The qualifying paper on Indian Languages will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard. The marks obtained in this paper will not be counted for ranking. The aim of the paper is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in the English and Indian Language concerned. The minimum marks needed is 30%. (UPSC says, the papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 30% marks in Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.)
Qualifying Indian Language Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam
The pattern of questions in the qualifying Indian Language Paper would be broad as follows:
(i) Comprehension of given passages.
(ii) Precis Writing
(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.
(iv) Short Essay
(v) Translation from English to the Indian language and vice‐versa.
Indian Languages and Scripts Allowed by UPSC for Civil Services Exam
For the Language medium/ literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:—
- Language Script
- Assamese Assamese
- Bengali Bengali
- Gujarati Gujarati
- Hindi Devanagari
- Kannada Kannada
- Kashmiri Persian
- Konkani Devanagari
- Malayalam Malayalam
- Manipuri Bengali
- Marathi Devanagari
- Nepali Devanagari
- Oriya Oriya
- Punjabi Gurumukhi
- Sanskrit Devanagari
- Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
- Tamil Tamil
- Telugu Telugu
- Urdu Persian
- Bodo Devanagari
- Dogri Devanagari
- Maithilli Devanagari
- Santhali Devanagari or Olchiki
Note: For the Santhali language, the question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.
Note: Paper A will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim.
hima varshini says
I want to know the books related to Telugu language paper in main examination..
Aravind Reddy says
What are the books for telugu to study
can english be taken as language for Paper – I in Mains???
Sandeep Satrasala says
Only Indian Languages Manish
Shivansh khandelwal says
Sandeep what is the syllabus of Paper-A HINDI ( Indian Language ) ?
What are the Books for Tamil Language ?
do have the book list now pls suggest me too
Pleas suggest me a book for hindi language?
Girjesh pal says
please tell me books name for hindi language
india 2017 its published by govt of india
Samanya Hindi unique publications
Best of harfuck
What are the books need to qualify in telugu paper
Whether hindi language paper is given more importance than any other languages?
Parveen Kumar says
What are the book for Hindi language clearing paper 1
Shiba Varghese says
WHAT ARE THE BOOKS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Harish Mani Tripathi says
For English language which book are perfect
Hemanta Das says
I want to know about Assamese Language materials ….how can I prepare myself as a
IAS candidate….please give me a suitable
feedback thank you …
Hrishikesh Mahanta says
Tumi matric level Assamese pohilei hobo. Like grammar, essay writing, comprehension etc
books for tamil language?
How to prepare for Indian language exam from which study material.
Sathish kumar says
I don’t no… how to prepare dis exam please help me……
Could you please post the syllabus and necessary links for Indian Language – Assamese paper ?
NITAI HALDER says
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Sir,,..plz inform me mains papers write in telugu or not sir
Pradeep kumar says
I want to know who book is best for Hindi language…..plz sirmam suggest me.
please some one suggest me the books to refer for INDIAN LANGUAGE COMPULSORY (KANNADA), which is qualifying paper
raj desai says
i need your Gaydens Can I writ upsc exam in gujrati language oll pepar
Vandana Tiwari says
I want to know that which books are better for hindi language …
Plzz tell me…
Inamul islam says
Sir want to know about indian language’..In ias mains exam
is there any mocks paper for civil services mains language qualifying paper?
There are lot of mistakes when I wrote in Telugu is it possible to clear Telugu language paper in mains?
For bengali language, which book are perfect?
Shyamal kumar says
Suggest Syallabus and Book for Odia language paper please..plz soon anyone.?
give the details of malayalam language paper
Sir,Pls suggest syllabus and peparation stategy for malayalam language as regional language paper
Shakoor Ahmad Dar says
What are the books required for qualifying urdu compulsory paper…. Plz suggest
For a person who chooses hindi,is he supposed to write devanagri too?
Arun Kumar Sikder says
I want suggestions for the best coaching centre for UPSC MAIN Examination. ..
Sermon Tisso says
I from assam and I wanna use only English language. So can I?
TAPAS DAS says
I am from Assam. What will be my Assamese qualifying paper’s syllabus?
Pooja kalita says
How to prepare for Assamese and English languages ?
Rosanalligari Valli Basha says
I physically handicapped candidate (Hearing impairment) and studied 10th class and Intermediate in Andhra Pradesh. While I applying UPSC prelims 2019, It showing below
” The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (only Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they
have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education
Board/University. The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in
order to claim such an exemption to the Commission.”
Please explain what is above rule.
Dear brother , Can I claim Exemption of UPSC Mains Paper-A for physically handicapped candidate (Hearing impairment).
Please anyone explain this
Ragi K Gopi says
Yes you will be exempted as you belong to Hearing Impairment category .
Bikram waikhom says
Dear sir, I would like to crearify about the paper A in indian language. It says in note as “paper A will not be compulsory for Candidates hailing from the state of arunachal pradesh, manipur, and most North East state”. And I’m from manipur. So, should I prepare for paper A Or not. Please help me to clear my confused.
Bikram waikhom says
Dear sir, I like to know about indian language because I confused sir. I’m from manipur so should I attaind the papar A Or not. Therefore I request you to help me erase my doubt.
Radra Mahanta says
I’m belongs to North East India so what does it means “Paper A will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.”…..??? Will u please clear this question
pranit santosh naik says
what books is for marathi plzzzz comment me
Sir I am from assam but I belong to a khasi tribe and I don’t know assamese language….whether I have to give this paper? Kindly answer me
mayank kumar says
can i write optional papers and gs papers in different languages ??
Pulkit Agrawal says
The article mentions qualifying marks as 30%, i am positive its 25%? Someone?
Sir I am from Assam and I want to take Hindi subject for qualifying language paper .Can I take
1.Which books have to read for compulsory Kannada paper for upsc?
2.in which publication it’s previous solved question papers available?
i did nt understand what is qualifying paper English and any Indian language can any one tell me clearly about this doubt and mains papers and questions how many should attempt how many questions will be given from the subjects
Deshraj Meena says
Sir can i choose optional subject Electrical Engg. and write in English while opting Hindi as a Medium for other papers i.e. G.S. and Essay.
Sir ,is the syllabus of optional literature subjects (like bengali, English) are same with the syllabus of qualifying subjects??
MANESH KUMAR M says
If keralaite could be opt malayalam as language paper
Is the cutoff for Indian language 30% or 25%?
Namdibe newme says
Sir i am from Assam (dima hasao district )but we don’t speak Assamese and don’t know how to write hindi also . Can i choose english in indian language