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UPSC Civil Services Mains exam syllabus: Russian

UPSC Civil Services Mains exam syllabus: Russian

The complete syllabus of Russian for the UPSC Civil Services Mains exam.

Answers must be written in Russian except in the case of question regarding translation from Russian to English.

Paper I: Language and Culture

Section A

Modern Russian Language: Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax, Lexicology, Lexicography and Semantics, linguistics

Translation from Russian into English and vice-versa

Section B

Socio-political and economical development of the Russian Federation: Patriotic war of 1812, October Revolution, Perestroika and Glasnost, disintegration of USSR. Regional & Cultural variations of the Russian Federation

Essay on general topics

Paper II

Section A

Literary History and Literary Criticism

Literary movements, Sentimentalism, Romanticism, Naturalism, Realism, Critical Realism, Socialism, Acmeism, Symbolism, Futurism

Origin and development of literary genres: Folk literature, Lyrics and poems-A.S. Pushkin, M.U. Lermontov, Alexander Blok, Esenin, V. Mayakovky, Anna Akhmatova. Epic-L.N. Tolstoy, M. Sholokhov, Short story, novelet, novels-Pushkin, Lermontov, N.V. Gogol, S. Shchedrin, I. Goncharov, I. Turgenev, F.M. Dostoevsky, L.N. Tolstoy, A.P. Chekhov, M. Gorky, M. Sholokhov, I. Bunin, E. Zamyatin, Boris Pasternak, A. Solzhenitsyn, M. Bulgakov, Chingiz Aitmatov, V. Rasputin, V. Shukshin, Criticism-Belinsky, Dobrolyubov, Chernyshevsky, Pisarev, Drama-Chekhov, Gogol

Influence of socio-political movements on literature.

Section B

This part will require first hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidates’ critical ability.

A.S. Pushkin: Evgeny Onegin

M.U. Lermontov: Hero of our times

N.V. Gogol: Revizor

I.S. Turgenev: Fathers and sons

F.M. Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment

L.N. Tolstoy: War and Peace, Resurrection

A.P. Chekhov: Toska

Smert Chinovnika: Chameleon

A.M. Gorky: Mother

A. Blok: The twelve

B.B Mayakovsky: Cloud in plants, Good

M. Sholokhov: Fate of a man

B. Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago

Solzhenitsyn: One day in the life of Ivan Danisovich

V. Rasputin: Zhivi i Pomni

Chingiz Aitmatov: Bely Porokhod

V. Shukshin: Chudik