Psychology HSC Syllabus – Maharashtra HSC Board

Psychology HSC Syllabus – Maharashtra HSC Board


            Psychology is introduced as an elective subject at the Higher Secondary stage of school education. As a discipline, psychology specialises in the study of experience, behaviours and mental processes of human beings within a socio-cultural and socio historical context. This course purports to introduce the learners to the basic ideas, principles and methods in psychology so as to enable them to understand themselves and their social world better. The emphasis is put on creating interest and exposure needed by learners to develop their own knowledge base and understanding

            The course deals with psychological knowledge and practices which are contextually rooted. It emphasizes the complexity of behavioral processes and discourages simplistic cause-effect thinking. This is pursued by encouraging critical reasoning, allowing students to appreciate the role of cultural factors in behaviour and illustrating how biology and experience shape behaviour. The course while developing an appreciation of subjectivity, also focuses on multiplicity of worldviews.

            It is suggested that the teaching-learning processes should involve students in evolving their own understanding. Therefore, teaching of psychology should be based on the use of case studies, narratives, experiential exercises, analysis of common everyday experiences, etc.


  1. To develop appreciation about human behaviour and human mind in the context of learners’ immediate society and environment.
  2. To develop in learners an appreciation of multidisciplinary nature of psychological knowledge and its applications in various aspects of life.
  3. To enable learners to become perceptive, socially aware and self-reflective.
  4. To facilitate students’ quest for personal growth and effectiveness and to enable them to become responsive and responsible citizens.

Std. 12th Psychology HSC Syllabus – Maharashtra HSC Board 

Unit                                                    Sub –Unit

1 Intelligence

  • Definitions of intelligence
  • History of intelligence
  • testing
  • Distribution of intelligence
  • quotient in population
  • Types of intelligence
  • tests Aptitude
  • Emotional intelligence

2 Personality

  • Definitions of Personality
  • Factors influencing personality
  • Major approaches to the study of Personality
  • Assessment of personality

3 Stress Management

  • Nature of Stress
  • Sources of Stress
  • Types of Stress
  • Stress management
  • techniques Promoting Positive health and well-being

4 Psychological Disorders and Therapies

  • Concept of abnormality
  • Classification of psychological disorders
  • Major Psychological disorders
  • Types of therapies

5 Attitude

  • Definition of attitude
  • Attitude formation
  • Change of attitude
  • Prejudice

6 Social Influence

  • Nature of Social influence
  • Dynamics of Social influence
  • Influence of group on individual behaviour
  • Inter group conflicts

7 Psychology and Life

  • Human-environment relationship
  • Environmental effects on human behaviour
  • Promoting pro-environmental behaviour
  • Psychology and Social Concerns

8 Developing Psychological Skills

  • Nature
  • Effective Psychological
  • Skills Counselling
  • Skills Communication Skills.

Practical’s : (Based on continuous Evaluation)

Practical’s of Psychology is classified among three major aspects :  

Project, Psychological Testing and Case Studies. There will be continuous evaluation of these practical’s by the internal examiner who will essentially be the teacher supervising and monitoring the practical work. He will internally evaluate the student for 20 marks and submit it to the examining authority under his hand and signature.

The Nature of Practical’s

A. Project

The student shall be required to undertake one project which would involve the use of different methods of inquiry and related skills.


B. Psychological Testing

The student shall be required to conduct five Psychological tests related to the topic covered in the course. Psychological testing would involve using standardized Psychological assessment devices in different domains i.e. intelligence, aptitude, personality, stress, anxiety, depression, attitude, prejudice etc.


C. Case Studies

The Student shall be required to prepare one case profile. The case profile will include developmental history of the subject using both qualitative (observation, interview, rating etc.) and quantitative approaches.

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