Best Books for Bengali Literature Optional for UPSC IAS Mains

Bengali language, also called banga, It is from the member of the Indo-Aryan group of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. And, also recognized regional language of India per the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution, and is the state language of Bangladesh.

It has more than 210 million speaker as per first and second language, with over 100 million Bengali speakers in Bangladesh, about 85 million in India, primary in the state of West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura, and sizable immigrant communities in the UK, US, and the middle east.

Booklist for the upcoming UPSC civil services examination that will help you in preparations is given below: 

Choose the best Reference books for the Bengali language 

  1. Bangla Sahityer Sankshipta Itihas By Bhudeb Chaudhuri
  2. The Oxford India Anthology of Bengali Literature (1941-1991) – Volume 2 (1941-1991) by Kalpana Bardhan
  3. Types of Early Bengali Prose by Mitra
  4. Bangla Nataker Itihash By Ajit Kumar Ghosh
  5. The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta Paperback by Kushanava Choudhuri
  6. Bengali Prose Style: 1800-1857 by Dinesh Chandra Sen
  7. The Bengalis: A Portrait of a Community by Sudeep Chakravarti 

Prepare a study plan

  • Make a monthly, weekly, and daily plan based on the number of hours you have in a day to devote to preparation. 
  • Stick to this plan modifying it when needed.
  • Usually, it takes around 3-4 months to complete the optional subjects so use this time wisely.