Russian Syllabus for IAS Mains Exam 2011

Here is the syllabus of Russian for IAS (Main) Exam 2011 to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in October/ November 2011.

Created On: Aug 10, 2010 12:02 IST
Modified On: May 1, 2013 12:57 IST

Union PubliC Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Examination for appointment to the various services including India Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS). The syllabus to be covered for the Russian is divided in two parts as mentioned below:



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

(Language and Culture)


i. Modern Russian Language : Phonetics, Morphology, Syntax, Lexicology, Lexicography and Semantics, linguistics
ii. Translation from Russian into English and vice-versa.


i. 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.
ii. Essay on general topics.


(Answers must be written in Russian )



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.


This part will require first hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidates’ critical ability.
1. A.S. Pushkin Evgeny Onegin
2. M.U. Lermontov Hero of our times
3. N.V. Gogol Revizor
4. I.S. Turgenev Fathers and sons
5. F.M. Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
6. L.N. Tolstoy i. War and Peace
ii. Resurrection
7. A.P. Chekhov i. Toska
ii. Smert Chinovnika
iii. Chameleon
8. A.M. Gorky Mother
9. A. Blok The twelve
10. B.B. i. Cloud in plants Mayakovsky ii. Good
11. M. Sholokhov Fate of a man
12. B. Pasternak Doctor Zhivago
13. Solzhenitsyn One day in the life of Ivan Danisovich
14. V. Rasputin Zhivi i Pomni
15. Chingiz Aitmatov Bely Porokhod
16. V. Shukshin Chudik


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