Syllabus : CBSE Syllabus of Social Science for Class 10 For March
Unit 4 : Understanding Economics II (40
Themes: Topics covered
1. The Story of Development : The
traditional notion of development; National Income and Per-capita Income. Growth
of NI - critical appraisal of existing development indicators (PCI, IMR, SR and
other income and health indicators) The need for health and educational
development; Human Development Indicators (in simple and brief as a holistic
measure of development.
The approach to this theme : Use case study of three states (Kerala, Punjab and
Bihar) or take a few countries (India, China, Sri Lanka and one developed
2. Money and Financial System : Role of money in an economy : Historical
origin; Formal and Informal financial institutions for Savings and Credit -
General Introduction; Select one formal institution such as a nationalized
commercial bank and a few informal institutions; Local money lenders, landlords,
self help groups, chit funds and private finance companies.
3. The Role of Service Sector in Indian Economy : What is service sector
(through examples) : Importance of Service Sector in generating employment and
income to the nation (with the help of a few case studies); Growth of Service
Sector in India; India as a major service provider to the world; The need for
public investment ; The role of important infrastructure, education and health
4. Globalisation : What is Globalisation (through some simple examples);
How India is being globalised and why ; Development Strategy prior to 1991.
State Control of Industries : Textile goods as an example for elaboration;
Economic Reforms 1991; Strategies adoped in Reform measures (easing of capital
flows; migration, investment flows); Different perspectiives on globalisation
and its impact on different sectors; Political Impact of globalisation
5. Consumer Awareness : How consumer is exploited (one or two simple case
studies) factors causing exploitation of consumers; Rise of consumer awareness;
how a consumer should be in a market; role of government in consumer protection.
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 engaged in micro credit
schemes in the locality of learners and observe issues discussed.
Provide many examples of service sector activities. Use numerical examples,
charts and photographs
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 news papers and consumer courts
Unit 5 : Disaster Management (25 Periods)
2. Safer Construction Practices.
3. Survival Skills.
4. Alternate Communication systems during disasters.
5. Sharing Responsibility
Weightages to content
(as mentioned in sample paper 2008)
(Chapter numbers of N.C.E.R.T. & C.B.S.E. Textbooks related to each unit are
given within brackets against each of themes)
UNIT I : India and the contemporary world II (History)
1.1 Events and Process
Theme 1. Nationalism in Europe (Ch.1)
Theme 2. National Movement in Indo - China (Ch.2)
Note: Any one theme out of Theme 1 and theme 2
Theme 3. Nationalism in India (Ch.3) (compulsory)
1.2 Economies and Livelihood
Theme 4. Industrialization 1850 s - 1950s (Ch.5),
Theme 5. Urbanization and Urban lives (Ch.6)
Theme 6. Trade and Globalization (Ch.4)
Note: Any Two themes out of theme 4, theme 5 and theme 6
1.3 Culture, Identity and Society
Theme 7. Print culture and nationalism (Ch.7)
Theme 8. History of Novel (Ch.8)
Note: Any one theme out of theme 7 and theme 8
1.4. Map Work (Based on Sub Units 1.1 to 1.3)
UNIT II India - Resources and their Development
(Geography) 18 marks
2.1 Resources (ch.1)
2.2 Natural Resources (ch.1)
2.3 Agriculture (ch.4)
Note: Total 5 marks for 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
2.4 Water Resources (ch.3)
2.5 Mineral Resources (ch.5)
2.6 Power Resources (ch.5)
2.7 Manufacturing Industries (ch.6)
Note: Total 6 marks for 2.4, 2.5,2.6 and 2.7
2.8 Transport, Communication and Trade (ch.7) 3 marks
2.9 Map work (Based on sub units 2.1 to 2.8) 4 marks
UNIT III : Democratic Politics II (Political Science)
3.1 Working of Democracy (ch.3 &4) 6 marks
3.2 Power Sharing Mechanism in Democracy (ch.1&2) 4 marks
3.3 Competition and Contestations in Democracy (ch .5 & 6) 4 marks
3.4 Outcomes of Democracy (ch.7)
3.5 Challenges to Democracy (ch.8)
Note : Total 4 marks for 3.4 and 3.5
UNIT IV : Understanding Economics II 16 marks
4.1 The Story of Development (ch.1) 1 mark
4.2 Money and Financial System (ch.3) 4 marks
4.3 The Role of Service Sector in Indian Economy (ch.2) 4 marks
4.4 Globalisation (ch.4) 4 marks
4.5 Consumer Awareness (ch.5) 3 marks
UNIT V : Disaster Management 8 marks
5.1 Tsunami (ch.2)
5.2 Safe Construction Practices (ch.5)
Note : Total 3 marks for 5.1 and 5.2
5.3 Survival Skills (ch.3)
5.4 Alternative Communication Systems during Disaster (ch.4)
Note : Total 3 marks for 5.3 and 5.4
5.5 Sharing Responsibility (ch.6) 2 marks
( No question will be asked in board exam from Unit V in 2009. Only compulsory
6. Word limit and ideal time limit for answers: Total time
(i) 1 mark questions : one word / one sentence each and time 2 Minutes 10x2
(ii) 3 marks questions : 60-80 words each and time 6 Minutes. 8x6 = 48Minutes
(iii) 4 marks questions : 80-100 words each and time 8 Minutes. 10x8 = 80Minutes
(iv) Map questions : Time 15 Minutes. 2
Revision = 17Minutes
180 Minutes / 3 Hrs.
7. List of Map Items for Class X Examination.
Outline Political Map of Europe (For identification only)
Page.6: Europe after the Congress of Vienna 1815
2. Kingdom of the two sicilies
3. Austrian Empire-Austria,Hungary and Galicia
7. Ottoman Empire
8. Kingdom of papal state -Rome.
Outline Political Map of Asia (For identification only)
Page 47. Four states in Indo-China before the formation of
Republic of Vietnam
3. North and South Vietnam
Outline Political Map of Africa (For identification only)
Page 85. Map of Colonial Africa at the end of the 19th Century Colonies in
Africa of the two powerful countries of Europe.
(i). British colonies :-
2. Anglo Egyptian Sudan
3. Gold Coast
5. British East Africa
6. Northern Rhodesia and
7. Southern Rhodesia
(ii) French colonies :-
3.French West Africa
4. French Equatorial Africa
5. Middle Congo and
Outline Political Map of India
Page 53, Nationalism in India - (1918 - 1930).
(i) For locating and labelling only
1. Indian National Corgress Sessions :- Calcutta 1920, Madras,(1927) and Lahore
2. Important Centres of Indian National Movement (Non-cooperation and Civil
(i) Chauri Chaura (U.P.) calling off the NCM.
(ii) Bardoli (Gujarat) no tax campaign
(iii) Dandi (Gujarat ) Civil Disobidience Movement.
(iv) Champaran (Bihar) Movement of Indigo Planters
(v) Amritsar (Punjab) Jallianwala Bagh Incident.
(ii) For identification only
3. Main Centres of overseas trade in the Western coast and Eastern coast of
India (Page91): Goa, Surat, Madras, and Masulipatam
4. Large - scale industrial regions in India, 1931 (Page 123) : Bangal, Bombay,
Outline Political Map of India
Chapter 1 : Resources and Development Identification only : Major soil
Chapter 3 : Water Resources
Locating and Labelling - Dams:
(2) Bhakra Nangal;
(4) Rana Pratap Sagar;
(5) Gandhi Sagar;
(6) Sardar Sarovar;
(10) Nagarjuna Sagar;
(12) Koyna and
(13) Periyar Dam
Chapter : 5 Mineral and Energy Resources.
Minerals : (Identification only)
(I) Iron ore mines : Mayurbhanj, Durg, Bailadila, Bellary and Kudremukh
(II) Bauxite mines : Koraput, Katni, Amarkantak and Bilaspur.
(III) Manganese mines: Sundergarh, Balaghat, Shimoga and Nagpur
(IV) Mica mines: Ajmer, Beawar, Nellore, Gaya and Hazaribagh.
(V) Coal mines : Raniganj, Jharia, Bokaro, Talcher, Korba, Singrauli, Singareni
(VI) Oil Fields : Digboi, Naharkatia, Mumbai High, Bassian, Kalol and
Power Plants:- (Locating and Lebelling only)
(a) Thermal : Namrup, Loktak, Bongaigaon, Barauni,Harduaganj, Chandrapura, Korba,
Delhi, Satpura, Bhusawal, Uran, Ramagundam, Vijaywada and Tuticorin.
(b) Nuclear: Narora, Rawat Bhata, Kakrapara, Tarapur, Kaiga and Kalpakkam.
Chapter 6 Manufacturing Industries
Locating and Lebelling Only
(1) Cotton Textile Industries : Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Indore, Ahmedabad,
Surat, Agra, Kanpur, Moradabad, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai.
(2) Woollen Industry : Srinagar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Panipat, Bikaner,
Kanpur, Mirzapur and Jamnagar.
(3) Silk Industry : Baramula, Anatnag, Srinagar, Murshidabad, Bankura,
Kolar, Mysore and Bangalore.
(4) Iron and Steel Plants : Burnpur, Durgapur, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Raurkela,
Bhilai, Vijaynagar, Bhadravati, Vishakhapatnam and Salem.
(5) Software Technology Parks: Srinagar, Mohali, Noida, Jaipur, Gandhinagar,
Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad,
Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai and Tiruvanantapuram.
Chapter 7 Lifelines of National Economy.
Identification Only :
Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor.
National Highways : NH-1, NH-2, NH-3, NH-5, NH-7, NH-8, NH-15 and NH-17
Locating and Labelling :
Major Ports - Kandla, Mumbai, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Marmagao, New Mangalore, Kochi,
Tuticorin, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Paradip, Haldia and Kolkata.
International Airports : Amritsar (Raja Sansi); Delhi (Indira Gandhi
International); Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji); Tiruvanantapuram (Nedimbachery);
Chennai (Meenam Bakkam); Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) and Hyderabad
Note : Items of locating and labelling may also be given for identification.
Highlights of the Question Paper 2008 as mentioned in sample paper-2008
1. There are 5 following prescribed textbooks in Social Science for class X.
Unit (1) : India and the Contemporary World - II (History) Published by
Unit (2) : Contemporary India II (Geography) Published by N.C.E.R.T. (T.B. 2)
Unit (3) : Democratic Politics II (Pol.Sc) - Published by N.C.E.R.T. (T.B. 3)
Unit (4) : Understanding Economic Development II - Published by N.C.E.R.T.
Unit (5) : Together Towards A Safer India - Part III, a text book on Disaster
Management for class - X - Published by CBSE (T.B. 5)
2. There will be 30 questions including 1 map
question from Unit 1 and 1map question from unit 2.
3. (a) Question no 29 will be the map question
from unit 1 for 2 marks.
(b) Question no 30 will be the map question from unit 2 for 4 marks.
(c) For map question, list of map items is already given after the design at Sl.
4. Question papers are to be set according to
the design of the question paper.
5. The following topics have been deleted in
Contemporary India (Geography) Part II:
(i) Chapter 2 - Forest and Wild life Resources
(ii) In Chapter 4 - Food security (page 44) and impact of Globalization on
Agriculture. (page 46)
6. Disaster Management is included in Unit 5 for
8 marks. Chapter 1 - Introduction and Chapter 7 - Planning ahead of the CBSE’s
Text book on Disaster Management are not to be tested. No question will be asked
from Disaster Management in 2009 exams.
7. Content of question papers and their marking
schemes (Including outline of answers) should adhere to the textbooks stated
8. A new type of question has been introduced in
Social Science. for Class X. This may include source based questions from
extracts ( Yellow box in the Text Book), and interpretation of any
illustration/pictures given in the text book.
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