IAS Mains Telugu Syllabus

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Jul 22, 2020

In IAS Main exam every candidate has to choose two optional papers. One can choose Telugu language as an optional subject, if they have graduated in the literature of Telugu language as the main subject. With well-planned strategies, one can easily score well in the Telugu literature. Interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional.  Each Telugu paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Telugu mains paper is 3 hours. Here is a detailed IAS Syllabus


IAS Mains Telugu Paper 1

(Answers must be written in Telugu)

Section A – Language

  1. Place of Telugu among Dravidian languages and its antiquity-Etymological history of Telugu, Tenugu and Andhra.
  2. Major linguistic changes in phonological, morphological, grammatical, and syntactical levels, from Proto-Dravidian to old Telugu and from old Telugu to Modern Telugu.
  3. Evolution of spoken Telugu when compared to classical Telugu-Formal and functional view of Telugu language.
  4. Influence of other languages and their impact on Telugu.
  5. Modernization of Telugu language.

(a) Linguistic and literary movements and their role in the modernization of Telugu.

(b) Role of media in modernization of Telugu (Newspapers, Radio, TV, etc.)

(c) Problems of terminology and mechanisms in coining new terms in Telugu in various discourses including scientific and technical.

  1. Dialects of Telugu-Regional and social variations and problems of standardization.
  2. Syntax-Major divisions of Telugu sentences-simple, complex and compound sentences-Noun and verb predications-Processes of nominalization and relativization-Direct and indirect reporting-conversion processes.
  3. Translation-Problems of translation, cultural, social, and idiomatic-Methods of translation-Approaches to translation-Literary and other kinds of translation-various uses of translation.

Section B – Literature

  1. Literature in Pre-Nannaya Period-Marga and Desi poetry.
  2. Nannaya Period-Historical and literary background of Andhra Mahabharata.
  3. Saiva poets and their contribution-Dwipada, Sataka, Ragada, Udaharana.
  4. Tikkana and his place in Telugu literature.
  5. Errana and his literary works-Nachana Somana and his new approach to poetry.
  6. Srinatha and Potana-Their woks and contribution.
  7. Bhakti poets in Telugu literature-Tallapaka Annamayya, Ramadasu, Tyagayya.
  8. Evolution of prabandhas-Kavya and prabandha.
  9. Southern school of Telugu literature-Raghunatha Nayaka, Chemakura Vankatakavi and women poets-Literary forms like yakshagana, prose and padakavita.
  10. Modern Telugu Literature and literary forms-Novel, Short Story, Drama, Playlet, and poetic forms.
  11. Literary Movements: Reformation, Nationalism, Neo-classicism, Romanticism and Progressive, Revolutionary movements.
  12. Digambarakavulu, Feminist and Dalit Literature.
  13. Main divisions of folk literature-Performing folk arts.

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IAS Mains Telugu Paper 2

(Answers must be written in Telugu.)

This paper will require first-hand reading of the prescribed texts and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability, which will be in relation to the following approaches :

  1. Aesthetic approach-Rasa, Dhwani, Vakroti and Auchitya-Formal and Structural-Imagery and Symbolism.
  2. Sociological, Historical, Ideological, Psychological approaches.

Section A

  1. Nannaya-Dushyanta Charitra (Adiparva 4th Canto verses 5-109)
  2. Tikkana-Sri Krishna Rayabaramu (Udyoga parva -3rd Canto verses 1-144)
  3. Srinatha-Guna Nidhi Katha (Kasi-khandam, 4th Canto, verses 76-133)
  4. Pingali Surana-Sugatri Salinulakatha (Kalapurnodayamu 4 Canto verses, 60-142)
  5. Molla-Ramayanamu (Balakanda including avatarika)
  6. Kasula Purushothama Kavi-Andhra Nayaka Satakamu

Section B

  1. Gurajada Appa Rao-Animutyalu (Short stories)
  2. Viswanatha Satyanarayana-Andhra prasasti
  3. Devulapalli Krishna Sastry-Krishnapaksham (excluding Urvasi and Pravasam)
  4. Sri Sri-Maha prastanam.
  5. Jashuva-Gabbilam (Part I)
  6. C. Narayana Reddy-Karpuravasanta rayalu.
  7. Kanuparti Varalakshmamma-Sarada lekhalu (Part I)
  8. Atreya-N.G.O.
  9. Racha konda Visswanatha Sastry-Alpajaeevi.

Improve writing skills for the IAS Mains Telugu literature exam. Handwriting should be legible for IAS Exam. Good command over the language is always helpful. Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing students should keep IAS Mains Telugu Syllabus and Previous Papers for reference.

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Telugu Previous Year Papers

Candidate can download previous year papers of IAS Mains Telugu.

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

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