Books :-
1. Text Book - The Spectrum

2. Work Book.- The Spectrum
Compiled by M.P. Rajya Shiksha Kendra and Published by M.P. Text Book
Corporation, Bhopal

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