The various state education boards keep on revising their syllabus from time to time. The board decides what will be beneficial for the students and keeps on updating and revising the syllabus as and when necessary. The Board of High School and Intermediate Education of Uttar Pradesh being the number one board in terms of the number of students that are under it in the country, also sometimes revises its syllabus for the students. This brings about a significant change in the UP board syllabus which is notified to the candidates at the beginning of the session.
The UP board syllabus pattern
Previously students had to start preparing for class 11 itself for the class 12 board examinations since the syllabus consisted of both the syllabi of class 11 and class 12. However, keeping in mind the benefit of the students, the UP board has recently changed its examination pattern. From now onwards candidates will be tested based only on the syllabus of class 12. This change in the up board syllabus means that the candidates will be less under pressure, because now instead of two they will have to cover the syllabus of only one class. Needless to say, because of this change, the syllabus has become shorter and the topics that are to be taught will also be reshuffled. The only difficulty that the students of a first few batches will face is that there will be no previous years question papers to follow. Hence they will have to rely solely on the guidance of their teachers and concentrate on making sure that their preparations are up to the mark. Generally, when the syllabus was a vast one, there were a few topics that some students skipped based on what they were more comfortable with, but with the change in the syllabus, it is advisable that students do not leave any topic.
UP Board syllabus of English
One of the most important subjects that are compulsory for all in English- whether you may be from the Arts stream, the Science stream or the Commerce stream, English is an integral part of the up board syllabus. Students had to sit for two English exams in the previous examination pattern each of 50 marks. However, with the revision of the syllabus, students will now have to sit for only one examination on 100 marks, the total time for which will be 3 hours. This examination will be conducted in two parts- Section A and Section B. Let us take a look at the question pattern of the two sections.
|Section A||Section B|
|1. This will consist of 16 marks and one will have to write two descriptive answers, one from a prose in the syllabus and the other from a poem.
2. A short answer of 4 marks based on any prose from the syllabus.
3. A vocabulary section which will be based on a prose from the syllabus of 4 marks.
4. Explaining the main idea and content of a poem from the syllabus which will be of 4 marks.
5. A long answer of 8 marks from a play by Shakespeare(generally Merchant of Venice)
6. This question will be of 8 marks, where students will have to answer questions each of 4 marks from two short stories that they have in the syllabus
7. This question will be of 4 marks based on the figures of speech, studied in the syllabus.
|This section will mainly focus on English grammar:
1. One question of 2 marks which will be based on direct and indirect speech.
2. Students will be given the choice to answer any one question of 2 marks on synthesis as studied in English up board syllabus.
3. Answer any one question of 2 marks out of two options based on the topic Transformation.
4. Students will have to attempt two questions out of the four provided which will be on the topic sentence correction.
5. This portion will be based on vocabulary where students will have to answer questions of synonyms which will carry 3 marks, antonyms which will carry 3 marks, homophones which will carry 2 marks, substitution of a phrase by one word which will carry 2 marks and 3 marks for answering questions of phrases and idioms.
6. The next section will be on Translation, where students will have to translate a passage in Hindi to English. This question will carry 10 marks.
7. Students will have to write an essay on a topic provided and it will carry 12 marks.
8. Students will have to answer questions from an unseen passage and it will carry a total of 6 marks.
The English prose section will consist of mainly 7 chapters, 10 poems in the poetry section, 4 English short stories and one major play by Shakespeare. According to the recently revised syllabus, this play will be the Merchant of Venice but is subjected to change in case of further revision of the up board syllabus.
Preparation for the English examination
English is one of the most important subjects that students will have to focus on if they want to score well in their examinations. This is a compulsory subject and hence whether you are good at it or not, you will have to study hard for it. Here are some tips that will allow you to prepare yourself for the English examinations:
- Firstly you will need to focus on the grammar section because you can score the maximum in this part. Practice English grammar daily from reputed grammar books for better accuracy.
- Pay particular attention to the play. There will be a compulsory question on this play and hence you need to be thorough on this topic.
- Practice writing answers for prose and poetry within the given word limits so that you do not lose marks in the examination.
- Essay writing is also compulsory for the English up board syllabus and hence you need to practice this section as well.
English is one subject where you have the chance of scoring really well. So practice hard for this subject to increase your overall grade.