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Tamil Literature is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC in the civil services mains exam. It is a reasonably popular literature optional subject taken by IAS aspirants. It also sees a decently high success rate. Tamil is one of the oldest languages in the world and is also considered the oldest living language in the world. It is a Dravidian family language and is predominantly spoken by the Tamil population in India and Sri Lanka. Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu state and also the Union Territory of Puducherry. It is also an official language in Singapore and Sri Lanka. This article gives you the pros and cons of taking Tamil Literature as your optional paper in the IAS mains exam.
Who should take Tamil Literature optional?
Candidates with a good command over the language can take up this subject. Another factor that will ease up the preparation process is a genuine interest in it. It is recommended that if you don’t have any background in Tamil, do not take up this optional.
Pros of taking Tamil Literature optional
- The UPSC syllabus for Tamil Literature is small as compared to many other subjects.
- You don’t have to update regularly for this optional. The syllabus is pretty much static.
- There is no current affairs in the literature optionals.
- In grammar, you can score full marks.
- If you like Tamil literature, your preparation can be lighter as you have to read many stories, poetry, etc.
- There is less competition as compared to other subjects like history, public administration, geography, etc.
Cons of taking Tamil optional
- Unless you have a strong grasp of the language, you cannot take up this optional subject.
- It has been observed that in the past few years, even the literature optionals have got unexpected questions and questions with an analytical bent.
- There is a dearth of coaching in literature as compared to other conventional subjects.
Tamil Literature Optional UPSC Books List
Suggested books to refer for Tamil optional
- Tamil mozhi varalaru – Su. Sakthivel
- Tamil ilakkiya varalaru – Mu. Varadarasanar
- Mozhi nool – Mu. Varadarasanar
- Mozhi varalaru – Mu. Varadarasanar
- Tamil ilakkiya varalaru – Thamizannal
- Naatupura iyal aaivu – Su.Sakthivel
- Oppilakkiya kotpaadu – Ka.Na.Kailasapathy
- Tamil ilakkiya varalaru – Madhu Sa. Vimalanandam
- Ulaga sevviyal mozhigalin varisaiyil tamil – V.C. Kulandaisamy
- Tamil mozhiyum varalarum – Devira
- Valluvar padaikkum vaiyathu sorkkam – V.C. Kulandaisamy
- Tamil thiranaaivum panpaadum – Devira
- Tamizhar valartha azhagu kalaigal – Mayilai seeni Vengadasamy
- Tholkappiar kanda samudaayam – Dr. Natesan
- Ithazhiyal – Su. Sakthivel
- Idhazhiyal kalai – Dr. Ma.Pa. Gurusamy
- Ilakkiya Marabu – Mu. Varadarasanar
- Tamilaga naatupuraviyal – Dr. Sargunavathy
- Sanga ilakkiyam: ilakkiya valamum vazhviyal aramum – Dr. R. Chandrasekaran
- Silappathikara Thiranaaivu – Dr. Ma.Po.Sivagnanam
- Kurunthogai – Puliyur Kesikan urai
- Silappathigara urai – Gna. Manickavasagan
- Thirukkural – Parimelazhagar urai
- Kumbakaruna vadhai padalam – Dr. Durai Rasaram Urai
- Thiruppavai – C.Subramanian
- Vanakkam valluva – Erode Tamilanban
- Thiruvasagam – A. S. Gnanasambandan
- Kambar kaatum Kumbakarnan – Arunagiri
- Mozhi iyal – Dr. Srinivasan
- Tamil ilakkiya varalaru – Muthamizh Selvan
- Puthiya nokkil tamil ilakkiya varalaru – Tamilanban
- Tamilar nagarigamum panpaadum – Thatchinamoorthy
- Tamil kaadhal – V. Subamanickam
- Silapathikaram Tamizhagam – Sami Chidambaranar
- Thambiyar iruvar – A. S. Gnanasambandan
- Silambo silambu – Arasan Santhuvanar
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