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hello sir i am graduate in science streem bengali medium please tell me the subject combination of history & sociology is best combination for bengali medium? otherwise please suggest any combination??

Not many candidates appear in Civil Service Examination with Bengali as medium of writing examination. As such, it is better to look at optional subjects in which you have interest, aptitude and needed outlook instead of looking at best combinations. Also read: Optional Subjects: Picking the best combination is not easy... Read More


How iz combination geography and public administration, focus on some success stories with these subjects please.

As the drift towards humanities subjects continue in Civil Services (Main) Examination, most of the candidates rely upon the safe optional subjects. The combination of optional subject Public Administration and Geography figure in the top most pair of optional subject successful candidates picked. In CSE 2011 result, among top 50 candidates Mallikarjuna A (AIR 20), Sharma Prashant (AIR 29), Binwade...... Read More


hello sir i am graduate science streem hindi medium tell me in subject political,philosphy, economic who is best combination for hindi medium

Among the shortlisted subjects, you can consider Political Science & International Relations and Philosophy. Both these are performing optional subjects in Hindi medium and a lot of Hindi medium candidates show faith in these by picking them as optional subjects. Economics is a good subject but looking at your educational background, it may not be wise to pick Economics as optional subject.... Read More


hello sir, whether history or geography is the better optional along with public administration?? kindly reply

You need to have interest, aptitude and needed outlook for the subject you pick and without knowing your background, there is no yardstick to predict which among History or Geography can be good for you. Both History and Geography are good optional subjects and can be considered for combination with Public Administration. But, before you say yes to any subject, have a look at the syllabus and past year papers to understand the level and current trends.... Read More


is political science is hard to study?

Political Science & International Relations is a very good subject and an area of interest for all of us to understand the world around us. It is strategic to have it as optional subject since Political Science & International Relations has major overlap with General Studies and renders help in Essay and interview as well. So, if you wish to go with Political Science & International Relations as optional subject, it can prove to be calculative step complementing your whole study-plan.... Read More


sir which subject is related to General studies which i can take for mains exams? please tell me optional subject which can be covered partly with General studies?

Many candidates smartly plan for Civil Service Examination and by picking optional subject that have inter-relation and some overlap with General Studies can make your task little easier. However, choice of optional subject depends upon various factors and most important is interest and aptitude in the subject. A glance at General Studies syllabus clearly indicate that subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Econo...... Read More


Hello Sir, I wish to appear USPC exams in 2013. I have taken Pol Sci as my 1st optional subject and currently preparing for the same. Could you please advise, whether I should opt for Geography as my second optional subject or Sociology ? and do we have to memorize many things in case of Geography?

As you are looking for suitable optional subject with Political Science & International Relation, Sociology has some inter-relation with it and can be considered as second optional subject. This subject combination will have a good syllabus overlap with General Studies and will help you in Es...... Read More


Dear sir , i am an MSc candidate, i want myself to take chemistry as one of my optional.i am confused about my second optional .can i have history in combination with optional one since i love to study indian history and remember occasion or should i pursue english as the other optional since i love to write esays.

When you have one science subject, it is a wise decision to pick second optional subject from humanities/language subjects. Chemistry is not a very popular subject and candidates with solid grip over subject show courage to pick it as optional. You have selected Chemistry; you must have found it manageable and will be able to uplift your preparation as it is your subject. Among ... Read More


sir i am BCA graduate and deadly want to go in civil services. but i m confused about the selection of optional subjects.. Because of there are no subjects available in upsc related to my graduation. what is your suggestion for selecting optionals.?

It is a common problem with majority of candidates like you where people find it difficult to pick optional subjects based on academics. The following article will help in knowing the trend and selecting optional subjects. Choosing optional subjects ... Read More


which another subject to take with Public Administration?

Public Administration is a subject which makes a very good combination with almost any subject. Public Administration is an inter-disciplinary theme incorporating concepts from subjects like Management, Political Science, Sociology, Psych...... Read More


sir,i am an engineering background student..i am opting for geography as 1st optional ..n for 2nd one i m confuse btw public admin and history..i am more intrested in history but pub admin has short syllabus..how can i choose confidently btw these two ?...thx

Agreed, Public Administration-Geography makes a very good combination but, don’t look at Public Administration just because it has a concise syllabus. It is highly dynamic in nature as the subject it deals with is evolving and practically everyday there is something new that makes Public Administration preparation ...... Read More


hello sir i am doing ba in public adminstration can i appear in cse exam

A candidate with degree from any recognized institution in any discipline is eligible to appear in Civil Service Examination... Read More


sir , i am having computer science background willing to select optionals history and telugu any suggestions regarding this.

For Computer Science background candidates, the selection of optional subjects is little difficult as no subject available directly match with the academics. If you wish to pick History and Literature of Telugu Language, it is perfectly fine provided you have interest, needed outlook and understand the subject related specific requirements. We suggest that before saying yes to these, have a look at the syllabus and past year papers to understand the level and current trends.... Read More


SIR, i am b-tech 3rd year student pursuing my b-tech from mech engg . but didn,t want to choose it as an optional sub.but i m looking for psychology and public administration . Is it right ?or any suggestion about it.

A lot of engineering background candidates make cross-domain shift and pick some of the popular optional subjects for Civil Service (Main) Examination. Psychology-Public Administration is a very popular combination and many top ranks are achieved by candidates having this subject combination.... Read More


Sir,i choose Hindi literature as first optinal subjects but sir I confused choosing 2nd optinal subject between politcal science or public administration.So which 2nd optional sub best for me sir ?please guide me sir.

Literature of Hindi Language is such a subject which helps neither in Public Administration nor in Political Science & International Relations. To pick optional subject among these, the following article will help you in getting the reply to your query. Public Administration v/s Political Science & International Relations... Read More



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