Assamese Literature Syllabus – UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

The optional subject in the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam is divided into two papers, with each paper carrying 250 marks. This brings the total marks allotted for the optional subject to 500.

Assamese Literature Syllabus - UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

Assamese Literature Syllabus – UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam



(Answers must be written in Assamese)
Section-A Language
(a) History of the origin and development of the Assamese language-its position among the Indo-Aryan
Languages – periods in its history.
(b) Developments of Assamese prose.
(c) Vowels and consonants of the Assamese languages-rules of phonetic changes with stress on Assamese
coming down from Old Indo-Aryan.
(d) Assamese vocabulary-and its sources.
(e) Morphology of the language-conjugation-enclitic definitives and pleonastic suffixes.
(f) Dialectical divergences-the standard colloquial and the Kamrupi dialect in particulars.
(g) Assamese scripts-its evolution through the ages till 19th century A.D.

Section-B Literary Criticism and Literary History

(a) Principles of Literary criticism up to New criticism.
(b) Different literary genres.
(c) Development of literary forms in Assamese.
(d) Development of literary criticism in Assamese.
(e) Periods of the literary history of Assam from the earliest beginnings, i.e. from the period of the
charyyageets with their socio-cultural background: the proto Assamese-Pre-Sankaradeva – Sankaradeva-post
Sankaradeva – Modern period (from the coming of the Britishers)-Post-Independence period. Special
emphasis is to be given on the Vaisnavite period, the gonaki, and the post-Independence period.

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This paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the
candidates’ critical ability.
[Answers must be written in Assamese]


Rãmãyana (Ayodhya Kãnda only) – by Madhava Kandali.
Pãrijãt-Harana – by Sankaradeva.
Rãsakrïdã – by Sankaradeva (From Kirtana Ghosa).
Bargeet – by Madhavadeva
Rãjasûya – by Madhavadeva.
Kãthã-Bhãgavata (Books I and II) – by Baikunthanath Bhattacharyya.
Gurucarit-Kathã (Sankaradeva’s – ed. by Maheswar Neog
Part only)


Mor Jeevan Soñwaran – by Lakshminath Bezbaroa.
Kripãbar Barbaruãr Kãkatar Topola – by Lakshminath Bezbaroa.
Pratimã – by Chandra Kumar Agarwalla.
Gãoñburhã – by Padmanath Gohain Barua.
Monamatî – by Rajanikanta Bordoloi.
Purani Asamîyã Sãhitya – by Banikanta Kakati.
Kãrengar Ligirî – by Jyotiprasad Agarwalla
Jeevanar Bãtat – by Bina Barwa (Birinchi Kumar Barua)
Mrityunjoy – by Birendrakumar Bhattacharyya
Samrãt – by Navakanta Barua.

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