The Telugu Literature course is handled by Mr. G. S. D. Babu.
Answer all the questions in Telugu, unless otherwise mentioned in the question paper.
The questions that are not required to be answered in Telugu will have to be answered
in the language medium indicated by you for answering papers on Essay, General Studies
and Optional Subjects.
The following is the syllabus for Telugu Literature – Main Examination – Paper
I and Paper II.
– SYLLABUS – PAPER – I
SECTION A – LANGUAGE
Place of Telugu among Dravidian languages and its antiquity – Etymological history
of Telugu, Tenugu and Andhra
Major linguistic changes in phonological, morphological, grammatical and syntactical
levels, from Proto–Dravidian to old Telugu and from old Telugu to Modern Telugu.
Evolution of spoken Telugu when compared to classical Telugu – Formal and functional
view of Telugu language.
Influence of other languages and its impact on Telugu.
Modernization of Telugu language.
Linguistic and literary movements and their role in modernization of Telugu.
Role of media in modernization of Telugu (Newspapers, Radio, TV etc.)
Problems of terminology and mechanisms in coining new terms in Telugu in various
discourses including scientific and technical.
Dialects of Telugu – Regional and social variations and problems of standardization.
Syntax – Major divisions of Telugu sentences – simple, complex and compound sentences
– Noun and verb predications–Processes nominalization and relativization – Direct
and indirect reporting – conversion processes.
Translation – Problems of translation, cultural, social and idiomatic – Methods
of translation – Approaches to translation – Literary and other kinds of translation
– various uses of translation.
SECTION B – LITERATURE
Literature in Pre-Nannaya Period – Marga and Desi poetry.
Nannaya Period – Historical and literary background of Andhra Mahabharata.
Saiva poets and their contribution – Dwipada, Sataka, Ragada, Udaharana.
Tikkana and his place in Telugu literature.
Errana and his literary works – Nachana Somana and his new approach to poetry.
Srinatha and Potana – Their woks and contribution.
Bhakti poets in Telugu literature – Tallapaka Annamayya, Ramadasu, Tyagayya.
Evolution of prabandhas – Kavya and prabandha.
Southern school of Telugu literature – Raghunatha Nayaka, Chemakura Vankatakavi
and women poets – Literary forms like yakshagana, prose and
Modern Telugu Literature and literary forms – Novel, Short Story, Drama, Playlet
and poetic forms.
Hyderabad Study Circle material mostly written by Sri G.V. Subhrahmanyam
Other than these, various Xerox notes available in the market.
Popularity as an optional
The following are the suggested books / references that the students can consult
while preparing for Telugu Literature - Main Examination - Paper I and Paper
Telugu Literature is a popular optional among students who have a liking for the
You need not necessarily have pursued higher studies in this subject to choose it
as an optional.
As opposed to many people's assumption, not much rote-learning is required if you
have an inclination to the subject. You can sail through easily with simple pleasant
reading of the topics.
The ratio of output versus effort is more. In other words, with the same effort,
there are more chances of scoring 300+, or sometimes 350+ score, compared to other
non literature subjects.
It takes very less time to revise the syllabus once you finish preparing. You can
complete the entire revision in less than 15 days if you are well-versed with the
The following are simple preparation tips to score well in the Telugu Literature
- Main Examination - Paper I and Paper II.
Be well-versed with the basics of Telugu grammar.
You may also have to remember lot of author names and their books to score well.
You also need to learn Vyakhyanas (both ancient and modern) for different padyalu.
Important topics include Charithraka Samajaka Drukpatham, Kala Soundarya Drukpatham,
Manastatatva Drukpatham, Tatvika Drukpatham,
In addition, read Dushyanta Charitra, Gunanidhi katha, Gabbilam, , Maha PrastanamSri
Krishna Rayabaram, and Sugatri Saleenula Katha
You need to have a good command over the poetry. Adding quotations when you write
answers will help you score well.
Practise questions from previous year question papers. Make a note of the questions
asked in every topic. Practise writing interesting introductions and conclusions
for various types of long answer questions.