It is important to know the ICSE Class 10 English Syllabus in order to prepare for the exam. Studying randomly will not yield any results for ICSE Class 10 students, especially when they are studying a language subject. It is therefore crucial for students to know the ICSE syllabus for Class 10 English thoroughly before beginning the exam preparation. We have provided them with the ICSE Class 10 English Syllabus for the examination in 2022 so they can prepare accordingly. The following link will allow students to download the entire syllabus:

Download latest syllabus of English for ICSE Class 10

The English syllabus for the academic year 2022 has been reduced by the CISCE. We have provided the ICSE English Syllabus for Class 10th, as well as the exam pattern for the subject on this page. Paper patterns are helpful to students in understanding the subject well and in preparing for board exams.

Pattern of ICSE English Paper Class 10

Two papers of English are included in the ICSE 10th grade curriculum:

Papers Subject Name Marks Time duration
Paper 1 English Language 80 2 Hours
Internal Assessment 20
Paper 2 Literature in English 80 2 Hours
Internal Assessment 20

ICSE Class 10 Syllabus for English Language (Paper 1)

Question Paper Design of English Language (Paper 1) ICSE Class 10: Five questions will be set, all of which will be compulsory. These 5 questions will be based on:

Question 1: Candidates will be required to write a composition of about 300-350 words from a choice of subjects which will test their ability to: organise, describe, narrate, report, explain, persuade or argue, present ideas coherently with accuracy and precision, compare and contrast ideas and arrive at conclusions, present relevant arguments and use correct style and format.

Question 2: Candidates will have to write a letter from a choice of two subjects requiring either a formal or an informal mode of treatment.

Question 3: Candidates will be given a specific situation and will be required to:

(a) Write the text for a notice based on given directions.

(b) Write an email on the same content as the notice

Question 4: An unseen prose passage of about 450 words will be given.

Question 5: There will be a number of short answer questions to test the candidates’ knowledge of functional grammar, structure and use of the language.

Question Paper Design of Paper 2 – Literature in English Language

Candidates will be required to answer five questions from the prescribed textbooks, which include Drama, Prose (Short Stories) and Poetry.

Drama and Prose (Short Stories): Questions set will be central to the text. Candidates will be required to show that they have understood the passage and are able to clearly give their interpretation of the questions set, which should be in their own words and relevant to the text.

Poetry: A poem, or passages from poems, will be given and questions will be set to test the candidates’ response to the poem. The questions will focus on the content, understanding and the personal response of candidates to the poem as a whole.

Syllabus to be Covered in Class 10 for the ICSE Examination – Literature in English (Paper 2)

1) The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s unabridged play by A.W. Verity – Complete Play)

Treasure Trove – A collection of ICSE Poems and Short Stories (Evergreen Publications)

2) Poetry: All poems to be studied

(i) I know why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

(ii) The Patriot – Robert Browning

(iii) Abu Ben Adhem – Leigh Hunt

(iv) Nine Gold Medals – David Roth

3) Prose (short stories): All short stories to be studied.

(i) The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen

(ii) The Blue Bead – Norah Burke

(iii) My Greatest Olympic Prize – Jesse Owens

(iv) All Summer in a Day – Ray Douglas Bradbury

Internal Assessment of Paper 1 – English Language

Schools will prepare, conduct and record assessments of the Listening and Speaking Skills of candidates. Two assessments in the course of the year will be given to candidates.

Pattern of Assessment

a) Listening Skills: 10 Marks

A passage of about 300 words is read aloud by the examiner twice, the first time at normal reading speed (about 110 words a minute) and the next time at a slower speed. Candidates may make brief notes during the readings. They then answer an objective type test based on the passage, on the paper provided.

b) Speaking Skills: 10 Marks

Each candidate is required to make an oral presentation for about two minutes, which will be followed by a discussion on the subject with the examiners, for about three minutes. Subjects for presentation may include narrating an experience, providing a description, giving directions how to make or operate something, expressing an opinion, giving a report, relating an anecdote or commenting on a current event. A candidate may refer to brief notes in the course of the presentation but reading or excessive dependence on notes will be penalized.

Internal Assessment of Paper 2 – Literature in English

Schools will set, assess and record written assignments by the candidates. Two or three assignments of reasonable length (not exceeding 1500 words in total) will be assigned to candidates.

Evaluation of Literature in English Assignment/Project (Paper 2)
Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 Marks
External Examiner 10 Marks