CSS Syllabus for Subjects of English Literature Persian Arabic Urdu


CSS Syllabus for Subjects of English Literature Persian Arabic Urdu

Group I:- (National and Foreign Languages)
Subjects carrying not more than 200 marks can opt.
National/Foreign/Classical Languages: Not more than one of 4 subjects can be opted for.
Note: Urdu can not be combined with Regional Languages

English Literature








English Literature (Total Marks – 200)

Paper – I (Marks 100)

The detailed study of a literary age (19th century)
The paper will cover the study of English Literature from 1798 to 1900 with special reference to the works of W. Blake, Wordsworth, Shelly, Keats, Byron, Charles Lamb, Dickens, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Hardy, George Eliot, J.S. Mill, Ruskin, and Oscar Wilde.

Evidence of first-hand reading will be required. The paper will be designed to test not only the candidate’s knowledge of the prescribed author’s works but also their understanding of the main literary trends during the period. Questions having a bearing on the social and cultural background of the Period also be included.

Paper-II (Marks 100)

The paper will require first-hand knowledge of the text prescribed as well as general awareness of the author’s major works and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability.

(Total Marks – 200)


PAPER – I (Marks 100)

1. (a) Origin and development of the language.

• Elementary information about Avesta, Old Persian, and Pahlavi languages.
• The advent of Persian prose and poetry in the present script in the Islamic era.
• The earlier Persian prose writers and poets up to 4th-century H/10th century A.C.

(b) Significant features of the grammar of the language.

Outline :
• The three tenses, the imperative mood (Affirmative and Negative) and Mazara for present and future tenses.
• Translation of simple English passage into Persian.

2. Literary History and literary criticism-Literary movements, classical background, Socio-Cultural Influences, and modern trends: Origin and development of modern literary genres.

• The literary history should include the development of Persian language and literature, besides Iran in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pakistan Sub-Continent, and the Persian speaking areas of the Former USSR.
• In the classical background. the four styles are known as Khurasani, Iraqi. Hindi and Revivalist may be studied.
• In the literary movements the revivalist and purist movements, and in the modern trends, the adaptation of Western loan words in the Persian language needs to be emphasized
3. Short essay in Persian


PAPER-II (Marks- 100)


The paper will require firsthand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability.

(a) Texts
1. Farrukhi Sistani. (Qasida on the conquest of Somnath)
2. Unser-ul-Maali Qabus (Qabus Nama) Last Chapter 44
3. Rumi Masnavi: Daftar (1st half up to Dastan-e- Peer Changi.)
4. Saadi Gulistan: Chapter 7 & 8.
5. Hafiz Diwan up to radio Rohan
6. Iqbal

o Asrar-i-Khudi up to Murhilah-e-Siwum Niahat-e-IIahi.
o Javid Nama (Last Chapter) Address to Javid (Dialogue with the new generation).


ARABIC (Total Marks-200 )
PAPER – I (Marks – l00)

1. The Pre-Islamic Arabic Literature.
1. The Quran, its language, contents, and style: its influence on the subsequent literature.
2. Quranic semantics and etymology with special reference to Manzoor’s Lisan al’ Arab and Raghib al-Asfahani’s Mufradat fi Gharib al-Quran.
3. Literary History and I.iterary criticism-literary movements. classical background and, socio-cultural influences, and modern trends. Origin and development of modern literary genres, including drama, novel, short story, essay.
4. Contribution of Arabs in the fields of science. philosophy and linguistics with special reference to the views of the lhn Khaldun, al biruni. al-Jahiz. Ibn Maskawaih, lhn Maja, al-Kasai, and Sebawaih
5. A short introduction to Pakistani Arabic literature in the fields of prose and poetry.
6. The contemporary Arabic literature in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq with special emphasis on the literature of al-Maher and it’s out standing representatives such as Jabran Khalil Jabran, Ilia Abu Medhi, Mikhail Naeema. and timer Abu Risha.
2. A short Essay in Arabic.

PAPER-II (Marks – 100)

This paper will require first-hand reading of the texts prescribed and will be designed to test the candidate’s critical ability.
1. 1. Imarul Qais : His Maullaqah :- “Qifaa Nabki mim Zakraa Habibin Wa Manzili” (Complete).
2. Zohair Bin Abi Sulma His Maullaqah “A Min Umme Aufaa Dimnatun lam takalami” (Complete).
3. Hassan Bin That .’ The following five Qasaid from his Taiwan: From Qasidah No. I to Qasidah No. IV and the Qasidah:– Lillahi Darru Kaaba Nadamtuhum.
4. Labeed: Af’atiddiyaru Mahalluha Wa Maqammuha Mahmud Timur: Story : “Ammi Mutawalli”

5. Taufiq Al-Hakim : Dramas : Sirrul Muntahiraa” from his book “Masra-hiyaatu Tu fiqal Haki rn’.
6. Dr. Rana M. N. Ehsan Elahie : Nafais al-Adab, [P.U.B.A. (Hons) Course].
7. Dr. Jalal al-A hawat arid others “Jarikh-ul-A bad-il-A rabi-il-Hadith”
8. Dr. Taha Hussain: Hadith al-A raba’a
9. Isa an-Na’uri : Adab al-mahjer
10. George Saidah : Adabuna wal- Udabafi Adab al-Mahjer
11. Dr. De Boer: The History of Philosophy in Islam
NOTE: Candidates will be required to answer some questions carrying not less than 25% marks in Arabic also.

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