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Psychology Class 12 Arts (English Medium) CBSE Topics and Syllabus

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CBSE Syllabus For Class 12 Psychology: Knowing the Syllabus is very important for the students of Class 12. Shaalaa has also provided a list of topics that every student needs to understand.

The CBSE Class 12 Psychology syllabus for the academic year 2023-2024 is based on the Board's guidelines. Students should read the Class 12 Psychology Syllabus to learn about the subject's subjects and subtopics.

Students will discover the unit names, chapters under each unit, and subtopics under each chapter in the CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus pdf 2023-2024. They will also receive a complete practical syllabus for Class 12 Psychology in addition to this.

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CBSE Class 12 Psychology Revised Syllabus

CBSE Class 12 Psychology and their Unit wise marks distribution

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Course Structure 2023-2024 With Marking Scheme

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100 Variations in Psychological Attributes


-Individual Differences in Human Functioning

-Assessment of Psychological Attributes


-Theories of Intelligence

  • Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  • Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
  • Planning, Attention-arousal, and Simultaneoussuccessive Model of Intelligence

-Individual Differences in Intelligence

  • Variations of Intelligence
  • Some Misuses of Intelligence Tests (Box 1.1)

-Culture and Intelligence

-Emotional Intelligence

  • Characteristics of Emotionally Intelligent Persons (Box 1.2)

-Special Abilities

  • Aptitude : Nature and Measurement


200 Self and Personality


-Self and Personality

-Concept of Self

-Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self

  • Self-esteem, Self-efficacy and Self-regulation

-Culture and Self

-Concept of Personality

  • Personality-related Terms (Box 2.1)

-Major Approaches to the Study of Personality

  • Type Approaches
  • Trait Approaches
  • Five-Factor Model of Personality (Box 2.2)
  • Psychodynamic Approach
  • Behavioural Approach
  • Cultural Approach
  • Humanistic Approach
  • Who is a Healthy Person? (Box 2.3)

-Assessment of Personality

  • Self-report Measures
  • Projective Techniques
  • Behavioural Analysis
300 Meeting Life Challenges
  • Introduction to Meeting Life Challenges 
  • Nature, Types and Sources of Stress 
    • Nature of Stress
    • Signs and Symptoms of Stress
    • Types of Stress
    • Sources of Stress
    • A Measure of Stressful Life Events
  • Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health 
    • Four major effects of stress are associated with the stressed state, viz. emotional, physiological, cognitive, and behavioural
    • Stress and Health
    • General Adaptation Syndrome
    • Stress and Immune System
    • Lifestyle
    • Examination Anxiety
  • Coping with Stress 
    • Three coping strategies are given by Endler and Parker
    1. Task-oriented Strategy
    2. Emotion-oriented Strategy
    3. Avoidance-oriented Strategy
    • Stress Management Techniques
    1. Relaxation Techniques
    2. Meditation Procedures
    3. Biofeedback
    4. Creative Visualisation
    5. Cognitive Behavioural Techniques
    6. Exercise
  • Promoting Positive Health and Well-being 
    • Stress Resistant Personality
    1. Life Skills:
    • Assertiveness
    • Time Management
    • Rational Thinking
    • Improving Relationships
    • Self-care
    • Overcoming Unhelpful Habits
    • Diet
    • Exercise
    • Positive Attitude
    • Positive Thinking
    • Social Support
    • Resilience and Health


-Nature, Types and Sources of Stress

  • A Measure of Stressful Life Events (Box 3.1)

-Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and Health

  • Examination Anxiety (Box 3.2)
  • Stress and Health
  • General Adaptation Syndrome
  • Stress and Immune System
  • Lifestyle

-Coping with Stress

  • Stress Management Techniques

-Promoting Positive Health and Well-being

  • Life Skills
  • Resilience and Health (Box 3.3)
400 Psychological Disorders


-Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

-Classification of Psychological Disorders

-Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour

-Major Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Salient Features of Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • and Dissociative Disorders (Box 4.1)
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar and Related Disorders
  • Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders
  • Substance - Related and Addictive Disorders
  • Effects of Alcohol : Some Facts (Box 4.2)
  • Commonly Abused Substances (Box 4.3)
500 Therapeutic Approaches

-Nature and Process of Psychotherapy

  • Therapeutic Relationship

-Type of Therapies

  • Steps in the Formulation of a Client’s Problem (Box 5.1)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Relaxation Procedures (Box 5.2)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Humanistic-existential Therapy
  • Biomedical Therapy
  • Alternative Therapies

-Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

600 Attitude and Social Cognition


-Explaining Social Behaviour

-Nature and Components of Attitudes

  • A ‘Green Environment’ : The A-B-C Components of an
  • Attitude (Box 6.1)

-Attitude Formation and Change

  • Attitude Formation
  • Attitude Change
  • Telling a Lie for Twenty Dollars (Box 6.2)
  • Attitude-Behaviour Relationship

-Prejudice and Discrimination

-Strategies for Handling Prejudice

-Social Cognition

-Schemas and Stereotypes

-Impression Formation and Explaining Behaviour of Others through Attributions

  • Impression Formation
  • Attribution of Causality

-Behaviour in the Presence of Others

-Pro-social Behaviour

  • Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour
700 Social Influence and Group Processes


-Nature and Formation of Groups

  • Groupthink (Box 7.1)

-Type of Groups

  • The Minimal Group Paradigm Experiments (Box 7.2)

-Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour

  • Social Loafing
  • Group Polarisation

-Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience

  • The Autokinetic Effect (Box 7.3)
  • Group Pressure and Conformity : The Asch Experiment (Box 7.4)

-Cooperation and Competition

  • Sherif’s Summer Camp Experiments (Box 7.5)
  • Determinants of Cooperation and Competition

-Social Identity

-Intergroup Conflict : Nature and Causes

-Conflict Resolution Strategies

800 Psychology and Life


-Human-Environment Relationship

  • Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship
  • The Bishnois and the Chipko Movement (Box 8.1)

-Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour

  • Human Influence on the Environment
  • Noise
  • Pollution
  • Crowding
  • Natural Disasters

-Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour

-Psychology and Social Concerns

  • Poverty and Discrimination
  • Aggression, Violence, and Peace
  • Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence : Why Does
  • Non-violence Work (Box 8.2)
  • Health
  • Impact of Television on Behaviour
900 Developing Psychological Skills


-Developing as an Effective Psychologist

-General Skills

  • Intellectual and Personal Skills; Sensitivity to Diversity :
  • Individual and Cultural Differences (Box 9.1)

-Observational Skills

-Specific Skills

  • Communication Skills
  • Characteristics of Communication (Box 9.2)
  • Some Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills (Box 9.3)
  • Psychological Testing Skills
  • Essentials of Psychological Assessment Skills (Box 9.4)

-Interviewing Skills

  • Types of Interview Questions (Box 9.5)

-Counselling Skills

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