UPSC Konkani Literature Syllabus For IAS Mains 2020
Konkani is one of the optional literature paper in IAS Mains Exam. It consists of two papers, i.e. (paper 1 and 2) carries 250 marks each, in a total of 500 marks. This paper is considered an easy one, for aspirants who are well versed with the Konkani language and are familiar with the grammatical aspects too! It is considered an easy ride for those who are native Konkani speakers and have a hold on the general aspects of the language. This article provides you with the latest Konkani Literature Optional Syllabus for UPSC IAS Mains 2020. Download the complete syllabus PDF from here.
UPSC Mains Konkani Syllabus Paper – I
Answers must be written in Konkani.
Section A – History of the Konkani Language
(i) Origin and development of the language and influences on it.
(ii) Major variants of Konkani and their linguistic features.
(iii) Grammatical and lexicographic work in Konkani, including a study of cases, adverbs, indeclinable and voices.
(iv) Old Standard Konkani, new Standard and standardization problems.
Section B – History of Konkani Literature
Candidates would be expected to be wel-acquainted with Konkani literature and its social and cultural background and consider the problems and issues arising out of them.
(i) History of Konkani literature from its probable source to the present times, with emphasis on its major works, writers and movements.
(ii) Social and cultural background of the making of Konkani literature from time to time.
(iii) Indian and Western influences on Konkani literature from the earliest to modern times.
(iv) Modern literary trends in the various genres and regions including a study of Konkani folklore.
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UPSC Mains Konkani Syllabus Paper – II
Answers must be written in Konkani.
Textual Criticism of Konkani Literature
The paper will be designed to test the candidate’s critical and analytical abilities. Candidates would be expected to be well-acquainted with Konkani Literature and required to have a first-hand reading of the following texts:
Section A – Prose
1. a) Konkani Mansagangotri (excluding poetry) ed. by Prof. Olivinho Gomes
b) Old Konkani language and literature-the Portuguese Role
2. a) Otmo Denvcharak-a novel by A.V da Cruz.
b) Vadoll ani Varem-A novel by Antonio Pereira.
c) Devache Kurpen-a novel by V J P Saldanha.
3. a) Vajralikhani-Shenoy Goem-bab-An anthology-ed. by Shantaram Varde Valavalikar
b) Konkani Lalit Niband-Essays-ed. by Shyam Verenkar
c) Teen Dasakam-An lAnthology-ed. by Chandrakant Keni.
4. a) Demand-Drama-by Pundalik Naik
b) Kadambini- A miscellany of modern Prose-ed. by Prof. OJF Gomes & Smt. P.S. Tadkodkar.
c) Ratha Tujeo Ghudieo-by Smt. Jayanti Naik.
Section B – Poetry
1. a) Ev ani Mori: Poetry by Eduardo Bruno de Souza.
b) Abravanchem Yadnyadan-by Luis Mascarenhas.
2. a) Godde Ramayan-ed.by R.K. Rao
b) Ratnahar I &II-collection of poems-ed. R.V. Pandit.
3. a) Zayo Zuyo-poems-Manohar L. Sardessai.
b) Kanadi Mati Konkani Kavi-Anthology of Poems-ed. Pratap Naik.
4. a) Adrushatache Kalle-Poems by Pandurang Bhangui.
b) Yaman- Poems by Madhav Borkar
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Facts about the Konkani Language
It is the western coastline of India, where a majority of the Konkani speaking community can be found. Many scholars feel it is a dialect of the Marathi language; some feel it is a dialect of the Kannada language, so a good blend of Marathi, Kannada, and English words make up the Konkani language.
The literature of the language, though, is sparse. Konkani writers have adopted either Marathi or Kannada and written in them, but not written in their native language at all.
Of late, there has been a serious positive impact on the language, with the government declaring the language to be an independent asset of the country and not a derivative of other languages. Goa is the state where Konkani has been officially recognized for all government purposes.
If we read the pages of history and try to locate the reign of the Konkani language in ancient times, we can clearly see the influence of the Bengali and Assamese language over it.
Hence they come under the Indo Aryan group of languages. The Aryans who made settlements around the Konkan belt in the western part of India came up with their own local language which eventually, in course of time came to be known as the Konkani language.
Although Konkani has a greater part of the Brahmi script in it, it is also directly put under the aegis of the Devanagari script. The Marathi communities in Maharashtra have always regarded the Konkani language as their step sister due to the linguistic similarities and differences evident among them.
But if we were to believe pages from history, Konkani was much earlier existent even before the rise of the prominent Marathi language.
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