UPSC Mains Exam Syllabus - Assamese Optional
(Answers must be written in Assamese)
(a) History of the origin and development
of the Assamese language-its position
among the Indo-Aryan Languagesperiods
in its history.
(b) Developments of Assamese prose.
(c) Vowels and consonants of the Assamese
languages-rules of phonetic
changes with stress on Assamese
coming down from Old Indo-Aryan.
(d) Assamese vocabulary-and its
(e) Morphology of the language-conjugation-
enclitic definitives and pleonastic
(f) Dilectical divergences-the standard
colloquial and the Kamrupi dialect in
(g) Assamese scripts-its evolution through
the ages till 19th century A.D.
Literary Criticism and Literary History
(a) Principles of Literary criticism upto New
(b) Different literary genres.
(c) Development of literary forms in
(d) Development of literary criticism in
(e) Periods of the literary history of Assam
from the earliest beginnings, i.e. from
the period of the charyyageets with
their socio-cultural background : the
Sankaradeva- ost Sankaradeva-
Modern period (from the coming of the
Special emphasis is to be given
on the Vaisnavite period, the gonaki
and the post-Independence period.
This paper will require first-hand reading
of the texts prescribed and will be designed
to test the candidates’ critical ability. Answers
must be written in Assamese
Rãmãyana (Ayodhya Kãnda only)-by
Rãsakrïdã-by Sankaradeva (From Kirtana
Kãthã-Bhãgavata (Books I and II)-by
Gurucarit-Kathã (Sankaradeva’s Part only)-
ed. by Maheswar Neog.
Mor Jeevan Soñwaran-by Lakshminath
Kripãbar Barbaruãr Kãkatar Topola-by
Pratimã-by Chandra Kumar Agarwalla.
Gãoñburhã-by Padmanath Gohain Barua.
Monamatî-by Rajanikanta Bordoloi.
Purani Asamîyã Sãhitya-by Banikanta
Kãrengar Ligirî-by Jyotiprasad Agarwalla
Jeevanar Bãtat-by Bina Barwa (Birinchi
Samrãt-by Navakanta Barua.