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UPSC Optional Subject: Odia Language

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UPSC Optional Subject Syllabus- Odia Language



(Answers must be written in Odia.)


History of Odia Language

  • Origin and development of Odia Language-Influence of Austric, Dravidian, Perso-Arabic and English on Odia Language.
  • Phonetics and Phonemics : Vowels, Consonants Principles of changes in Odia sounds.
  • Morphology : Morphemes (free, bound compound and complex), derivational and inflectional affixes, case inflection, conjugation of verb.
  • Syntax : Kinds of sentences and their transformation, structure of sentences.
  • Semantics-Different types of change in meaning Euphemism.
  • Common errors in spellings, grammatical uses and construction of sentences.
  • Regional variations in Odia Language (Western, Southern and Northern Odia) and Dialects (Bhatri and Desia)


History of Odia Literature

  • Historical backgrounds (social, cultural and political) of Odia Literature of different periods.
  • Ancient epics, ornate kavyas and padavalis.
  • Typical structural forms of Odia Literature (Koili, Chautisa, Poi, Chaupadi, Champu).
  • Modern trends in poetry, drama short story, novel, essay and literary criticism.



(Answers must be written in Odia.)

Critical Study of texts -

The paper will require first hand reading of the text and test the critical ability of the candidate.




  • Sãralã Das-Shanti Parva from Mãhãbharãta.
  • Jaganãth Das-Bhãgãbate, XI Skandha-Jadu Avadhuta Sambãda.


  • Dinãkrushna Dãs-Rasakallola- (Chhãndas-16 & 34)
  • Upendra Bhanja-Lãvanyabati (Chhãndas-1 & 2)


  • Rãdhãnãth Rãy-Chandrabhãgã
  • Mãyãdhãr Mãnasinha-Jeevan Chitã
  • Satchidãnanda Routray-Kabitã-1962
  • Ramãkãnta Ratha-Saptama Ritu.


Drama :

  • Manoranjan Dãs-Kãtha-Ghodã
  • Bijay Mishra-Tata Niranjanã

Novel :

  • Fakir Mohan Senãpati-Chhamãna Ãthaguntha
  • Gopinãth Mohanty-Dãnãpãni

Short Story

  • Surendra Mohãnty-Marãlãra Mrityu
  • Manoj Dãs-Laxmira Abhisara

Essay :

  • Chittaranjan Dãs-Taranga O Tadit (First five essays).
  • Chandra Sekhar Rath-Mun Satya-dhãrma Kahuchhi (First five essays)
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