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.
Odia is a language of the Indo-Aryan family used in the state of Odisha, parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. Formerly known as Oriya, it is considered one of the 6 classical languages of India. It has been given the status of an official language by listing it in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India. Odia has a long and illustrious history of literary works since ancient times. UPSC Mains includes Odia literature as one of the optional subjects.
For details on similar optional subjects syllabus, check the linked article.
In this article, we provide you with the detailed syllabus for Odia optional and also the UPSC Odia Optional Syllabus PDF.
Once an aspirant gets familiar with the Odia Literature Syllabus, he/she must follow the UPSC Odia Literature Books recommended by us in the linked article.
Odia Literature Syllabus for IAS
The syllabus for this subject consists of the grammar of the Odia language, its history and development, influences from other language systems and regional variations in the language. It also includes phonetics and important literary compositions in the language.
The weightage given to Odia is 500 marks distributed in two papers of 250 marks each. Find below the Odia literature syllabus:
UPSC Odia Literature Optional Syllabus (Paper-I):
The syllabus for Odia Literature Paper-I for civil services examination is given below:
IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2020, may check the linked article to know the upcoming exam better and approach it with better strategies.
UPSC Odia Literature Optional Syllabus (Paper-II):
The syllabus for Odia Literature Paper-II for civil services examination is given below:
Odia literature can potentially increase the chances of success as the syllabus is small as compared to other literature optionals. However, the syllabus for Paper I is more focussed on ethnolinguistic studies of the language and hence the optional should be selected only by candidates who have studied Odia at an advanced level. Study material is widely available in universities across Eastern India.
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