IAS Exam Preparation: Telugu Literature Optional Booklist

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist and Strategy for Telugu Literature Optional

Telugu Literature is one of the popular optional subjects for those who are well-versed in this language. A candidate need not be a Telugu Literature Graduate to take this optional subject for UPSC Mains Exam. An analysis also shows that most the engineering graduates have opted for this optional subject, which shows the subject is easy provided one has a keen interest and good analytical skills for this subject.

Booklists for Telugu Literature Optional Paper I


Section A

  • Andhra Bhasha Charithra by Badriraju Krishnamurthy
  • Vakyam by Chekuri Ramarao)
  • Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II.

Section B

  • Andhra Sahitya Charitra by Nagayya
  • Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II. 

Booklists for Telugu Literature Optional Paper II


Section A

  • Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II.

Section B

  • Akella Raghavendra book on Telugu Literature Paper – II
  • Gurajada kathalu,
  • Alpajeevi
  • NGO
  • (Dushyanta Charitra) Nannayya
  • (Sri Krishna Rayabaram) Tikkana
  • (Gunanidhi katha) Srinathudu
  • (Sugatri Saleenula Katha) Pingali Soorana

Preparation Strategy


  • Be thorough with the UPSC Syllabus for Telugu Literature.
  • Solve the UPSC Previous Years’ Question Papers.
  • The Paper-I is very easy to read.
  • One must be good in Telugu Grammar, which is important to write the Section A of Paper I
  • For Section B of the Paper I, one should remember a number of books names and its authors. Candidates should be creative in answer writing and present it in with the right expression and also provide appropriate examples wherever required.
  • The paper 2 is bit difficult yet candidates can score high in this paper.
  • Candidates should give understand the Kavya style of writing
  • This paper also includes writing Vyakhyanas for different padyalu for both ancient and modern.
  • Candidates can read the poetry section of the syllabus to cover both Vyakhyanas and long answers.

Answer writing tips


  • Start with a catchy introduction
  • Write answers in point-wise.
  • Include quotes wherever necessary.
  • Finish your answers with an appropriate conclusion.

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