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Punjab Open School Syllabus 2021


The updated syllabus for class 10th and 12th open school exams has been provided on the official website- where the updated syllabus contains the latest exam pattern and overview of the board examination. The syllabus also gives an idea about the new course structure. The syllabus will help the candidates appearing for class 10th and 12th open school exams in understanding the objective of the board examination. 

The syllabus can be easily downloaded by visiting the official website and performing the steps that are mentioned in the following sections. The syllabus will be available as PDF format and hence the candidates can save the files to refer while preparing for the exams.

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Punjab Open School Syllabus 2021

Examination Name

Punjab Open School Examination 2021


Punjab Open School Syllabus 2021

Syllabus Format


Official Website

How to download Punjab Open School Secondary/10th Syllabus 2021?

Step 1: Visit the official website of Punjab board- 

Step 2: Under the "Important Links" section on the left sidebar, click on the "Syllabus" option.

Step 3: Syllabus page will appear on the screen. Click on "Syllabus for Class 10th for the Academic Year 2020-21" link.

Step 4: Syllabus for class 10th will be opened in a new window. Download and save the syllabus PDF.

Step 5: Take a print out of the syllabus PDF for future reference.

Click here to directly reach the Syllabus page.

How to download Punjab Open School Secondary/12th Syllabus 2021?

Steps 1: Candidates are required to visit the official website of Punjab board-

Steps 2: click on the "Syllabus" option under the "Important Links" section on the home page.

Steps 3: A new page will be opened with several syllabus links. 

Steps 4: Click on the link that says Revised Syllabus of 12th Class for Academic Year 2021

Steps 5: The Syllabus PDF will be opened. Download the class 12th open school syllabus PDF for further reference.

Punjab Open School Class 10th Syllabus 2021

The following are the list of for class 10th which includes compulsory, elective and vocational subjects.

Compulsory subjects

  • Punjabi or Punjabi history

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Science

  • Mathematics

  • Computer Science (Grading subject)

Elective subjects 

  • Urdu

  • Sanskrit

  • Arabic

  • French

  • German

  • Agriculture

  • Home Science

  • Cutting and Tailoring

  • Health Science

  • Mechanical drawing and painting

  • Music

Pre Vocational Subjects

  • Computer Science (Pre Vocational)

  • Electronic & Technology

  • Farm Machinery

  • Knitting (Hand and Machine)

  • Engineering drawing and Duplicating

  • Food Preservation

  • Commercial Art

  • Manufacturing of Sports Goods

  • Manufacturing of Leather Goods


  • Retail

  • Automobile

  • Health Care

  • Information Technology

  • Security

  • Beauty and Wellness

  • Travel and Tourism

  • Physical Education and Sports

  • Agriculture

Punjab Open School Class 12th Syllabus 2021

1. Compulsory Subjects

General English

Section A (Lessons for Intensive study)

The March King Katherine Little Bakeless


Robots and People Isaac Asimov

On Giving Advice Joseph Addison

On Saying 'Please' A. G. Gardiner

The Story of My Life Helen Keller

Two Gentlemen of Verona A. J. Cronin

In Celebration of Being Alive Dr. Christian Barnard

Thinking Out of the Box: Lateral Thinking (Adapted from the article from the Internet)

Gadari Babas in Kalapani Jail

Dr.Harish Puri

Section B (Poetry)

Prayer of the Woods Anonymous


On Friendship Khalil Gibran

The Echoing Green William Blake

Once upon a Time Gabriel Okara

Cheerfulness Taught by Reason Elizabeth Barret Browning

Father Returning Home Dilip Chitre

The Road Not Taken Robert Frost

On His Blindness John Milton

Section C (Lessons for Extensive study)

The School for Sympathy E. V. Lucas


A Chameleon Anton Chekhov

Bholi K. A. Abbas

The Gold Frame R. K. Luxman

The Barber's Trade Union Mulk Raj Anand

The Bull beneath the Earth K. S. Virk

Section D (Grammar and Composition)




Use of Non-finite

(Infinitives, Gerunds, Participles)

Transformation of Sentences 




Précis writing

Letter writing (Official/Business/To Editors)


Explaining Newspaper Headline

Email writing

Punjabi History and Culture

Part -A


The Great Mughals and their legacy to Punjab.

Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Successors of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Banda Singh Bahadur and his Martyrdom.

Sikhs became the Masters of Punjab.


Punjab under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The British occupation of Punjab.Some Famous Legends of the Punjab:-

a. Puran Bhagat b. Heer Ranjha c. Sohni Mahiwal

Classical Literature of the Medieval period.



Banda Singh Bahadur

Shri Guru Gobind Singh

Maharaja Ranjit Singh

First Anglo-Sikh War

Second Anglo Sikh war

2. General Punjabi


  • The Great Mughals and their legacy to Punjab.

  • Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

  • Successors of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

  • Banda Singh Bahadur and his Martyrdom.

  • Sikhs became the Masters of Punjab.


  • The Punjab under Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

  • The British occupation of Punjab.

  • Some Famous Legends of the Punjab:-

    • a. Puran Bhagat

    • b. Heer Ranjha

    • c. Sohni Mahiwal

  • Classical Literature of the Medieval period.



  • Banda Singh Bahadur

  • Shri Guru Gobind Singh

  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh

  • First Anglo-Sikh War

  • Second Anglo Sikh war

3. Environmental Education

Unit number

Unit name




• Levels of biodiversity species, eco and genetic.

• Balance in nature.

• Biodiversity for the sustenance of mankind.

• Resource limitation.

• Ecological role of biodiversity.

• Interdependence among different species.

• India as a mega diversity nation.

• The economic potential of biodiversity.

• Loss of biodiversity- threatened, endangered and extinct.

• Strategies for conservation of biodiversity in situ and exsitu.

• Mitigating the people-wildlife conflict


Environmental Management

• Need for environment management vis-a-vis development.

• Aspects of environmental management-ethical, economic, technological and social.

• Legal provisions for environmental management.

• Approaches for environmental management- economic, policies, environmental indicators, the setting of standards, information exchange and surveillance.

• The problem of stubble and its management ( study material uploaded on the website)


Sustainable Development

• The concept of sustainable development.

• The concept of sustainable consumption.

• Need for sustainable development for improving the quality of life for the present and future.

• Challenges for sustainable development-political and administrative will, dynamic and flexible police, appropriate technologies, comprehensive review and revision mechanism, human approach.

• Development of skilled manpower.

• Role of individual and community.

• Role of national and international agencies (both governmental and non- governmental)


Sustainable Agriculture

• Need for sustainable agriculture.

• Green revolution-impact on the environment.

• Importance of soil for crops, Irrigation systems, use of manure and fertilizers.

• Crop protection-major plant pests and diseases (wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane, potato), measures for their control agrochemicals. Impact of agrochemicals on the environment.

• Elements of sustainable agriculture-mixed farming, mixed cropping, crop rotation, biological and economic consideration, use of biofertilizers and biopesticides, biological pest control, integrated pest management.

• Application of biotechnology in crop improvement.

• Management of agricultural produces- storage, preservation, transportation, and processing


Environmental Actions

• Meeting basic human needs, food, water, shelter and fuel for all.

• Population control

• Changing consumption patterns.

• Prevention and control of environmental pollution.

• Waste management- reduce, reuse and recycle;

• Community movement for ecological restoration and conservation of environment like joint forest Management (JFM), student's participation in tree rearing, social and agroforestry.

• Drugs-ill effects(Part-II) Consequences of use of different drugs, narcotic drugs, and psychotropic substances Act-1985 offenses as penalties. (study material uploaded on the website)

 4. Mathematics

1.Relations and functions

Types of relations: Reflexive, symmetric, transitive and equivalence relations. One to one and onto functions, composite functions, inverse of a function. Binary operations.

2. Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Definition, Range, Domain, Principal value branches. Graphs of inverse trigonometric functions. Elementary properties of inverse trigonometric functions.

3. Matrices

  • The concept, notation, order, equality, types of matrices, zero matrices, the transpose of a matrix, symmetric and skew-symmetric matrices. Addition, multiplication and scalar multiplication of matrices, simple properties of addition, multiplication and scalar multiplication. Non Commutativity of multiplication of matrices and existence of non-zero matrices whose product is the zero matrices (restrict to square matrices of order 2).
  • The concept of elementary row and column operations. Invertible matrices and proof of the uniqueness of the inverse, if it exists; (Here all matrices will have real entries).

4. Determinants

  • A determinant of a square matrix (up to 3×3matrices), properties of determinants, minors, cofactors and applications of determinants in finding the area of a triangle. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix.
  • Consistency, inconsistency, and a number of solutions of a system of linear equations by examples, solving systems of linear equations in two or three variables (having a unique solution) using the inverse of a matrix.

5. Continuity and Differentiability

  • Continuity and Differentiability, a derivative of composite functions, chain rule, derivatives of inverse trigonometric functions, derivative of implicit function. Concepts of exponential and logarithmic functions. Derivatives of loge x and ex.
  • Logarithmic differentiation. A derivative of functions expressed in parametric forms. Second-order derivatives. Rolle’s and Lagrange’s Mean Value Theorems (without proof) and their geometric interpretations.

6. Applications of Derivatives

  • Applications of derivatives: a rate of change, increasing/decreasing functions, tangents and normal, approximation, maxima and minima (first derivative test motivated geometrically and second derivative test given as a provable tool).
  • Simple problems (that illustrate basic principles and understanding of the subject as well as real-life situations)

7. Integrals

  • Integration as an inverse process of differentiation. Integration of a variety of functions by substitution, by partial fractions and by parts, Definite integrals as a limit of a sum. Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (without proof).
  • Basic properties of definite integrals and evaluation of definite integrals

8. Applications of the Integrals

Applications in finding the area under simple curves, especially lines, areas of circles/parabolas/ellipses (in standard form only), area between the two above said curves (the region should be clearly identifiable).

9. Differential Equations

Definition, order, and degree, general and particular solutions of a differential equation. Formation of the differential equation whose general solution is given.

A solution of differential equations by the method of separation of variables, homogeneous differential equations of first order and first degree.

10. Vectors

Vectors and scalars, magnitude and direction of a vector. Direction cosines/ratios of vectors.

Types of vectors (equal, unit, zero, parallel and collinear vectors), position vector of a point, negative of a vector, components of a vector, the addition of vectors, multiplication of a vector by a scalar, position vector of a point dividing a line segment in a given ratio. Scalar (dot) product of vectors, a projection of a vector on a line. Vector (cross) product of vectors, scalar triple product.

11.Three-dimensional Geometry

Direction cosines/ ratios of a line joining two points. Cartesian and vector equation of a line, coplanar and skew lines, the shortest distance between two lines. Cartesian and vector equation of a plane. The angle between

(i) two lines,

(ii) two planes,

(iii) a line and a plane.

The distance of a point from a plane

12. Linear Programming

Introduction, the definition of related terminology such as constraints, objectives function, optimization, different types of linear programming (L.P.) problems, the mathematical formulation of L.P problems, graphical method of solution for problems in two variables, feasible and infeasible regions, feasible and infeasible solutions, optimal feasible solutions (up to three non-trivial constraints)

13. Probability

Multiplication theorem on probability. Conditional probability, independent events, total probability, Bayes theorem, Random variable, and its probability distribution, mean and variance of a haphazard variable.Repeated independent (Bernoulli) trials and Binomial distribution.


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