The Bodo language is one of the optional subjects offered for the 2 optional papers in the IAS (UPSC CSE) Main Exam. With well-planned strategies, you can easily score well in the Bodo literature. Interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional. Each Bodo paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Bodo 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 Bodo in IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains?
Candidates who have studied the Bodo 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 Bodo as an optional subject are:
Advantages of choosing Bodo
- Lesser competition as less number of aspirants chooses literature (Bodo 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 Bodo
- 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 Bodo Paper 1
Section A- History of Bodo Language and Literature
- Homeland, language family, its present status and its mutual contact with the Assamese.
- Phonemes: Vowel and Consonant Phonemes and Tones.
- Morphology: Gender, Case & Case endings, Plural suffix, Definitives, Verbal suffix.
- Vocabulary and its sources.
- Syntax: Types of sentences, Word Order.
- History of Scripts used in writing Bodo Language since inception.
Section B- History of Bodo Literature
- General introduction of Bodo folk literature.
- Contribution of the Missionaries.
- Periodization of Bodo Literature.
- Critical analysis of different genres (Poetry, Novel, Short Story, and Drama.
- Translation Literature.
IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Bodo Paper 2
The Paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidates.
- Khonthai-Methai (Edited by Madaram Brahma & Rupnath Brahma).
- Hathorkhi-Hala (Edited by Pramod Chandra Brahma).
- Boroni Gudi Sibsa Arw Aroz : Madaram Brahma.
- Ra j a Ni l amb a r : Dwa r e n d r a Na t h Basumatary.
- Bibar (Prose section)
- Gibi Bithai (Aida Nwi): Bihuram Boro
- Radab: Samar Brahma Chaudhury
- Okhrang Gongse Nangou: Brajendra Kumar Brahma
- Baisagu Arw Harimu: Laksheswar Brahma
- Gwdan Boro: Manoranjan Lahary
- Jujaini Or: Chittaranjan Muchahary
- Mwihoor: Dharanidhar Wary
- Hor Badi Khwmsi: Kamal Kumar Brahma
- Jaolia Dewan: Mangal Singh Hozowary
- Hagra Guduni Mwi: Nilkamal Brahma
Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing students should keep IAS Mains Bodo Syllabus and previous papers for reference.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.