Malayalam Syllabus for Civil Service Exams

Malayalam syllabus for upsc

The UPSC Optional Syllabus for Malayalam is as given below:

Malayalam Literature Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam UPSC :
Optional Subject consists of 2 papers. Each paper is of 250 marks, making a total of 500 marks.
MALAYALAMPAPER-I
(Answers must be written in Malayalam Section-A
Unit 1-Early phase of Malayalam Language:
1.1  Various theories: origin from proto Dravidian, Tamil, Sanskrit.
1.2  Relation between Tamil and Malayalam: Six nayas of A.R. Rajarajavarma.
1.3  Pattu school-definition, Ramacharitam, later pattu works-Niranam works and Krishnagatha.
Unit 2-Linguistic features of :
2.1   Manipravalam-definition. Language of early manipravala works-Champu, Sandesakavya, Chandrotsava, minor works. Later Manipravala works-medieval Champu and Attakkatha.
2.2  Folklore-Southern and Northern ballads, Mappila songs.
2.3      Early Malayalam prose-Bhashakautaliyam, Brahmandapuranam, Attaprakaram, Kramadipika and Nambiantamil.
Unit 3-Standardisation of Malayalam:
3.1  Peculairities of the language of Pana, Kilippattu and Tullal.
3.2  Contributions of indigenous and European missionaries to Malayalam.
3.3  Characteristics of contemporary Malayalam : Malayalam as administravie language. Language of scientific and technical literature-media language.
Section-B
Literary History
Unit-4 Ancient and Medieval Literature:
4.1  Pattu-Ramacharitam, Niranam works and Krishnagatha.
4.2  Manipravalam-early and medieval manipravala works including attakkatha and champu.
4.3  Folk literature.
4.4  Kilippattu, Tullal and Mahakavya.
Unit 5- Modern Literature-Poerty:
5.1  Venmani poets and contemporaries.
5.2  The advent of Romanticism-Poerty of Kavitraya i.e., Asan, Ulloor and Vallathol
5.3  Poetry after Kavitraya.
5.4  Modernism in Malayalam poetry.
Unit 6- Modern Literature-Prose:
6.1  Drama
6.2  Novel
6.3  Short story
6.4  Biography, travelogue, essay and criticism.
PAPER-II
(Answers must be written in Malayalam)
This paper will require first hand reading of the texts prescribed and is designed to test the candidate’s critical ability.
Section-A
Unit 1
1.1  Ramacharitam-Patalam 1.
1.2  Kannassaramayanam-Balakandam first 25 stanzas.
1.3  Unnunilisandesam-Purvabhagam 25 slokas including Prastavana
1.4  Mahabharatham Kilippattu-Bhishmaparvam.
Unit 2
2.1  Kumaran Asan-Chintavisthayaya Sita.
2.2  Vailoppilli-Kutiyozhikkal.
2.3  G. Sankara Kurup-Perunthachan.
2.4  N.V. Krishna Variar-Tivandiyile Pattu.
Unit 3
3.1  ONV -Bhumikkoru Charamagitam
3.2  Ayyappa Panicker-Kurukshetram.
3.3  Akkittam-Pandatha Messanthi
3.4  Attur Ravivarma-Megharupan.
Section-B
Unit 4
4.1  O. Chanthu Menon-Indulekha
4.2  Thakazhy-Chemmin.
4.3  O V Vijayan-Khasakkinte Ithihasam.
Unit 5
5.1  MT Vasudevan Nair-Vanaprastham (Collection).
5.2  N S Madhavan-Higvitta (Collection).
5.3  C J. Thomas-1128-il Crime 27.
Unit 6
6.1  Kuttikrishna Marar-Bharataparyatanam
6.2  M. K Sanu-Nakshatrangalute snehabhajanam
6.3  V.T. Bhattathirippad-Kannirum Kinavum.

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