Class 10 -Social Science Syllabus 2020-2021

Social Science Class 10 Syllabus

Hello friends!!  Stunerd welcome you all .In this post I have provided the latest syllabus of Social  Science  class 10  2020-2021 along with some key-points and guidelines as according to CBSE Board .

This post includes :-

  • Complete Syllabus of Class 10 Social Science .
  • Topics includes in the syllabus and types of questions of Class 10 Social Science which are likely to come in board examination according to CBSE BOARD.

The syllabus of Social Science consists of four units:

(i) India and the Contemporary World,

(ii) Contemporary India,

(iii) Democratic Politics, and

(iv) Understanding Economic Development.

Unit:-1 India and the Contemporary World – II

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1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe:

  •  The growth of nationalism in Europe after the 1830s.
  • The ideas of Giuseppe Mazzini, etc.
  • General characteristics of the movements in Poland, Hungary, Italy, Germany and Greece.

2. The Nationalist Movement in Indo – China: Factors Leading to Growth of Nationalism in Indo-China

  •  French colonialism in Indo-China.
  • Phases of struggle against the French.
  •  The ideas of Phan Chu Trinh, Phan Boi Chau, HO Chi Minh
  •  The Second World War and the liberation struggle.
  •  America and the Vietnam war.


 Nationalism in India:

  •  Impact of First world war, Khilafat, NonCooperation and Differing Strands within the Movement.
  •  Salt Satyagraha.
  •  Movements of peasants, workers, tribals.
  •  Limits of Civil Disobedience.
  •  The Sense of Collective Belonging.

3. The making of a Global World:

  •  The Pre-modern world
  • The Nineteenth Century global economy (colonialism)
  • The Inter war Economy (Great Depression)
  • Rebuilding the World Economy.


 The Age of Industrialization:

(a) Proto-industrialization and pace of industrial change
(b) Life of workers
(c) Industrialization in the colonies
(d) Early Entrepreneurs & workers
(e) The Peculiarities of Industrial Growth
(f) Market for Goods


 Work, Life & Leisure:

(a) Development of modern cities due to Industrialization in London & Bombay
(b) Housing and Land Reclamation
(c) Social Changes in the cities
(d) Cities and the challenge of the Environment.

4. Print Culture and the Modern World:

(a) The history of print in Europe.
(b) The growth of press in nineteenth century India.
(c) Relationship between print culture, public debate and politics.


Novels, Society and History:

(a) Emergence of the novel as a genre in the west.
(b) The relationship between the novel and changes in modern society.
(c) Early novels in nineteenth century India.
(d) A study of two or three major writers.


Unit 2: Contemporary India – II

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1. Resources and Development:

  • Types – natural and human;
  • Need for resource planning, natural resources, land as a resource, soil types and distribution;
  • changing land-use pattern;
  • land degradation  and conservation measures.

2.Forest and wildlife :<Deleted>   

  • Flora and Fauna
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation of Forest and wildlife
  • Project tiger
  • Types and distribution of Forest and wildlife resources
  • Community and conservation.

3. Water Resources:<Deleted>   

  • Sources,
  • distribution,
  • utilisation,
  • multi-purpose projects,
  • water scarcity,
  • need for conservation and management,
  • rainwater harvesting.

4. Agriculture:

  • Types of farming,
  • major crops,
  • cropping pattern,
  • technological and institutional reforms;
  • their impact;
  • contribution of Agriculture to national economy-employment and  output.

5. Minerals and Energy Resources:<Deleted>   

  • Types of minerals, distribution
  • use and economic importance of minerals,conservation,
  • types of power resources: conventional and non-conventional, distribution and utilization, and conservation.

6. Manufacturing Industries:

  • Types, spatial distribution
  • contribution of industries to the national economy,
  • industrial pollution and degradation of environment,
  • measures to control degradation.

7. Life Lines of National Economy:

  • Importance of means of Communication and transportation,
  • Trade and Tourism


Unit 3: Democratic Politics – II

1.Power Sharing

  • Belgium and Sri Lanka
  • Forms of power sharing

2. Federalism

  • Federalism
  • India- A federal country
  • How federalism  practiced
  • Decentralisation  in India

3.Democracy and Diversity<Deleted>   

  • Mexico Olympics
  • Politics of Social divisions
  • Differences,similarities ,divisions

4.Gender,religion and caste<Deleted>   

  • Gender and politics
  • Religion,communalism, and politics
  • Caste and politics

5.Popular struggles and movements ( project purpose only)<Deleted>   

  • Nepal and Bolivia
  • Mobilisation and organisation
  • Pressure groups and movements

6.Political parties

  • Reasons of political parties
  • How many parties should we have
  • National political parties
  • States parties
  • Challenges to political parties
  • Reform of a party

7.Outcomes of democracy

  • To access democracy’s outcome
  • Accountable ,responsive and legitimate government
  • Economic growth and development
  • Reduction of inequality and poverty
  • Dignity and freedom of the citizens

8.Challenges of democracy<Deleted>   

  • Thinking of challenges
  • Different contexts,different challenges
  • Different types of challenges
  • Reforming of politics.


Unit 4: Understanding Economic Development

1. Development:

  • The traditional notion of development;
  • National Income and Per capita Income.
  • Growth of National Income – 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.

2. Sectors of the Indian Economy:

  • Sectors of Economic Activities;
  • Historical change in sectors;
  • Rising importance of tertiary sector;
  • Employment Generation;
  • Division of Sectors- Organised and Unorganised;
  • Protective measures for unorganised sector workers.

3. Money and Credit:

  • Role of money in an economy: 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, chit funds and private finance companies.

4. Globalisation and the Indian Economy:

  • Production across countries,
  • Foreign trade and Interaction of Markets,
  • what is Globalization? Factors,
  • WTO, Impact, Fair Globalization

5. Consumer Rights:

  • How consumer is exploited ,factors causing exploitation of consumers;
  • Rise of consumer awareness;
  • how a consumer should be in a market;
  • role of government in consumer protection.


List of Map Items

History – Outline Political Map of India

Lesson-3 Nationalism in India – (1918 – 1930). For locating and labelling / Identification.

1. Indian National Congress Sessions: Calcutta (Sep. 1920), Nagpur (Dec. 1920), Madras (1927), Lahore (1929)

2. Important Centres of Indian National Movement (Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement)

(i) Champaran (Bihar) – Movement of Indigo Planters
(ii) Kheda (Gujrat) – Peasant Satyagrah
(iii) Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
(iv) Amritsar (Punjab) – Jallianwala Bagh Incident
(v) Chauri Chaura (U.P.) – calling off the Non Cooperation Movement
(vi) Dandi (Gujarat) – Civil Disobedience Movement


B. Geography – Outline Political Map of India

Chapter 1: Resources and Development

  • Identification only: Major soil Types.

Chapter 3: Water Resources

Locating and Labelling –


(1) Salal
(2) Bhakra Nangal
(3) Tehri
(4) Rana Pratap Sagar
(5) Sardar Sarovar
(6) Hirakud
(7) Nagarjuna Sagar
(8) Tungabhadra. (Along with rivers)

Chapter 4: Agriculture

Identification only
(a) Major areas of Rice and Wheat.
(b) Largest / Major producer states of Sugarcane; Tea; Coffee; Rubber; Cotton and Jute.

Chapter: 5 Mineral and Energy Resources.

Minerals: (Identification only)

(I) Iron ore mines: Mayurbhanj, Durg, Bailadila, Bellary, Kudremukh
(II) Mica mines: Ajmer, Beawar, Nellore, Gaya, Hazaribagh
(III) Coal mines: Raniganj, Jharia, Bokaro, Talcher, Korba, Singrauli, Singareni, Neyvali
(IV) Oil Fields: Digboi, Naharkatia, Mumbai High, Bassien, Kalol, Ankaleshwar
(V) Bauxite Deposits: The Amarkantak plateau, Maikal hills, The plateau region of Bilaspur- Katni, Orissa Panchpatmali deposits in Koraput district.
(VI) Mica deposits: The Chota Nagpur plateau. Koderma Gaya – Hazaribagh belt of Jharkhand, Ajmer, Nellore mica belt

Power Plants: (Locating and Labelling only)

(a) Thermal: Namrup, Talcher, Singrauli, Harduaganj, Korba, Uran, Ramagundam, Vijaywada, Tuticorin
(b) Nuclear: Narora, Rawat Bhata, Kakrapara, Tarapur, Kaiga, Kalpakkam
Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries Locating and Labelling Only

(1) Cotton Textile Industries

  • Mumbai
  • Indore
  • Ahmedabad
  • Surat
  • Kanpur
  • Coimbatore
  • Madurai

(2) Iron and Steel Plants

  • Burnpur
  • Durgapur
  • Bokaro
  • Jamshedpur
  • Raurkela
  • Bhilai
  • Vijaynagar
  • Bhadravati
  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Salem

(3) Software Technology Parks

  • Mohali
  • Noida
  • Jaipur
  • Gandhinagar
  • Indore
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Kolkata
  • Bhubaneshwar
  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Hyderabad
  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • Chennai
  • Thiruvanantapuram

Chapter 7 Lifelines of National Economy.

Identification Only: Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor.

National Highway

  •  NH-1
  • NH-2
  • NH-7

Locating and Labelling:

Major Ports:

  • Kandla
  • Mumbai
  • Jawahar Lal Nehru
  • Marmagao
  • New Mangalore
  • Kochi
  • Tuticorin
  • Chennai
  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Paradip
  • Haldia
  • Kolkata

International Airports

  • Amritsar (Raja Sansi)
  • Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)
  • Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
  • Thiruvanantapuram (Nedimbacherry)
  • Chennai (Meenam Bakkam)
  • Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)
  • Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)

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So friends this is the latest syllabus of class 10 Social Science  you all have to cover upto the end of the session .

You can also check the other syllabus of class 10 from the Class 10 page I have provided .

Also this is the latest syllabus till date but there is no assurance  that this syllabus would not change so keep yourself updated regarding this.

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