Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India Class 12 Syllabus

The theory paper is of 70 marks. There are five questions divided into three sections.

Section A: Reading Skills

Q.1 Two passages from the modules with a variety of questions on different levels of comprehension, i.e., to test literal, interpretative and inferential skills. The total range of two passages would be about 700 to 800 words. (20 marks)

Section B: Analytical Skills

Q.2 Two passages extracted from different modules for comparing and contrasting and relating the ideas contained to the present time. The length of both the passages together should be about 600 words. (10 marks)

Q.3 One out of two long answer type questions based on the knowledge of the content to test the insights gained and whether the knowledge has been internalised. (15 marks)

Section C: Thinking Skills

Q.4 Five out of six short answer type questions based on the survey sections in the modules. (Word limit 30 - 40 words) (5 x 3 = 15 marks)

Q.5 Ten objective type MCQs to test global and local understanding of the text. (10 marks)

Syllabus Outline

1. Agriculture: A Survey

Agriculture in Prehistory and Protohistory/ Textual Sources/ Types of Lands/ Rain-Fed and Irrigated Crops/ Implements/ Seed and Sowing/ Manures/ Pests and Their Management/ Cattle Management/ Horticulture and Arboriculture/ Fishing/ Agriculture and Society 

2. Architecture: A Survey

(1) Early and Classical Architecture: Temple Architecture/ Rock-Cut Structures/ Monolithic Temples/ Constructed Temples/ Public and Private Architecture

(2) Medieval & Colonial Architecture: Fort and Palace Architecture/ Mosques/ Mausoleums/ Colonial Architecture

3. Dance: A Survey

(1) Classical Dance Forms: Classical Period/ Middle Period/ Modern Period/ Classical Dance Forms/ Bharatana yam/ Kathakali/ Kathak/ Kucipudi/ Manipuri/ O'issi/ Sattriya

(2) Folk Dance Forms: Chau/ Bihu/ Rauf/ Padayani/ DolluKunitha/ Dandiya/ Ghumar/ Kalbelia/ Chaufla/ Bhangra/ Giddha/ Garba/ Lava/ Bamboo Dance

4. Education Systems and Practices: A Survey

Goals of Indian Education/ Teaching and Learning/ the Teacher and the Student/ Centres of Education/ Temples as First Schools/ Gurukulas/ Viharas and Universities/ Community Supported Education/ The Continuing System

Narratives of Indian Education in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries: An Italian Explorer’s Record of Indian Education in the 17th Century/ A Description of Indian Education in the 18th Century/ The Teacher’s Subsistence/ Respect for the Teacher/ Physical Education and Sports/ Description of the University at Navadveep (Nuddeah) in Bengal in 1791/ Love of Learning and Support for Education among Indians/ A Widespread Pre-Colonial Network of Indigenous Schools

5. Ethics: Individual and Social

The Cosmic Order/ Buddhist Ethics/ Jain Ethics/ Sikh Ethics/ The Bhakti

6. Martial Arts Traditions: A Survey

Texts/ Practice of Martial Arts/ Stick Combat

7. Language and Grammar

Languages of India/ Study of Language in India/ Disciplines of Language Studies in India/ Classification of Speech-Sounds/ Theory of Grammar

8. Other Technologies: A Survey

Harappan Technologies/ Later pottery/ Glass/ Water Management/ Textile Technology/ Writing Technology/ Pyrotechnics/ Cosmetics and Perfumes

9. Painting: A Survey

Classical Texts/ Mural Painting/ Miniature, Painting/ Mughal Paintings/ Tanjore and Mysore Painting/ Folk painting

10. Society State and Polity: A Survey

Plurality of Indian Society/ Underlying Principles of Indian Society/ Family/ Indian Society and Reform/ The Indian State/ Goal of a State/ Polity/ Bureaucracy/ Legal System

11. Trade & Commerce: A Survey

How Does Trade Work?/ Trade in Ancient India/ Different Countries, Many Goods/ Ports and Sailors/ Land Routes/ India’s Dominance up to Precolonial Times/ By-Products of Trade/ Further Reading.