The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Aspirants need to choose one optional subject for UPSC IAS mains exam. It plays a significant role in deciding aspirants ranking in IAS Exam. Recent trends show that the success rate of Literature subjects is soaring with years.
The UPSC allows English as an optional subject in the Civil Services Exam. The English Literature syllabus for UPSC Mains is vast and covers literature from old English used during the medieval and early modern period as well as modern English used from 1900 AD onwards. The English language is also one of the compulsory language papers in UPSC Mains.
For details on similar optional subjects syllabus, check the linked article.
Once an aspirant gets familiar with the English Literature Syllabus, he/she must follow the UPSC English Literature Books recommended in the linked article.
English Literature Syllabus for UPSC
Candidates having a strong background in English and having an interest in reading novels and poetry collections should take up this optional. In this article, we provide you with detailed UPSC syllabus for English optional and also the UPSC English Optional Syllabus PDF.
English Literature consists of two papers (Paper-I & Paper-II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. Find below the IAS English Literature syllabus:
UPSC English Literature Optional Paper-I Syllabus:
The syllabus for English Literature Paper-I for civil services examination is given below:
IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2020, may check the linked article to know the upcoming exam better and approach it with better strategies.
UPSC English Literature Optional Paper-II Syllabus:
The syllabus for English Literature Paper-II for civil services examination is given below:
IAS aspirants should note that English for UPSC is highly competitive. So, preparation should be thorough to be able to score well in this paper. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC English Literature exam. Candidates may also like to check UPSC English Literature Optional Tips in the linked article.
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