[Strategy] Telugu Literature Optional for UPSC Civil service Exam

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  1. Telugu Literature: Introduction
  2. Tips for Paper1
  3. Tips for Paper2
  4. How to handle long Answers:
  5. How to handle yakhyanas:
  6. Telugu Syllabus for Mains 2014

Telugu Literature: Introduction

  • Telugu Literature is a popular optional for all the aspirants who are well-versed in this language.
  • That does not mean that one has to be a literature graduate (B.A or M.A in Telugu).
  • The success rate of many engineering graduates, who have liking for the subject, indicates that the subject is easy, provided one has the aptitude for the subject.

Tips for Paper – I

  • This is the easiest paper of Telugu Literature and very easy to read and doesn’t require any coaching.
  • You can pick up the books suggested and start reading even before you join any coaching. In section – A, if one is comfortable with telugu grammar, the subject becomes very easy.
  • But on the negative side, you need to remember lots of names of authors and books in Section – B. As the subject is easy, care should be taken in presentation and art of writing good answers with sub-heading and nice examples.

Books for Section A Paper 1

  • 1, 4 – 8 sections of the syllabus can be chosen to prepare, ignoring others in choice.
  • Nagaraju Sir’s notes (available in the Srinivasa Xerox Center near Ashok nagar X roads, Hyderabad)
  • Andhra Bhasha Charithra (by Badriraju Krishnamurty) (only if you have time to read)
  • Vakyam (by Chekuri Ramarao) (only if you have time to read)

Tips for Section B of Paper 1

  • Paper – 1 (Sec B): 1 – 4 (ancient) sections of the syllabus, 5 – 8 (medieval) sections, 9

    • 12 (modern) sections, Janapada sahityam.
  • You can either pick ancient (1 – 4) or medieval (5 – 8) sections,…… and reading Modern (9 – 12) and Janapada sahityam compulsorily.

Books for Section B of Paper 1

  • Nagaraju Sir’s notes (available in the Srinivasa Xerox Center near Ashok nagar X roads, Hyderabad)
  • Andhra Sahitya Charitra (by Nagayya) (very big book. Read only if you have time).

Paper – 2

  • This is a difficult paper compared to Paper – I, but also very scoring. For this paper, I feel coaching is necessary, especially for the ones who don’t understand Kavya style of writing.
  • Also, this paper includes writing Vyakhyanas for different padyalu both ancient and modern.

Tips for Section A

  1. You can read (Dushyanta Charitra) Nannayya, (Sri Krishna Rayabaram) Tikkana, (Gunanidhi katha) Srinathudu, (Sugatri Saleenula Katha) Pingali Soorana.
  2. You can ignore Molla Ramayanam and last notes.

Books for Section A:

  • Syllabus and text notes of all the chapters (from Navodaya Book House, Koti or Sree Book Square, Kachiguda X Road).
  • Nagaraju Sir’s notes
  • Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II.
  • They are commentaries available on each syllabus chapter in Navodaya Book House. But read this, after you get sufficient time and after completion of syllabus.

Tips for Section B

  • There are two ways to read this section. Read the poetry syllabus of chapters for both Vyakhyanas and Long Answers. Or read poetry syllabus for Vyakhyanas and read prose sections of Gurajada kathalu, Alpajeevi and NGO for Long answers.
  • The choice will be yours. Its better to read Sri Sri – Maha Prastanam and Jashuva – Gabbilam for both Vyakhyanas and Long answers.

Books for Section B

  1. Syllabus and text notes of all the chapters (from Navodaya Book House, Koti or Sree Book Square, Kachiguda X Road).
  2. Nagaraju Sir’s notes
  3. Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II.
  4. They are commentaries available on each syllabus chapter in Navodaya Book House. But read this, after you get sufficient time and after completion of syllabus.

Tips: Long Answers

  • First look at the previous question papers and write down all the questions per topic one after other, so that you can get an idea of questions asked. All the topics can be related to – Kala Soundarya Drukpatham, Charithraka Samajaka Drukpatham, Manastatatva Drukpatham, Tatvika Drukpatham, Vyaktitvam (character – sketch), Relevance and importance of the topic in literature and so on.
  • So, prepare points on each topic rather than answers for each topic.
  • These points you can use to write answers depending on the question asked.
  • Prepare nice introductions and nice endings for each general topic.
  • Read the text number of times. especially poetry so that you get command of the subject and also to write quotes in the exam.
  • Quotations will surely enhance your answers..

Tips: Vyakhyanas

  1. All the topics can be related to – Kala Soundarya Drukpatham, Charithraka Samajaka Drukpatham, Manastatatva Drukpatham, Tatvika Drukpatham
  2. You have to develop a base in all the above topics, so that you can write easily for any poem asked.
  3. Give introduction, Sandarbam, bhavam and start the vyakhyanam and then ending.
  4. For kala soundarya Drukpatham, one has to know all about the Rasam, Dhvani, Vakrokti etc.
  5. Develop important points for all the Vrutha poems (4 lined poems) and then write important points for all the other poems if you have time.
  6. Do write at least 5 vyakhyanas for all the 4 drukpathams before the exam so that you are sufficiently confident.

Telugu Syllabus for Mains 2014

it’s available in the official notification released by UPSC, click me

Mrunal notes: Everything written above was a copy paste job gathered from other forums and blogs.There are certain optionals in UPSC (literature/physics/chemistry etc) about which there is rarely any info available on internet hence I copy pasted so whoever searching for it, can read this. Please don’t ask me questions as Telugue isn’t my language nor my optional subject.

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31 Comments on “[Strategy] Telugu Literature Optional for UPSC Civil service Exam”

  1. Thank You Very Much For Ur Information.It Helped Me A Lot:-)

  2. thank u very much

  3. thanks a lot for the info…

  4. thank u so much..nd can u provide me d link of ny topper with telugu literature..

    1. ramakrishna chitturi rank 84- 2015 batch

  5. thank you so much

    1. sir,
      in which service you are in now. And may I get information on selecting optional as telugu. and how are the advantages and disadvantages in the over all exam point of view.
      regards,
      thanks.

  6. thanks for the information

  7. thank you sir thank you very much…………

  8. Thank you sir thanks a lot….

  9. tips for telugu language paper . what should be read

  10. How and where can i get the Telugu literature books.Please reply me.Thank you

  11. please provide some toppers details who had chosen Telugu as an optinal

  12. Could you upload Telugu Literature 2012 mains papers?

    We are unable to get online copy……Please help us in this regard..

    Thanks

  13. Dear Mrunal,
    Please upload the 2012 mains Telugu Literature papers please

  14. thanks 4 your information

  15. Thank you very much sir for this information.

  16. sir give me list of standard telugu literature books for civils optional.

  17. very very nice info… thank you very much sir..

  18. Thank u so much for your information…
    please provide some toppers details who had chosen TL as an optional…..

  19. Plz provide me telugu literature mains question papers of 2014

  20. sir can you please provide blog link any 2012/2013 topper with telugu lit optional.
    From 2012 pattern was changed for telugu lit. we cant leave any topic, due to subsections in the section.
    so 2012/2013 toppers can guide us.

  21. Thank You So much
    very useful information

  22. Thank you very much Sir.

  23. Can u please suggest me the books for telugu literature on d base of upsc mains syllabus

  24. this books are enough for telugu literature sir….

  25. Sir,how to prepare Telugu literature with out any coaching … pls tell me standard books for Telugu optional….thank you sir

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