Urdu Literature Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam (UPSC )

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 Urdu.

Urdu Literature Paper – I

Section-A

Development of Urdu Language

  1. Development of Indo-Aryan
    (i) Old Indo-Aryan
    (ii) Middle Indo Aryan
    (iii) New Indo Aryan

  2. Western Hindi and its dialects Brij Bhasha Khadi Boli, Haryanavi Kannauji, Bundeli-Theories about the origin of Urdu Language

  3. Dakhani Urdu-Origin and development, its significant linguistic features.

  4. Social and Cultural roots of Urdu language-and its distinctive features.

  • Script, Phonology, Morphology, Vocabulary.

 

Section-B

a) Genres and their development

  • Poetry  Ghazal, Masnavi, Qasida, Marsia, Rubai, Jadid Nazm,

  • Prose  Novel, Short Story, Dastan, Drama, Inshaiya, Khutoot, Biography.

b) Significant features of

  • Deccani, Delhi and Lucknow schools

  • Sir Syed movement, Romantic movement, Progressive movement, Modernism.

c) Literary Criticism and its development with reference to Hali, Shibli, Kaleemuddin Ahmad, Ehtisham Hussain, Ale-Ahmad Suroor.

d) Essay writing (covering literary and imaginative topics)

 

Urdu Literature Paper – II

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

Section-A

  • Mir Amman Bagho-Babar

  • Ghalib Intikhab-e-Khutoot-e Ghalib

  • Mohd. Husain Nairang-e-Khayal Azad

  • Prem Chand Godan

  • Rajendra Singh Apne Dukh Mujhe

  • Bedi Dedo

  • Abul Kalam Azad Ghubar-e-Khatir

 

Section-B

  • Mir Intikhab-e-Kalam-e-Mir (Ed. Abdul Haq.)

  • Mir Hasan Sahrul Bayan

  • Ghalib Diwan-e-Ghalib

  • Iqbal Bal-e-Jibrail

  • Firaq Gul-e-Naghma

  • Faiz Dast-e-Saba

  • Akhtruliman Bint-e-Lamhat

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