UPSC IAS 2021 Mains Bengali Optional Paper - Syllabus in Details

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Sep 18, 2020

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In IAS Main exam there are 9 papers in total among which there are 2 optional papers which you have to choose while applying for IAS 2020 Exam. The paper-VI and VII are optional subject papers which you need to choose your subject of interest. Check  UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Pattern

You have the complete freedom to choose Bengali Language as your optional subject in IAS Mains 2020. However, candidates must possess their writing skill and knowledge in Bengali literature and language. 

With well-planned strategies, you can easily score well in the Bengal literature. To prepare for Bengali, you need the syllabus first. Follow the article to understand the Bengali Optional Language syllabus of IAS Mains 2020 in details

IAS Mains Bengali Paper 1


  • History of Language and Literature.
  • Answers must be written in Bengali.

Section A

Topics from the History of Bangla language-

1. The chronological track from Proto Indo-European to Bangla (Family tree with branches and approximate dates).

2. Historical stages of Bangla (Old, Middle, New) and their linguistic features.

3. Dialects of Bangla and their distinguishing characteristics.

4. Elements of Bangla Vocabulary.

5. Forms of Bangla Literary ProseSadhu and Chalit.

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6. Processes of language change relevant for Bangla. Apinihiti (Anaptyxis), Abhishruti (umlaut), Murdhanyibhavan (cerebralization), Nasikyibhavan (Nasalization), Samibhavan (Assimilation), Sadrishya (Analogy), Svaragama (Vowel insertion)-Adi Svaragama, Madhya Svaragama or Svarabhakti, Antya Svaragama, Svarasangati (Vowel hormony), yshruti and w-shruti.

7. Problems of standardization and reform of alphabet and spelling, and those of transliteration and Romanization.

8. Phonology, Morphology and Syntax of Modern Bangla. (Sounds of Modern Bangla, Conjuncts; word formations, compounds; basic sentence patterns.)

Section B

Topics from the History of Bangla Literature-

1. Periodization of Bangla Literature: Old Bangla and Middle Bangla.

2. Points of difference between modern and pre-modern Bangla Literature.

3. Roots and reasons behind the emergence of modernity in Bangla Literature.

4. Evolution of various Middle Bangla forms: Mangal kavyas, Vaishnava lyrics, Adapted narratives (Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata) and religious biographies.

5. Secular forms in middle Bangla literature.

6. Narrative and lyric trends in the nineteenth century Bangla poetry.

7. Development of prose.

8. Bangla dramatic literature (nineteenth century, Tagore, Post-1944 Bangla drama).

9. Tagore and post-Tagoreans.

10. Fiction, major authors: (Bankimchandra, Tagore, Saratchandra, Bibhutibusan, Tarasankar, Manik).

11. Women and Bangla literature: creators and created.

IAS Mains Bengali Paper 2

Paper 2

  • Prescribed texts for close study.
  • Answers must be written in Bengali.

Section A

1. Vaishnava Padavali (Calcutta University) Poems of Vidyapati, Chandidas, Jnanadas, Govindadas and Balaramdas.

2. Chandimangal Kalketu episode by Mukunda (Sahitya Akademi).

3. Chaitanya Charitamrita Madya Lila, by Krishnadas Kaviraj (Sahitya Akademi).

4. Meghnadbadh Kavya by Madhusudan Dutta.

5. Kapalkundala by Bankimchandra Chattarjee.

6. Samya and Bangadesher Krishak by Bankimchandra Chatterjee.

7. Sonar Tari by Rabindranath Tagore.

8. Chhinnapatravali by Rabindranath Tagore.

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Section B

1. Raktakarabi by Rabindranath Tagore.

2. Nabajatak by Rabindranath Tagore.

3. Grihadaha by Saratchandra Chatterjee.

4. Prabandha Samgraha Vol. 1, by Pramatha Choudhuri.

5. Aranyak by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee

6. Short stories by Manik Bandyo-padhyay : Atashi Mami, Pragaitihasik, Holud-Pora, Sarisrip, Haraner Natjamai, Chhoto-Bokulpurer Jatri, Kustharogir Bou, Jakey Ghush Ditey Hoy.

7. Shrestha Kavita by Jibanananda Das.

8. Jagori by Satinath Bhaduri.

9. Ebam Indrajit by Badal Sircar.

Remember not to commit grammatical mistakes. Improve writing skills for IAS Bengal literature exam. Handwriting should be legible for IAS Exam. A good command over the language is always helpful. Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing student should keep IAS Mains Bengali language Syllabus and previous papers for reference.

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