Oriya – Syllabus for Indian Civil Services Examination

Oriya forms an optional subject for the Indian Civil Services Examination. The Subject Syllabus for Indian Civil Services Examination is as given below.


(Answers must be written in Oriya)


History of Oriya Language

(1) Origin and development of the subject Language-Influence of Austric, Dravidian, Perso-Arabic and English on Oriya Language.

(2) Phonetics and Phonemics : Vowels, Consonants Principles of changes in Oriya sounds.

(3) Morphology : Morphemes (free, bound compound and complex), derivational and inflectional affixes, case inflection, conjugation of verb.

(4) Syntax : Kinds of sentences and their transformation, structure of sentences.

(5) Semantics-Different types of change in meaning Euphemism.

(6) Common errors in spellings, grammatical uses and construction of sentences.

(7) Regional variations in the subject Language (Western, Southern and Northern Oriya) and Dialects (Bhatri and Desia)


History of Oriya Literature

(1) Historical backgrounds (social, cultural and political) of Oriya Literature of different periods.

(2) Ancient epics, ornate kavyas and padavalis.

(3) Typical structural forms of Oriya Literature (Koili, Chautisa, Poi, Chaupadi, Champu).

(4) Modern trends in poetry, drama short story, novel, essay and literary criticism.


(Answers must be written in Oriya)

Critical Study of texts – The paper will require first hand reading of the text and test the critical ability of the candidate.


Poetry : (Ancient)

  1. Sarala Das-Shanti Parva from Mahabharãta.
  2. Jaganath Das-Bhagabate, XI Skandha-Jadu Avadhuta Sambada. (Medieval)
  3. Dinãkrushna Das-Rasakallola- (Chhãndas-16 & 34)
  4. Upendra Bhanja-Lãvanyabati (Chhandas-1 & 2) (Modern)
  5. Radhanath Ray-Chandrabhaga
  6. Mayadhar Manasinha-Jeevan Chita
  7. Satchidananda Routray-Kabita- 1962
  8. Ramakanta Ratha-Saptama Ritu.


Drama :

  1. Manoranjan Das-Katha-Ghoda
  2. Bijay Mishra-Tata Niranjanã

Novel :

  1. Fakir Mohan Senãpati-Chhamãna Athaguntha
  2. Gopinãth Mohanty-Danapani Short Story :
  3. Surendra Mohanty-Maralara Mrityu
  4. Manoj Das-Laxmira Abhisara Essay :
  5. Chittaranjan Das-Taranga O Tadit (First five essays).
  6. Chandra Sekhar Rath-Mun Satyadhãrma Kahuchhi (First five essays)


The 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 – http://www.upsc.gov.in/.

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