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Hello sir, I am last year engineering student (Electrical) but I want to take Public Administration instead of Electrical Engineering subject. I have a problem, which is I have never studied/learnt this subject (Public Administration) what should I do? Please suggest.. Thanks

It is quite common that most of the engineering background candidates make cross-domain shift and prefer a safer bet and some of the subjects from humanities or literature of languages comes on their radar. Public Administration is a very good subject; but, we would suggest you to reconsider if it is a random choice. If you have never been in touch with it, how Public Administration has got preference over other optional subjects available? In recent years, despite being most ...... Read More


Sir, I am doing Economics Hons from University of Delhi. I am confused between Public Administration (totally a new subject) and Economics (low cut-offs) for my Mains optional paper. Please suggest and advice.

As per new Main Examination pattern you need to take only one optional subject and there is no reason why you should get confused with optional subject choice. You should go for your own subject –Economics instead of trying hands with a new subject. Moreover, the recent result trends for Public Administration are also depressing. You are in Delhi and with a lot of awareness around; you can pick all relevant books and study material. Besides, you have quite a few good coaching institutes in case you need guidance. Economics is a very good optional subject and producing excellent results as well. So, build on this and prepare effectively. All the best!... Read More


I am Mohit sharma healing from Haryana; I did my B.Tech in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. But, I have not as much smart knowledge as IAS requires. So, instead of EE subject, please suggest which subject should I select? I am in deep confusion.....

In the beginning, most of the candidates are in similar situation and look for answers of such questions. Being an Engineer, while taking up this task, knowledge may not pose problem; but, yes, smart work and a sound preparation strategy is needed to crack this examination. If you are not comfortable with your own subject (Electrical & Electronics Engineering), you will have to do little exercise to figure out a suitable optional subject that can help you ...... Read More


Dear Sir, I have opted for Sanskrit literature as an optional . kindly suggested me any good coaching in delhi and good books

You can consider Panini Classis (Kailash Bihari) in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi for preparing Literature of sanskrit Language.  ... Read More


I did my schooling in CBSE medium. Marks are as below 10th 89.2% 12th 73% I did B.Tech from UPTU and passed out in 2012 batch Marks 76% (Branch-IT) After that I joined IT MNC and working in it from last 18 months. I want to prepare for CSE but unable to understand what to take in optional subject. I have read several articles on internet regarding this unable to understand what suits me. Please help me in this.

In the present set-up, Optional Subject selection is not that difficult. But, for candidates like you, it is little tricky as there is no optional subject available that directly match with your academics. However, Optional Subject selection is not that challenging once you commence serious preparation. The syllabus for General Studies at both Prelims as well as Main Examination involve many themes from diverse disciplines that gives you a feel about subject that may be picked...... Read More


Sir, Presently I am doing final year B.Tech in mechanical engineering at NIT Warangal. Can I opt for Mechanical engineering as my CSE optional if at all I am planning to give attempt with 1 year preparation after B.Tech. Or Should I prefer Geography or Public Administration to score high?

Yes, you can think of keeping Mechanical Engineering as optional subject provided you have grip over the subject and understand the UPSC requirements. We suggest you should have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to understand the requirements and the examiners’ expectations.   As this is your own subject, you will be able to judge where you stand and how much effort is needed to match the exam-standards. If not convinced with Mech...... Read More


सर मैं engineering graduate हूँ. क्या मैं हिन्दी सहित्य को . subject ले सकता हूँ.

बिलकुल. मुख्य परीक्षा के नये प्रारुप में आपको केवल एक वैकल्पिक विषय का चुनाव करना है और उपलब्ध विषयों में से कोई भी विषय आप चुन सकते हैं. हिन्दी भाषा का साहित्य एक अच्छा वैकल्पिक विष...... Read More


Sir i am graduate In Electronic sand Communication Engineering. Is it possible to take Oriya Literature as optional subject.

You have liberty to choose any optional subject from the optional subjects available. It is quite common among candidates particularly among Engineers to pick some other subject that they feel comfortable with. You can choose Literature of Oriya Language as optional subject if you wish so.... Read More


Which of these optional is the best in success rate - Pub Ad, Sociology and Psychology ?? Which one can fetch highest marks for an Engineering graduate ? Does Sociology and Psychology need special Answer writing skills for getting good marks ?

As per the most reliable data available from UPSC Annual Report for Civil Services Examination 2011, Psychology (10.5%) had the best success-rate among these three optional subjects. Next, come Sociology (8.2%) and Public Administration (7.9%) is not far behind. For Engineering graduations, none of these offer anything special that can help score well. It is always aptitude that matters the most while selecting the most suitabl...... Read More


I am working in a Public Sector Bank. So, I have less time to prepare. Can you suggest me which optional is best for me that have similarities with the General Studies paper. I am from engineering background.

The rules of the game have changed and earlier picking one optional subject that used to render some help in General studies played strategic role. But, with one optional subject now and magnitude of General Studies going up, you need to recognize the background that calls for an absolutely fresh approach while selecting optional subject. We suggest, you should indulge in serious preparation...... Read More


Is Sociology or Political Science limited syllabus or wide?

Assessing any optional subject with length of syllabus is not the right criterion for optional subject selection for Civil Services (Main) Examination. You should pick that optional subject that matches with your aptitude. Your liking and interest in the subject would help you in any optional subject even if it has a lengthy syllabus size. By the way, both the optional subjects shortlisted b...... Read More


Sir, my qualification is B.Tech (Computer Science). Can you tell me which subjects are better to choose as optional and tell me how to prepare it?

Optional subject selection is little tricky for Computer Science graduates as there is no subject in the list of available optional subject that helps in preparation. The following article would help you in making an informed choice about optional subject selection: Choosing optional Subject For preparation, you should depend upon the authentic source and should rely upon related standard text-books to have complete understanding of the topics and conceptual clarity.... Read More


Sir, taking MECHANICAL Engineering in Mains Exam as an optional subject is beneficial? Because I want to do Engineering in Mechanical. So, if it is beneficial then I study very seriously.

The new format for Civil Services (Main) Examination has only ‘One’ optional subject and it is strategic to pick your own subject provided you are able to do justice with it. For prior planning, you should aim to cover the domain of General Knowledge and optional subject selection can be done at a later stage. ... Read More


What are the subjects involved in Main Exams apart from optional. Can you please explain what are the papers involved?

Have a look at the Civil Services (Main) Examination 2014 scheme that will give you a complete picture about the question papers in Main (Written) Examination. Scheme for Civil Services (Main) Examination 2014... Read More


I am currently in B.Tech 6th semester. I want to know whether History and Political Science would be ok for me... also about Law as optional. Can an engineering background student can crack with law...

First, be clear that in new format for Civil Services (Main) Examination, you need to pick only one optional subject. so, your task is a bit easier. As has been observed, engineering background candidates generally make cross-domain shift and pick a new subject from different streams. The subjects you have short-listed – History, Political Science and even Law are interesting choice and in past, a lot of engineering background candidates have opted for these and have pro...... Read More



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