The syllabus is divided into three sections:

  1. Section A - Vocal Music
  2. Section B - Instrumental Music
  3. Section C – Tabla

Section A: Hindustani Vocal Music

1. (a) Non-detail terms: Sound (Dhwani), Meend, Kan (Sparsha swar), Gamak, Khatka, Tigun, Tappa, Thumri, Poorvang, Uttarang, Poorva Raga and Uttar Raga.

(b) Detailed topics: Nad, three qualities of Nad (volume, pitch, timbre); Shruti and placement of 12 swaras; Dhrupad and Dhamar; relationship between Vadi Swar and time of singing raga.

2. Description of the 10 ragas of Classes IX and X mentioned under ‘practical’ – their Thaat, Jati, Vadi-Samvadi, Swaras (Varjit and Vikrit), ArohaAvaroha, Pakad, time of raga and similar raga.

3. Writing in the Taal notation, all the 10 Taals learnt in Classes IX and X, their Dugun; Tigun and Chaugun.

4. Knowledge of musical notation system of Pt. V.N. Bhatkhande (swara and Taal-lipi); writing ChotaKhayal, BadaKhayal, Swarmalika and Lakshangeet.

5. Identification of Ragas of Classes IX and X (a few note combinations given).

6. Life and contribution in brief of Amir Khusro and Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.

7. A brief description of 4 eminent vocalists (present or recent past).

8. Names of different parts (components) of the Tanpura with the help of a simple sketch. Tuning and handling of the instrument.

Section B: Hindustani Instrumental Music

1. (a) Non-detail terms: Sound (Dhwani); Kan; Meend, Soot; Zamzama; Gamak; Baj; Khatka; Jhala; Tigun.

(b) Detailed topics: Nad; three qualities of Nad (volume, pitch, timbre); Shruti and placement of 12 swaras; Maseetkhani and Razakhani Gat; Relationship between Vadi Swar and time of playing Raga.

2. Origin and the development of the instrument. Methods of handling instruments; tuning of the instrument with a labelled diagram.

3. Complete description of all the 10 ragas mentioned under ‘Practical’ in Classes IX and X.

4. Writing in the Tal notation, all the 10 Taals learnt in Classes IX and X, their Dugun; Tigun and Chaugun.

5. Writing in complete musical notation of the Maseetkhani and Razakhani Gats.

6. Identification of Ragas (a few note combinations given) of Classes IX and X.

7. Life and contribution in brief of Amir Khusro and Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.

8. Brief description of four eminent instrumentalists (present or recent past).

Section C: Hindustani Instrumental Music

1. (a) Non-detail terms: Names of 10 Pranas, AadiLaya (Only in Dadra and Keharwa), Lehra (Nagma), Paran, Uthan, Chakkardar Tukda, Dumdar and Bedum Tihai, Gat, Padhant,

(b) Detailed topics: Origin and development of Tabla, Basic 10 Varnas (Syllables) of Tabla, Taal Jaati System, Solo and Sangat.

2. Brief description of four eminent percussionist (present or recent past).

3. Writing in Taal notation, Thekas, in Thah, Dugun, Tigun and Chaugun, of all Taals learnt in Class IX and X.

4. Names of different parts (components) of the Tabla with the help of a simple sketch. Tuning of the instrument.

5. Identification of Taals (a few bol combinations given) of Classes IX and X.