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Syllabus

English

  1. 01.
    The Best Christmas Present in the World
  2. 02.
    The Tsunami
  3. 03.
    Glimpses of the Past
  4. 04.
    Bepin Choudhury’s Lapse of Memory
  5. 05.
    The Summit Within
  6. 06.
    This is Jody’s Fawn
  7. 07.
    A Visit to Cambridge
  8. 08.
    A Short Monsoon Diary
  9. 09.
    The Great Stone Face – I
  10. 10.
    The Great Stone Face – II
  11. 11.
    The Ant and the Cricket
  12. 12.
    Geography Lesson
  13. 13.
    Macavity: The Mystery Cat
  14. 14.
    The Last Bargain
  15. 15.
    The School Boy
  16. 16.
    The Duck and the Kangaroo
  17. 17.
    When I Set Out for Lyonnesse
  18. 18.
    On the Grasshopper and Cricket

It So Happened… Supplementary Reader

  1. 01.
    How the Camel Got His Hump
  2. 02.
    Children at Work
  3. 03.
    The Selfish Giant
  4. 04.
    The Treasure Within
  5. 05.
    Princess September
  6. 06.
    The Fight
  7. 07.
    The Open Window
  8. 08.
    Jalebis
  9. 09.
    The Comet — I
  10. 10.
    The Comet — II

History

  1. 01.
    How, When and Where
  2. 02.
    From Trade to Territory
  3. 03.
  4. 04.
    Tribals, Dikus and the Vision of a Golden Age
  5. 05.
    When People Rebel
  6. 06.
    Colonialism and the City
  7. 07.
    Weavers, Iron Smelters and Factory Owners
  8. 08.
    Civilising the ‘Native’, Educating the Nation
  9. 09.
    Women, Caste and Reform
  10. 10.
    The Changing World of Visual Arts
  11. 11.
    The Making of the National Movement: 1870 – 1947
  12. 12.
    India After Independence

Geography

  1. 01.
  2. 02.
    Land, Soil, Water, Natural Vegetation and Wildlife Resources
  3. 03.
    Mineral and Power Resources
  4. 04.
    Agriculture
  5. 05.
    Industries
  6. 06.
    Human Resources

Political Science

  1. 01. UNIT 1: The Constitution and Secularism
    • 1: The Indian Constitution
    • 2: Understanding Secularism
  2. 02. UNIT 2: Parliament and the Making of Laws
    • 3: Why Do We Need a Parliament?
    • 4: Understanding Laws
  3. 03. UNIT 3: The Judiciary
    • 5: Judiciary
    • 6: Understanding Our Criminal Justice System
  4. 04. UNIT 4: Social Justice and the Marginalised
    • 7: Understanding Marginalised
    • 8: Confronting Marginalisation
  5. 05. UNIT 5: Economic Presence of the Government
    • 9: Public Facilities
    • 10: Law and Social Justice

Mathematics

  1. 01.
    Rational Numbers
  2. 02.
    Linear Equation in One Variable
  3. 03.
    Understandings Quadrilaterals
  4. 04.
  5. 05.
    Data Handling
  6. 06.
    Squares and Square Roots
  7. 07.
    Cube and Cube Roots
  8. 08.
    Comparing Quantities
  9. 09.
    Algebraic Expressions and Identities
  10. 10.
    Visualising Solid Shapes
  11. 11.
  12. 12.
    Exponents and Powers
  13. 13.
    Direct and Inverse Proportions
  14. 14.
    Factorisation
  15. 15.
    Introduction to Graphs
  16. 16.
    Playing with Numbers

Science

  1. 01.
    Crop Production and Management
  2. 02.
    Microorganisms
  3. 03.
    Synthetic Fibres and Plastics
  4. 04.
    Materials
  5. 05.
  6. 06.
    Combustion and Flame
  7. 07.
    Conservation of Plants and Animals
  8. 08.
  9. 09.
  10. 10.
    Reaching the Age of Adolescence
  11. 11.
    Force and Pressure
  12. 12.
    Friction
  13. 13.
    Sound
  14. 14.
    Chemical Effects and Electric Current
  15. 15.
    Some Natural Phenomena
  16. 16.
  17. 17.
    Stars and the Solar System
  18. 18.
    Pollution of Air and Water

Hindi

For the Hindi syllabus, click here.

Preparation

  • Begin with procuring the precise syllabus, study material, and exam details. This forms the basis of your studies over the period of your academic exam preparation.
  • English: Focus on grammar and writing as these are the sections where students tend to lose maximum marks. Practice writing and solve practice papers along with grammar questions like editing and omission paragraphs. These require intensive practice and demand students to be thorough.
  • Mathematics: Stick to concept building first. Be thorough with NCERT as it contains many conceptual questions and will help you build a strong base. Only then should you move to R.S. Aggarwal books for your Olympiad studies.
  • Science: These are formative years and hence you should pay attention to chapters in Physics and Chemistry. Since Biology is mostly theoretical at this stage, it doesn’t require much practice. Physics and Chemistry, however, demand intensive study and you should make sure you understand all concepts well and solve numericals, if any.
  • Social Science: Contrary to common belief, don't mug up Social Science. Concept matter will be much clearer to you once you understand how the government works, or what happened during the independence period in India. Understanding the subject will give you less to swallow, letting you retain more during the exams.
  • Hindi and Sanskrit: Both of these subjects are very scoring but demand heavy practice. Collect several practice papers and make sure you practice a lot of sample papers for the same.

Study Material

AUTHOR OR PUBLISHER Name of Books
English
NCERT It So Happened – Supplementary Reader
NCERT Honeydew Textbook for Class 8
Oxford University Press New Oxford Modern English
Maths
NCERT Mathematics Textbook for Class 8
R.S. Aggarwal Hands - On Maths
Sultan Chand Systematic Mathematics
R.D. Sharma Mathematics Class VIII
M.T.G. Foundation Course Mathematics
Science
NCERT Science Textbook for class 8
Bharti Bhawan Basic Science for Class 8
Full-Marks Science for Class 8
Saraswati Lab Manual for Class 8
Hindi and Sanskrit
Saraswati Vyakran Nidhi
NCERT Vasant III
Saraswati Sanskrit Vyakran
Social Science
NCERT Science Textbook for Class 8
Full Marks Social Science Class 8
Saraswati Lab Manual for Class 8
S. Chand’s Social Sciences for Class 8

Previous Years’ Papers

Model papers are important to practice because they help you simulate the real exam. Make sure that you practice more and more so that you can learn all the formulas by heart and solve problems easily on the day of the exam. You can find them all here, by NCERT, for your assistance.

  1. CBSE Sample Papers for Class 8

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Which competitive and scholarship exams can I take this year?

The following is the list of competitive exams you can take part in and test your skills:

  1. National Level Science Talent Search Examination (NLSTSE): NSTSE is a diagnostic test which helps students improve their overall learning ability and educational performance. Unlike other tests which may only find out how much a student knows or has memorised, NSTSE measures how well a student has understood the concepts and provides a detailed feedback on the same, to help him/her improve. Thus NSTSE helps each student to know early, whether he/she has properly understood a concept, so that immediate action can be taken to correct the aberration and pave a path for improvement. Often, students develop conceptual gaps which increase as the students go to higher classes and turn those into a ‘phobia’ for the subject.
  2. National Interactive Maths Olympiad (NIMO): EduHeal Foundation is conducting the National Interactive Maths Olympiad (NIMO). NIMO promises to make math more fun by introducing interactive activities like interactive olympiad, workshops and seminars.
  3. National Biotechnology Olympiad (NBTO): This olympiad is as much about creating awareness about Biotechnology by bringing in an element of challenge and competition as about inspiring the younger generation to enhance their knowledge about Biotechnology issues and to test their aptitude for taking up career in Biotechnology in future.
  4. GeoGenius: Geo-Genius is established by leading academicians with an aim of popularizing the understanding of Geography among the school children. Its mission is to spark student interest in Geography and increase public awareness about it, to educate the children about Earth and to inculcate a deep love and respect for the environment which plays a major role in their progress.
  5. Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing (ASSET): It is a scientifically designed, skill-based assessment test. Rather than testing rote learning, through multiple-choice questioning, it focuses on measuring how well skills and concepts underlying the school syllabus have been learnt by the student. The test provides information on the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and also entire classes.
  6. NSTSE: Unlike other tests which may only find out how much a student knows or has memorized, NSTSE measures how well a student has understood the concepts and provides a detailed feedback on the same, to help him/her improve.
  7. Olympiads:
    1. Silverzone Olympiads: It is a competitive exam at school level conducted for classes I to XII in various subjects including Mathematics, English, French, General Knowledge, Informatics etc.
    2. Science olympiad foundation:There are several Olympiads organized by the Science Olympiad Foundation (SOF) such as IMO, NCO, NSO and IEO. These Olympiads are held annually and are considered very tricky for students.
    3. IJSO: IJSO is a competitive examination open to students of all countries in the world, primarily studying in secondary schools. All basic subjects of Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) are given roughly equal representation in the IJSO examination.
    4. The Junior Science Olympiad program follows the following 5 stages:
      1. Stage I: National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS)
      2. Stage II: Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO)
      3. Stage III: Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in Junior Science
      4. Stage IV: Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT) for IJSO
      5. Stage V: Participation in International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

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