IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains 2021 Odia Syllabus

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Mar 22, 2021

The IAS (UPSC CSE) exam is conducted in three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview and the candidates have to choose one optional subject for appearing in the Mains exam. The optional subject has a major role in deciding the ranking of the candidates. As per the current trends, the success rate of the literature subjects is growing up in the last few years.

Odia is an official language of Indo-Aryan family, which is widely used in Odisha, a few parts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Odia was known as Oriya formerly. This language is considered as one of the six Indian classical languages. It is also listed as the official language as per Constitution of India. Since Ancient times, Odia has a long history in literary works. IAS (UPSC CSE) coincides Odia literature as one of the optional subjects.

One can choose Odia language as an optional subject, if you have graduated in the literature of Odia language as the main subject. Each Odia paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Odia mains paper is 3 hours. Individual appearing for the odia language examination should properly keep practicing for a better score through Previous Year Papers.

IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Odia Paper 1

Answers must be written in Odia

Section A – History of Odia Language

  • Origin and development of Odia Language-Influence of Austric, Dravidian, Perso-Arabic and English on Odia Language.
  • Phonetics and Phonemics : Vowels, Consonants Principles of changes in Odia sounds.
  • Morphology : Morphemes (free, bound compound and complex), derivational and inflectional affixes, case inflection, conjugation of verb.
  • Syntax : Kinds of sentences and their transformation, structure of sentences.
  • Semantics-Different types of change in meaning Euphemism.
  • Common errors in spellings, grammatical uses and construction of sentences.
  • Regional variations in Odia Language (Western, Southern and Northern Odia) and Dialects (Bhatri and Desia)

Section B – History of Odia Literature

  • Historical backgrounds (social, cultural and political) of Odia Literature of different periods.
  • Ancient epics, ornate kavyas and padavalis.
  • Typical structural forms of Odia Literature (Koili, Chautisa, Poi, Chaupadi, Champu).
  • Modern trends in poetry, drama short story, novel, essay and literary criticism.

IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Odia 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

  • Ancient
    • Sarala Das-Shanti Parva from Mahabharata.
    • Jaganath Das-Bhagabate, XI Skandha-Jadu Avadhuta Sambada.
  • Medieval
    • Dinakrushna Das-Rasakallola- (Chhandas-16 & 34)
    • Upendra Bhanja-Lavanyabati (Chhandas-1 & 2)
  • Modern
    • Radhanath Ray-Chandrabhaga
    • Mayadhar Manasinha-Jeevan Chita
    • Satchidananda Routray-Kabita- 1962
    • Ramakanta Ratha-Saptama Ritu.

Section B

  • Drama
    • Manoranjan Das-Katha-Ghoda
    • Bijay Mishra-Tata Niranjana
  • Novel
    • Fakir Mohan Senapati-Chhamana Athaguntha
    • Gopinath Mohanty-Danapani
  • Short Story
    • Surendra Mohanty-Maralara Mrityu
    • Manoj Das-Laxmira Abhisara
  • Essay
    • Chittaranjan Das-Taranga O Tadit (First five essays)
    • Chandra Sekhar Rath-Mun Satyadharma Kahuchhi (First five essays)

Odia is also called Oriya, Odri, Utkaliya, Kalingi. Improve writing skills for IAS Oriya literature exam. Handwriting should be eligible for the IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam. A good command over the language is always helpful. Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing students should keep IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Odia Syllabus and previous papers for reference.

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