Syllabus for Bodo Literature Optional

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UPSC Bodo Literature Optional

Bodo is one of the 28 language literature subjects offered as optional by UPSC. Bodo has a literary tradition of translations, original works like dramas, poetry, and philosophy which has only been recently recognized in mainstream literature. Candidates who are proficient in Bodo and have studied it as a part of their curriculum or have learned Bodo as their mother tongue should take up this optional in the UPSC Mains exam. The paper has to be written in the Bodo script. 

Syllabus for Bodo Literature Optional Paper-I

Section- A

History of Bodo Language

  • Homeland, language family, its present status, and its mutual contact with Assamese.
    • Phonemes: Vowel and Consonant Phonemes (b) Tones.
    • Morphology: Gender, Case & Case endings, Plural suffix, Definitives, Verbal suffix.
    • Vocabulary and its sources.
    • Syntax: Types of sentences, Word Order.
    • History of Scripts used in writing Bodo Language since inception.


History of Bodo Literatur

  • General introduction of Bodo folk literature.
  • Contribution of the Missionaries.
  • Periodization of Bodo Literature.
  • Critical analysis of different genres (Poetry, Novel, Short Story, and Drama.)
  • Translation in Literature.
Syllabus for Bodo Literature Optional Paper-II


  • Khonthai-Methai (Edited by Madaram Brahma & Rupnath Brahma).
  • Hathorkhi-Hala (Edited by Pramod Chandra Brahma).
  • Boroni Gudi Sibsa Arw Arroz : Madaram Brahma.
  • Ra j a Ni l amb a r : Dwa r e n d r a Na t h Basumatary.
  • Bibar (Prose section)(Edited by Satish Chandra Basumatary).


  • Gibi Bithai (Aida Nwi) : Bihuram Boro
  • Radab : Samar Brahma Chaudhury
  • Okhrang Gongse Nangou : Brajendra Kumar Brahma.
  • Baisagu Arw Harimu : Laksheswar Brahma.
  • Gwdan Boro : Manoranjan Lahary.
  • Jujaini Or : Chittaranjan Muchahary.
  • Mwihoor : Dharanidhar Wary.
  • Hor Badi Khwmsi : Kamal Kumar Brahma.
  • Jaolia Dewan : Mangal Singh Hozowary.
  • Hagra Guduni Mwi : Nilkamal Brahma.


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