About Konkani Language: -

  • Konkani is a language from India. Konkani belongs to Indo-Aryan family of languages. It is the official language of Goa, a state in India.
  • Some people from the part of India known as Konkan speak Konkani language. Konkan is on the west coast of India.
  • The name Konkani means "from the Konkan". The word Konkan means corner (kona) and piece/part of earth (kana). The name of the language comes from the place where it is spoken.

Konkani Syllabus Subject For UPSC

Konkani 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 Konkani 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 Konkani Syllabus and previous papers for reference. The aspirants who are well versed with the Konkani language and are familiar with the grammatical aspects can easily score high marks in this optional. 

Konkani Syllabus Exam Pattern: -

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

Advantages of choosing Konkani  

· 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 Konkani

  • 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.

Konkani Paper 1 Syllabus

Section A - History of the Konkani Language :

1. Origin and development of the language and influences on it.

2. Major variants of Konkani and their linguistic features.

3. Grammatical and lexicographic work in Konkani, including a study of cases, adverbs, indeclinables and voices.

4. Old Standard Konkani, new Standard and standardisation problems.

Section B - History of Konkani literature:

1. 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.

2. History of Konkani literature from its probable source to the present times, with emphasis on its major works, writers and movements.

3. Social and cultural background of the making of Konkani literature from time to time.

4. Indian and Western influences on Konkani literature from the earliest to modern times.

5. Modern literary trends in the various genres and regions including a study of Konkani folklore.

Konkani Paper 2 Syllabus

Section A - Prose

1. Konkani Mansagangotri (excluding poetry) ed. by Prof. Olivinho Gomes

2. Old Konkani language and literature-the Portuguese Role

3. Otmo Denvcharak-a novel by A.V da Cruz.

4. Vadoll ani Varem-A novel by Antonio Pereira.

5. Devache Kurpen-a novel by V J P Saldanha.

6. Vajralikhani-Shenoy Goem-bab-An anthology-ed. by Shantaram Varde Valavalikar

7. Konkani Lalit Niband-Essays-ed. by Shyam Verenkar

8. Teen Dasakam-An lAnthology-ed. by Chandrakant Keni.

9. Demand-Drama-by Pundalik Naik

10. Kadambini- A miscellany of modern Prose-ed. by Prof. OJF Gomes & Smt. P.S. Tadkodkar.

11. Ratha Tujeo Ghudieo-by Smt. Jayanti Naik.

Section B - Poetry

1. Ev ani Mori: Poetry by Eduardo Bruno de Souza.

2. Abravanchem Yadnyadan-by Luis Mascarenhas.

3. Godde Ramayan-ed.by R.K. Rao

4. Ratnahar I &II-collection of poems-ed. R.V. Pandit.

5. Zayo Zuyo-poems-Manohar L. Sardessai.

6. Kanadi Mati Konkani Kavi-Anthology of Poems-ed. Pratap Naik.

7. Adrushatache Kalle-Poems by Pandurang Bhangui

8. Yaman- Poems by Madhav Borkar