Santhali Literature or Santali is an optional subject in the UPSC Civil Services examination. The language is used in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura and Mizoram. Included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India, Santhali is one of the 22 official languages of India.
Aspirants should analyze the syllabus of Santhali literature optional for IAS Mains. Santhali is different from the other languages of north and central India being part of the Austroasiatic family. The optional subjects have two papers: Paper-I and Paper- II. Candidates who have studied Santhali in school and college or have learnt it as their native language should opt for this subject. All answers are required to be written in the Olchiki script.
Santhali Literature Syllabus for UPSC
Santhali literature carries 500 marks distributed in two papers of 250 marks each in UPSC Mains.
UPSC Santhali Literature Optional Paper I syllabus:
UPSC Santhali Literature Optional Paper II syllabus:
Santhali as an optional could be highly advantageous due to a very low number of aspirants choosing the subject. However, the study material for this subject is hard to find. Good knowledge of the language and reading all the books listed in the syllabus are very important for success. Candidates should solve previous years question papers as it is a recent addition to the optionals list.
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