Literature – Syllabus for Indian Civil Services Examination

Literature forms an optional subject for the Indian Civil Services Examination. Literature of any one of the following languages can be selected as Optional subject by the candidate:

The detailed Literature Subject Syllabus for each of the above Languages for Indian Civil Services Examination can be viewed by clicking on the relevant language as given above.

For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:-

Language                         Script

Assamese                         Assamese

Bengali                             Bengali

Gujarati                           Gujarati

Hindi                               Devanagari

Kannada                         Kannada

Kashmiri                        Persian

Konkani                         Devanagari

Malayalam                    Malayalam

Manipuri                      Bengali

Marathi                        Devanagari

Nepali                           Devanagari

Oriya                             Oriya

Punjabi                        Gurmukhi

Sanskrit                       Devanagari

Sindhi                          Devanagari or Arabic

Tamil                           Tamil

Telugu                         Telugu

Urdu                            Persian

Bodo                            Devanagari

Dogri                           Devanagari

Maithili                       Devanagari

Santhali                      Devanagari or Olchiki

Note : For Santhali language, question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

The papers on Indian languages will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these  papers will not be counted for ranking.

The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree.

The Literature Subject syllabus for Indian Civil Services Examination is subject to modification/change and it is advised to check up for the latest syllabus on the Union Public Service Commission website –

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