IAS Mains-2020 French Syllabus

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Paper-I

The answers must be written in French except in the careof question requiring translation from French to English.

Section A

  1. Main trends in French Literature

    1. Classicism

    2. Rommanticism

    3. Realism

  2. Art in France

    1. Romanticism

    2. Realism

    3. Impressionism

  3. The Vth Republic

    1. De Gaulle and the Vth Republique

    2. May 1968

    3. Pompidou

    4. Giscard d Estaing

    5. Mitterrand

    6. Chirac

  4. Translation: French to English (2 passages of socio-politico-economic nature of 200 words each).

Section B

  1. Main trends in French Literature

    1. Symbolism

    2. Surrealism

    3. Theatre of the Absurd

  2. Art in French

    1. Surrealism

    2. Cubism

    3. Abstract Painting

  3. The Vth Republic

    1. Parts politiques en France

    2. Place et role du President de la Ve Republique

    3. Le gouvernement

    4. Le Parlement

    5. Le Senat

  4. Translation: English to French 2 passages of socio-politico-economic nature of 200 words each.

Paper-II

The answers must be written in French.

Section A

This paper will require an in-depth reading of the following texts and the questions will be designed to test the candidates critical ability.

  1. XVIIth Century

    1. Corneille: Le Cid

    2. Racine: Andromaque

    3. Moliere: LAvare

  2. XVIIIth Century Beaumarchais: Le Mariage de Figaro

  3. XIXth Century

    1. Lamartine: Le lac Le Vallon

    2. Victor Hugo: La Conscience. Elle Avait Pris Ce Pli____ Demain, Des L Aube

    3. Victor Hugo: Hernani

    4. Musset: Souvenir. La Nuit de Decembre

    5. Marimee: Colomba

    6. Balzac: Eugenie Grandet

    7. Flaubert: Madame Bovary

    8. Baudelaire: LInvitation au Voyage, Recueillement. LAlbatros.

    9. Rimbaud: Le Dormeur du Val

    10. Verlaine: Chanson dAutomne, Mon Reve Familier, II Pleure Dans mon Coeur…

Section B

  1. XXth Century

    1. Appolinaire: Nuit Rhenane, Le Pont Mirabeau

    2. Jacques Prevert: Pour Faire Le Portrait dUn Oiseau, Barbara.

    3. Paul Eluard: Liberte

    4. Paul Valery: Les Pas, La Fileuse

    5. Andre Gide: La Symphonie pastorale

    6. Camus: LEtranger

    7. Sartre: Les Mains Sales

    8. Lonesco: Rhinoceros

  2. Francophonie:

    1. Gerard Besette: Le Libraire

    2. Ananda Devi: Le Voile de Draupadi

    3. Cheikh Hamidou: LAventure Kane Ambigiue

    4. Abdellatif Laabi: Poemes en prose

  3. LArbre a poemes (LEtreinte du Monde)

  4. Les Reves viennent mourir sur la page (LEtreinte du Monde)

  5. Essay of general nature on a contemporary theme.

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