Class 6 is the transition stage where you enter the secondary level in school. The pressure to do well is more as you face the secondary exam of the Central Board of Secondary Exams (CBSE) board for the first time.

The way to go about your English paper is to ensure that you study well throughout the year, understand your lessons well, practice them regularly and revise them thoroughly.

The CBSE sets the pattern of their English paper by dividing it into three parts:

  • SECTION A- Reading (20 marks)
  • SECTION B – Writing and Grammar (30 marks)
  • SECTION C- Literature (30 marks)

What is the syllabus of CBSE Class 6 English?

The syllabus for the Language section comprises of three parts:

1. English grammar

This section comprises the basic grammar concepts like nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, tenses, voice, prepositions, conjunctions, punctuations, subject-verb agreement, sentence, phrases, reported speech, and framing questions.

2. Applied Grammar

This section helps students develop good oral skills in English and learn its practical usages. It comprises Omission, Gap Filling in Sentences, Editing, Dialogue Completion, Sentence Reordering, and Sentence Transforming.

3. Writing Skills

In this section, students learn how to write formal letters, informal letters, diary entries, notice writing, message writing, speech writing, debate, article writing, story completion, and report writing.

For the Literature part, the curriculum NCERT textbooks called Honeysuckle (the chief book) and Pact with the Sun (a supplementary reader). Here, you will need to understand the crux of the poems and stories and present your learnings concisely and straightforwardly.

The Honeysuckle textbook comprises ten units with two chapters each, except units 7 and 10. They are:

  • UNIT 1:
  • Who Did Patrick’s Homework?
  • A House, A Home.
  • UNIT 2:
  • How the Dog Found Himself a New Master!
  • The Kite.
  • UNIT 3:
  • Taro’s Reward
  • The Quarrel
  • UNIT 4:
  • An Indian – American Woman in Space: Kalpana Chawla
  • Beauty
  • UNIT 5:
  • A Different Kind of School
  • Where Do All the Teachers Go?
  • UNIT 6:
  • Who I Am
  • The Wonderful Words
  • UNIT 7: Fair Play
  • UNIT 8:
  • A Game of Chance
  • Vocation
  • UNIT 9:
  • Desert Animals
  • What if
  • UNIT 10:  The Banyan Tree

The Pact with the Sun book consists of ten chapters in total. They are:

  • A Tale of Two Birds
  • The Friendly Mongoose
  • The Shepherd’s Treasure
  • The Old-Clock Shop
  • Tansen
  • The Monkey and the Crocodile
  • The Wonder Called Sleep
  • A Pact with the Sun
  • What Happened to the Reptiles
  • A Strange Wrestling Match

What are the tips to prepare for your Class 6 CBSE exam?

1. Complete your syllabus on time

Ensure you complete your syllabus when your teachers teach you the lessons. Otherwise, you will need to cover up most of the chapters by yourself at the last minute. The best way to go about this is to revise everything taught in class after your school hours.


2. Practice writing to better your articulation

Take out time after your school hours to write something every day. This practice will help you enhance your flair for writing and help you with your writing skills.

3. Read and enhance your vocabulary

When you are reading your school lessons, try understanding the words in the context given. If you get stuck and do not know the meaning of a particular word, use a dictionary and then try to retain it.

4. Manage your time well

Ensure that you sit with your English textbooks every single day. Usually, in schools, students have the English period every single day. Hence, you should sit and practice your grammar and literature lessons to score well in English. English will not only balance your other heavy subjects, but it will help you prepare for your exam later.

5. Practice Answer Writing

Try to summarise the stories and poems that your teachers have taught in class. Takedown all the vital points and use them to frame your answers. Try to write down answers by yourself and solve all the questions given after each of the lessons. This habit will help you retain the details in that chapter, and you will also remember the crucial points for that particular chapter.

6. Take help of guide books

Several guide books can help you study more efficiently. These books not only condense the chapters for you but also help you analyze and remember the points better. You can take the help of guide books like CBSE All in One English Class 6 and S.Chand’s Essentials of English Grammar and Composition.

7. Take help from a subject expert before your exam

Subject experts can provide the solutions to the questions in the CBSE class 6 English book Honeysuckle. These solutions are concise and help to strengthen the base of the chapters. The experts explain the chapters briefly and analyze them so that students can understand the crucial points well and learn the lessons in a way that helps them score better.

8. Solve some question papers of the past years

The best way to understand the type of questions that will be asked in the exams and the paper format is to sit and solve some past years’ papers. After solving the question papers, find the answers on the internet from the solutions given by the experts. You can also use the book NCERT & CBSE Question Bank Class 6 English Book by Oswaal Books.  This book not only provides the previous years’ question papers but also provides the solutions alongside.

9. Revise thoroughly before appearing for your Class 6 exam

One of the most vital things of any exam is to ensure that you have revised many times before you sit for the exam. Everything you have studied should be in your mind before you go and sit for your final examination. To retain every chapter and grammar rule, you must revise them thoroughly for two to three months before your CBSE Class 6 exam.

10. Time Management

This is one of the most vital aspects of any examination. To do well in your exams, you need to get better at time management. The only way you can achieve this is by practising this well in advance before sitting for your final exams. When you practice writing your answers, use a watch to time yourself. This way, you will be able to increase your speed of writing.


Remember that the English exam is a game-changer when it comes to evaluating your total percentage. Hence, to score 90% in your CBSE Class 6 English exam, you need to stay in touch with your textbooks throughout the year. It is also crucial that you take care of your health. Do not panic the day before your exam. Have confidence in what you have studied and give your best!

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