Manipuri Syllabus UPSC Mains Examination

Manipuri Syllabus Paper-I

Answers must be written in Manipuri.



  1. a) General characteristics of Manipuri Language and history of its development; its importance and status among the Tibeto-Burman Languages of North-East India; recent development in the study of Manipuri language; evolution and study of old Manipuri script.
  2. b) Significant features of Manipuri language 
  3. i) Phonology-Phoneme-vowels, consonants juncture, tone, consonant cluster and its occurrence, syllable-its structure, pattern and types.
  4. ii) Morphology Word-class, root and its types; affix and its types; grammatical categories-gender, number, person, case, tense and aspects, process of compounding (samas and sandhi).

iii) Syntax Word order types of sentences, pharse and clause structures.



  1. a) Literary History of Manipuri →

Early period (upto 17th century)-Social and cultural background; Themes, diction and style of the works.

Medieval period (18th and 19th century)- Social, religious and political background; Themes, diction and style of the works.

Modern period-Growth of major literary forms; change of Themes, diction and style.

  1. b) Manipuri Folk Literature →

Legend, Folktale, Folksong, Ballad, Proverb and Riddle.

  1. c) Aspects of Manipuri Culture

Pre-Hindu Manipuri Faith; Advent of Hinduism and the process of syncreticism.

Performing arts-Lai Haraoba, Maha Ras; Indegenous games-Sagol Kangjei, Khong Kangjei, Kang.

Manipuri Syllabus Paper-II

Answers must be written in Manipuri. This paper will require first hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability to assess them.


Old and Medieval Manipuri Literature

  1. a) Old Manipuri Literature
  2. O. Bhogeswar Singh (Ed.) Numit Kappa
  3. M. Gourachandra Singh (Ed.) Thawanthaba Hiran
  4. N. Khelchandra Singh (Ed.) Naothingkhong Phambal Kaba
  5. M. Chandra Singh (Ed.) → Panthoibi Khonggul
  1. b) Medieval Manipuri Literature →
  2. M. Chandra Singh (Ed.) Samsok Ngamba
  3. R.K.Snahal Singh (Ed.) Ramayana Adi Kanda
  4. N. Khelchandra SIngh (Ed.) Dhananjoy Laibu Ningba
  5. O. Bhogeswar Singh (Ed.) Chandrakirti Jila Changba



Modern Manipuri Literature →

  1. a)Poetry and Epic →

(I) Poetry →

  1. a) Manipuri Sheireng (Pub) Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, 1988 (ed.)

Kh. Chaoba Singh Pi Thadoi, Lamgi Chekla Amada, Loktak

Dr. L. Kamal Singh Nirjanata, Nirab Rajani

  1. Minaketan Singh Kamalda, Nonggumlakkhoda
  2. Samarendra Singh Ingagi Nong, Mamang Leikai Thambal Satle
  3. Nilakanta Singh Manipur, Lamangnaba

Shri Biren Tangkhul Hui

Th. Ibopishak Anouba Thunglaba Jiba

  1. b) Kanchi Sheireng. (Pub) Manipur University 1998 (ed.)

Dr. L. Kamal Singh Biswa-Prem

Shri Biren Chaphadraba Laigi Yen

Th. Ibopishak Norok Patal Prithivi

(II) Epic →

  1. A. Dorendrajit Singh Kansa Bodha
  2. H. Anganghal Singh Khamba-Thoibi Sheireng (San-Senba, Lei Langba, Shamu Khonggi Bichar)

(III) Drama →

  1. S. Lalit Singh Areppa Marup
  2. G.C. Tongbra Matric Pass
  3. A. Samarendra Judge Sahebki Imung
  4. b) Novel, Short-story and Prose →

(I) Novel →

  1. Dr. L. Kamal Singh Madhabi
  2. H. Anganghal Singh Jahera
  3. H. Guno Singh Laman
  4. Pacha Meetei Imphal Amasung, Magi Ishing, Nungsitki Phibam

(II) Short-story →

  1. a) Kanchi Warimacha (Pub) Manipur University 1997 (ed.)

R.K. Shitaljit Singh Kamala Kamala

M.K. Binodini Eigi Thahoudraba Heitup Lalu

Kh. Prakash Wanom Shareng

  1. b) Parishadki Khangatlaba Warimacha (Pub) Manipuri Sahitya Parishad 1994 (ed.)
  2. Nilbir Shastri Loukhatpa

R.K. Elangba Karinunggi

  1. c) Anouba Manipuri Warimacha (Pub) The Cultural Forum Manipur 1992 (ed.)
  2. Kunjamohon Singh Ijat Tanba
  3. Dinamani Nongthak Khongnang

(III) Prose →

  1. a) Warenggi Saklon [Due Part (Pub) The Cultural Forum Manipur 1992 (ed.)

Kh. Chaoba Singh Khamba-Thoibigi Wari Amasung Mahakavya

  1. b) Kanchi Wareng (Pub) Manipur University 1998 (ed.)
  2. Manisana Shastri Phajaba

Ch. Manihar Singh Lai-Haraoba

  1. c) Apunba Wareng. (Pub) Manipur University, 1986 (ed.)

Ch. Pishak Singh Samaj Amasung, Sanskriti

M.K. Binodini Thoibidu Warouhouida

Eric Newton Kalagi Mahousa (translated by I.R. Babu)

  1. d) Manipuri Wareng (Pub) The Cultural Forum Manipur 1999 (ed.)
  2. Krishnamohan Singh Lan
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