UPSC Telugu Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services aspirants can opt for Telugu as their optional paper for appearing in the exam. Those with some prior knowledge of Telugu language and literature can easily prepare for this paper. Along with this, the familiarity with the syllabus also plays in major role in preparing for the exam. In this article, the details related to the UPSC Telugu syllabus 2023 can be found. Candidates should thoroughly check the whole syllabus and then prepare for their exams accordingly.

Telugu Syllabus for UPSC IAS Exam

There are two papers of the Telugu subject namely, paper I and paper II and both are equally important for the exam. Each paper will carry a total of 250 marks this making the optional paper of 500 marks. Candidates must prepare for both these papers carefully without leaving any topic.

Syllabus of Paper I (Answer must be written in Telugu)

Section A: Language

  • Place of Telugu among Dravidian languages and its antiquity, Etymological History of Telugu, Tenugu and Andhra
  • Influence of other languages and its impact on Telugu
  • Major linguistic changes in phonological, morphological, grammatical and syntactical levels, from Proto-Dravidian to old Telugu and from old Telugu to Modern Telugu
  • Modernization of Telugu language:
    • Linguistic and literary movements and their role in modernization of Telugu
    • Role of media in modernization of Telugu (Newspapers, Radio, TV etc)
    • Problems of terminology and mechanisms in coining new terms in Telugu in various discourses including scientific and technical
  • Translation, Approaches to translation, Methods of translation, Problems of translation, cultural, social and idiomatic, Literary and other kinds of translation, Various uses of translation
  • Evolution of spoken Telugu when compared to classical Telugu, Formal and functional view of Telugu language
  • Dialects of Telugu, Regional and social variations and problems of Standardization
  • Direct and indirect reporting-conversion processes, Noun and verb predications, Syntax, simple, complex and compound sentences, Major divisions of Telugu sentences, Processes of nominalization and relativization,

Section B: Literature

  1. Srinatha and Potana, Their works and contribution
  2. Errana and his literary works, Nachana Somana and his new approach to poetry
  3. Literature in Pre-Nannaya Period, Marga and Desi poetry
  4. Nannaya Period, Historical and literary background of Andhra Mahabharata
  5. Evolution of prabandhas, Kavya and prabandha
  6. Saiva poets and their contribution, Dwipada, Sataka, Ragada, Udaharana
  7. Tikkana and his place in Telugu literature
  8. Main divisions of folk literature, performing folk arts
  9. Bhakti poets in Telugu literature, Tallapaka Annamayya, ramadasu, tyagayya
  10. Literary Movements: Reformation, Nationalism, Neo-classisicism, Romanticism and Progressive, Revolutionary movements
  11. Southern school of Telugu literature-raghunatha Nayaka, chemakura vankatakavi and women poets-Literary forms like yakshagana, prose and padakavita
  12. Modern Telugu Literature and literary forms, Novel, Short Story, Drama, Playlet and poetic forms
  13. Digambarakavulu, feminist and dalit Literature

Syllabus of Paper II (Answer must be written in Telugu)

This paper will require first hand reading of the prescribed texts and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability, which will be in relation to the following approaches:

  1. Aesthetic approach, Rassa, Dhawani, Vakroti and Auchitya, Formal and Structural-Imagery and Symbolism
  2. Sociological, Historical, Ideological, Psychological approaches

Section A

  • Molla-Ramayanamu (Balakanda including avatarika)
  • Nannaya-Dushyanta Chritra (Adiparva 4th Canto verses 5, 109)
  • Pingali Surana-sugatri Salinulakatha (Kalapurno-dayamu 4 Canto verses, 60, 142)
  • Kasula Purushothama Kavi, Andhra Nayaka Satakamu
  • Tikkana-Sri Krishna Rayabaramu (Udyoga parva 3rd Canto verses 1, 144)
  • Srinath-Guna Nidhi Katha (Kasikhandam, 4th Canto, verses 76, 133)

Section B

  • Atreya, N.G.O.
  • Gurajada Appa Rao, Animutyalu (Short stories)
  • Narayana Reddy, Karpuravasanta rayalu
  • Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Andhra prasasti
  • Racha Konda Viswanatha Sastry, Alpajaeevi
  • Kanuparti Varalakshmamma, Sarada lekhalu (Part I)
  • Devulapalli Krishna Sastry, Krishnapaksham (excluding Uravsi and Pravasam)
  • Sri Sri-Maha prastanam
  • Jashuva-Gabbilam (Part I)
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