CBSE drops topics on ‘democracy and diversity’, Mughal courts, poems by Pakistani poet Faiz from syllabus

Chapters on the Non-Alignment Movement, the Cold War era, the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories, the chronicles of Mughal courts, and the industrial revolution have been dropped from the CBSE Class 11 and 12 political science syllabus.

From the Class 10 social science syllabus, CBSE has dropped the topic “impact of globalisation on agriculture” from a chapter on ‘Food Security’.

Excerpts from the translations of two Urdu poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz have also been dropped from the section ‘Religion, Communalism and Politics – Communalism, Secular State’.

Chapters on ‘democracy and diversity’ have been dropped from the syllabus as well.


When queries about the reason behind these topics being dropped from the syllabus, officials said that the exclusions were part of the syllabus rationalisation process and were in line with NCERT recommendations.


The CBSE Class 11 history syllabus doesn’t include the chapter ‘Central Islamic Lands’ anymore. As per the description in last year’s syllabus, this chapter talks about the rise of Islamic empires in Afro-Asian territories and its impact on economy and society.

It also focused on the different facets of Islam in terms of how it emerged, the rise of the caliphate and empire building.

The CBSE Class 12 history syllabus also omitted the chapter ‘The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles’. It looked at the chronicles of Mughal courts to reconstruct the social, religious and cultural history of the Mughals.

Source : IndiaToday

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