UPSC 2017 English Syllabus and Marking Scheme | UPSC Literature Syllabus


UPSC 2017 English Syllabus and Marking Scheme | UPSC Literature Syllabus

UPSC 2017 English Syllabus and Marking Scheme

The English Qualifying Exam for UPSC 2017 English is of Matriculation or equivalent Standard. The Points or result obtained will not be used for ranking purposes. The exam is meant to test the ability of the candidate to read and understand digressive prose. This test is to see if the candidate is capable of expressing his thoughts and ideas correctly in English. Minimum qualifying standard needed is 25% in English UPSC test.

The answers are marked basically on the following conditions-

  1. Usage of Grammar and Vocabulary
  2. Precise Writing
  3. Short Essay
  4. Comprehension of Passages


The Exam consists of two parts made to test critical and first-hand thinking of texts written in English Literature from the following periods of history-

Paper 1- 1600-1900 AD

Paper 2- 1900-1990 AD

There are 2 questions in each paper which are compulsory 1) Related to Topics given for general study and 2) An analysis of Unseen passages from Verse and Prose.


Candidates are also expected to show enough knowledge of the following topics-

Satire: The Rise of the Novel; The Victorian Age; The Romantic Movement

The Renaissance: Metaphysical Poetry; The Epic and the Mock-epic; Neo-classicism; Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama.


  1. William Shakespeare: King Lear and The Tempest.
  2. John Donne. Following Poems:

i) Canonization;
ii) Death be not proud;
iii) The Good Morrow;
iv) On his Mistress going to bed;
v) 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.


  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 Paper-2/II(1900-1990 AD)


  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.

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

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

  1. 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 Infants
– The Shield of Achilles
– September 1, 1939
– Petition.

  1. John Osborne: Look Back in Anger.
  2. Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.
  3. Philip Larkin. The following poems:

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

  1. A.K. Ramanujan. The following poems:

– Looking for a Cause on a Swing
– A River
– Of Mothers, among other Things
– Love Poem for a Wife 1
– Small-Scale Reflections on a

Great House
– Obituary

Conrad. Lord Jim

  1. James Joyce. Portrait of the Artist as

a Young Man.

  1. D.H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers.
  2. E.M. Forster. A Passage to India.
  3. Virginia Woolf. Mrs Dalloway.
  4. Raja Rao. Kanthapura.
  5. V.S. Naipal. A House for Mr. Biswas.


UPSC 2017 English Syllabus and Marking Scheme | UPSC Literature Syllabus


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