About Bodo Language: -

Bodo is a language of the Tibeto-Burman branch of Sino-Tibetan languages having several dialects. Bodo is spoken in the north-eastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya and in Bangladesh. It is related to Dimasa, Tripura, and Lalunga languages, and it is written in Latin, Devanagari, and Bengali scripts.

Bodo Syllabus Subject For UPSC

Bodo is the language provided as a Literature Optional which focuses on the candidates’ understanding of the basic concepts of literature. Candidates who have studied the Bodo literature can opt for it as an optional subject in the IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Exam. Analytical and unconventional questions are appearing in previous papers so while preparing students should keep IAS Mains Bodo Syllabus and previous papers for reference. The aspirants who are well versed with the Bodo language and are familiar with the grammatical aspects can easily score high marks in this optional. 

Bodo Syllabus Exam Pattern: -

The Bodo language is one of the optional subjects offered for the 2 optional papers in the IAS (UPSC CSE) Main Exam. Each Bodo optional paper consists of 250 marks. Duration for each Bodo mains paper is 3 hours. With well-planned strategies, you can easily score well in the Bodo literature. Interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional. The aspirants have to answer the questions from both the papers in Bodo language.

Advantages of choosing Bodo  

· Well defined syllabus and Less subjectivity

  • Direct and straightforward questions
  • Ample scope to score marks with diagrams
  • The inquiries in this subject are immediate and crucial.
  • Room for interpretation in the written answers
  • Quality of answers as there is no limitation to different kinds of answers.
  • Updation in the syllabus is rare

Disadvantages of choosing Bodo

  • Subjective Nature of the answers can lead to less scoring at times if your views do not match with the evaluator.
  • Lack of resources
  • No syllabus overlaps with GS papers
  • Essay writing and interviews won’t pose much of a problem as the amount of reading will help with these.

IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Bodo Paper 1

Section A- History of Bodo Language and Literature

  • Homeland, language family, its present status and its mutual contact with the Assamese.
  • Phonemes: Vowel and Consonant Phonemes and 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 genres (Poetry, Novel, Short Story, and Drama.
  • Translation Literature.

IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains Bodo Paper 2

The Paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidates.

Section A

  • 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)

Section B

  • 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