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Hi,sir i have done my graduation with bio technology,microbiology and botany as main subjects........i have selected public administration as one of the optionals......cud u pls suggest me the second optional?Which one would be better among sociology and geography?

Both Geography and Sociology are very good, performing optional subjects and make very good combination with Public Administration. The following articles would help you in getting answers to your queries: Geography v/s Sociology: which one is better, more scoring?... Read More

good morning sir sir you are right but as a ias aspirant if we have no economic subjet but we have to be up to that for current affairs it,s does't matter. i can read english books & understand but i can't explain it in english. so i just ask that it does matter if i will explain my question in hindi in economics subject

The orientation is different in preparing Economics as optional subject and organizing study-plan for Indian Economy/Economics from General Studies viewpoint. Giving General Guidelines, UPSC has mentioned clearly that “the nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a varie...... Read More

Sir, Tamil and History make good optionals? What was the strategy and how was the scoring in last year CS? please advse. Thanks, Saranya

History is an evergreen subject and makes good combination with any other optional subject. Literature of Tamil Language is one of the favourite optional subjects among candidates acquainted with Tamil Language. Both, History and Literature of Tamil Language are scoring and results producing optional...... Read More

sir how will i get IGNOU notes because they are not available in market and it is tedious task to go through notes in pdf format plzz give me few suggestions...

You can get IGNOU Study Material direct from IGNOU, their authorised retail agents and even from their stalls in major Book-Fairs. There is no need to enrol with IGNOU for the study material. IGNOU CATALOUGE... Read More

sir my first optional is history sir which second subject is best combination for me and which subject should i choose

Keeping all aspects relating to Civil Service Examination preparation in mind, our top suggestion would be History-Political Science & International Relations combination. Reasons for recommending these are interrelation among the optional subjects and their contribution in other areas of examination. As these subjects compliments each other, it would save a lot of time and help you in managing your studies effectively.... Read More

Hello!! With MPPSC notification out, can you please suggest what subject will be best to take when one not have much time to study after 12 hours of job. As I am working in a Software company, I don't have enough time to study, but anyways I want to appear in exam this year. Please suggest a subject which can be covered in less time and also a book for GS. I was thinking of success mirror. Is it good? or should I go for Pratiyogita Darpan.

Make the best use of time available and make a strategy for what to read, which optional subjects to take, from where to take guidance and how much time to devote for each. Making a career in Civil Service is top of mind for many youngsters and many candidates like you move towards the goal step-by-step and converts dreams into reality. For the capable candidates like you who wish to achieve success in MP PSC examination with self efforts, it should not be a dif...... Read More

which would be the best second optional with public admin among Sociology, geography and pali,,,?? I am an engineering background student

For engineering background candidates, choice of optional subjects is little difficult as most of them make cross-domain shift and opt for popular optional subjects that are comparatively easier to prepare and manage. All the three shortlisted subjects are good but, you should pick the one which is of your interest and for which you have needed outlook. Literature of Pali Language has been on top of mind of many engineering background candidates and a lot of such candidates hav...... Read More

Sir,my one of the optional is political science. i m nt taking any class room coaching program,as i love self-study. but sir,this subject is totally new 4 me,plz guide me how to study this,best books,and materials for this. Sir,i can take help of postal guidance if they help really.If you find postal guidance is a good options,then please suggest me best names. Suggest me,how to prepare political science.. Thanks

Political Science & International Relations is one of the most suited optional subjects and has huge syllabus overlap with General Studies. You have a wide range of standard text-books available and we suggest you to trust these books instead of correspondence courses from coaching institutes. A large portions of the syllabus has conventional topics and characteristics, with self-study also, you can prepare it effectively. Commence your preparation with NCERT...... Read More

i am presuing bsc 3rd year but i haven`t sufficient knowledga in physics plz help me which optional subject is more help full for me .

If you feel that your knowledge relating to Physics is not that good, don’t even think about it. Physics as an optional subject is picked up by a lot of engineers and higher degree candidates, so you may not be able to show superior outcome. You can get some insights about the optional subjects, performance of science background candidates from the following article: Science subjects background... Read More

Sir I am a CA and i am planning to choose commerce & accountancy as my optional subject so should i go for it? Is it a scoring subject? And what other optional subject should i opt?? Plz suggest sir....

Commerce and Accountancy is a very good optional subject and for a CA, it is not a tough task. It is highly scoring and results producing optional subject and a lot of candidates have achieved high ranks in Civil Service Examination with Commerce & Accountancy as one optional subject. The following article will help you in getting answer to your query: Commerce background candidates... Read More

I have done B.A with English Honours.I choose two subject for CSE, Public Administration and Sociology .Now ,i want to do PG in one subject out of these two subject.But,I am confuse to choose any one subject out of these two subject.Please help me.

If you are going for post-graduation keeping in mind Civil Service Examination, you can think of Sociology for the same. Public Administration is a more dynamic subject and you can keep a sharp eye on contemporary development and current affairs to prepare and update your knowledge relating to it.... Read More

respected sir, i'm a 1st yr B.A LLb student and aspire for IAS. i've even started simple prep. like making notes from newspapers. i would like to keep law and political science as optional subjects. what's your suggession on these subjects? also sir... i'd 92% in my 10 but was able to score only 72% for my 12th. will this make any bad effect on my interviews??? please help sir...

Your choice of optional subjects reflect a perfect sense and would prove to be strategic while preparation. Political Science & International Relation makes a very good combination with Law because of some overlap in syllabus and would render a great help in ... Read More

Dear Sir, I have done (ECE) currently i am working as Deputy Br Manager in a Bank. I like to appear for CSE 2013 I decided to opt Public admin as 1st optional and i am confused in selecting in 2nd optional from History, Geography and sociology.Kindly suggest me best optional? As i am new suggest me other optional also which will best to me?

For engineering background candidates, choice of optional subjects is little difficult as most of them make cross-domain shift and opt for popular optional subjects that are comparatively easier to prepare and manage. Geography is one of the most favoured optional subjects among engineers because it is semi-scientific in nature and all of us have some familiarity with it as we had studied it at sch...... Read More

which subjects should i keep for ias exan?

It is very difficult to suggest optional subjects without knowing about you. Still, you can get some insights relating to optional subjects selection from the following article Optional subjects selection... Read More

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