KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA SANGATHAN
ZONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING, MYSORE
GITB Press Campus, Siddharth Nagar
Mysore – 570011 Phone:08212470345
CLASS XII ENGLISH CORE (301)
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-13
SHRI. AVINASH DIKSHIT
DR. DINESH KUMAR
ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER (ACAD)
DR. SACHI KANT
JOINT COMMISSIONER (TRG)
SMT. C GURUMURTHY
JOINT COMMISSIONER (ACAD)
DR. E PRABHAKAR
JOINT COMMISSIONER (PERS)
SHRI. S VIJAYA KUMAR
JOINT COMMISSIONER (ADMN)
SHRI. M. ARUMUGAM
JOINT COMMISSIONER (FIN)
MATERIAL PRODUCTION TEAM 2011-2012
DR. E.T. ARASU
FORMER DIRECTOR, ZIET MYSORE
MRS. RANI RAJAN
PRINCIPAL, KV AFS SAMBRA
MRS. RUBY HURIA
FORMER ASST. EDUCATION OFFICER, ZIET MYSORE
MRS. MEENA JAYARAMAN
PGT ENGLISH, KV MG RLY, BANGALORE
MRS. SREEDEVI WARRIER
PGT ENGLISH, KV DRDO, BANGALORE.
MRS. A. JYOTHI
PGT ENGLISH, KV MALLESHWARAM
MRS. JAYASHRI. P. B
PGT ENGLISH, KV ASC&CENTRE, BANGALORE
MRS. V. SUNITHA
PGT ENGLISH, KV NO.2, BELGAUM CANTT.
MATERIAL REVISION FOR 2012-2013
MR. U.P BINOY, PGT (English), ZIET MYSORE
Under the Guidance of
MR. S SELVARAJ DIRECTOR, ZIET MYSORE
Providing 100% support to the students for learning the prescribed subjects has been the hallmark
of the KVS. The objective is to ensure that the students not only learn well but score well in the
examinations as well. The “Support Material for Class XII - English Core” has been prepared to
realize the objective of the KVS.
The Support Material (SM) is expected to serve as a supplement to the prescribed text books, and
hence to be used alongside the original text books. The gist of the lesson – be it prose or poetry –
given in the SM is followed by Short and Long Answer Questions and Answers, and additional
questions for practice. In some of the cases, the value points are given instead of the complete
answer so that the students can get to know the points relevant to the question. The topics in
Advance Writing Skills are dealt with properly giving the meaning of the skills along with the points
to be kept in mind while answering questions.
Two solved question papers given in the Support Material can be of great help to students in
knowing how to write answers to questions with a view to scoring centum in the English paper. The
unsolved papers should be solved using academic rigour by the students so that their fear of facing
the examination gets reduced to a naught.
There is an article ‘tips to score well in the examination’ given in the Support Material which shall
help the students know the ways and means of facing the examination with confidence.
The Support Material has been prepared by a team of Principal and teachers of English drawn from
KVS, Bangalore Region. I convey my gratitude to Mr. Isampal, the Assistant Commissioner of
Bangalore Region for having spared the services of Mrs. Rani Rajan, Principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya,
No. 1, Belgaum, and of the five Post Graduate teachers in English. My gratitude is also due for Mrs.
Ruby Huria, AEO of ZIET, Mysore for ably supporting the Material Production Team in completing
their task in a limited span of five days.
I hope the students will make full advantage of this Support Material. Any suggestions for improving
this Material are welcome from teachers as well as students.
Dr. E. T. ARASU
Director, ZIET, Mysore
A NOTE ON THE REVISION
As per the directions, Study Material prepared for 2011-2012 has been revised
thoroughly. Efforts have been taken to improve upon the quality of the material
by rewriting, replacing and adding items to the existing materials.
The typographical errors have been corrected, certain answers rewritten, more
questions from CBSE questions papers added to each sections and the formats in
writing section have been completely revised. Sample answers given under all
sections have been thoroughly revised, thematic and factual errors corrected and
the material has been enriched with additional questions under each lesson in
Section : C : Text Book. CBSE Question Papers for two years have been appended
at the end of the material to give focused practice.
The latest change in the question paper pattern for AISSCE 2013 vide CBSE
Circular : Acad. – 47/ August has been integrated with each PROSE lesson under
(Flamingo: Long Answer Questions for Practice) and one set of Sample Paper
prepared by CBSE has also been attached. We hope that the revision will help
children to be more purpose oriented and will enhance their quality
We are also planning Lesson – wise worksheets and question banks to be made
available on the ZIET web site after the Autumn Break. We are looking forward to
getting your valuable suggestions for further improvement.
Sl. No. Topics Page No.
7 to 8
Tips to Score better in English
8 - 9
Reading Comprehension 10 to 19
Advanced Writing Skills 20 - 54
Practice Papers (Unsolved)
CBSE Previous Years’ Question Papers
Changed Question Paper Pattern –CBSE Model Sample Question
150 - 163
CLASS XII EXAMINATION SPECIFICATIONS
Time- 3 Hours Marks: 100
Sl. No. Unit/Areas of Learning Marks
1 Section A
Reading unseen prose passages and note making
2 Section B
Advanced Writing Skills
3 Section C (Prescribed Texts)
(ii) Supplementary Reader - Vistas 30
Reading Unseen Passages and Note-making 20 Marks
Two unseen passages, with a variety of questions including 03 marks for vocabulary such as word
formation and inferring meaning, 05 marks for note-making.
The total length of the two passages will be between 950-1200 words. The passages wil
include two of the following:
(a) Factual Passages e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.
(b) Discursive passage involving opinion e.g. argumentative, persuasive or interpretative text.
(c) Literary passage e.g. extract from fiction, drama, poetry, essay or biography.
Summary - Class XII
No. of words Testing Areas Marks allotted
1 600-700 Short answer type questions to
test local, global and
2 350-500 Note making in an appropriate
3 Total 05+3=08
1. A passage of about 600-700 words carrying 12 marks and another passage of about
350-500 words carrying 08 marks.
2. A passage to test reading comprehension. The passage can be literary, factual or
discursive. The length of the passage should be between 600-700 words. 12 marks
3. A shorter passage of 350-500 words for note-making and abstraction. 08 marks
SECTION: B : ADVANCED WRITING SKILLS 35 Marks.
3. One out of two short compositions of not more than 50 words, 5 marks each
e.g. advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and
informal invitations and replies.
4. A report or a factual description(one out of two) based on verbal input provided.
(100-125 words) 10 marks
5. Writing one out of two letters based on verbal input. 10 marks
Letter types include:
(a) Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for
and giving information, placing orders and sending replies):
(b) Letters to the editor (giving suggestions on an issue)
(c) Application for a job
6. One out of two compositions based on visual and/or verbal input. (150-200 words).
Output may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, or a
speech. 10 marks
SECTION: C:TEXT BOOKS 45 Marks
Prescribed Book: Flamingo: English Reader ,NCERT, New Delhi. 30 marks
7. One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test comprehension and
appreciation. 3 marks
8. Three out of four short questions from the poetry section to test local and global
comprehension of text. ( 3 x 2 =6)
9. Three out of four short answer questions based on the prose lessons from Flamingo. (3x=6)
10.One out of two long answer type questions based on prose text to test global
comprehension and extrapolation beyond the text. 10 marks (a 125-150 words each)
11. One question based on values and key messages brought out on the basis of prescribed
texts in about 100 words 5
Prescribed Non-detailed text:Vistas :Supplementary Reader NCERT, New Delhi 15 marks
11. One out of two long answer type question based on Supplementary Reader to test
comprehension and extrapolation of theme, character and incidents. 7 marks
(Expected word limit about 125-150 words)
12. Four short answer questions (2x4) 8 marks
TIPS TO SCORE WELL IN ENGLISH
As a student of Class XII, you must be wonde