(Paper) Civil Services Exam Paper Pattern (English)

UPSC : Civil Services Exam Paper Pattern (English)

Answers must be written in English

Paper I

The required text is listed below. Adequate knowledge of the following topics and movements is also required:

The Renaissance: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock-epic; Neo-classicism; Satire; The Romantic Movement; The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age.

Section A

  • William Shakespeare:

    • King Lear

    • The Tempest

  • John Donne:

    • Canonization

    • Death be not proud

    • The Good Morrow

    • On his Mistress going to bed

    • The Relic

  • John Milton: Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX

  • Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock

  • William Wordsworth:

    • Ode on Intimations of Immortality

    • Tintern Abbey

    • Three years she grew

    • She dwelt among untrodden ways

    • Michael

    • Resolution and Independence

    • The World is too much with us

    • Milton , thou shouldst be living at this hour

    • Upon Westminster Bridge .

  • Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam

  • Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House


Section B

  • Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels

  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

  • Henry Fielding: Tom Jones

  • Charles Dickens: Hard Times

  • George Eliot: The Mill on the Floss

  • Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles

  • Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Paper II

The required text is listed below. Adequate knowledge of the following topics and movements is also required:

Modernism; Poets of the Thirties; The stream-of-consciousness Novel; Absurd Drama; Colonialism and Post-Colonialism; Indian Writing in English; Marxist, Psychoanalytical and Feminist approaches to literature; Post-Modernism.

Section A

  • William Butler Yeats:

    • Easter 1916

    • The Second Coming

    • A Prayer for my daughter.

    • Sailing to Byzantium .

    • The Tower.

    • Among School Children.

    • Leda and the Swan.

    • Meru

    • Lapis Lazuli

    • The Second Coming

    • Byzantium .

    • T.S. Eliot:

    • The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock

    • Journey of the Magi.

    • Burnt Norton.

  • W.H. Auden:

    • Partition

    • Musee des Beaux Arts

    • in Memory of W.B. Yeats

    • Lay your sleeping head, my love

    • The Unknown Citizen

    • Consider

    • Mundus Et Infans

    • The Shield of Achilles

    • September 1, 1939

    • Petition.

  • John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

  • Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot

  • Philip Larkin:

    • Next

    • Please

    • Deceptions

    • Afternoons

    • Days

    • Mr. Bleaney

  • A.K. Ramanujan:

    • Looking for a Causim on a Swing

    • A River

    • Of Mothers, among other Things

    • Love Poem for a Wife 1

    • Samll-Scale Reflections on a Great House

    • Obituary

NOTE: All these poems are available in the anthology Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets, edited by R. Parthasarthy, published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi ).

Section B

  • Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim

  • James Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers

  • E.M. Forster: A Passage to India

  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

  • Raja Rao: Kanthapura

  • V.S. Naipal: A House for Mr. Biswas


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