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UPSC IAS Main Exam : Literature Subject Kannada Syllabus

Sep 28, 2015 14:35 IST

    Kannada Literature is one of the favorite subjects among the Students belonging to Karnataka. In addition of being their native language, this literature subject is scoring too. So it is taken up by several candidates to score easily in IAS Main Exam. The Syllabus of Kannada literature is given below.

    Notice for the Candidates

    Note (i) : A candidate may be required to answer some or all the questions in the language concerned.

    Note (ii) : In regard to the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to Constitution, the scripts will be the same as indicated in Section-II (B) of Appendix I relating to Main Examination.

    Note (iii) : Candidates should note that the questions not required to be answered in a specific language will have to be answered in the language medium indicated by them for answering papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subjects



    (Answers must be written in Kannada)


    A. History of Kannada Language

    What is Language? General charecteristics of Language.

    Dravidian Family of Languages and its specific features, Antiquity of Kannada Language, Different Phases of its development.

    Dialects of Kannada Language : Regional and Social Various aspects of development of Kannada

    Language : phonological and Semantic changes. Language borrowing.

    B. History of Kannada Literature

    Ancient Kannada literature :

    Influence and Trends. Poets for study : Specified poets from Pampa to Ratnakara Varni are to be studied in the light of contents, form and expression : Pampa, Janna, Nagachandra.

    Medieval Kannada literature : Influence and Trends.

    Vachana literature : Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi.

    Medieval Poets : Harihara, Raghavanka, Kumar-Vyasa.

    Dasa literature : Purandra and Kanaka.

    Sangataya : Ratnakaravarni

    C. Modern Kannada literature : Influence, trends and idealogies, Navodaya, Pragatishila, Navya, Dalita and Bandaya.


    A. Poetics and literary criticism : Definition and concepts of poetry : Word, Meaning, Alankara, Reeti, Rasa, Dhwani, Auchitya.

    Interpretations of Rasa Sutra.

    Modern Trends of literary criticism : Formalist, Historical, Marxist, Feminist, Post-colonial criticism.

    B. Cultural History of Karnataka

    Contribution of Dynasties to the culture of Karnataka : Chalukyas of Badami and Kalyani, Rashtrakutas,Hoysalas,

    Vijayanagara rulers, in literary context.

    Major religions of Karnataka and their cultural contributions.

    Arts of Karnataka : Sculpture, Architecture, Painting, Music, Dance-in the literary context. Unification of Karnataka and its impact on Kannada literature.


                  (Answers must be written in Kannada)

    The paper will require first-hand reading of the Texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidates.



    1. Vikramaarjuna Vijaya of Pampa (cantos 12 & 13), (Mysore University Pub.)

    2. Vaddaraadhane (Sukumaraswamyia Kathe, Vidyutchorana Kathe)

    B. Medieval Kannada Literature :

    1. Vachana Kammata, Ed: K. Marulasiddappa K.R. Nagaraj (Bangalore University Pub.)

    2. Janapriya Kanakasamputa, Ed. D. Javare Gowda (Kannada and Culture Directorate, Bangalore)

    3. Nambiyannana Ragale, Ed., T.N.Sreekantaiah (Ta.Vem. Smaraka Grantha Male, Mysore)

    4. Kumaravyasa Bharata : Karna Parva (Mysore University)

    5. Bharatesha Vaibhava Sangraha Ed. Ta. Su. Shama Rao (Mysore University)


    A. Modern Kannada Literature

    1. Poetry : Hosagannada Kavite, Ed : G.H. Nayak (Kannada Saahitya Parishattu, Bangalore)

    2. Novel : Bettada Jeeva-Shivarama Karanta Madhavi-Arupama Niranjana Odalaala-Devanuru Mahadeva

    3. Short Story : Kannada Sanna Kathegalu, Ed. G.H. Nayak (Sahitya Academy, New Delhi).

    4. Drama : Shudra Tapaswi-Kuvempu.Tughlak-Girish Karnad.

    5. Vichara Saahitya : Devaru-A.N.Moorty Rao (Pub : D.V.K. Moorty, Mysore.)

    B. Folk Literature :

    1. Janapada Swaroopa-Dr. H.M. Nayak. (Ta. Vem. Smaraka Grantha Male, Mysore.)

    2. Janapada Geetaanjali-Ed.D. Javare Gowda. (Pub : Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.)

    3. Kannada Janapada Kathegalu-Ed. J.S. Paramashivaiah, (Mysore University.)

    4. Beedi Makkalu Beledo. Ed. Kalegowda Nagavara (Pub : Bangalore University.)

    5. Savirada Ogatugalu-Ed : S.G. Imrapura.

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