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thnx ... sir for previous answer , sir now i m in confusion to select sub. my few frnds advised me to take geography and pub. adm so is it good combinatiom or should i go for marathi literature on place of pub. adm. , because i completed my school in marathi . So is it scoring? or should i stick with my frnds advice?

Public Administration is a good subject and has all factors that lure one to pick it as optional subject. But, being a top of mind subject for every candidate, it has tremendous competition. Many a time, candidates do not understand the specific requirements Public Administration subject has and even, non-serious candidates crowd the space. If you have confidence and interest in ... Read More


sir i complete my graducation or post gradution in management. i choose my first optional sociology, is management is good optional for me or public administration.

Management is a specialized study and CSE 2011 result clearly indicates its emergence as number of successes with Management as an optional subject is almost near to the figure which used to be the number of candidates appeared in Main Examination with Management as an optional. Sociology-Management combination help...... Read More


SIR,I am a civil engineering.student,but i want to give this exam with the subject history and public administration.Is it right combination of subjects to give the exam?Please help me to choose subjects for the exam and medium also??

You are engineering background candidate so, you should not have much problem with English medium. As asked earlier, you can appear in Prelims/Main Examination in English medium and can think of facing interview with Hindi. It is a wise step as Civil Engineering in not a very popular optional subject in Civil Service (Main) Examination. As you are a beginner, we suggest you to consider Political Science & International Relation in place of Public Administration. ... Read More


Sir, I have completed my B.C.A. last year and planning to sit in I.A.S. 2013 Exam. My optional subjects for Mains are Public Administration and Sociology. Please give your comments on my subject and suggest some basic books for GS and mains sub. Thanking you in advance.

As you have been preparing for quite some time, we are sure you must have understood the subject’s related specific demands and would have developed the needed outlook. Both Public Administration and Sociology as very good subjects for Civil Service (Main) Examination and a lot of candidates opt these as...... Read More


dear sir, dis is my first attempt sir, and i am trying to opt public administration and geology. actually , i m mechanical engineer and doing job in LARSEN & TOUBRO LTD. Suggest me and give your precious advice

Being in job, it requires a proper planning and strategy to manage preparation with in limited period of time you have. As a beginner, we suggest you to look at those optional subjects that have interrelation and render some help in other areas as well. You can consider Political Science & International Relations in place of ... Read More


thank u so much 4 reply of last query. sir i have finalised my 2nd optional geography. i just want to know that i did my graduation in biotechnology so will i face any problem if i opt geography because i don;t have any background in this but i found it interesting.

Geography is a semi-scientific subject and when you have interest, it should not be a problem in preparation. You have good standard text-books available and quality guidance, moreover the aim for preparation should keep you motivated all throughout.... Read More



Dear Sir, For the preparation of CSE,I choose one optional subject Public administration and i am confuse to choose second optional subject among sociology,Anthropology,Psychology ,Philosophy and Pali language literature .Please tell me among these five ,which one is quite easy and which one is quite hard for preparation of CSE.I am totally new for all the above subjects.I have done B.A with English hons.

Looking at the academic background, among the shortlisted subjects, we suggest you can look at Sociology as second optional subject. It is a pure social science subject having some interrelation with Public Administration. Being conceptual in nature, it would be easy to understand and your familiarity with literature would help you in needed expression and writing style. But, before you decide, have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ papers to understand the level, examiner’s expectations and current trends.... Read More


sir please tell me about the right combination of subjects for the preparation. I am textile engineer.

Choosing optional subject is really a big task and it becomes challenging when you don’t find any subject that suits you as per your academic background. In such scenario, it is better to look at those subjects which have some interrelation and also render some help in other areas like General Studies and Essay etc. Following articles would help you in getting some insights about choosing option...... Read More


sir i have finalised my 1 optional that is sociology nd i am preparing for cse 2013. but i am confused about 2nd optional. should i opt for public ad or philosophy or geography. please suggest right combination with sociology.

Sociology is a very popular optional subject and makes good combination with most of the popular optional subjects. All the three shortlisted optional subjects can be considered as second optional but you should pick that subject which is of your liking and interest. Have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ papers to understand the level and current trends, then decide what suits you the best. Also read: Sociology & Geography Philosophy & Sociology... Read More


sir, i have done my b.sc. in cbz (chemistry,botany,zoology).i am preparing for ias 2013. i am reading ncert & newspapers continuesly but still confused about optionals. please advise about selcetion of optional.please help me in this regard.

Among the subjects of your graduation, you can think of keeping Botany and Zoology as optional subjects as Chemistry is not a favourite optional subject at Civil Service Examination. Also read: Candidates with Science background... Read More


sir i am in doin my btech from civil .i wanted to know which optional subjects to take in mains?i was thinking of civil engg and geology as both of these two subjects are in our syllabus.will it b good?and since i am in my second year of my btech please help me with a comprehensive and strategic study plan.

 UPSC has given liberty to pick two optional subjects from the long list of optional subjects but, there are many subjects which does not attract many candidates and your academic subjects Civil Engineering and Geology are such which are not popular choices.   As you have ample time to decide about optional subjects, spend some time to figure out which other subjects can be considered. The following articles will help you in understanding it better and in gaini...... Read More


Ref : Query raised by Amit H on 23rd Aug 2012. Thanks for your suggestion. I would like to further clarify that whether Pub Ad and Commerce & Accountancy will be helpfull to GS as well and if there is any inter-relation and overlap. Thanks.

There are many topics common between Public Administration and Commerce & Accountancy. Public Administration covers Indian Polity constituent of General Studies thus this combination makes all these complimentary to each other. Also read Commerce Background candidates... Read More



sir..... my first opt. subject is sociology and second public administration. in my graduation public administration is not my subject. so.... i have no information about public administration. how can i clear public administration with strategy and coaching? please suggest me?

Your choice of combination of optional subjects Public Administration with Geography is good. Public Administration has a concise syllabus and easy to manage within limited period of time. It does not make much impact if you are new to Public Administration. Availability of high-quality books and even coaching institute will make task easy. Also Read Book-List Public Administration: The most popular optional subject... Read More



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