IAS Mains Odia Syllabus

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May 23, 2019

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In IAS Main exam candidates are given the choice of selecting among various subjects for two optional papers. One can choose Odia language as an optional subject, if you have graduated in the literature of Odia language as the main subject. Each Oriya paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Oriya mains paper is 3 hours. Individual appearing for the odia language examination should properly keep practicing for a better score thorugh Previous Year Papers

IAS Mains Odia Paper 1

(Answers must be written in Odia)

Section A – History of Odia Language

(1) Origin and development of Odia Language-Influence of Austric, Dravidian, Perso-Arabic and English on Odia Language.

(2) Phonetics and Phonemics : Vowels, Consonants Principles of changes in Odia sounds.

(3) Morphology : Morphemes (free, bound compound and complex), derivational and inflectional affixes, case inflection, conjugation of verb.

(4) Syntax : Kinds of sentences and their transformation, structure of sentences.

(5) Semantics-Different types of change in meaning Euphemism.

(6) Common errors in spellings, grammatical uses and construction of sentences.

(7) Regional variations in Odia Language (Western, Southern and Northern Odia) and Dialects (Bhatri and Desia)

Section B – History of Odia Literature

(1) Historical backgrounds (social, cultural and political) of Odia Literature of different periods.

(2) Ancient epics, ornate kavyas and padavalis.

(3) Typical structural forms of Odia Literature (Koili, Chautisa, Poi, Chaupadi, Champu).

(4) Modern trends in poetry, drama short story, novel, essay and literary criticism.

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IAS Mains Oriya Paper 2

Answers must be written in Odia)

Critical Study of texts – The paper will require first hand reading of the text and test the critical ability of the candidate.

Section A - Poetry


  1. Sarala Das-Shanti Parva from Mahabharata.
  2. Jaganath Das-Bhagabate, XI Skandha-Jadu Avadhuta Sambada.


  1. Dinakrushna Das-Rasakallola- (Chhandas-16 & 34)
  2. Upendra Bhanja-Lavanyabati (Chhandas-1 & 2)


  1. Radhanath Ray-Chandrabhaga
  2. Mayadhar Manasinha-Jeevan Chita
  3. Satchidananda Routray-Kabita- 1962
  4. Ramakanta Ratha-Saptama Ritu.

Section B


  1. Manoranjan Das-Katha-Ghoda
  2. Bijay Mishra-Tata Niranjana


  1. Fakir Mohan Senapati-Chhamana Athaguntha
  2. Gopinath Mohanty-Danapani

 Short Story

  1. Surendra Mohanty-Maralara Mrityu
  2. Manoj Das-Laxmira Abhisara


  1. Chittaranjan Das-Taranga O Tadit (First five essays)
  2. Chandra Sekhar Rath-Mun Satyadharma Kahuchhi (First five essays)

Oriya also called Odia, Odri, Utkaliya, Kalingi. Improve writing skills for IAS Oriya 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 Oriya Syllabus and previous papers for reference.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.