The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three phases: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The IAS Mains exam requires aspirants to select one optional subject, which plays a crucial role in determining their ranking. In recent years, literature subjects have seen an increasing success rate.
Odia, also known as Oriya, is an Indo-Aryan language used in Odisha and some regions of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh. It is recognized as one of India’s six classical languages and is an official language listed in the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution. With a rich history of literary works, Odia literature is included as an optional subject in the UPSC Mains exam.
This article provides the syllabus for Odia as an optional subject and a PDF of the UPSC Odia Optional Syllabus. The syllabus covers the grammar, history and development of Odia, regional variations, phonetics, and important literary works. The subject carries a weightage of 500 marks, divided into two papers of 250 marks each. Aspirants are recommended to review the UPSC Odia Literature Books to prepare for the exam.