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Hi sir, I already took coaching before 2 years and my optional is public administration. Some of my friends are guide me to change the optional due to less scoring in public administration. Do you suggest me which one is good?

It is all about your preparedness and how strongly you meet the specific requirements that each optional subject needs. No doubt, Public Administration as an optional subject has not been in flavour and in last few years' it has not delivered good results. However, many a candidates have performer well and even in recent CSE 2017 results, we have many successes with Public Administration as optional subject. A glance at marksheet of Sanjeev Kumar Maury...... Read More

Can someone guide how-to-choose-an-optional-subject-for-upsc-mains?

Optional Subject for Main Examination is an important decision that requires little deliberation. Your choice has a bearing on your final result so, be careful in Optional Subject selection and zero-in on a subject that helps you in accomplishing the task in style. The following article will help you in getting some insights about Optional Subject selection: Optional Subject Selection: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best?... Read More

Sir, I am preparing in Hindi medium for UPSC 2018. I am a law graduate. Sir, what optional subject I have for preparation in Hindi medium, which subject give highest marks in UPSC

As you are Hindi medium candidate, Law as optional subject is not so popular a choice. If you feel confident with Law (being your own subject); you can always keep it in consideration. In recent examination results, Hindi medium has not been delivering and you have a select few optional subjects in Hindi medium that are visible. Prominent among Hindi optional subjects are History and Literature of Hindi Language. It is difficult to pin-point which optional subject offers oppor...... Read More

Dear sir, I had given my optional subject for CSE as commerce and accountancy. I have graduated in B.Com and I am from CBSE till 12th class commerce group. Now, please tell me the variation in optional preparation from that of my academic exam?? In what way I have to work for this optional? I have got good basics in the optional paper because of my 5 years study..

With your commerce background, you have a solid base, now; you will have to build-up your knowledge that matches the UPSC’s expectations. Have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to know the requirements and the current trends. See, how effectively you are able to answer previous years' question papers and feel it within your reach or not. Keep always in mind that you have to take your preparation to the level that this examination has. If you feel, you can reach out to some selected candidates with Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject for guidance or may consider joining coaching institutes for support that will help you manage your preparation effectively.... Read More

मैं सिविल सेवा परीक्षा 2018 में शामिल होना चाहता हूँ मैं अभी इतिहास विषय से स्नातक कर रहा हूँ। मेरी उम्र 30 साल है मैं ओबीसी समुदाय से संबंध रखता हूँ। कृप्या अनुभवी दोस्तों से मैं यह जानना चाहता हूँ कि मुख्य परीक्षा में अच्छा स्कोर करने के लिए कौन सा वैकल्पिक विषय का चुनाव करना चाहिए।

सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में शामिल हिन्दी माध्यम के उम्मीदवारों में वैकल्पिक विषय के रूप में इतिहास लोकप्रिय विषय रहा है. इसका सबसे बड़ा कारण है इतिहास की सटीक तैयारी हेतु प्रचुर मात्रा में प...... Read More

i have finished 12th recently... my aim is to become an I.A.S .. i am going to take a graduation course which i will take as my optional subject.. i am interested on chemistry becoz i like it in 12th.. bt some of them saying that chemistry is not a good option.. it is not a scoring subject.. tell me solution

It is too early to talk about optional subject; first think about General Studies related requirements and commence preparation with the subjects you like and have interest in. You have enough time in hand to decide about optional subject; right now, take little steps and remain involved with study-plan so that there is not much of pressure on you. It is necessary to keep your interest alive as it is a long-term preparation. It is a long journey and as you advance, you will gain lots of insights and while reading different subjects from diverse disciplines, you will be able to take a balance decision about optional subject.... Read More

Sir can you suggest which subject between geography and political science is best with respect to syllabus length and best content available in hindi medium

Both Geography and Political Science & International Relations are good optional subjects and are popular as well. For Hindi medium, lots of books, study material and even coaching is also available. Choosing optional subject on the basis of syllabus length is not the right criteria; you should spend some time to find which subject suits you the best. The related article given below would help you in gaining some insights about optional subject selection.... Read More

Hello Sir/Madam, I am B.Tech software engineer from Bangalore. I want know about which optional subject should I'll choose for IAS. I am preparing by own and also doing self-study so what's should I prefer for best result for me.

As you don’t have any subject that matches your academic background, you will have to find what suits you best. It is an important decision and optional subject selection should be done with proper care and a rational decision will help you in enhanced performance. The related article given below will help in gaining some insights about optional subject selection.  ... Read More

which is the best optional subject for me basically am MBA graduate.....

After the changes introduced with Civil Services Examination 2013, now only 'One' optional subject has to be chosen for Main Examination. As has been observes, Management as optional subject is gaining popularity and is giving impressive success-rate. If you feel comfortable, you can go for it or can pick any other optional subject that suits you the best. Following article will help you in gaining some insights about choosing optional subject OPTIONAL SUBJECT SELECTION... Read More

Sir, I am a B.Tech graduate; I want to know is Law optional syllabus concise and easy to understand for self-study?

Law as optional subject has come in limelight in recent years and many non-Law background candidates have made it possible to crack this examination with Law as optional subject. Even, in Civil Services Examination 2013, Law has given highest success-rate among popular optional subjects. Law is specialized theme and is logical in nature. If you look at the syllabus, a part of it gets covered while preparing for Main Examination - General Studies Paper II. Try if you can understand it with self-study. But, for some portion, you need to take help as you have to compete with Law background candidates and have to develop answer-writing skills so that you meet examiner’s expectations.... Read More

how many and how are optional subjects choosen

As per the new pattern that came in to effect from Civil Services Examination 2013, candidates are required to opt for only 'One' optional subject from the gives list of optional subject available. The related articles will help you in choosing the suitable optional subject.... Read More

क्या अर्थशास्त्र ऐच्छिक विषय के साथ सिविल सेवा उतिर्ण करना कठिन है?

अर्थशास्त्र एक ऐच्छिक विषय के रूप में सिविल सेवा परीक्षा के लिये अंग्रेजी माध्यम के लिये तो बहुत सफल ऐच्छिक विषयों में से एक है परन्तु हिन्दी माध्यम के उम्मीदवारों में इतना प्रचलित नहीं है....... Read More

Hi sir, what are the scoring levels of students having Economy as an optional subject? Also that, I am student from engineering background. But I am preparing for upsc since a year at least and have got reasonable understanding of the economic basics and news. Kindly provide me an outlook like time required, marks obtained by students

In the recent results, Economics as optional subject has delivered very good results and even success-rate is quite high. You can expect around 300 marks out of 500 if you are well prepared. You have to understand the specific needs this subject has and as it is dynamic in nature, you should update your knowledge to meet the examiner's expectations.... Read More

I am a fresher n want to take ppl optional .qhich book is best for me to start for basic to build the basic hindi medium pol scie...thanx

आप शुरू में सिविल सेवा मुख्य परीक्षा के वैकल्पिक विषय राजनीति विज्ञान एवं अंतर्राष्ट्रीय संबंध हेतु McGraw-Hill Education प्रकाशन की एन. ड़ी. अरोड़ा द्वारा लिखित पुस्तक राजनीति विज्ञान का अध्ययन कर सकते हैं.... Read More

Can i take the same literature in both optional and regional language ( compulsory)?

Yes, there is no restriction if you take a particular language for Qualifying Paper on Indian Language and pick Literature of that particular Language as optional Subject in Civil Services (Main) Examination.... Read More


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