8th Schedule of Indian Constitution - Official Languages

There are 22 official languages in India and they are covered under the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution. Schedules in the constitution are important for aspirants to learn for IAS Exam and 8th schedule is one of these. This article will discuss the topic, ‘8th schedule of Indian Constitution,’ which is an important one from UPSC Polity syllabus.

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Articles related to 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution

There are a total of 12 Schedules in the Indian Constitution and each one is important. The Constitutional provisions relating to the 8th Schedule are in articles 344(1) and 351 of the Indian Constitution:

8th Schedule of Indian Constitution and the Articles related to it
Article 344 Committee and Commission of Parliament on official language
Article 344(1)
  • establishment of a Commission by the President on the expiration of 5 years from the commencement of the Constitution and afterwards at the expiration of 10 years from such commencement
  • It should comprise of a Chairman and other members representing the various languages specified in the 8th Schedule to make recommendations to the President for the dynamic use of Hindi for official purposes of the Government of India.
Article 351 The duty of the Union to encourage the spread of the Hindi language to advance it so that it may serve as a medium of communication for all the components of the composite culture of India and to safeguard its enhancement by integrating without interfering with its genius, style and expressions used in Hindustani and in the other languages of India specified in the 8th Schedule, and by drawing, anywhere essential or required, for its terminology, mainly, on Sanskrit and secondarily on other languages.

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Schedule 8 of the Indian Constitution – 22 Official Languages

Initially, there were 14 official languages. Now, there are 22 official languages in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution. Check the list of languages below:

Language Spoken in Indian State of Year of Recognition
Assamese Assam 1950
Bengali West  Bengal 1950
Gujarati Gujarat 1950
Hindi North India 1950
Kashmiri Jammu & Kashmir 1950
Kannada Karnataka 1950
Malayalam Kerala 1950
Marathi Maharashtra 1950
Odia Odisha 1950
Punjabi Punjab 1950
Sanskrit Karnataka (Shivamogga District) 1950
Tamil Tamil Nadu 1950
Telugu Andhra Pradesh, Telangana 1950
Urdu Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh 1950
Sindhi Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh 1967
Konkani Goa 1992
Manipuri Manipur 1992
Nepali Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh 1992
Bodo Assam and Meghalaya 2004
Dogri Jammu and Himachal Pradesh 2004
Maithili Bihar and Jharkhand 2004
Santhali West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha 2004

For more details on the scheduled languages in India, aspirants can refer to the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs’ Department of Official Language Website (https://rajbhasha.gov.in/en/languages-included-eighth-schedule-indian-constitution.)

Conclusion

Learning about 22 languages that are officially a part of the Indian Constitution is important for UPSC 2020 aspirants. You should know about the year of recognition and the chronology of the languages under the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution so as to answer questions asked in UPSC Prelims.

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