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Syllabus 1 Pracina Pandit Preliminary Examination

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1. Pracina Pandith Preliminary Examination

1. Sinhala

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper

Prescribed Texts

(1) Saddharmaratnavaliya - From Daruchiraya Thera story up to the end of Daughter Punna story (Journal of extracted storied of the Oriental Studies Society of Sri Lanka)

(2) Gira Sandesaya

(3) Gamperaliya - Martin Wickremasinghe

(4) Prabuddha - Mahagama

A comprehensive knowledge is expected relating to understanding the meaning, content, historical value, and social background of the books recommended.

Second Paper

Grammar and Essay Writing

(a) A general knowledge of Sinhala grammar with reference to the Sidath Sagarawa and a comprehensive knowledge relating to the idiomatic usage of Sinhala writers.


Books to be utilized

1. Padaneethiya - Pandith Weragama

2. Sinhala Rachanaya and Sahitya Rasawadaya - P. Thenabadu

3. Sinhala Wahara Athpotha - P. Rupasinghe Perera

4. Sinhala Viyakarana Akaradiya - P. Rupasinghe Perera

5. Usas Panthi Sinhala Viyakaranaya - Horana Vajigana Thero

6. Sinhala Lekhana Reethiya - National Institute of Education


(b) Writing an essay of about 450 words by selecting one out of several given subjects.

2. Pali

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper

Prescribed Texts

1. Samantha Pasadika - Nidhana Stories

2. Anguttara Nikara - Thika Nipathaya

3. Sanyutta Nikaya - Kosala Sanyuttaya

4. Dhammapadattakatha - Aggasavak Wasthu

5. Dhatawansaya - Completely


A comprehensive knowledge is expected relating to understanding the meaning, content, historical value and social background in the books recommended.


Second Paper

Grammar and Translations

(a) A general knowledge is expected relating to Pali Grammar in relation to Balawataraya

(b) Translation of Pali texts to Sinhala and Sinhala texts to Pali including proverbs.

Books to be utilized

1. Pali Bhasavataranaya - Volumes I, II and III -Polwatte Buddhadatta Thero

2. Pali Pata Sangaho - G.K.S Wickremasekera

3. Pali Pata Manjari - Kahandamodera Piyaratana Nayaka Thero

4. Pali Language - Mulika Pirivena 1 to 5 - Educational Publication Department

5. Pali Language - For grades 10 and 11- Educational Publication Department

3. Sanskrit

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper

Prescribed Texts

1. Panchatantra - Aparikshita karaka

2. Raguwansaya - I, II, III Sarga

3. Bhakthi Satakaya - Completely

A comprehensive knowledge is expected relating to understanding the meaning, content, historical value and social background in the books recommended.

Second Paper

Grammar and Translations

(a) A special knowledge from the beginning of Saraswatha Grammar up to the end of Kraka parakiriya and a general knowledge relating to samasa, krudantha and verbs are expected.

(b) Translation of Sanskrith texts to Sinhala and Sinhala texts to Sanskrith (Sanskrit translation should be written in Nagari letters)


4. Buddhist Studies   

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper


(1) (I) Dhammachakkappawattana Sutta - (First Sutta in the 2nd wagga in Sachcha Sanyuktha in Sanyuktha Nikaya)

     (II) Chulla Kamma Vibhanga Sutta - (5th Sutta in 4th wagga in Uparipannasaka of Majjima Nikaya)

     (III) Singalovada Sutta - (8th Sutta in Patika wagga in Deegha Nikaya)

A comprehensive knowledge on Chutusachcha, Thilakkhna, Kamma, Patichcha Samuppada, Nibbana relation to the above Suttas and related to attakatha on Buddhist ethics are expected.

(2) Abhidhamatta Sangaha - A general knowledge relating to the contents is expected.

(3) Bhikkupatimokkha - Akankhavitharani related knowledge is expected relating to the prescribed section from the beginning to Nissaggiya end.

Books to be utilized

(1) Abhidharma Chandrika  - Matara Dhammasawansa Thero

(2) Buddhist Philosophy and Culture - Chandima Wijebandara, H.M. Moratuwagama


Second Paper

Buddhist Culture

(a) Pre Buddha era,

Religious, Social, Political and Economic background in Bharatha    (India) during Buddha era,

Religious leaders and their teachings during Buddha era, expansion of Buddhism,

Religious mission of Buddha and his disciples,

King Asoka's victories in Dhamma and propagation of Dhamma in foreign countries,

First, second and third Sangayanas,

Buddhist philosophical traditions and Development of Theravada Thripitaka


A comprehensive knowledge of the above subjects is expected.

(b) Beliefs and offerings practices existed in Lanka before the advent of     Arahat Mahinda,

      Religious and social changes created after the advent of Arahat Mahinda,

      Co-operation extended by kings for the propagation of Buddhism,

      Changes occurred owing to Maha Vihara and Asgiri Jethawana Nikaya differences,

      A comprehensive knowledge is expected on Deepawansa Maha Wansa Samantha Pasadika (Nidana Katha based stories) and Nikaya Sangrahaya relating to matters such as Sasana history and culture during Anuradhapura era including and how Buddhism assisted in the preparation of social life governance and arts and crafts during Anuradhapura era.

      Books to be utilized

      (1) Lankawe Budusamayehi ithihasaya - Walpola Rahula Thero           

            (History of Buddhism in Ceylon)

      (2) Lanka Buddha Sanskrutiya- Bambarende Siri Sivali Thero

            (Buddhist Culture in Ceylon)

      (3) Ape Sanskrutiya- Beddegama Wimalawansa Thero

            (Our Culture)

      (4) Buddha Sanskruti Saraniya - Sirisena Vithana

            (Buddhist Culture Articles)

      (5) Buddha Sistacharaya, Muladarma and Wansakathawa - Chandima Bandara/ H.M Moratuwegama

           (Buddhist Culture,  Fundamentals and Chronicles)      

5. History

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper

Ceylon History

An adequate knowledge is expected relating to the important incidents in the national, political, religious and cultural history starting from the arrival of Vijaya up to the period of break down in Anuradhapura era.

Special attention should be drawn to matters such as arrival of Arahat Mahinda and the subsequent development of Buddhist civilization, writing the Thripitakaya, Nikaya differentiation, foreign domination, arts and crafts and reasons for the collapse of Anuradahpura kingdom.

Books to be utilized

(1) Mahawansa

(2) Nikaya Sangrahaya

(3) Ceylon History - Handupelpola Punnaratana Thero

(4) Ceylon History - Educational Publication Department

(5) Anuradhapura Era- Ranaweera Gunawardana/ Amaradasa        Liyanagamage

(6) Savisthara Lanka Ithihasaya - N.K.S Wijenayaka

(7) Ithihasa Dhara - Series I - Mangala Illangasinghe

Second Paper

Bharatiya Ithihasaya

(Indian History)

Harappa civilization, Vedic Era, Post Vedic Era, Religious positions in 6th B.C., Mauraya Era, Guptha (undisclosed) Era, Period during the region of King Harshawardana. An adequate knowledge is expected relating to Pallawa, Chalukya and Pandya regions.

Books to be utilized

(1) Savisthara Indian Ithihasaya- R. D. Majumdar

     (Indian History in detail)

(2) Sankshiptha India Ithihasaya - Morly and Chatterji

     (Abridged Indian History)

(3) India Ithihasaya- Sinhaland Banerji

     (Indian History)

(4) Puratana Indiya Sistacharaya - S.T. Basnayaka

     (Ancient Indian History)

6. Hindi

Two (2) Question Papers

First Paper

Prescribed Texts

(1) Kavya Kusuma- First Part

(2) Model Hindi Reader - First Part

A knowledge is expected relating to understanding the meaning and the contents in the books and appreciation.


Second Paper

Grammar and Translations

(1) Practice relating to Hindi Warnamala

(2) General knowledge relating to pronunciation systems and Hindi grammar

(3) Translation of Hindi sentences and poetry to Sinhala language and Sinhala sentences to Hindi

Books to be utilized

(1) Simple Hindi grammar - South Indian Hindi Publicity Council


 7.  Tamil Language

            ** Please refer to the printed edition of the syllabus

8. English

Two (2) Question Papers

Paper 1

Prescribed Texts

Prose: Folk tales from Different Lands -Macmillian - Dodds

            Supplementary Readers



Selected Poems:

 The Town Child - Irene Thompson

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf  - Anonymous

The Country Child- Irene Thompson

Casabianca- Felica Helmans

Daybreak - H.W. Longfellow

The Eagle - Lord Tennyson

The Sands of Dee - Charles Kingsley

Shadow March  - R.L. Stevenson

Full Moon - Walter de la Mare

The Snare - James Stephens


The Boor - Anton Chekov


Familiarity with the text, ability to explain any difficult/ especial words that may come in the passage or anything special about the poem will be tested. 

Paper 2

General English

There will be questions that will test the prescribed syllabus.

(1) The correct formation of the letters and pronunciation

(2) Formation of plural forms

(3) Use of adjective and adverbs

(4) Simple tense form

(5) Question forms and relevant responses

(6) Prepositions

(7) Construction of question forms/ responses to particular question forms

(8) Construction of simple sentences

(9) Structuring a paragraph in the correct order

(10) Ordering relationships

(11) Exercise in describing familiar objects/series of actions/giving reasons for liking/not liking/ doing/not doing.

(12) Writing short descriptions on a given topic/structure


N.B. All examples would be taken from the texts as much as possible so that students are very familiar with the text and learn the language content of the texts. These would be supplemented with examples outside the texts.