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After much speculation about the addition of vocational courses and change of syllabus for classes XI and XII, CBSE has finally released its curriculum for the academic year 2018- 2019. A curriculum is the list of subjects or topics that are going to be covered during the year. The links for all of them has been provided in this article. Also, the list of vocational courses has been provided.

But first, it is extremely important for all the students to go through the objectives of the program that will answer all the queries about why should the curriculum be changed and what is expected from the students:

Objectives of the CBSE Curriculum 2018

The CBSE Curriculum 2018 aims to:
1. achieve cognitive, affective and psychomotor excellence;
2. enhance self-awareness and explore innate potential;
3. promote Life Skills goal setting, decision making and lifelong learning;
4. inculcate values and foster cultural learning and international understanding in an interdependent society;
5. acquire the ability to utilize technology and information for the betterment of humankind;
6. strengthen knowledge and attitude related to livelihood skills;
7. develop the ability to appreciate art and showcase talents;
8. promote physical fitness, health and well-being.

In an operational sense, the secondary curriculum is learner-centered with school being a
place where students would be acquiring various skills; building self-concept, sense of
enterprise, aesthetic sensibilities and sportsmanship.

Scholastic Areas

  • Languages include Hindi, English and other 36 languages (detailed in Curriculum Volume II). The curricula in languages focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and, hence, develop effective communicative proficiencies. Learners use language to comprehend, acquire and communicate ideas in an effective manner.
  • Social Sciences (Geography, History, Economics and Political Science) intends to make learners understand their cultural, geographical and historical milieus and gain in-depth knowledge, attitude, skills, and values necessary to bring about transformation for a better world. Social Science includes the learning of history and culture, geographical environment, global institutions, constitutional values and norms, politics, economy, interpersonal and societal interactions, civic responsibilities and the incorporation of the above-mentioned learning. Learners
    appreciate and value everyone’s right to feel respected and safe, and, also understand their Fundamental Rights and Duties and behave responsibly in the society.
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics etc.) includes gaining knowledge about Food, Materials, The World of The Living, How Things Work, Moving Things, People and Ideas, Natural Phenomenon and Natural Resources. The focus is on knowledge and skills to develop a scientific attitude and to use and apply such knowledge for improving the quality of life. This learning can be used to analyze, evaluate, synthesize and create. Learners understand and appreciate the physical, biological and technological world and acquire the knowledge and develop attitude, skills, and values to make rational decisions in relation to it.
  • Mathematics includes acquiring the concepts related to number sense, operation sense, computation, measurement, geometry, probability and statistics, the skill to calculate and organize, and the ability to apply this knowledge and acquired skills in their daily life. It also includes an understanding of the principles of reasoning and problem-solving. Learners identify, integrate and apply numerical and spatial concepts and techniques. They have clarity of concepts and are able to connect them to the real world. Learners rationalize and reason about pre-defined arrangements, norms and relationships in order to comprehend, decode, validate and develop relevant patterns.

Co-Scholastic Areas

  • Art Education entails instruction in various art forms (visual as well as performing) with an aim to help children develop an interest for arts and encourage them to enthusiastically participate in related activities, thus, promoting abilities such as imagination, creativity, valuing arts and cultural heritage.
  • Health and Physical Education focuses on holistic development, both mental and physical, understanding the importance of physical fitness, health, well-being and the factors that contribute to them. The focus of this area is on helping children develop a positive attitude and commitment to lifelong, healthy active living and the capacity to live satisfying, productive lives with the help of health management, indigenous sports, yoga, NCC, self-defense, fitness and lifestyle choices.

Scheme of Studies (NSQF) 2018-2019 Secondary level (Class IX/X)

Name of the subject Mark
Subject 1 Language 1 100
Subject 2 Language 2 100
Subject 3 Science 100
Subject 4 Mathematics 100
Subject 5 Social Science 100
Subject 6 (additional ) Vocational subject * 100

*If any student fails in any one of the three elective subjects (i.e, Science, Mathematics and Social Science), then it will be replaced by the Vocational subject (offered as a 6th additional subject) and result of Class X Board Examination will be computed accordingly.

Under Co- Scholastic activities student opting vocational subject shall be exempted from work education or pre-vocational activities.

Further, If desired, Student may also opt language-3 as 7th optional subject along with vocational subject as 6th additional subject.

Scheme of Studies (with Vocational Elective) 2018-2019

Senior Secondary Level (Class XI/XII)

Subject I Language I : English or Hindi
Subject II Language II : Language other than Language I
an elective subject from Academic Electives in lieu of Language II
Subject III, IV & V Two elective subject from Academic Electives and one vocational subject from Vocational Electives
One elective subject from Academic Electives and Two vocational subjects from Vocational Electives
Three vocational subjects from Vocational Electives
Subject VI – Additional Subject (optional) one language at the elective level or
one subject from Academic Electives or
anyone subject from Vocational Electives
(Subjects of internal assessment)
501-General Foundation Course 502-Physical and Health Education


  1. Out of the languages, one shall be English or Hindi, both English and Hindi can also be offered simultaneously.
  2. The same language can be offered only at one level i.e. Core/ Elective.
  3. The List of Vocational Electives available is attached. Subjects, as prescribed under Vocational Courses, are to be opted. However, Scheme of Studies may be referred.
  4. Physics (042) and Applied Physics (838 ) cannot be taken together
  5. Chemistry(04 3) and Applied Chemistry ( 839 ) cannot be taken together
  6. Mathematics (041 ) and Applied Mathematics (840 ) cannot be taken together
  7. Informatics Practice (065) cannot be taken with Information Technology (802) and Web Application (803).
  8. Business Studies (054) and Business Administrations (833) cannot be taken together.

List Of Vocational Courses to be offered (CLASS IX/XI)

  • Retail
  • Information Technology Domestic Data Entry Operator
  • Security
  • Automotive
  • Introduction To Financial Markets
  • Introduction To Tourism
  • Beauty & Wellness
  • Agriculture
  • Food Production
  • Front Office Operations
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Health Care
  • Apparel
  • Media
  • Retail
  • Information Technology
  • Web Application
  • Automotive
  • Financial Markets Management
  • Tourism
  • Beauty & Wellness
  • Agriculture
  • Food Production
  • Front Office
  • Banking
  • Marketing
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Horticulture
  • Typography & Computer
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electronic Technology
  • Media
  • Taxation
  • Cost Accounting
  • Office Procedures & Practices
  • Shorthand (English)
  • Shorthand (Hindi)
  • Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Textile Design
  • Design
  • Salesmanship
  • Music Production
  • Business Administration
  • Food Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Mass Media Studies
  • Library & Information Science
  • Fashion Studies
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Mathematics

You can find the entire curriculum, subject wise, here.

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