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UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Optional Subject consists of 2 papers. Each paper is of 300 marks, making a total of 600 marks.

The Gujarathi Literature paper is part of optional subjects. It has two papers with two sections each – Section A & Section B. The candidate has to answer them all in Gujarathi.

Gujarathi Literature Syllabus, UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

PAPER – I

(Answers must be written in Gujarati)

Section A

Gujarati Language : Form and history

1. History of Gujarati Language with special reference to New Indo-Aryan i.e. last one thousand years.

2. Significant features of the Gujarati language: Phonology, morphology and syntax.

3. Major dialects: Surti, Pattani, charotari and Saurashtri.

History of Gujarati Literature Medieval :

4. Jaina tradition

5. Bhakti tradition: Sagun and Nirgun (Jnanmargi)

6. Non-sectarian tradition (Laukik parampara)

Modern:

7. Sudharak yug

8. Pandit yug

9. Gandhi yug

10. Anu-Gandhi yug

11. Adhunik yug

Section B

Literary Forms : (Salient features, history and development of the following literary forms):

(a) Medieval

1. Narratives: Rasa, Akhyan and Padyavarta

2. Lyrical: Pada

(b) Folk

3. Bhavai

(c) Modern

4. Fiction: Novel and short story

5. Drama

6. Literary Essay

7. Lyrical Poetry

(d) Criticism

8. History of theoretical Gujarati criticism

9. Recent research in folk tradition.

PAPER II

(Answers must be written in Gujarati)

The paper will require first hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidate.

Section A

1. Medieval

(i) Vasantvilas phagu-AJNATKRUT

(ii) Kadambari-BHALAN

(iii) Sudamacharitra-PREMANAND

(iv) Chandrachandravatini varta-SHAMAL

(v) Akhegeeta-AKHO

2. Sudharakyug & Pandityug

(vi) Mari Hakikat-NARMADASHANKAR DAVE

(vii) Farbasveerah- DALPATRAM

(viii) Saraswatichandra-Part-I GOVARDHANRAM TRIPATHI

(ix) Purvalap- ‘KANT’ (MANISHANKAR RATNAJI BHATT)

(x) Raino Parvat-RAMANBHAI NEELKANTH

Section B

1. Gandhiyug & Anu Gandhiyug

(i) Hind Swaraj-MOHANDAS KARMACHAND GANDHI

(ii) Patanni Prabhuta- KANHAIYALAL MUNSHI

(iii) Kavyani Shakti- RAMNARAYAN VISH-WANATH PATHAK

(iv) Saurashtrani Rasdhar Part 1- ZAVERCHAND MEGHANI

(v) Manvini Bhavai-PANNALAL PATEL

(vi) Dhvani-RAJENDRA SHAH

2. Adhunik yug

(vii) Saptapadi-UMASHANKAR JOSHI

(viii)Janantike- SURESH JOSHI

(ix) Ashwatthama- SITANSHU YASHASCHANDRA