Punjabi Literature Optional - UPSC Civil Service Mains Examination

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Aspirants need to choose one optional subject in IAS Exam. It plays a significant role in deciding the aspirants ranking. Recent trends show that the success rate of Literature subjects is soaring with years. The number of students who take literature subjects as optional is comparatively less, nevertheless, it is on the rise owing to a lot of factors like, limited syllabus and their scoring capacity. This article talks about the relevant book list for Punjabi literature optional for civil services examination. This will enhance your IAS Mains exam preparation.

Candidates may check out the UPSC Punjabi Literature Syllabus in the linked article.

UPSC Language Paper – Punjabi Literature Book List

Punjabi literature syllabus consists of topics like the history of the language and literature, its major literary traditions, major dialects and development of the Gurumukhi script. It also includes a critical analysis of major works by famous authors in Punjabi.

Punjabi Literature – Booklist for Paper I & II

The suggested readings for Punjabi Literature optional paper I & II for Civil Services Examination are given in the table below:

UPSC Punjabi Literature Books/Texts

Punjabi Bhasha Da Janam Te Vikas Dr. Prem Prakash Singh


Sidhantak Bhasha Vigyan Dr. Prem Prakash Singh


Punjabi Bhasha Da Viakaran: Part 1, 2 and 3 Joginder Singh Pouar, Baldev Singh Cheema, Sukhwinder Singh Sanga and Ved Agnihotri


Panchayak Bhasha Vigyaan Ved Agnihotri
UPSC Punjabi Literature Books for Folk Literature
Punjab di Lok Dhara Sohinder Singh Bedi
UPSC Punjabi Literature Books for Lyrics
Aadhunik Prageet Shilap Dr Thakar Dutt Joshi
UPSC Punjabi Literature Books for Essay
Principal Teja Singh Di Rachna Bikram Singh Ghuman
Teja Singh Di Vartak Kala Diwan Singh, Bikram Singh Ghuman
Professor Puran Singh Di Gad Shelli Dr Gurdev Singh
UPSC Punjabi Literature Books for Questions from Gurbaksh Singh
Punjabi Nibandh (Saroop, Sidant te Vikas) Balbir Singh Duggal

UPSC Punjabi Literature Books on Literary Criticism

Punjabi Aalochana (Sidhant Te Vihar) Harbhajan Singh Bhatia

IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2020, may check the linked article to know the upcoming exam better and approach it with better strategies.

Some other relevant books for Punjabi Literature Optional Subject are also given in the table below:

UPSC Punjabi Literature Books

Sheikh Farid – Steek of Sheikh Farid Shalokas Bhai Sahib Singh
Guru Nanak – Steek of Jap ji Sahib, Asa di var and Barahmah Bhai Sahib Singh
Bulleh Shah Kafian Dr Gurdev Singh
Kafian Bulleh Shah T. R. Shingaari
Waris Heer – Heer Waris Jeet Singh Sheetal
Shah Muhammad – Jangnama Singh ate Firangian War Shah Muhammad, & edited by Dr Pritam Saini
Nanak Singh – Sahit Samachar Nanak Singh Ank
Balraj Sahni – Jeewan te Rachna Amrit Lal Pal
Balwant Gargi-Sultan Razia- Ik Mulakan Dr Pritam Saini
Madh Kaal Di Chonvi Kavita Pritam Singh
Sur Sanvedna Dr Satinder Singh
Punjabi Bhasha Diyan Navintam Parvirtiyaan te Samasyavaan Dr Prem Prakash Singh
Khoj Patrika: Aadunik Kav Ank
Punjabi Sahit Da Itihaas Dharampal Singal

UPSC Punjabi Literature Optional- Pros & Cons

Pros of taking Punjabi Literature optional for IAS:

  1. The syllabus is more or less static and limited.
  2. It is highly recommended for people good in the language.

Cons of taking UPSC Punjabi Literature optional for IAS:

  1. This is advised only for candidates with a background in this language in their graduation levels or for those who are well-versed in it.
  2. Compared to other subjects like history or public administration, there is a dearth of study material for this optional.

You can also check the articles relevant to UPSC IAS exam preparation in the table below:

UPSC Punjabi Literature Booklist:- Download PDF Here

UPSC exam-related preparation materials will be found through the links given below.

Aspirants can find complete information about upcoming Government Exams through the linked article.

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