IAS Exam Preparation: Booklist for Hindi Literature Optional

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist and Strategy for Hindi Literature Optional

Here is a compilation of books for Hindi Literature Optional along with some preparation strategies. 

Booklists for Hindi literature optional subject


  1. IGNOU Notes: Literature of Hindi Language
  2. Hindi Sahitya Ka Itihaas – Kumar Sarvesh
  3. Hindi Kavita – Kal se Aaj Tak – Kumar Sarvesh
  4. Nirala Aur Muktaboth ki Chaar Lambi Kavitayen – Nand Kishore Naval
  5. Kavya Ke Tatva – Acharya Devendra Nath Thakur
  6. Scandgupta – Siddh Nath Kumar
  7. Triveni – Acharya Ram Chandra Shukla
  8. Kabir – Hajari Prasad Divedi
  9. Surdas – Balram Tiwari
  10. Bharat Durdasha – Dinesh Dwivedi, Revati Raman
  11. Aashadh ka Ek Din – Girish Rastogi and Siddh Nath Kumar

Advantages of taking Hindi Literature Optional


  • Less competition as most of the candidates appearing for the exam would be from English Medium.
  • This subject has been one of the most scoring subjects as most of the IAS topers from Hindi Medium have chosen Hindi Literature as optional.
  • The syllabus can be covered in short period of time (approximately in 3-4 months the entire syllabus can be covered).
  • The subject is easy to understand as it doesn’t hold any complex concepts.
  • There are no guidelines in answer writing for this optional paper compared to other optional subjects.
  • The subject doesn’t require daily updates like other optional subjects; hence, one-time preparation with regular revision would serve the purpose.
  • This subject also helps in writing the Essay Paper of mains exam and to face the board members confidently in the personality test/interview, as literature deals with the strong viewpoint about life.

Strategy for Hindi literature optional


  • Should know UPSC Hindi Literature Optional Subject Syllabus very well.
  • All the four sections in the syllabus are inter-related, which makes the preparation for this subject easier.
  • Candidate should use creativity and right expression in their answer writing as the subject is associated with emotions and feelings.

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