ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus

Introduction: ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus

The ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus provides students with broadly explained advanced-level learning materials. Unlike what is commonly taught in compulsory General English, It reflects a more profound knowledge and appreciation of literary works in the English language. 

The Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) is an academic establishment designed to accommodate, teach, control and monitor knowledge in accordance with the recommendations of the New Education Policy (NEP) 1986. ISC Class 12 Examination is generally conducted from February-March every year. The Council conducts the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) Examination. Students can find more information about it on the Extramarks website.

ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus: Semester 1 & 2  

Semester 1

(Marks: 40)

Semester 2

(Marks: 40)

Unit No. Name of the Unit Name of the Sub-Unit Unit No. Name of the Unit Name of the Sub-Unit
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee (Novel) Chapters 1 – 15 1. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee(Novel) Chapters 16 – 31
2. The Hungry Tide: Amitav Ghosh (Novel) Part One: The Ebb 2. The Hungry Tide: Amitav Ghosh (Novel) Part Two: The Flood
3. A Doll’s House: Henrik Ibsen (Play) Act One 3. A Doll’s House: Henrik Ibsen (Play) Act Two and Act Three
4. Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller (Play) Act One 4. Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller (Play) Act Two and Requiem
5. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Verse (An anthology of sixteen poets. Edited by Chris Woodhead) (OUP) D.H. Lawrence: Snake, Bavarian Gentians, The Ship of Death.

Edward Thomas: October, As the Team’s Head Brass, Beauty.

Seamus Heaney: Follower, At a Potato Digging, Punishment.

5. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Verse (An anthology of sixteen poets. Edited by Chris Woodhead) (OUP) Ted Hughes: The Thought Fox, Pike, Crow Tyrannosaurus, Ravens.

Philip Larkin: Church Going, Dockery and Son, The Whitsun Weddings.

W.H. Auden: Refugee Blues, The Shield of Achilles, The Unknown Citizen, Musee des Beaux-Arts.

Note: Any three of the stated books are required to be studied.

ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus: Study Material

Extramarks provides free study material for ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus as per ISC guidelines. Alternatively, students can also access it by clicking here.

To register online for ISC tuition, visit the Extramarks website. Joining the online ISC Classes will help clear your doubts and make the subject easy and exciting to learn and understand.

In addition to this, students can access the ISC Class 12 Syllabus for other subjects from the Extramarks website. . Students are also encouraged to go through the Syllabus multiple times to familiarise themselves. 

Students can also avail themselves of online doubt-clearing sessions. In addition, Extramarks provides a wide range of offline study materials to support and prepare students for their examinations.

In addition to revision notes, you can access the following materials for any further references and examination preparations.

ISC & ICSE Syllabus

ICSE Solutions

ICSE Sample Question Papers

ICSE Important Questions

ICSE Question Paper

ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus: Examination Pattern

The examination pattern has been divided into two parts:

  • Examination Paper-I will be a theory exam of  3 hours duration.   Questions of 80 marks will be set from the three prescribed textbooks. Students need to answer any five questions out of ___questions, with ___marks. 

The questions broadly are based on the following topics:

  • Prose
  • Drama
  • Poetry

The Question Paper may be character-based, incident-based, or theme-based, or it may require critical evaluation. 

  • Examination Paper-II will be a project work with 20 marks; students need to give original, creative,  critical/ analytical, insightful perspectives on any one text (novel/ poetry/ drama – to be taken only from the Syllabus covered in Class XII) they have chosen to study. Students are also asked to produce one written assignment of 1000 to 1500 words

Importance of ISC Class 12 English Elective Syllabus

The importance of the English Elective Syllabus in the examination is that it acts as a directional map to allow students to be directed on the correct academic path. It can be viewed as a set of instructions to guide the students on their requirements to succeed in the examinations.

Some Important factors:

  • It provides vital information needed to clear the examination.
  • It gives marks distribution of various topics.
  • It includes a list of study materials that students must read.
  • It serves to monitor your goals.
  • It contains information on various assignments that students must complete.

ISC English Class 12 Syllabus

The subject English has two components – English Language and Literature in English. Each of these components consist of a Theory Paper of 80 Marks and Project Work of 20 Marks.

English Language

Question One:

A composition on one of a number of subjects.

Question Two:

(a) Directed writing (article writing, book review, film review, review of cultural programme, speech writing, report writing, personal profile, and statement of purpose) based on suggested points.

(b) Proposal Writing based on a given situation. The proposal should include (i) An Introduction (ii) Objectives (iii) List of measures to be taken. A concluding statement is desirable.

Question Three:

Short-answer questions to test grammar, structure and usage.

Question Four:


It is recommended that in Paper 1, about 45 minutes should be spent on Question one, 55 minutes on Question two, 30 minutes on Question three and 50 minutes on Question four.

Literature in English

I. Drama: The Tempest: William Shakespeare

(Acts 3, 4 and 5)

II. Echoes: A Collection of ISC Short Stories

  1. To Build a Fire – Jack London
  2. The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin
  3. The Singing Lesson – Katherine Mansfield
  4. The Sound Machine – Roald Dahl
  5. B. Wordsworth – V.S. Naipaul

III. Reverie: A Collection of ISC Poems

  1. The Darkling Thrush – Thomas Hardy
  2. Birches – Robert Frost
  3. Crossing the Bar – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  4. Dover Beach – Matthew Arnold
  5. We are the Music Makers – Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What is the CISCE modified plan for ISC assessment 2023-24?

While considering your best interest in the wake of unprecedented danger due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) decided to modify the assessment plan for the academic year 2023-2024. The examination is divided into two semesters. The semester 1 examination will be held in November/December 2023, and the Semester 2 Examination will be held in March/April 2024. So, go on and prepare a proper study plan for your examinations.


2. How should one prepare for the ISC Class 12 Examination in light of recent changes to the assessment pattern?

Students should start preparing for the examinations,   access the respective Syllabus and become familiar with it. The overall Syllabus for the ISC 2023 Examination has been reduced so that you can focus and perform better. The reduced burden of the Syllabus can help you score better. Students are encouraged to solve as many worksheets as they can and practice on their weak areas. If all this is planned, students can pass the exam with flying colours.

3. How does the Extramarks ISC Syllabus for Class 12 English Elective help the students prepare for their examination?

The new and revised ISC Syllabus for Class 12 English Elective prepared by a panel of academic experts and experienced teachers helps students systematically prepare for the examination. The Syllabus is carefully designed and based on the Council’s instructions for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). In addition, to get access to the Syllabus and the overall learning process a hassle-free venture, Extramarks has divided the syllabus into two semesters. Students can now quickly access and prepare for the examination at their own pace without facing any difficulty.