The UPSC allows English as an optional subject in the Civil Services Exam. The English Literature syllabus for UPSC 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.
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 the detailed UPSC syllabus for English optional and also the UPSC English Optional Syllabus PDF.
English Literature syllabus for UPSC
English Literature consists of two papers (paper I and 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:
UPSC English Literature Optional Paper II syllabus:
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.
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