How to prepare and score Good marks in Psychology Paper?


  1. Prepare a good timetable.
  2. A minimum of 3 hours a day will be more than enough to prepare well in your exam.
  3. You are advised not to sit and study for continuous long hours. Take short breaks in between to rejuvenate yourself.
  4. Try to complete the difficult and boring chapters first. So that you are free from any kind of burden and tension and can prepare patiently during your exam days.
  5. Never ever comprise with your sleep. You should take at least 8 hours of proper sleep every day. This will keep you healthy and active to study.
  1. Have a good reference material (CBSE Study material/ CBSE Study notes) – The information collected in these sources are the best reference material for CBSE board examinations. The accuracy of data in these CBSE Study material/ CBSE Study notes is commendable. Another good source are Toppers Notes. The toppers notes are also available on the internet and you can go through these notes which will enhance your knowledge and problem solving skills.
  1. Solve All The CBSE Previous Year Question Papers – The ideal way to test your preparation and to know your weak points is to solve the CBSE Previous year question papers. After analyzing your answers, you’ll be able to identify your weak points and can strategize your preparation well.
  1. Go through online test series class 11th – These class 11th practice test series are available on the internet. After solving previous year papers, you can start solving these online test series class 11th to have a good practice over the types of questions asked in boards. Prepared exclusively for aspiring students, by experts in Psychology, these class 11th practice test in psychology are prepared as per CBSE standards and the pattern of the question paper.
  1. Know your exam pattern and the syllabus well – Familiarity with the syllabus and pattern of questions asked will surely be very helpful during your preparations.


A-What is Psychology?

1>What is the study of Psychology?

  • Psychology as a Discipline
  • Psychology as a Natural Science
  • Psychology as a Social Science

2>Understanding the Mind and the Behavior

3>The Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology

4>The Evolution of Psychology

5>The Development of Psychology in India

6>The Branches of Psychology

7>Themes of Research and Applications

8>Psychology and the Other Disciplines

9>Psychologists at Work

10>Psychology in the Everyday Life


B-Methods of Inquiry in Psychology

1>The Goals of Psychological Inquiry

    • The Steps in Conducting Scientific Research
    • The Alternative Paradigms of Research

2>The Nature of Psychological Data

3>Some Important Methods in Psychology

  • Observational Method
  • Experimental Method
  • The Correlational Research
  • The Survey Research
  • The Psychological Testing
  • Case Studies

4>The Analysis of Data

  • Quantitative Method
  • Qualitative Method

5>The Limitations of Psychological Inquiry

6>The Ethical Issues


C-The Bases of Human Behavior

1>The Evolutionary Perspective

2>The Biological and Cultural Roots

3>The Biological Basis of Behavior

  • Neurons

4>The Structure and Functions of the Nervous System and the Endocrine System and their Relationship with Behavior and Experience

    • Nervous System
    • Endocrine System

5>Heredity: Genes and Behavior

6>The Cultural Basis: Socio and Cultural Shaping of Behavior

    • Concept of Culture





D-Human Development

1>The Meaning of Development

  • The Life-Span Perspective on Development

2>The Factors Influencing Development

3>The Context of Development

4>An Overview of Developmental Stages

  •  The Prenatal Stage



7>The Challenges of Adolescence

8>The Adulthood and Old Age


E-Sensory, Attentional, and Perceptual Processes

1>Knowing about the world

2>The Nature and varieties of Stimulus

3>The Sense Modalities

  • Visual Sensation
  • Auditory Sensation

4>The Attentional Processes

  • Selective Attention
  • Sustained Attention

5>The Perceptual Processes

  • Processing Approaches in Perception

6>The Perceiver

7>The Principles of Perceptual Organisation

8>The Perception of Space, Depth, and Distance

9>Monocular Cues and Binocular Cues

10>The Perceptual Constancies


12>The Socio-Cultural Influences on Perception



  1. The Nature of Learning
  2. The Paradigms of Learning
  3. The Classical Conditioning
    • Determinants of Classical Conditioning
  1. The Operant/Instrumental Conditioning
    • Determinants of Operant Conditioning
    • Key Learning Processes
  1. The Observational Learning
  2. The Cognitive Learning
  3. The Verbal Learning
  4. The Concept Learning
  5.  The Skill Learning
  6. The Transfer of Learning
  7. The Factors Facilitating Learning
  8. The Learner: Learning Styles
  9. Learning Disabilities
  10. The Applications of Learning Principles

G-Human Memory

  1. The Nature of memory
  2. The Information processing Approach: The Stage Model
  3. The Memory Systems: Sensory, Short-term and Long-term Memories
  4. The Levels of Processing
  5. The Types of Long-term Memory
    • Declarative and Procedural; Episodic and Semantic
  6. The Knowledge Representation and Organisation in Memory
  7. The Memory as a Constructive Process
  8. The Nature and Causes of Forgetting
    • Forgetting due to the Trace Decay, Interference, and the Retrieval Failure
  9. Enhancing the Memory
    • Mnemonics using Images and Organisation



  1. The Nature of Thinking
  • Building Blocks of Thought

2>The Processes of Thinking

3>Problem Solving



6>The Nature and Process of Creative Thinking

    • The Nature of Creative Thinking
    • The Process of Creative Thinking

7>Developing Creative Thinking

    • Barriers to Creative Thinking
    • Strategies for Creative Thinking

8>Thoughts and Language

9>The Development of Language and Language Use


I-Motivation and Emotion

  1. The Nature of Motivation
  2. The Types of Motives
    • Biological Motives
    • Psychosocial Motives
  1. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  2. The Nature of Emotions
  3. The Physiological Bases of Emotions
  4. The Cognitive Bases of Emotions
  5. The Cultural Bases of Emotions
  6. The Expression of Emotions
    • The Culture and Emotional Expressions
    • The Culture and Emotional Labeling
  1. Management of Negative Emotions
  2. Enhancement of Positive Emotions