UPSC Sanskrit Literature Syllabus 2019 – Get Syllabus Here

This is updated UPSC Sanskrit Literature Syllabus of this year and this will be updated as something new will come.

UPSC Sanskrit Literature Syllabus Paper-I


There will be three questions as indicated in the question paper which must be answered in Sanskrit. The remaining

questions must be answered either in Sanskrit or in the medium of examination opted by the candidate.

Section-A


  1. Significant features of the grammar, with particular stress on Sanjna, Sandhi, Karaka, Samasa, Kartari and Karmani

vacays (voice usages) (to be answered in Sanskrit).

  1. (a) Main characteristics of Vedic Sanskrit language.

(b) Prominent features of classical Sanskrit language.

(c) The contribution of Sanskrit to linguistic studies.

  1. General Knowledge of:-

(a) Literary history of Sanskrit,

(b) Principal trends of literary criticism

(c) Ramayana,

(d) Mahabharata

(e) The origin and development of literary genres of Mahakavya Rupaka (drama) Katha Akhyayika Campus Khandakavya

Muktaka Kavya.

Section-B


  1. Essentials of Indian Culture with stress on
  2. a) Purusarthasb) Samskarasc) Varnasramavyavastha
  3. d) Arts and fine arts
  4. e) Technical sciences
  5. Trends of Indian Philosophy
  6. a) Mimansa b) Vedanta
  7. c) Nyaya d) Vaisesika
  8. e) Sankhya f) Yoga
  9. g) Buddha h) Jaina
  10. i) Carvaka
  11. Short Essay in Sanskrit
  12. Unseen passage with the questions, to be answered in Sanskrit.

UPSC Sanskrit Literature Syllabus Paper-II


Question from Group 4 is to be answered in Sanskrit only. Question from Groups 1, 2 and 3 are to be answered either in Sanskrit or in the medium opted by the candidate.

Section-A


The general study of the following groups:-

Group 1

  1. a) Raghuvamsam-Kalidasa
  2. b) Kumarasambhavam-Kalidasa
  3. c) Kiratarjuniyam-Bharavi
  4. d) Sisupalavadham-Magha
  5. e) Naisadhiyacaritam-Sriharsa
  6. f) Kadambari-Banabhatta
  7. g) Dasakumaracaritam -Dandin
  8. h) Sivarajyodayam-S.B. Varnekar

Group 2

  1. a) Isavasyopanisad
  2. b) Bhagavadgita
  3. c) Sundarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana
  4. d) Arthasastra of Kautilya

Group 3

  1. a) Svapnavasavadattam- Bhasa
  2. b) Abhijnanasakuntalam- Kalidasa
  3. c) Mrcchakatikam-Sudraka
  4. d) Mudraraksasam-Visakhadatta
  5. e) Uttararamacaritam- Bhavabhuti
  6. f) Ratnavali-Sriharshavardhana
  7. g) Venisamharam- Bhattanarayana

Group 4

Short notes in Sanskrit on the following:-

  1. a) Meghadutam-Kalidasa
  2. b) Nitisatakam-Bhartrhari
  3. c) Panchatantra)

Rajatarangini-Kalhana

  1. e) Harsacaritam-Banabhatta
  2. f) Amarukasatakam-Amaruka
  3. g) Gitagovindam-Jayadeva

Section-B


Questions from Groups 1 & 2 are to be answered in Sanskrit only. (Questions from Groups 3 & 4 are to be answered in Sanskrit or in the medium opted by the candidate). This Section will require first hand reading of the following selected texts :- Group 1

(a) Raghuvansam-Canto I, Verses 1 to 10

(b) Kumarasambhavam-Canto I, Verses

1 to 10

(c) Kiratarjuniyam-Canto I, Verses 1 to 10

Group 2

(a) Isavasyopanisad-verses-1, 2, 4, 6, 7,

15 and 18

(b) Bhagavatgita II chapter verses 13 to 25

(c) Sundarakandam of Valmiki Canto 15, Verses 15 to 30 (Geeta Press Edition)

Group 3

(a) Meghadutam-verses 1 to 10

(b) Nitisatakam-Verses 1 to 10 (Edited by D.D. Kosambi Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Publication)

(c) Kadambari-Sukanaso-pages (only)

Group 4

(a) Svapnavasavadattam Act VI

(b) Abhijnansakuntalam Act IV verses 15 to 30 (M.R. Kale Edition)

(c) Uttararamacharitam Act 1 verses 31 to

47 (M.R. Kale Edition)

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