CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2023

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23 includes Variations in Psychological Attributes, Self and Personality, Meeting Life Challenges, Psychological Disorders, Attitude and Social Cognition etc for the session 2022 – 2023. Here is the detailed syllabus. To download class 12 Psychology CBSE latest sample question papers for the 2023 exams, please install the educatehell which is the best mobile app for CBSE students. The educatehell not only provides you the CBSE class 12 Psychology model question papers but it also provides class 12 Psychology chapter-wise test papers, class 12 Psychology best revision notes and other study material for class 12 Psychology students.

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CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus 2022-23 has been released for the current academic year. The board examinations are likely to commence from the coming month of February in 2023. The detailed date sheet is likely to be out in December. Students, this is the right time to start preparing for the board exam with the help of the syllabus. 

With the help of the CBSE Class 12 Psychology, students will be able to appreciate human mind and behaviour in the context of their society and environment, the nature of psychological knowledge and its application to various aspects of life.  

CBSE Class 12 Psychology Syllabus

One Theory Paper
Marks – 70

UnitsTopicsNo. of periodsMarks
IVariations in Psychological Attributes3013
IISelf and Personality3213
IIIMeeting Life Challenges239
IVPsychological Disorders3012
VTherapeutic Approaches259
VIAttitude and Social Cognition168
VIISocial Influence and Group Processes146



  1. Board Examination: Theory
    Time: 3 Hours
    Maximum Marks: 70
    S. No.CompetenciesTotal Marks% Weightage1Remembering and Understanding: Exhibiting memory of previously learned material by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts, and answers; Demonstrating understanding of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions and stating main ideas2535%2Applying: Solving problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques and rules in a different way.3145%3Formulating, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating: Examining and breaking information into parts by identifying motives or causes; Making inferences and finding evidence to support generalizations; Presenting and defending opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria; Compiling information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.1420%Total70100%
  2. Practical: 30 Mark

Below you will find the latest syllabus released by the board and the link to download it directly from Jagran Josh.



Theory Paper

3 Hours                                                                                                                                                                Marks: 70



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. Psychometric Theories of Intelligence, Information Processing Theory: Planning, Attention-arousal and Simultaneous successive Model of Intelligence, Triarchic Theory of Intelligence; Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
    6. Individual Differences in Intelligence
    7. Culture and Intelligence
    8. Emotional Intelligence
    9. Special Abilities: Aptitude: Nature and Measurement

UNIT 2: Self and Personality 

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
    2. Self and Personality
    3. Concept of Self
    4. Cognitive and Behavioural aspects of Self
    5. Culture and Self
    6. Concept of Personality
    7. Major Approaches to the Study of Personality
     a. Type Approaches
     b. Trait Approaches
     c. Psychodynamic Approach and Post Freudian
    a. Behavioural Approach
    b. Cultural Approach
    c. Humanistic Approach
    8. Assessment of Personality
    a. Self-report Measures
    b. Projective Techniques
    c. Behavioural Analysis

UNIT 3: 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 Health
    a. Stress and Health
    b. General Adaptation Syndrome
    c. Stress and Immune System
    d. Lifestyle
    4. Coping with Stress
    a. Stress Management Techniques
    5. Promoting Positive Health and Well-being
    a. Life Skills
    b. Positive Health

UNIT 4: Psychological Disorders 

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Introduction
    2. Concepts of Abnormality and Psychological Disorders
    A. Historical Background
    3. Classification of Psychological Disorders
    4. Factors Underlying Abnormal Behaviour
    5. Major Psychological Disorders
    Anxiety Disorders
    A. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
    B. Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders
    C. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
    D. Dissociative Disorders
    E. Depressive Disorder
    F. Bipolar and Related Disorders
    G. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
    H. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    I. Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
    J. Feeding and Eating Disorders
    K. Substance Related and Addictive Disorders

UNIT 5: Therapeutic Approaches

The topics in this unit are:

  1. Nature and Process of psychotherapy
    a. Therapeutic relationship
    2. Types of Therapies
    a. Behaviour Therapy
    b. Cognitive Therapy
    c. Humanistic-Existential Therapy
    d. Alternative Therapies
    e. Factors contributing to healing in Psychotherapy
    f. Ethics in Psychotherapy
    3. Rehabilitation of the Mentally Ill

UNIT 6: 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
    a. Attitude Formation
    b. Attitude Change
    c. Attitude-Behaviour Relationship
    5. Prejudice and Discrimination
    6. Strategies for Handling Prejudice

UNIT 7: 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
    A. Social Loafing
    B. Group Polarisation

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