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.
Sanskrit is the oldest language used in India. Sanskrit has a rich literature and illustrious history of scientific works, epics, fiction and philosophy. Sanskrit is used in day to day life only in few villages in India but is included in the UPSC Mains optionals subjects list due to being a classical language.
In this article, we provide you with the detailed UPSC Sanskrit Literature optional syllabus for civil services examination.
For details on similar optional subjects syllabus, check the linked article.
Once an aspirant gets familiar with the Sanskrit Literature Syllabus, he/she must follow the UPSC Sanskrit Literature Books recommended by us in the linked article.
Sanskrit Literature Syllabus for UPSC
Being a highly specialised language which is not widely used, only candidates who have studied Sanskrit as a part of their curriculum should take up this optional. Unlike other optional literature subjects, UPSC specifies which questions to answer in Sanskrit and which to answer in the medium selected by the candidate for Mains. The answers required in Sanskrit have to be written in the Devanagari script.
Sanskrit Literature consists of two papers (Paper-I & Paper-II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks in Civil Services Examination.
Find below the IAS Sanskrit syllabus:
UPSC Sanskrit Literature Optional Paper I Syllabus:
The syllabus for Sanskrit Literature Paper-I for civil services examination is given below:
IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2021, may check the linked article to know the upcoming exam better and approach it with better strategies.
UPSC Sanskrit Literature Optional Paper II Syllabus:
The syllabus for Sanskrit Literature Paper-II for civil services examination is given below:
Choosing Sanskrit Literature for UPSC is advantageous due to very low competition as only a few candidates appear for this subject. Candidates should solve questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to understand the pattern of questions. It is necessary to master Sanskrit grammar and read various epics of India if one wants to score well in the Sanskrit Literature paper.
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