IAS Mains Urdu Syllabus

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May 23, 2019

In IAS Main candidates are required to choose 2 optional subjects. You can choose Urdu language as an optional subject, if you have graduated in the literature of Urdu language as the main subject. With well-planned strategies, you can easily score well in the Urdu literature. Interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional. Each Urdu paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Urdu mains paper is 3 hours. Candidates interested in appearing for the exam should have a look at the detailed IAS Exam Pattern


IAS Mains Urdu Paper 1

(Answers must be written in Urdu)

Section A

Development of Urdu Language

a) Development of Indo-Aryan

(i) Old Indo-Aryan

(ii) Middle Indo-Aryan

(iii) New Indo-Aryan

b) Western Hindi and its dialects Brij Bhasha Khadi Boli, Haryanavi Kannauji, Bundeli-Theories about the origin of Urdu Language

c) Dakhani Urdu-Origin and development, its significant linguistic features.

d) Social and Cultural roots of Urdu language and its distinctive features. Script, Phonology, Morphology, Vocabulary.

Section B

a) Genres and their development :

(i) Poetry : Ghazal, Masnavi, Qasida, Marsia, Rubai, Jadid Nazm,

(ii) Prose : Novel, Short Story, Dastan, Drama, Inshaiya, Khutoot, Biography.

b) Significant features of :

(i) Deccani, Delhi and Lucknow schools (ii) Sir Syed movement, Romantic movement, Progressive movement, Modernism.

c) Literary Criticism and its development with reference to Hali, Shibli, Kaleemuddin Ahmad, Ehtisham Hussain, Ale-Ahmad Suroor.

d) Essay writing (covering literary and imaginative topics)

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IAS Mains Urdu Paper 2

(Answers must be written in Urdu)

This paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability.

Section A
1. Mir Amman Bagho-Babar
2. Ghalib Intikhab-e-Khutoot-e Ghalib
3. Mohd. Husain Azad Nairang-e-Khayal
4. Prem Chand Godan
5. Rajendra Singh Bedi Apne Dukh Mujhe Dedo
6. Abul Kalam Azad Ghubar-e-Khatir
Section B
1. Mir Intikhab-e-Kalam-e-Mir (Ed. Abdul Haq.)
2. Mir Hasan Sahrul Bayan
3. Ghalib Diwan-e-Ghalib
4. Iqbal Bal-e-Jibrail
5. Firaq Gul-e-Naghma
6. Faiz Dast-e-Saba
7. Akhtruliman Bint-e-Lamhat

Improve writing skills for IAS Mains Urdu literature exam. Handwriting should be legible for IAS Exam. A good command over the language is always helpful. Appearing candidates should keep on practicing Previous Year Papers for better preparation of the examination.

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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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