The curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content to be taught to a learner in the school. In empirical terms, it may be regarded as the sum total of a planned set of educational experiences provided to a learner by a school. It encompasses general objectives of learning, courses of study, subject-wise instructional objectives and content, pedagogical practices and assessment guidelines. The curriculum provided by CBSE is based on National Curriculum Framework-2005 and seeks to provide opportunities for students to achieve excellence in learning.

Salient Features of the CBSE Secondary School Curriculum

The Curriculum prescribed by CBSE strives to:

  1. provide ample scope for physical, intellectual and social development of students;
  2. enlist general and specific teaching and assessment objectives;
  3. uphold Constitutional values such as Socialism, Secularism, Democracy, Republican Character, Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Human Dignity of Individual and the Unity and integrity of the Nation by encouraging values-based learning activities;
  4. nurture Life-Skills by prescribing curricular and co-curricular activities to help improve self-esteem, empathy towards others and different cultures etc.;
  5. integrate innovations in pedagogy, knowledge and application, such as human sciences with technological innovations to keep pace with the global trends in various disciplines;
  6. promote inclusive education by providing equal opportunities to all students;
  7. integrate environmental education in various disciplines from classes I-XII;
  8. equally emphasize Co-scholastic areas of Art Education and Health and Physical Education;

Objectives of the Curriculum

The Curriculum aims to:

  1. achieve cognitive, affective and psychomotor excellence;
  2. enhance self-awareness and explore innate potential;
  3. promote Life Skills, goal setting, and lifelong learning;
  4. inculcate values and foster cultural learning and international understanding in an inter dependent society;
  5. acquire the ability to utilize technology and information for the betterment of humankind;
  6. strengthen knowledge and attitude related to livelihood skills;
  7. develop the ability to appreciate art and show case talents;
  8. Promote physical fitness, health and well-being;
  9. Promote arts integrated learning. 6. strengthen knowledge and attitude related to livelihood skills;
  10. develop the ability to appreciate art and show case talents;
  11. Promote physical fitness, health and well-being;
  12. Promote arts integrated learning;