Bodo Literature Syllabus For UPSC 2020
IAS Exam has one of the optional literature paper as Bodo. It has two papers (1 & 2), each of 250 marks summing up to 500 for the paper. This paper proves to be a scoring subject for aspirants who are well versed & acquainted with the Bodo language. Having knowledge of the grammatical aspects of the language is also important. It is easy to crack this optional subject for those who are native Bodo speakers and familiar with it. This article provides you with the latest Bodo literature optional syllabus for UPSC IAS Mains 2020.
UPSC Bodo Syllabus (Paper 1 and 2) – PDF Download
UPSC Mains Bodo Syllabus Paper – I
History of Bodo Language and Literature (Answers must be written in Bodo)
Section A – History of Bodo Language
- Homeland, language family, its present status and its mutual contact with Assamese.
- (a) Phonemes : Vowel and Consonant Phonemes (b) Tones.
- Morphology : Gender, Case & Case endings, Plural suffix, Definitives, Verbal suffix.
- Vocabulary and its sources.
- Syntax : Types of sentences, Word Order.
- History of Scripts used in writing Bodo Language since inception.
Section B – History of Bodo Literature
- General introduction of Bodo folk literature.
- Contribution of the Missionaries.
- Periodization of Bodo Literature.
- Critical analysis of different genre (Poetry, Novel, Short Story and Drama.
- Translation Literature.
UPSC Mains Bodo Syllabus Paper – II
The Paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidates. Answers must be written in Bodo
- Khonthai-Methai (Edited by Madaram Brahma & Rupnath Brahma).
- Hathorkhi-Hala (Edited by Pramod Chandra Brahma).
- Boroni Gudi Sibsa Arw Aroz : Madaram Brahma.
- Ra j a Ni l amb a r : Dwa r e n d r a Na t h Basumatary.
- Bibar (Prose section). (Edited by Satish Chandra Basumatary).
- Gibi Bithai (Aida Nwi) : Bihuram Boro
- Radab : Samar Brahma Chaudhury
- Okhrang Gongse Nangou : Brajendra Kumar Brahma.
- Baisagu Arw Harimu : Laksheswar Brahma.
- Gwdan Boro : Manoranjan Lahary.
- Jujaini Or : Chittaranjan Muchahary.
- Mwihoor : Dharanidhar Wary.
- Hor Badi Khwmsi : Kamal Kumar Brahma.
- Jaolia Dewan : Mangal Singh Hozowary.
- Hagra Guduni Mwi : Nilkamal Brahma.
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Facts about the Bodo Language
It is very interesting to note that Bodo did not have a written script until the later part of the twentieth century. Immense contribution by Christian missionaries led to their community publishing dictionaries and grammar books for reference in the language.
The language once moved away from its primitive existence, opened doors for much more broadened forms of the literary itinerary. Today Bodo finds a mention in all forms of literature like novels, stories, drama, prose, poetry, biographies, travel diaries, etc. Earlier literature in the language was limited to folklores, rhymes and fairy tales.
The written form of the language uses the Devanagari script. Critics, however, call it a blend of the Roman and the Assamese script, but Devanagari is the officially credited script so far according to records.
Deodhai used to be the original form of the script used for writing purposes which have now become out of context within the Indian premises.
Many Bodo development forums sprung up in the latter part of the twentieth century, which contributed substantially to the growth and development of the language. The Bodo Sahitya Sabha set up in 1952 consists of representatives from different states like Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Tripura and from the neighbouring country Nepal as well.
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