UPSC Punjabi Syllabus

Candidates with interest and knowledge of Punjabi language can select the same as their optional paper for UPSC IAS exam. The subject of Punjabi is divided into two papers, paper I and paper II, each carrying 250 marks. In order to prepare for this subject, it is important that the candidates gain familiarity with its syllabus. This article presents the complete details related to the UPSC Punjabi Syllabus 2023 that can be checked by the aspirants. It is suggested that the candidates thoroughly go through the syllabus before starting the preparation for the exam.

UPSC Punjabi Subject Syllabus

Syllabus of both the papers of Punjabi subject is important for those preparing for the exam. All the important topics from which the questions will be asked in the exam will be included in the syllabus. Check the complete details of the syllabus below before starting your preparation.

Paper I Syllabus (Answers must be written in Punjabi in Gurumukhi script)

Section A

  • Language and script, origin and development of Gurumukhi, Language and dialect, the notions of dialect and idiolect, major dialects of Punjabi, Pothohari, Majhi, Doabi, Malwai, Paudhi, the validity of speech variation on the basis of social stratification, distinctive features of various dialects with special reference to tones, Suitability of Gurumukhi for Punjabi
  • Origin of Punjabi Language, classification of vowels and consonants characteristics of Punjabi phonology and the study of its tones, different stages of development and recent development in Punjabi Language
  • Classical background: Nath Jogi Sahit, Medieval Literature: Gurmat, Suti, Kissa and Var: janamsakhis
  • Sentence structure, Punjabi morphology, Tatsam, Tadbhav, forms, the number-gender system (animate and inanimate), prefixes, affixes and different categories of Post positions, Punjabi word formation, the notion of subject and object in Punjabi, Noun and verb phrases

Section B

(a) Folk Literature- Folk songs, Folk tales, Riddles, Proverbs

Epic (Vir Singh, Avtar Singh Azad, Mohan Singh)

Lyric (Gurus, Sufis and Modern Lyricists-Mohan Singh, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Kumar, Harbhajan Singh)

(b) Socio-cultural Sanskrit, Persian and Western

Literary influences

Essay (Puran Singh, Teja Singh, Gurbaksh Singh)

Literary Criticism (S.S. Sekhon, Attar Singh, Kishan Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Najam Hussain Sayyad)

(c) Drama (I.C. Nanda, Harcharan Singh, Balwant Gargi, S.S. Sekhon, Charan Das Sidhu).

Novel (Vir Singh, Nanak Singh, Jaswant Singh Kanwal, K.S. Duggal, Sukhbir, Gurdial Singh, Dalip Kaur Tiwana, Swaran Chandan)

Short Story (Sujan Singh, K. S. Virk, Prem Parkash, Waryam Sandhu)

(d) Modern trends mystic, romantic, progressive and neomystic (Vir Singh, Puran Singh, Mohan Singh, Amrita Pritam, Bawa Balwant, Pritam Singh Safeer, and J.S. Neki)

Experimentalist (Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Ravinder Ravi, Ajaib Kamal)

Aesthetes (Harbhajan Singh, Tara Singh), Neo-progressive (Pash, Jagtar, Patar)

Paper II Syllabus (Answers must be written in Punjabi in Gurumukhi script)

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

Section A

  • Bulleh Shah- Kafian
  • Waris Shah- Heer
  • Sheikh Farid- The complete Bani as includedin the Adi Granth
  • Guru Nanak- Japu Ji. Baramah. Asa di Var.

Section B

(a) Gurbaksh Singh- Zindagi-di-Ras

(Essayist) Nawan Shivala

Merian Abhul Yadaan

Balraj Sahni- Mera Roosi Safarnama

(Travelogue) Mera Pakistani Safarnama

(b) Nanak Singh- Chitta Lahu

(Novelist) Pavittar Papi

Ek Mian Do Talwaran

(c) Shah Mohammad- Jangnama (Jang Singhante Firangian)

Dhani Ram Chatrik- Chandan Vari

(Poet) Sufi Khana

Nawan Jahan

(d) Balwant Gargi- Loha Kutt

(Dramatist) Dhuni-di-Agg

Sultan Razia

Sant Singh Sekhon- Sahityarth

(Critic) Parsidh Punjabi Kavi

Punjabi Kav Shiromani

Literature Punjabi

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