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Syllabus English Senior Secondary NIOS

NIOS Syllabus for Senior Secondary

English (302)


Course Structure Of English


The total mark for English is 100. There will be one paper of 3 hrs. duration. The allocation of marks is as follows:-

PART -   A


Section A: Prescribed Texts

(5 Poetry + 9 Prose) = 14 Marks

Section B: Non-prescribed Texts

12 Marks

Section C: Grammar

9 Marks

Section D: Functional Writing Skills

10 Marks

Section E

Option I (English for Receptionists)

Option II (ESP For Office Use)

5 Marks

5 Marks




Section A: Prescribed Texts

(5 Poetry +6 Prose) = 11 Marks

Section B: Non-prescribed Texts

13 Marks

Section C: Grammar

6 Marks

Section D: Functional Writing Skill

10  Marks

Section E:

Option I (English for Receptionists)

Option II (ESP For Office Use)

10 Marks

10 Marks


100 Marks



NIOS Syllabus-English (302)


Section A & Section C

Reading comprehension (prescribed texts) and functional grammar.

Study time is 100 hrs.


Marks 25+15


A variety of genres – short stories, expository pieces, biographies, poems, plays,

newspaper and magazine excerpts have been included. The teaching of grammar has been

integrated with the reading texts. The emphasis is on functional grammar.

The following ten prose texts and five poems have been selected for the development of different reading skills.


-Prescribed Texts (Prose + Poetry):


*(for theory papers only)

Chapter -6 My Grandmother’s House 

Chapter -8 A Case of Suspicion 

Chapter -9 My Son will not be a beggar 

Chapter -10 Where the mind is without fear 

Chapter -12 If I Were You 

Chapter -13 The Tiger in the Tunnel

Chapter -14 The Road Not Taken 

Chapter -16 I must know the truth 

Chapter -17 India- Her Past and Future 

Chapter -18 Night of the Scorpion 



-Grammar and usage


The following points of grammar and usage have been selected from the reading


1) agreement/concord: number – gender etc.

2) Tenses: simple past (negatives/interrogatives) present perfect, past perfect continuous,

past perfect, expressing future time (will and going to)

3) Passive voice (perfect tenses and modals)

4) Modals (must, should ought to, would)

5) Linking words (to like because although, instead of, if, as, since, who, which that, when, however, in spite of)

6) Reported speech, statements, questions (yes/no)


Section B

Non prescribed 

(25 Marks)


In this section, learners will be exposed to newspapers, articles, tables, diagrams,

advertisements, etc. which they have to read carefully and interpret. In the examination,

similar pieces will be used.


Section D


Functional writing and study skills

 Marks: 20 Marks

Study time is 70 hrs. 


This module helps the learner to write descriptive and narrative paragraphs, letters, reports notices, etc., and also practice skills of note-making

1. Paragraph writing

• Describing objects

• Describing people

• Narrating events, stories

2. Letter writing

• Application for leave

• Application for jobs

• Asking for information from various agencies (e.g. Last date for getting

prospects; price of items before placing doers etc.

3. Note making

4. Ending (punctuation, spelling, appropriate vocabulary, structures)


Section E

 Option I

English for Receptionist

15 Marks



Study Time: 40 hrs.

This module will introduce the learners to various exercises, tasks, and meaningful activities related to the receptionist’s use of English. Tapes will support the printed course materials.

The following competencies will be developed:

1. Receiving messages, making requests, etc.

2. Supplying information

3. Giving advice and making suggestions

4. Dealing with complaints

5. Making entries in an appointment book, register, etc.



Option II

English for Office Use

15 Marks


Study Time: 40 hrs.

This course will help the learner to use English effectively and appropriately in the office environment. The competencies will be developed.

1. Using the telephone taking and passing messages.

2. Receiving messages

3. Marking nothing on files and circulars.

4. Writing office notes, memos, notices, and agendas for meetings.

5. Telegrams and fax messages.

6. Writing business letters, application inquiries, and complaints.

7. Filling in forms, cheques, pay-in slips, etc.

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