IAS Mains-2017 Malayalam Syllabus

Paper-I

The answers must be written in Malayalam.

Section-A

  1. Unit 1-Early phase of Malayalam Language:

    1. Various theories: Origin from proto Dravidian, Tamil, Sanskrit.

    2. Relation between Tamil and Malayalam: Six nayas of A R Rajarajavarma.

    3. Pattu school-definition, Ramacharitam, later pattu works-Niranam works and Krishnagatha.

  2. Unit 2-Linguistic features of:

    1. Manipravalam-definition. Language of early manipravala works-Champu, Sandesakavya, Chandrotsava, minor works. Later Manipravala works-medieval Champu and Attakkatha.

    2. Folklore-Southern and Northern ballads, Mappila songs.

    3. Early Malayalam prose-Bhashakautaliyam, Brahmandapuranam, Attaprakaram, Kramadipika and Nambiantamil.

  3. Unit 3-Satandardisation of Malayalam

    1. Peculairities of the language of Pana, Kilippattu and Tullal.

    2. Contributions of indigenous and European missionaries to Malayalam.

    3. Characteristics of contemporary Malayalam: Malayalam as administravie language. Language of scientific and technical literature-media language.

Section-B

Literary History

  1. Unit-4 Ancient and Medieval Literature:

    1. Pattu-Ramacharitam, Niranam works and Krishnagatha.

    2. Manipravalam-early and medieval manipravala works including attakkatha and champu.

    3. Folk literature.

    4. Kilippattu, Tullal and Mahakavya.

  2. Unit 5-Modern Literature-Poerty

    1. Venmani poets and contemporaries.

    2. The advent of Romanticism-Poerty of Kavitraya i.e.. Asan, Ulloor and Vallathol

    3. Poetry after Kavitraya.

    4. Modernism in Malayalam poetry.

  3. Unit 6-Modern Literature-Prose

    1. Drama

    2. Novel

    3. Short story

    4. Biography, travelogue, essay and criticism.

Paper-II

The answers must be written in Malayalam.

This paper will requre first hand reading of the texts prescribed and is designed to test the candidate's critical ability.

Section-A

  1. Unit 1

    1. Ramacharitam-Patalam 1.

    2. Kannassaramayanam-Balakandam first 25 stanzas.

    3. Unnunilisandesam-Purvabhagam 25 slokas including Prastavana

    4. Mahabharatham Kilippattu-Bhishmaparvam.

  2. Unit 2

    1. Kumaran Asan-Chintavisthayaya Sita.

    2. Vailoppilli-Kutiyozhikkal.

    3. G. Sankara Kurup-Perunthachan.

    4. N V Krishna Variar-Tivandiyile Pattu.

  3. Unit 3

    1. ONV-Bhumikkoru Charamagitam

    2. Ayyappa Panicker-Kurukshetram.

    3. Akkittam-Paudatha Messanthi

    4. Attur Ravivarma-Megharupan.

Section-B

  1. Unit 1

    1. O Chanthu Menon-Indulekha

    2. Thakazhy-Chemmin.

    3. O V Vijayan-Khasakkinte Ithihasam.

  2. Unit 2

    1. MT Vasudevan Nair-Vanaprastham (Collection).

    2. N S Madhavan-Higvitta (Collection).

    3. C J Thomas-1128-il Crime 27.

  3. Unit 3

    1. Kuttikrishna Marar-Bharataparyatanam

    2. M K Sanu-Nakshatrangalute snehabhajanam

    3. V T Bhattathirippad-Kannirum Kinavum.

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