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In this article, we share with you everything you need to know about UPSC Malayalam Optional. Read on to learn more about Malayalam Optional Syllabus; its merits and demerits; is Malayalam the right optional for you?

Millions aspire to crack UPSC Civil Services Examination. Yet, each year fewer than 1000 candidates make it to the final rank list of UPSC CSE. In this regard, choosing the right optional subject is a major ingredient in determining a candidate’s position in the final rank list.

Your optional subject contributes 500 marks out of the total 1750 marks in the UPSC Mains examination. This makes the optional subject the single most important subject for UPSC Civil Services Examination.

Among all optional subjects, literature subjects are generally high scoring. Malayalam Literature Optional is no different. Malayalam Optional is usually selected by Keralites and the residents of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep.

Malayalam Optional Syllabus

We’ve covered the details of the Malayalam Optional Syllabus in another post. Please check it out.

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Merits of Malayalam Literature Optional for UPSC Civil Services Examination:
  • Comparatively smaller syllabus.
  • Static nature of Syllabus and Questions.
  • Repeated questions from the same areas as in previous years.
  • Expressing in Mother-tongue is easier.
  • Learning Malayalam literature, especially Paper-2 portions, will rejuvenate one’s mind.
  • Availability of an approachable mentor like Boney sir
  • Less competition – A candidate will be competing only within a small pool, with Keralites who have cleared prelims.
De-merits of Malayalam Literature Optional for UPSC Civil Services Examination:
  • Hardly any overlap with other GS papers
  • Literature is not everyone’s cup of tea; passion for the subject is crucial.
Is Malayalam Optional the Right Optional for you?

Before we go deeper into this, consider answering the following questions.

  1. Do you know how to write Malayalam?
  2. Do you know how to read Malayalam?
  3. Are you passionate about reading Malayalam novels?

If your answer to any of the above questions is ‘No’, please don’t consider Malayalam as your optional for UPSC CSE. None of the merits of Malayalam optional we listed above are applicable to you. Please make a list of other viable options. Go through the syllabus and Previous Years’ Questions, and choose an optional that you are passionate about. Also, consider the resources available in the market.


If your answer to all the above questions is ‘Yes’, Malayalam Literature Optional is suitable for you. Apart from passion for the subject, availability of resources and mentors are other factors to be considered before selecting the optional. Lucky for you, we’ve got you! If you’ve got a passion for the subject, we have got all the resources you will need and the most approachable and down-to-earth Mentor in Boney sir.

Ekam IAS study materials are famous in all UPSC coaching circles in Kerala since 2016. We were the first to produce comprehensive study material for the entire syllabus of Malayalam Literature Optional. Almost all UPSC Malayalam Toppers since 2106 have relied on our material, which was available earlier, under our previous name NEO.

When your passion for Malayalam combines with Ekam resources and Boney sir’s mentorship, Malayalam Literature Optional becomes the right optional for you.

To make an informed decision about choosing Malayalam Literature as your optional for UPSC CSE, book a one-week demo with us. Watch the classes, read our study material, write answers for the first Unit test and get feedback from Boney sir. Know for yourself whether Malayalam Optional is suitable for you.

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