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Section Wise Weightage CBSE Class 10th Social Science
Time: 3 Hrs. Marks: 80
Units Marks Pd
I India and the Contemporary World II 20 60
II Contemporary India II 20 55
III Democratic Politics II 20 50
IV Understanding Economic Development 20 50
Total 80 215
CBSE Class 10th Social Science Exam Paper Format and CBSE Class 10th
Syllabus Social Science
Unit 1: India and the Contemporary World-II 60 Periods

Themes Objectives
In Sub-unit 1.1 students are The theme will discuss the
required to choose any two forms in which nationalism
themes. In that sub-unit, theme 3 developed along with the
is compulsory and for second formation of nation states in
theme students are required to Europe in the post-1830 period.
choose any one from the first two Discuss the
themes. relationship/difference between
In Sub-units 1.2 and 1.3 students European nationalism and anti-
are required to choose any one colonial nationalisms.
theme from each. Thus all Point to the way the idea
students are required to study of the Formath required nati-on
four themes in all. states became generalized in
Sub-unit 1.1 : Events and Europe and elsewhere.
processes: Any two of the Discuss the difference
following themes: between Fre-nch colonialism in
1. The Rise of Nationalism in Indo-China and British
(a) The growth of nationalism in
Europe after the 1830s. (b) The
ideas of Giuseppe Mazzini, etc.
(c) General characteristics of the
movements in Poland, Hungary, colonialism in India.
Italy, Germany and Greece.
(Chapter 1) Outline the different
stages of the anti- imperialist
2. The Nationalist Movement in struggle in Indo-China.
Indo China:Factors Leading to
Growth of Nationalism in Indo- Familiarize the students
China with the differences between
(a)French colonialism in Indo- nationalist movements in Indo
China. (b) Phases of struggle China and India.
against the French. (c) The ideas Discuss the
of Phan Chu Trinh, Phan Boi characteristics of Indian
Chau, HO Chi Minh (d) The nationalism through a case study
Second World War and the of Civil Disobedience Movement.
liberation struggle. (e) America Analyze the nature of the
and the Vietnam war. diverse social movements of the
(Chapter 2) time.
3. Nationalism in India:
(a) Impact of First world war,
Khilafat, NonCooperation and
Differing Strands within the
Movement. (b) Salt Satyagraha.
(c) Movements of peasants,
workers, tribals. (d) Limits of Civil
Disobedience. (e) The Familiarize students with the
writings and ideals of different
Sense of Collective Belonging. political groups and individuals,
(Chapter 3) notably Mahatama Gandhi.
Sub-unit 1.2: Livelihoods, Show that globalizaton
Economies and Societies: has a long history and point to
Any one of the following themes: the shifts within the process.
4. The making of a Global Analyze the implication of
World: globalization for local economies.
(a) The Pre-modern world (b) The Discuss how globalization
Nineteenth Century global is experienced differently by
economy, colonialism) (c) The different social groups.
Inter war Economy (Great Familiarize students with
Depression) (d) Rebuilding the
World Economy
5. The Age of Industrialization :
(a) Proto-industrialization and
pace of industrial change (b) Life
of workers (c) Industrialization in
the colonies (d) Early the Proto-Industrial phase and
Entrepreneurs & workers (e) The Early factory system.
Peculiarities of Industrial Growth To make them
(f) Market for Goods understand, about the process of
6. Work, Life & Leisure : industrialization and its impact on
(a) Development of modern labour class.
cities due to Industrialization in To explain them about
London & Bombay industrialization in the colonies in
(b) Housing and Land reference to Textile industries.
Reclamation (c) Social Changes Show the difference
in the cities (d) Cities and thebetween urbanization in two
challenge of the Environment different contexts. A focus on
Sub-unit 1.3 : Everyday Life, Bombay and London will allow
Culture and Politics Any one of the discussions on urbanization
the following themes: and industrialization to
7. Print Culture and the Modern complement each other.
World: Discuss the link between
(a) The history of print in Europe. print culture and the circulation of
(b) The growth of press in ideas.
nineteenth century India. (c) Familiarize students with
Relationship between print pictures, cartoons, extracts from
culture, public debate and propaganda literature and
politics. newspaper debates on important
(Chapter 7) events and issues in the past.
8. Novels, Society and History: Show that forms of writing
(a) Emergence of the novel as a have a specific history, and that
genre in the west. (b) The they reflect historical changes
relationship between the novel within society and shape the
and changes in modern society. forces of change.
(c) Early novels in nineteenth Familiarize students with
century India. (d) A study of two some of the ideas of writers who
or three major writers. have had a powerful impact on
(Chapter 8) society.
Unit 2: Contemporary India II 55 Periods

Themes Objectives
1. Resources and
Development: Types natural
and human; Need for resource
planning, natural resources, land
as a resource, soil types and
distribution; changing land-use
pattern; land degradation and
conservation measures.
(Chapter 1)
3. Water
Resources: Sources,
distribution, utilisation, multi-
purpose projects, water scarcity,
need for conservation and
management, rainwater Understand the value of resources and the
harvesting. (One case study to need for their judicious utilisation and conservation.
be introduced) Understand the importance of water as a
(Chapter 3) resource as well as develop awareness towards its
judicious use and conservation.
4. Agriculture: Types of
farming, major crops, cropping Understand the importance of agriculture in
pattern, technological and national economy.
institutional reforms; their impact; Identify various types of farming and discuss
contribution of Agriculture to the various farming methods; Describe the spatial
national economy-employment distribution of major crops as well as understand the
and output. relationship between rainfall regimes and cropping
Note : Content of pg no. 44-47 of pattern.
NCERT Textbook is to be Explain various government policies for
deleted. institutional as well as technological reforms since
(Chapter 4) independence.
5. Minerals and Energy Discuss various types of minerals as well as
Resources: their uneven nature of distribution and explain the
Types of minerals, distribution need for their judicious utilisation.
(Note : on map only) use and Discuss various types of conventional and non-
economic importance of minerals, conventional resources and their utilization.
conservation, types of power Discuss the importance of industries in the
resources: conventional and non- national economy as well as understand the regional
conventional, distribution and disparities which resulted due to concentration of
utilization, and conservation. industries in some areas.
(Chapter 5)
6.Manufacturing Industries:
Types, spatial distribution (Note :
on map only) contribution of
industries to the national
economy, industrial pollution and
degradation of environment,
measures to control
degradation. Note : Content
mentioned on page no. 74-75 of
NCERT, Geography Text book i.e.
Aluminium Smelting, Chemical
Industries, Fertilizer Industry,
Cement Industry is not required Discuss the need for a planned industrial
to be deliver in class room during development and debate over the role of government
instruction. towards sustainable development.
7. Life Lines of National To explain the importance of transport and
Economy : Importance of means communication in the ever shrinking world.
of Communication and
transportation, Trade & Tourism To understand the role of trade in the economic
(Chapter 7) development of a country.

Project / Activity:
Learners may collect photographs of typical rural houses, and clothing of people
from different regions of India and examine whether they reflect any relationship with
climatic conditions and relief of the area.
Learners may write a brief report on various irrigation practices in the village and
the change in cropping pattern in the last decade.
Pollution of water in the locality.
Depletion of forests and the greenhouse effect.
Note: Any similar activity may be taken up.
Unit 3: Democratic Politics II
50 Periods

Themes Objectives
1&2.Power Sharing & Introduce students to the
Federalism: centrality of power sharing in a
Why and how is power shared in democracy.
democracies? How has federal Understand the working of
division of power in India helped spatial and social power sharing
national unity? To what extent mechanisms.
Analyse federal provisions
and institutions.
has decentralisation achieved Understand the new
this objective? How does Panchayati Raj institutions in
democracy accommodate rural and urban areas.
different social groups? (Chapter
1&2) Analyse the relationship
between social cleavages and
3&4.Democracy and Diversity political competition with
& Gender, Religion and Caste: reference to Indian situation.
Are divisions inherent to the
working of democracy? What has Understand and analyse the
been the effect of caste on challenges posed by
politics and of politics on caste? communalism to Indian
How has the gender division democracy.
shaped politics? How do Understand the enabling and
communal divisions affect disabling effects of caste and
democracy? (Chapter 3&4) ethnicity in politics.
5. Popular Struggles and Develop a gender perspective
Movements (Note :Ch-5 is to be on politics.
done as project work only and
Understand the vital role of
will not be evaluated in theory)
struggle in the expansion of
6. Political Parties: What
role do political parties play in
competition and contestation? Analyse party systems in
Which are the major national and democracies.
regional parties in India? Introduction to major political
(Chapter 6) parties in the country.
7. Outcomes of
Democracy: Analyse the role of social
Can or should democracy be movements and non- party
judged by its outcomes? What political formations.
outcomes can one reasonably Introduction to the difficult
expect of democracies? Does question of evaluating the
democracy in India meet these functioning of democracies.
expectations? Has democracy Develop the skills of
led to development, security and evaluating Indian democracy on
dignity for the people? What some key dimensions :
sustains democracy in India? development, security and dignity
(Chapter 7) for the people.
8. Challenges to Democracy: Understand the causes for
Is the idea of democracy continuation of democracy in
Distinguish between sources
shrinking? What are the major of strength and weaknesses of
challenges to democracy in Indian democracy.
India? How can democracy be Reflect on the different kinds
reformed and deepened? What of measures possible to deepen
role can an ordinary citizen play democracy.
in deepening democracy? Promote an active and
(Chapter 8) participatory citizenship.

Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development

50 Periods
Themes Objectives
1. Development: The Familiarisation of some
traditional notion of development; macroeconomic concepts.
National Income and Percapita Sensitizing the child about the
Income. Growth of National rationale for overall human
Income critical appraisal of development in our country,
existing development indicators which include the rise of income,
(PCI, IMR, SR and other income improvements in health and
and health indicators) The need education rather than income.
for health and educational It is necessary to raise
development; Human question in minds of the children
Development Indicators (in whether the increase in income
simple and brief as a holistic alone is sufficient for a nation.
measure of development.
2. Sectors of the Indian How and why people should
Economy: *Sectors of Economic be healthy and provided with
Activities; Historical change in education.
sectors; Rising importance of To make aware of a major
tertiary sector; Employment employment generating sector.
Generation; Division of Sectors-
Sensitise the learner of how
Organised and Unorganised;
and why governments invest in
Protective measures for
such an important sector.
unorganised sector workers.
(Chapter 2) Familiarize the concept of
3. Money and Credit: money as an economic concept.
Role of money in an Create awareness of the role
economy: Formal and Informal of financial institutions from the
financial institutions for Savings point of view of day-to- day life.
and Credit General
Introduction; Select one formal
institution such as a nationalized
commercial bank and a few
informal institutions; Local money
lenders, landlords, chit funds and
private finance companies.
(Chapter 3) (Note : Ch-3 will
also be evaluated in theory)
4. Globalisation and the
Indian Economy: Production
accross countries, Foreign trade
and Interaction of Markets, what
is Globalization? Factors, WTO,
Impact, Fair Globalization
(Chapter 4)
5. Consumer Provide children with some
Rights: ***How consumer is idea about how a particular
exploited (one or two simple case economic phenomenon is
studies) factors causing influencing their surroundings
exploitation of consumers; Rise and day-to-day life.
of consumer awareness; how a Making the child aware of her
consumer should be in a market; rights and duties as a consumer;
role of government in consumer Familiarizing the legal
protection. measures available to protect
(Chapter 5) from being exploited in markets.
Suggested Activities / Instructions:
Theme 2*: Visit to banks and money lenders / pawnbrokers and discuss various activities
that you have observed in banks in the classroom.
Participate in the meetings of Self Help Groups, which are engaged in micro credit
schemes in the locality of learners and observe issues discussed.
Theme 4**: Provide many examples of service sector activities. Use numerical examples,
charts and photographs.
Theme 5***: Collect logos of standards available for various goods and services. Visit a
consumer court nearby and discuss in the class the proceedings; Collect stories of
consumer exploitation and grievances from newspapers and consumer courts.
Class X Project Work: 05 Periods(5 Marks)
Every student has to compulsorily undertake any one project on the following units /
1. Disaster Management (Pertaining to class Xth curriculum of Disaster Management
2. Popular Struggles and Movements
3. Money and Credit
The project have been carefully designed so as to:
1. Create awareness in learners
2. Enable them to understand and co-relate all aspects of selected topic
3. Relate theory with practice
4. Relation of different aspects with life
5. Provide hands on experience
The distribution of marks over different aspects relating to Project Work is as follows:


1. Content accuracy and originality 1
2. Presentation and creativity 1
Process of Project Completion : Initiative,
3. cooperativeness, participation and punctuality 1
4. Viva or written test for content assimilation 2
The projects carried out by the students in different topics should subsequently be
shared among themselves through interactive sessions such as exhibitions, panel
discussions, etc. All documents pertaining to assessment under this activity should be
meticulously maintained by concerned schools. A Summary Report should be prepared
objectives realized through individual or group interactions; o calendar of
innovative ideas generated in this process ; o list of questions asked in viva
It is to be noted here by all the teachers and students that the projects and models
prepared should be made from eco-friendly products without incurring too much
expenditure. The Project Report should be handwritten by the students themselves and
comprise of not more than 15 foolscap pages. Records pertaining to projects (internal
assessment) of the students will be maintained for a period of three months from the
date of declaration of result for verification at the discretion of Board. Subjudiced cases, if
any or those involving RTI / Grievances may however be retained beyond three months.
Social Science Prescribed Books
1. India and the Contemporary World-II (History) Published by NCERT
2. Contemporary India II (Geography) Published by NCERT
3. Democratic Politics II (Political Science) Published by NCERT
4. Understanding Economic Development Published by NCERT
5. Together Towards a Safer India Part III, a textbook on Disaster Management
Published by CBSE
Class X Social Science Question Paper Format and Design
Very Short Long
Short Answer Answer
Answer (SA) (LA)
S. (VSA) 3 5 Total %
No. Typology of Questions 1 Mark Marks Marks Marks Weightage
(Knowledge based
simple recall questions,
to now specific facts,
terms, concepts,
principles, or theories,
Identify, define or
1 recite, information) 2 2 16 20%
(Comprehension to
be familiar with
meaning and to
conceptually, interpret,
compare, contrast,
explain, paraphrase, or
2 interpret information) 3 1 2 16 20%
Application (Use
abstract information in
concrete situation, to
apply knowledge to
new situations, use
given content to
interpret a situation,
provide an example, or
3 solve a problem) 2 3 2 21 26%
4 High Order Thinking 2 3 1 16 20%
Skills (Analysis &
Synthesis Classify,
compare, contrast, or
differentiate between
different pieces of
information, Organize
and/or integrate unique
pieces of information
from a variety of
Creating, Evaluation
and Multi-Creating
Evaluation and Multi-
(Generating new ideas,
product or ways of
viewing things
Appraise, judge, and/or
justify the value or
worth of a decision or
outcome, or to predict
5 based on values) 2 6 08%
6 Map 2 1 5 06%
312 = 57 =
Total 19=9 36 35 80 100%


1. History Outline Political Map of India Lesson-3 Nationalism in India (1918
1930). For locating and labelling / Identification.
2. Indian National Congress Sessions:
1. Calcutta (Sep. 1920)
2. Nagpur (Dec. 1920)
3. Madras (1927)
4. Lahore (1929)
3. Important Centres of Indian National Movement
(Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement)
Champaran (Bihar) Movement of Indigo Planters
Kheda (Gujrat) Peasant Satyagrah
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
Amritsar (Punjab) Jallianwala Bagh Incident
Chauri Chaura (U.P.) calling off the Non Cooperation Movement
Dandi (Gujarat) Civil Disobedience Movement
1. GEOGRAPHY Outline Political Map of India
Chapter 1: Resources and Development Identification only: Major soil Types.
Chapter 3: Water Resources Locating and Labelling
Bhakra Nangal
Rana Pratap Sagar
Sardar Sarovar
Nagarjuna Sagar
(Along with rivers)
Chapter 4: Agriculture
Identification only
Major areas of Rice and Wheat.
Largest / Major producer states of Sugarcane; Tea; Coffee; Rubber; Cotton and
Chapter: 5 Mineral and Energy Resources.
Minerals: (Identification only)
Iron ore mines: Mayurbhanj, Durg, Bailadila, Bellary, Kudremukh
Mica mines:
Coal mines :
Oil Fields :
Mumbai High
Bauxite Deposits:
The Amarkantak plateau
Maikal hills
The plateau region of Bilaspur- Katni.
Orissa Panchpatmali deposits in Koraput district
Mica deposits:
The Chota Nagpur plateau.
Koderma Gaya Hazaribagh belt of Jharkhand
Nellore mica belt
Power Plants: (Locating and Labelling only)
Thermal :
Rawat Bhata
Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries Locating and Labelling Only
Cotton Textile Industries:
Iron and Steel Plants:
Software Technology Parks:
Chapter 7 Lifelines of National Economy.
Identification Only: Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor.
National Highways:
Locating and Labelling: Major Ports:
Jawahar Lal Nehru
New Mangalore
International Airports:
Amritsar (Raja Sansi)
Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)
Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
Thiruvanantapuram (Nedimbacherry)
Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)
Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)
Note: Items of Locating and Labelling may also be given for Identification.