The Konkani language is one of the optional subjects offered for the 2 optional papers in the IAS (UPSC CSE) Main Exam. Candidates who are familiar with Konkani Literature will find this subject suitable as an optional regional language paper.. Interest is the prime criteria for choosing any language as optional. Each Konkani paper consists of 250 marks. The duration for each Konkani mains paper is 3 hours.
As per the latest news for 2021, the notification for IAS (UPSC CSE) will be released anytime soon, but the exam dates for prelims remain unchanged and on June 27, 2021.
Who should opt for Konkani in IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains?
Candidates who have studied the Konkani literature can opt for it as an optional subject in the IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Exam. Some of the factors that one must account for before choosing Konkani as an optional subject are:
Advantages of choosing Konkani
- Lesser competition as less number of aspirants chooses literature (Konkani included) as an optional.
- Stress reliever as an interest in the subject can work as a therapy.
- Quality of answers as there is no limitation to different kinds of answers.
- Updation in the syllabus is rare
- Essay writing and interviews won’t pose much of a problem as the amount of reading will help with these.
Disadvantages of choosing Konkani
- Subjective Nature of the answers can lead to less scoring at times if your views do not match with the evaluator.
- Lack of resources
- No syllabus overlap with GS papers
IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Konkani Paper 1 Syllabus
Section A - History of the Konkani Language :
- Origin and development of the language and influences on it.
- Major variants of Konkani and their linguistic features.
- Grammatical and lexicographic work in Konkani, including a study of cases, adverbs, indeclinables and voices.
- Old Standard Konkani, new Standard and standardisation problems.
Section B - History of Konkani literature:
Candidates would be expected to be wel-acquainted with Konkani literature and its social and cultural background and consider the problems and issues arising out of them.
- History of Konkani literature from its probable source to the present times, with emphasis on its major works, writers and movements.
- Social and cultural background of the making of Konkani literature from time to time.
- Indian and Western influences on Konkani literature from the earliest to modern times.
- Modern literary trends in the various genres and regions including a study of Konkani folklore.
IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Konkani Paper 2 Syllabus
The paper will be designed to test the candidate's critical and analytical abilities. Candidates would be expected to be well-acquainted with Konkani Literature and required to have a first-hand reading of the following texts:
Section A - Prose
- Konkani Mansagangotri (excluding poetry) ed. by Prof. Olivinho Gomes
- Old Konkani language and literature-the Portuguese Role
- Otmo Denvcharak-a novel by A.V da Cruz.
- Vadoll ani Varem-A novel by Antonio Pereira.
- Devache Kurpen-a novel by V J P Saldanha.
- Vajralikhani-Shenoy Goem-bab-An anthology-ed. by Shantaram Varde Valavalikar
- Konkani Lalit Niband-Essays-ed. by Shyam Verenkar
- Teen Dasakam-An lAnthology-ed. by Chandrakant Keni.
- Demand-Drama-by Pundalik Naik
- Kadambini- A miscellany of modern Prose-ed. by Prof. OJF Gomes & Smt. P.S. Tadkodkar.
- Ratha Tujeo Ghudieo-by Smt. Jayanti Naik.
Section B - Poetry
- Ev ani Mori: Poetry by Eduardo Bruno de Souza.
- Abravanchem Yadnyadan-by Luis Mascarenhas.
- Godde Ramayan-ed.by R.K. Rao
- Ratnahar I &II-collection of poems-ed. R.V. Pandit.
- Zayo Zuyo-poems-Manohar L. Sardessai.
- Kanadi Mati Konkani Kavi-Anthology of Poems-ed. Pratap Naik.
- Adrushatache Kalle-Poems by Pandurang Bhangui
- Yaman- Poems by Madhav Borkar
Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing students should keep IAS Mains Konkani Syllabus and previous papers for reference.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.