UPSC English Literature Optional Course

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English Literature Optional for UPSC

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Foundation Course Features

Enriched Study Material Course Feature:​

Mentorship cumTest Series Course Feature:

PYQ Solution Feature:​

English Literature Course Highlihgts

English Writing Skill Improvement

English Vocabulary Session

Author-wise Notes

Section-wise Test

Author-wise Test

Test for Literary Terms & Movements

Mock Test

PYQ Workbook Based Approach

Daily Answer Writing

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UPSC English Literature Optional Syllabus

UPSC English Literature Syllabus for Paper 1

The Renaissance; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama; Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock-Epic; Neoclassicism; Satire; The Romantic Movement; The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age.

Section A:

  1. William Shakespeare: King Lear and The Tempest
  2. John Donne. The following poems :
    • Canonization
    • Death be not proud
    • The Good Morrow
    • On his Mistress going to bed
    • The Relic
  3. John Milton: Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX 
  4. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock 
  5. William Wordsworth. The following poems
    • Ode on Intimations of Immortality
    • Tintern Abbey
    • Three years she grew
    • She dwelt among untrodden ways
    • Michael
    • Resolution and Independence
    • The World is too much with us
    • Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour
    • Upon Westminster Bridge
  6. Alfred Tennyson: In Memoriam
  7. Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House 

Section B:

  1. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels
  2. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Henry Fielding. Tom Jones
  4. Charles Dickens. Hard Times
  5. George Eliot. The Mill on the Floss
  6. Thomas Hardy. Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  7. Mark Twain. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

UPSC English Literature Syllabus for Paper 1

Modernism; Poets of the Thirties; The Stream of Consciousness Novel; Absurd Drama; Colonialism and Post Colonialism; Indian Writing in English; Marxist, Psychoanalytical and Feminist Approaches to Literature; Post Modernism.

Section A:

1. William Butler Yeats. The following poems:

– Easter 1916 
– The Second Coming
– A Prayer for my Daughter
– Sailing to Byzantium
– The Tower
– Among School Children
– Leda and the Swan
– Meru
– Lapis Lazuli
– The Second Coming
– Byzantium

2. T.S. Eliot. The following poems:

– The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock 
– Journey of the Magi
– Burnt Norton

3. W.H. Auden. The following poems: 

– Partition
– Musee des Beaux Arts
– In Memory of W.B. Yeats
– Lay your sleeping head, my love
– The Unknown Citizen
– Consider
– Mundus Et Infans
– The Shield of Achilles
– September 1, 1939
– Petition

4. John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

5. Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot

6. Philip Larkin

– Next
– Please
– Deceptions
– Afternoons
– Days
– Mr. Bleaney

7. A.K. Ramanujan

– Looking for a Causim on a Swing
– A River
– Of Mothers, among other Things
– Love Poem for a Wife 1
– SamllScale Reflections on a Great House
– Obituary

Section B:

Joseph Conrad. Lord Jim.
James Joyce. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
D.H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers.
E.M. Forster. A Passage to India.
Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway.
Raja Rao. Kanthapura.
V.S. Naipaul. A House for Mr. Biswas.

ABOUT Sreejesh MG, Faculty of English Literature Optional

Sreejesh MG. is a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Master of Arts in English Literature & M. Phil in English Literature. He is an expert in English literature and has conducted 300+ seminars in many colleges in India.

4 years experience as full-time college faculty in Christ College, Colleges in Kerala (Trivandrum ), and Co-operative Colleges in Kerala.

Started UPSC teaching in 2014 (10 Years of Exp.) Worked 2 years in Unacademy platform as English Faculty.

He appeared twice in UPSC Interviews with English Literature Optional. He has a passion for guiding UPSC students and guiding them for over 10 years. He has mentored more than 65 UPSC toppers through various programs. In UPSC 2021 more than 4 UPSC Toppers were directly mentored by him.

Presently, he is a faculty at DIADEMY IAS, Old Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. He guides English Literature Optional students through classes & Mentorship programs.

ABOUT Sreejesh MG, Faculty of English Literature Optional
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