Kannada Literature Books for UPSC

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : March 30th, 2022

Kannada Literature Books for UPSC cover all important topics such as the History of Kannada Literature, poetic metaphysics, cultural history, Pampathara, Kumaraswamy India, and more. Candidates belonging to Kannada-speaking states often opt for Kannada Literature optional. It is important to choose the best Kannada Books for UPSC Mains to ensure a high score and better rank. 

With the help of the best IAS Kannada Books, you will get to know about the crucial topics and the syllabus structure. With the help of dedicated time and effort, candidates can easily score good marks on the optional papers. Let’s check out the latest Kannada Literature books for UPSC. Similar to other optional subjects in the UPSC Exam, Kannada Literature Optional consist of two papers. Choosing the right IAS Kannada Books for both papers is crucial to your exam preparation. 

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Kannada Literature Books for UPSC for Paper 1

Paper 1 of the Kannada Literature Optional for IAS Exam consists of the history of the Kannada language and literature along with poetic and literary criticism and cultural history. 

  • Linguistic History of Kannada Language- M.H. Krishnaiah
  • Kannada Bhasha Shastra- R.Y. Dharwadkar
  • Literary Criticism' by Ramachandran
  • Kannada Sahitya Charitre- R.S. Mugali
  • Hosanagannadh Sahithya Charithram" by Seshagiri Rao
  • MA (Kannada) books from the University of Mysore
  • History of Karnataka by Falaksha
  • Karnataka Cultural Survey' by Tipperedaswamy

Kannada Literature Books for UPSC for Paper 2

Paper 2 of the UPSC Kannada Optional subject covers topics including old Kannada Literature, Medieval Kannada Literature, Modern Kannada Literature, and Folk Literature. Go through the following IAS Kannada Books to complete this section.

  • Vikramarjuna Vijaya of Pampa
  • Pampana Samastha Bharata Kathamrita-L. Basavaraju
  • Vachana Kammata-K. Marulasiddappa K.R. Nagaraj
  • Kannada Janapada Kathegalu-J.S. Paramashivaiah
  • Devaru- A.N. Moorty Rao
  • Kumaravyasa Bharata-Kumaravyasa
  • Odalaala-Devanuru Mahadeva
  • Tughlaq-Girish Karnad.
  • Nambiyannana Raagale-T.N. Sreekantaiah
  • Kannada Sanna Kathegalu-G.H. Nayak
  • Janapada Swaroopa-Dr. H.M. Nayak.
  • Janapriya Kanakasamputa-D.G Javare Gowda
  • Madhavi-Arupama Niranjana
  • Bettada Jeeva-Shivarama Karanth
  • Shudra Tapaswi-Kuvempu

UPSC Kannada Literature Books PDF

It is not feasible to open a website to find out the best Kannada Literature books for UPSC, and that’s why we have created a PDF for all the recommended Kannada literature books mentioned above in this post.

>>UPSC Kannada Literature Books PDF

Kannada Literature Book for UPSC - Preparation Tips & Strategies

Candidates must know the preparation tips while preparing for the UPSC Exam. Some of the preparation tips are given below-

  • Must know your UPSC Civil Services Exam syllabus: It is important to understand the structure of the UPSC Syllabus so that you can prepare well for the exam. 

  • Select Best Reference Books: Make sure you choose the best and most appropriate UPSC Books so that you can get to know about the important topics and can prepare accordingly.

  • Create a Study plan: You should prepare a study plan on a daily, monthly, and weekly basis and do accordingly.

  • Prepare your own small notes: You should make small notes on important topics and revise them on a regular basis. 

  • Solve Previous Question Papers: After completing the syllabus, you must solve UPSC Previous Year Question papers to know your weak points and work accordingly.

  • Practice few Mock Test Papers: You should practice mock test papers to know the weightage of various topics coming in the exam. 

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FAQs

  • Some of the best Kannada Books for UPSC Mains Optional are mentioned below. Candidates are advised to go through the UPSC Mains Syllabus first and ensure that the books cover all the important topics. Check the list of boos mentioned below. 

    • Linguistic History of Kannada Language-M.H. Krishnaiah
    • Kannada Bhasha Shastra- R.Y. Dharwadkar
    • Kannada Sahitya Charitre- R.S. Mugali
    • Bettada Jeeva-Shivarama Karanth
    • Madhavi-Arupama Niranjana
    • Odalaala-Devanuru Mahadeva
    • Devaru- A.N. Moorty Rao
  • Some recommended Kannada Literature Books for UPSC by DK Balaji are Linguistic History of Kannada by MH Krishnaiah, Sree Narayanka Literary History, Hosanagannadh Sahithya Charithram, MA (Kannada) books from the University of Mysore, and more. He highly recommends answer writing and regular revision. 

  • Exam experts have compiled a list of UPSC Kannada Literature Books PDFs for your exam preparation. Aspirants can download the list of books and choose the ones that best suit their preparation. The direct link to download the booklist is mentioned here. 

  • Among all the Kannada Literature Books for UPSC, the most preferred book for Linguistic History by M.H. Krishnaiah. To prepare for the Linguistic History topics, you can go through this book as it will help you to understand the important topics very well. The topics are well explained and help you prepare for the exam in a comprehensive manner. 

  • While reading the IAS Kannada Books, you must either mark important points in the book with a highlighter or make notes. A better approach is to make notes of all important points from the book in your own words for better comprehension and revision. -Towards the end of the preparation, you can revise the complete UPSC Kannada book using your study notes.

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