UPSC Gujarati Syllabus

Among the 48 optional papers available for UPSC Civil Services exam, Gujarati is one of them. Those with prior knowledge of this language can select this as their optional paper. Syllabus of Gujarati includes form and history of the language, its salient features and development, etc. It is important for the aspirants to gain familiarity with the complete syllabus before starting the preparation for their exam. In this article, the details related to the UPSC Gujarati syllabus 2023 have been provided.

Gujarati Subject Syllabus for UPSC IAS Exam

The paper of Guajarati is further divided into two papers- paper I and paper II. Knowledge of the syllabi of both these papers is important for the candidates in order to prepare well for the exam. Check the complete syllabus for these papers from below and make sure to not leave any topic during your preparation.

Syllabus for Paper I (Answers must be written in Gujarati)

Section A

Gujarati Language: Form and History

  • History of Gujarati Language with special reference to New Indo-Aryan i.e. last one thousand years
  • Major dialects: Surti, Pattani, Charotari and Saurashtri
  • Significant features of the Gujarati language: Phonology, Morphology and Syntax

History of Gujarati literature


  • Non-sectarian tradition (Laukik parampara)
  • Jaina tradition
  • Bhakti tradition: Sagun and Nirgun (Jnanmargi)


  • Adhunik yug
  • Pandit yug
  • Sudharak yug
  • Gandhi yug
  • Anu-Gandhi yug

Section B

Literary Forms

Salient features, history and development of the following literary forms:


  • Narratives: Rasa, Akhyan and Padyavarta
  • Lyrical: Pada


  • Bhavai


  • Literary Essay
  • Lyrical Poetry
  • Fiction: Novel and Short Story
  • Drama


  • Recent research in folk tradition
  • History of theoretical Gujarati criticism

Syllabus for Paper II (Answers must be written in Gujarati)

The paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidate.

Section A


  • Chandrachandravatini varta – by Shamal
  • Kadambari – by Bhalan
  • Akhegeeta – by Akho
  • Vasantvilas Phagu – by Ajnatkrut
  • Sudamacharitra – by Premanand

Sudharak Yug & Pandit Yug

  • Purvalap – by ‘Kant’ (Manishankar Ratnaji Bhatt)
  • Mari Hakikat – by Narmadasha
  • Farbasveerah – by Dalpatram
  • Raino Parvat – by Ramanbhai Neelkanth
  • Saraswatichandra Part I – by Govardhanram Tripathi

Section B

Gandhi Yug & Anu Gandhi Yug

  • Manvini Bhavai – by Pannalal Patel
  • Hind Swaraj – by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  • Dhvani – by Rajendra Shah
  • Patanni Prabhuta – by Kanhaiyalal Munshi
  • Saurashtrani Rasdhar Part I – by Zaverchand Meghani
  • Kavyani Shakti – by Ramnarayan Vishwanath Pathak

Adhunik Yug

  • Ashwatthama – by Sitanshu Yashaschandra
  • Saptapadi – by Umashankar Joshi
  • Janantike – by Suresh Joshi
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