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UPSC CSE Tamil Syllabus for Paper-I, UPSC CSE Tamil Literature Syllabus for Paper-II
UPSC CSE Tamil Literature Syllabus for Paper-I

Section A 

  • Part 1: History of Tamil Language
    Major Indian Language Families—The place of Tamil among Indian Languages in general
    and Dravidian in particular—Enumeration and Distribution of Dravidian languages.
    The language of Sangam Literature—The language of medieval Tamil : Pallava Period
    only—Historical study of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs—Tense markers and case markers in
    Borrowing of words from other languages into Tamil—Regional and social
    dialects—difference between literary and spoken Tamil.
  • Part 2 : History of Tamil Literature
    Tolkappiyam-Sangam Literature—The division of Akam and Puram—The secular
    characteristics of Sangam Literature—The development of Ethical literature—Silappadikaram and
  • Part 3 : Devotional Literature (Alwars and Nayanamars)
    The bridal mysticism in Alwar hymns—Minor literary forms (Tutu, Ula, Parani, Kuravanji).
    Social factors for the development of Modern Tamil Literature; Novel, Short Story and New
    Poetry—The impact of various political ideologies on modern writings.

Section B

  • Part 1 : Recent trends in Tamil Studies
    Approaches to criticism : Social, psychological, historical and moralistic—the use of
    criticism—the various techniques in literature; Ullurai, Iraicchi, Thonmam (Myth) Otturuvagam
    (allegory), Angadam (Satire), Meyappadu, Padimam (image), Kuriyeedu (Symbol), Irunmai
    (Ambiguity)—The concept of comparative literature-the principle of comparative literature.
  • Part 2 : Folk literature in Tamil
    Ballads, Songs, proverbs and riddles—Sociological study of Tamil folklore. Uses of
    translation—Translation of Tamil works into other languages-Development of journalism in Tamil.
  • Part 3 : Cultural Heritage of the Tamils
    Concept of Love and War—Concept of Aram-the ethical codes adopted by the ancient Tamils
    in their warfare-customs beliefs, rituals, modes of worship in the five Thinais.
    The Cultural changes as revealed in post sangam literature—cultural fusion in the medieval
    period (Janism and Buddhism). The development of arts and architecture through the ages
    (Pallavas, later Cholas, and Nayaks). The impact of various political, social, religious and cultural
    movements on Tamil Society. The role of mass media in the cultural change of contemporary
    Tamil society.
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UPSC CSE Tamil Literature Syllabus for Paper-II
Note- The paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test
the critical ability of the candidate.

Section A

  • Part 1 : Ancient Literature
    (1) Kuruntokai (1—25 poems)
    (2) Purananuru (182—200 poems)
    (3) TirukkuralPorutpal :ArasiyalumAmaichiyalum(from Iraimatchi to Avaianjamai).
  • Part 2 : Epic Literature
    (1) Silappadikaram : Madhurai Kandam only.
    (2) Kambaramayanam : Kumbakarunan Vadhai Padalam.
  • Part 3 : Devotional Literature
    (1) Tiruvasagam : Neetthal Vinnappam
    (2) Tiruppavai : (Full Text).


Modern Literature

  • Part 1 : Poetry
    (1) Bharathiar : Kannan Pattu
    (2) Bharathidasan : Kudumba Vilakku
    (3) Naa. Kamarasan : Karappu Malarkal
    (1) Mu. Varadharajanar : Aramum Arasiyalum
    (2) C. N. Annadurai : Ye! Thazhntha Tamilagame.
  • Part 2 : Novel, Short Story and Drama
    (1) Akilon ; Chittairappavai
    (2) Jayakanthan : Gurupeedam
    (3) Cho : Yaurkkum Vetkamillai
  • Part 3 : Folk Literature
    (1) Muthuppattan kathai Edited by Na. Vanamamalai, (Publication : Madurai Kamaraj
    (2) Malaiyaruvi, Edited by Ki. Va Jagannathan (Publication : Saraswathi Mahal, Thanjavur).

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