#81 What is the Syllabus for Telugu Literature Optional in UPSC CSE Mains Exam?

Telugu language is widely spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is one of 22 languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of our constitution. It consists of various literary works and novels. It has a rich cultural heritage which makes its literature even more interesting and engaging. Anyone who is well versed with language can opt for this subject. This will not only enhance your knowledge about the language and it’s origin but also will develop an understanding of the different literary works of authors.

The syllabus for the subject is given below for your understanding.


Section A – Language

  1. Place of Telugu among Dravidian languages and its antiquity-Etymological history of Telugu, Tenugu and Andhra.
  2. Major linguistic changes in phonological, morphological, grammatical and syntactical levels, from Proto-Dravidian to old Telugu and from old Telugu to Modern Telugu.
  3. Evolution of spoken Telugu when compared to classical Telugu-Formal and functional view of Telugu language.
  4. Influence of other languages and its impact on Telugu.
  5. Modernization of Telugu language  (a) Linguistic and literary movements and their role in modernization of Telugu.(b) Role of media in modernization of Telugu (Newspapers, Radio, TV etc.(c) Problems of terminology and mechanisms in coining new terms in Telugu in various discourses including scientific and technical
  6. Dialects of Telugu-Regional and social variations and problems of standardization.
  7. Syntax-Major divisions of Telugu sentences-simple, complex and compound sentences-Noun and verb predications-Processes of nominalization and relativization-Direct and indirect reporting-conversion processes.
  8. Translation-Problems of translation, cultural, social and idiomatic-Methods of translation-Approaches to translation-Literary and other kinds of translation-various uses of translation.

Section B – Literature

  • Literature in Pre-Nannaya Period-Marga and Desi poetry.
  • Nannaya Period-Historical and literary background of Andhra Mahabharata.
  • Saiva poets and their contribution-Dwipada, Sataka, Ragada, Udaharana.
  • Tikkana and his place in Telugu literature.
  • Errana and his literary works-Nachana Somana and his new approach to poetry.
  • Srinatha and Potana-Their works and contribution.
  • Bhakti poets in Telugu literature-Tallapaka,Annamayya, Ramadasu, Tyagayya.8. Evolution of prabandhas-Kavya and prabandha.
  • Southern school of Telugu literature-Raghunatha Nayaka, Chemakura Venkata Kavi and women poets-Literary forms like yakshagana, prose and padakavita.
  • Modern Telugu Literature and literary forms-Novel, Short Story, Drama, Playlet and poetic forms.
  • Literary Movements: Reformation, Nationalism, Neo-classicism, Romanticism and Progressive, Revolutionary movements.
  • Digambarakavulu, Feminist and Dalit Literature.
  • Main divisions of folk literature-Performing folk arts.

Paper 2

  1.  Aesthetic approach-Rasa, Dhwani, Vakrokti and Auchitya-Formal and Structural-Imagery and Symbolism.
  2.  Sociological, Historical, Ideological, Psychological approaches.

Section A

  1. Nannaya-Dushyanta Charitra (Adiparva 4th Canto verses 5-109)
  2. Tikkana-Sri Krishna Rayabaramu (Udyoga parva -3rd Canto verses 1-144)
  3. Srinatha-Guna Nidhi Katha (Kasi-khandam, 4th Canto, verses 76-133)
  4. Pingali Surana-Sugatri Salinulakatha (Kalapurnodayamu 4 Canto verses, 60-142)
  5. Molla-Ramayanamu (Balakanda including avatarika)
  6. Kasula Purushothama Kavi-Andhra Nayaka Satakamu                                                        

Section B

  1. Gurajada Appa Rao-Animutyalu (Short stories)
  2. Viswanatha Satyanarayana-Andhra prasasti
  3. Devulapalli Krishna Sastry-Krishnapaksham (excluding Urvasi and Pravasam)
  4. Sri Sri-Maha prastanam.
  5. Jashuva-Gabbilam (Part I)
  6. Narayana Reddy-Karpuravasanta rayalu.
  7. Kanuparti Varalakshmamma-Sarada lekhalu (Part I)
  8. Atreya-N.G.O.
  9. Racha konda Visswanatha Sastry-Alpajaeev

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