International Sanskrit Examination Resource 

Free Option A Course Books and Materials

The following study materials and books may be downloaded freely for individual use. 

Institutions preparing students for the IGCSE examinations are welcome to use the materials but should register that use with ISER please. 

An overview of the contents of each book can be viewed on the Examination Preparation  page, together with any special notes related to syllabus requirements. Answer books are available for teachers, on application to ISER.

When updates are made to existing books every endeavour is made to supply the last available book.

The course is copyright to St James Schools:


OPTION A 2018 

Note: Main study books are the published 'Story of Rama', Books 1 and 2, available for purchase through Amazon and bookshops.

Epic Civilisation Course and Option A Vocabulary: These may be printed directly from the syllabus on this website.


1. Option A vocabulary arranged in categories rather than alphabetically: Click here.

2. Option A Revision Booklet:  This revises all the basic elements of the course, together with exercises, and gives blank texts of the set texts for practice.  Click here

3. Examination Preparation Booklet: This is suitable for someone who has not studied the set text stories before.  Help is given with translation as well as some explanations of the basic elements for Option A.  This book also features in Video 13.  Click here

4. Set Text Stories for 2010 to 2018:   IGCSE Set Text Book

5. Paradigm lists:  Nouns and verbs 


Noun Declensions for IGCSE Option A:


1.a Rama, 2. Sita, 3. mitram,(friend) 4. hari  5. guru (teacher) 6. nadi (river) 7. sah, saa, tat (he, she, it/that) 8.  aham, tvam (I, you)

(click here for the printed page of noun declensions which goes with the audio versions above)


Verbs for IGCSE Option A:

bhavati (he becomes - present tense), abhavat (he became - past), bhavisyati (he will become - future)

vardhate (he grows - present), vardhishyate (he will grow - future), avardhata (he grew - past) 

asti (he is - present), asit (he was - past)  

(click here for the printed page of verbs which goes with the audio versions above)

labhate 'he finds' use the same endings as vardhate and can be used as extra practice:  labhate, (present)   alabhata, (past)   lapsyate (future) 


Last page update: 23.8.17