The UPSC Civil Services Exam consists of the Prelims, Mains, and Interview stages. As part of their preparation, candidates must select an optional subject for the Mains exam, which significantly impacts their overall ranking. In recent years, literature-based subjects have seen a rising success rate.
Telugu, one of India’s classical languages, belongs to the Dravidian family and is predominantly spoken in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Yanam. With a rich literary tradition, including poetry, drama, novels, and short stories, Telugu is recognized as one of India’s 22 official languages by the Indian Constitution and is included in the list of optional subjects for the UPSC Mains exam.
This article provides the UPSC Mains Telugu Literature Syllabus. The syllabus covers topics such as the evolution of the language, the impact of various factors and other languages on the development of Telugu, its grammar, dialects, and translation processes. Additionally, it covers the history of literature and various other literary genres, as well as major works by prominent Telugu authors.
The optional subject in the UPSC Mains exam is 500 marks, with two papers, each carrying 250 marks. For more information on optional subject syllabi, check the linked article.