[CBSE] Psychology syllabus class 12 (2022-23)

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Psychology Syllabus of Class 12 CBSE 2022-23

Theory Paper70 Marks3 Hr
Practical30 Marks

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Theory Paper

Marks – 70

Time:- 3 Hours.

1Variations in Psychological Attributes9
2Self and Personality10
3Meeting Life Challenges7
4Psychological Disorders10
5Therapeutic Approaches7
6Attitude and Social Cognition8
7Social Influence and Group Processes7
8Psychology and Life6
9Developing Psychological Skills6

Course Content

Unit – 1

Variations in Psychological Attributes

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Individual Differences in Human Functioning
  3. Assessment of Psychological Attributes
  4. Intelligence
  5. Theories of Intelligence: Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theories, Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence, Planning, Attention-Arousal and Simultaneous Successive Model of Intelligence
  6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
  7. Culture and Intelligence
  8. Emotional Intelligence
  9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement
  10. Creativity

Unit II

Self and Personality

The topics in this unit are:


Self and Personality

Concept of Self

Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Self

Culture and Self

Concept of Personality

Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
Type Approach
Trait Approach
Psychodynamic Approach
Behavioural Approach
Cultural Approach
Humanistic Approach

Assessment of Personality
 Self-report Measures
 Projective Techniques
 Behavioural Analysis

Unit III

Meeting Life Challenges

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature, Types and Sources of Stress
  3. Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning and
     Stress and Health
     General Adaptation Syndrome
     Stress and Immune System
     Lifestyle
  4. Coping with Stress
     Stress Management Techniques
  5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
     Stress Resistant Personality
     Life Skills
     Positive Health

Unit IV

Psychological Disorders

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders

 Historical Background

  1. Classification of Psychological Disorders
  2. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
  3. Major Psychological Disorders
     Anxiety Disorders
     Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
     Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
     Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
     Dissociative Disorders
     Depressive Disorder
     Bipolar and Related Disorders
     Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic
     Neurodevelopmental Disorders
     Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
     Feeding and Eating Disorders
     Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

Unit V

Therapeutic Approaches

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Nature and Process of Psychotherapy
     Therapeutic relationship
  2. Types of Therapies
     Psychodynamic Therapy
     Behaviour Therapy
     Cognitive Therapy
     Humanistic-Existential Therapy
     Biomedical Therapy
     Alternative Therapies
  3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

Unit VI

Attitude and Social Cognition

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Explaining Social Behaviour
  3. Nature and Components of Attitudes
  4. Attitude Formation and Change
     Attitude Formation
     Attitude Change
     Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
  5. Prejudice and Discrimination
  6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice
  7. Social Cognition
  8. Schemas and Stereotypes
  9. Impression Formation and Explaining
     Behaviour of Others through Attributions
     Impression Formation
     Attribution of Causality
    10.Behaviour in the Presence of Others
    11.Pro-social Behaviour
     Factors Affecting Pro-social Behaviour

Unit VII

Social Influence and Group Processes

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature and Formation of Groups
  3. Type of Groups
  4. Influence of Group on Individual Behaviour
     Social Loafing
     Group Polarisation
  5. Conformity, Compliance and Obedience
  6. Cooperation and Competition
     Determinants of Cooperation and Competition
  7. Social Identity
  8. Intergroup Conflict: Nature and Causes
  9. Conflict Resolution Strategies


Psychology and Life

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Human-Environment Relationship
     Different Views of the Human-Environment Relationship
  3. Environmental Effects on Human Behaviour
     Human Influence on the Environment
     Noise
     Pollution
     Crowding
     Natural Disasters
  4. Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviour
  5. Psychology and Social Concerns
     Poverty and Discrimination
     Aggression, Violence and Peace
     Mahatma Gandhi on Non-violence
     Health
     Impact of Television on Behaviour

Unit IX

Developing Psychological Skills

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Developing as an effective Psychologist
  3. General Skills
  4. Observational Skills
  5. Specific Skills
     Communication Skills
     Psychological Testing Skills
  6. Interviewing Skills
  7. Counselling Skills

Practical 30 Marks

A. Development of Case Profile:

Using appropriate methods like interview, observation and psychological tests

B. Test administration

Students are required to administer and interpret five psychological tests related to various psychological attributes like intelligence, aptitude, attitude, personality, etc.

C. In Practical examination, the student will be required to administer and interpret two psychological tests.

Distribution of Marks:

 Practical File and Case Profile 10 Marks
 Viva Voce (Case Profile and practical) 05 Marks
 Two practicals 15 Marks*
*(5 Marks for conduct of practical and 10 Marks for report writing)

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