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Sir, i am preparing for UPSC 2014.my optional subjects are sociology and public administration. Anthony giddens - sociology, should i read it. after removal of optional will it help in GS or ESSAY or not. PLEASE RESPOND....

Till the time there is no confirmation what kind of changes are going to come and the time-line when these are supposed to come in force, you cannot presume what is right or wrong. Keep reading, keep preparing…be sure knowledge never goes waste. Also read: Make your preparation more efficient and innovative for the future Show courage to prepare even if chances of change are high... Read More


Respected Sir, In UPSC Which Optional Subject Is Best With Public Administration For Mains In The Attempt Of 2014. I Read There Is Changing In Syllabus Of Mains In 2014. That Is True OR Fake?

As far as change of Main Examination syllabus and removal of optional subjects is concerned, we will have to wait until Government/UPSC speaks about it. As on date, there is no clue about what are the in coming changes and no guess about time-line when these changes would get implemented. Public Administration is the most popular optional subject and makes combination with almost any other optional subject available. For choice of second optional, you can conside...... Read More


Sir I want to know some suggestion about name of books and authors of Philosophy and Sociology.

Suggested Book-List Optional subjects – Main Examination Philosophy Sociology ... Read More


Sir i'm b.tech student of electrical branch. Is it correct if choose history & public administration as my optional subjects ? If no then suggest me subjects.

As you are still in 2nd year of B Tech, we suggest you to wait for some time to decide about optional subjects as there are expectations that something should come up soon about proposed changes at Main Examination level and removal of optional subjects. As such both the subjects you have selected are good and performing optional subjects. At the same time these would render some help in other areas of examination particularly in General Studies preparation. If you are op...... Read More


i m a doctor and has just completed my MBBS degree. plz suggest me which optional subjects should i choose.

Selecting optional subject for Main Examination is a big decision and would reflect in your efforts, performance and ultimately results. The following articles would be helpful in getting some insights about optional subject selection: Picking the best combination is not easy Candidates with Medical background ... Read More


sir my first optional is history if i take second optional Philosophy is it right subject and i am hindi medium candidate sir philosophy is scoring subject ?

Both History and Philosophy have been the most sought after optional subjects in Hindi medium. History has been an evergreen optional subject and has delivered good results in Hindi medium. Philosophy is a good optional subject and has given some spectacular results; but, in recent years, the overall performance has not been worth mentioning and success-rate has been very low.... Read More


can we opt hindi and english language, hindi as medium of essay and hindi literature as optional subject together?

UPSC allows you to keep medium of examination English still can take Literature of Hindi Language as one optional subject. In this scenario, you will have to write all other papers in English except Literature of Hindi Language (optional subject).... Read More


I Complete BA ( ECONOMICS, Sociology. English Lit) & Ma is Economics which will i choose subject

Choice of optional subjects for Main Examination is a big decision. In your case, it should not be difficult decision for first optional as you have done masters and would have developed command over subject. You can consider keeping Economics and Sociology as optional subjects. Also read: Candidates with Economics background... Read More


myself pitamber & my branch is mechanical sir,what is the subject should i hve to take in upsc exam

It has been observed that Engineering background candidates generally make cross-domain shift and prefer to pick some other subjects and many of them go on to perform well in Civil Service Examination. Some of them show courage to pick their own engineering discipline and show outstanding results. Raveesh Gupta (AIR 16, CSE 2011) is among such candidates who got selected with some brilli...... Read More


i am a science background student.but i want to take Hindi literature as my 2nd optional subject.plz guide me which is the best coaching institute for me ,whom i will be able to study this subject i am unable to attend the regular classes

A lot of candidates find it convenient to prepare Literature of Languages and in recent years, a lot of English medium candidates also have shown interest in Literature of Hindi Language and have scored high marks. Ajay Kumar (AIR 108, CSE 2010) also had Literature of Hindi Language as one optional subject a...... Read More


Sir, i'm govind from U.P. I want prepare for IAS Mains sub. are public ad and psychology. Please tell me best coaching in Delhi for both subjects. Thanks

Coaching Institutes (Optional Subject – Main Examination) Public Administration Synergy IAS (M K Mohanty) Academy of Public Administration (Pavan Kumar) NIAS (Bhawani Singh) Psychology Vaji Ram & Ravi (Mukul Pathak) ... Read More


which optional subject is maximum marks scoring in mains either sociology or pali they two i am decide so you guide which i am pick in mains as my background is engineering

A lot of things here move on perception when it comes to Civil Service Examination preparation related activities particularly while selecting optional subjects. Many subjects are promoted as high scoring subjects and as safe optional subjects. But, as a matter of fact each subject is good and many candidates scoring high marks which help them in success. The following article will help in getting answer to your query: ... Read More


I am BE graduate and will be completing my MBA by march 2013. I am preparing for IAS exam can i know what subjects am i to study. History, geography, english, maths and indian polity.. what else am i am to cover???

Civil Service Examination preparation requires focused approach towards the constituents listed in General Studies syllabus. Besides, you need to prepare for two optional subjects for Main Examination. Have a look at the following links to get some insights about the query. Syllabus Preliminary Examination Paper I Preliminary Examination Paper II Main Examination - General Studies Main Examination – Optional Subjects... Read More


sir,i am btech in mech engg,what subject i choose instead of mech engg, scope of management as optional

Mechanical Engineering is not a very popular optional subject in Main Examination and same is the situation with Management. When you are looking for a new set of subjects, you should pick those subjects which render some help in other areas as well complimenting your study-plan. The following article will help you in getting answer to your query: Candidates with Engineering background... Read More


sir plz replythis time, i want to know which subjects r good in hindi medium student and i am doing self study (without coaching),and having 5-6 hrs daily for study

In Hindi medium, among the most popular optional subjects, History, Geography, Political Science & International Relations, and Sociology can be considered. If you wish to look beyond, Literature of Languages subjects like Hindi, Sanskrit or Pali Language can also be there on your radar. Optional subject selection is an important decision and you should go through the syllabus and past years’ papers of all short-listed subjects to know the level, examin...... Read More



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