The UPSC allows Sanskrit as one of the optional literature subjects for the Civil Services Exam. 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.
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. In this article, we have included the detailed UPSC syllabus for Sanskrit optional and also the UPSC Sanskrit Optional Syllabus PDF.
Sanskrit Literature syllabus for UPSC
Sanskrit 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 Sanskrit syllabus:
UPSC Sanskrit Literature Optional Paper I syllabus:
UPSC Sanskrit Literature Optional Paper II syllabus:
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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