The UPSC allows Maithili as one of the optional literature subjects for the Civil Services Exam. Maithili is one of the 22 official languages of India included in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Maithili literature has a rich and long history. It is used in parts of northern Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh as well as some districts of West Bengal and Assam. It is also spoken in Nepal.
As it is a language related subject, candidates who have studied Maithili in a formal setting or have learnt Maithili as their native language should take up this optional. The paper has to be written in the Devanagari script. In this article, we bring you the detailed UPSC syllabus for Maithili optional and also the UPSC Maithili Optional Syllabus PDF.
Maithili Literature syllabus for UPSC
Maithili 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 Maithili syllabus:
UPSC Maithili Literature Optional Paper I syllabus:
UPSC Maithili Literature Optional Paper II syllabus:
Maithili has a small number of speakers and hence study material is hard to find. Universities having Maithili as a part of their undergraduate courses are located in cities across eastern India and some central universities in other states. Candidates can source study material from there. Candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Maithili exam.
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