The curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content to be taught to a learner in the school. In empirical terms, it may be regarded as the sum total of a planned set of educational experiences provided to a learner by a school. It encompasses general objectives of learning, courses of study, subject-wise instructional objectives and content, pedagogical practices and assessmentguidelines. The curriculum provided by CBSE is based on National Curriculum Framework-2005 and seeks to provide opportunities for students to achieve excellence in learning.

Salient Features of the CBSE Secondary School Curriculum

The Curriculum prescribed by CBSE strives to:
1.  provide ample scope for physical, intellectual and social development of students;
2.  enlist general and specific teaching and assessment objectives;
3.  uphold Constitutional values such as socialism, secularism, democracy, republican character, justice, liberty, equality, fraternity, human dignity and the unity and integrity of the Nation by encouraging values-based learning activities;
4.  nurture Life-Skills by prescribing curricular and co-curricular activities to help improve self-esteem, empathy towards others and different cultures etc.;
5.  integrate innovations in pedagogy, knowledge and application, such as human sciences with technological innovations to keep pace with the global trends in various disciplines;
6.  promote inclusive education by providing equal opportunities to all students;
7.  integrate environmental education in various disciplines from classes IXII;
8.  equally emphasize Co-scholastic areas of Art Education and Health and Physical Education.

Objectives of the Curriculum
The Curriculum aims to:
1.  achieve cognitive, affective and psychomotor excellence;
2.  enhance self-awareness and explore innate potential;
3.  promote Life Skills goal setting, decision making and lifelong learning;
4.  inculcate values and foster cultural learning and international understanding in an interdependent society;
5.  acquire the ability to utilize technology and information for the betterment of humankind;
6.  strengthen knowledge and attitude related to livelihood skills;
7.  develop the ability to appreciate art and showcase talents;
8.  promote physical fitness, health and well-being.