Note: UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Optional Subject consists of 2 papers. Each paper is of 250 marks, making a total of 500 marks. You have to answer in Oriya language only.
Oriya Literature Paper-I
History of Oriya Language
(i) Origin and development of Oriya Language-Influence of Austric, Dravidian, Perso-Arabic and English on Oriya Language.
(ii) Phonetics and Phonemics ; Vowels, Consonants Principles of changes in Oriya sounds.
(iii) Morphology ; Morphemes (free, bound compound and complex), derivational and inflectional affixes, case inflection, conjugation of verb.
(iv) Syntax ; Kinds of sentences and their transformation, structure of sentences.
(v) Semantics-Different types of change in meaning Euphemism.
(vi) Common errors in spellings, grammatical uses and construction of sentences.
(vii) Regional variations in Oriya Language (Western, Southern and Northern Oriya) and Dialects (Bhatri and Desia)
History of Oriya Literature
(i) Historical backgrounds (social, cultural and political) of Oriya Literature of different periods.
(ii) Ancient epics, ornate kavyas and padavalis.
(iii) Typical structural forms of Oriya Literature (Koili, Chautisa, Poi, Chaupadi, Champu).
(iv) Modern trends in poetry, drama short story, novel, essay and literary criticism.
Oriya Literature Paper-II
Critical Study of texts – The paper will require first hand reading of the text and test the critical ability of the candidate.
Sãralã Das-Shanti Parva from Mãhãbharãta.
Jaganãth Das-Bhãgãbate, XI Skandha-Jadu Avadhuta Sambãda.
Dinãkrushna Dãs-Rasakallola- (Chhãndas-16 & 34)
Upendra Bhanja-Lãvanyabati (Chhãndas-1 & 2)
Mãyãdhãr Mãnasinha-Jeevan Chitã
Ramãkãnta Ratha-Saptama Ritu.
Bijay Mishra-Tata Niranjanã
Fakir Mohan Senãpati-Chhamãna Ãthaguntha
Surendra Mohãnty-Marãlãra Mrityu
Manoj Dãs-Laxmira Abhisara
Chittaranjan Dãs-Taranga O Tadit (First five essays).
Chandra Sekhar Rath-Mun Satya-dhãrma Kahuchhi (First five essays)