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being a computer science background is it good to take public administration as a optional subject???

You can take any subject that you can do justice with. Have a look at the syllabus and past years' papers to understand therequirements and current trends. If you feel you can manage with Public Administration and fulfil the specific demands it has, you can choose it as optional subject.... Read More


I have completed my MBBS in 2008. i have completed my MD in Community Medicine/PSM in May 2013. I am interested in becoming a civil servant. To be frank its my desire and only goal to join civil services. but i am confused about optional subjects. at the same time right now i am completing my 1 year bond after PG at District Hospital. So i am not able to draft a genuine and strong study plan for Civil Services 2015. so kindly guide me sir, Thanks

First of all, you should not think too much about optional subject choice as you have enough time in hand to decide what suits you the best. Commence your preparation with some basic books (NCERT Books) for laying a solid foundation. Also start reading newspapers, at least two, daily and make self-notes. The following articles would also help you in gaining some insights about the query you have raised: ... Read More


I am post-graduate student. I want to know I am in 1st year of course MA (Hindi) and my final degree will be obtained in 2015. Am I eligible for taking Hindi as optional subject in main exam?

Yes, you can take Literature of Hindi Language as optional subject as there is no condition for picking any subject of your choice from the list of optional subjects available. Although, UPSC had announced some restrictions in CSE 2013 notification but, later some modifications were made in scheme of Civil Services Examination 2013 and all such conditions were removed. Some modifications in the new scheme for Civil Services Examination 2013... Read More


Between anthropology and Public Administration, which subject is better optional subject for Mains?

As such, there is no comparison among the two. Both Anthropology and Public Administration are diverse disciplines and have different needs. Public Administration is a very good subject and a lot of candidates find it interesting. As every subject has, Public Administration also has specific demands and it is highly dynamic in nature. From Civil Services Examination angle, Public Administration became the most popular optional subject as it has been perceived ...... Read More


What is the future of Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject. Is it a safe choice or should i take any other optional subject?

Commerce & Accountancy is a good optional subject and is first choice of commerce background candidates. In recent years, a lot of CAs and other commerce background professional have turned their attention towards ‘Civil Services’ as a career destination and have made their presence felt with Commerce & Accountancy as optional subject. Now, in only ‘One’ optional subject regime, it is strategic if you take your own subject; this will help in bet...... Read More


sir, regarding optional paper 2 (literature) should we hold a graduate degree for Indian language ?

No, anyone who is eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination can opt for any of the optional subject available. Such restrictions had come in CSE 2013 notification but, later with some modifications all such conditions were removed. If you wish, you can pick any ‘ONE’ optional subject that you like from the available optional subjects.   Also read: ... Read More


Psychology or philosophy which subject is better for ias

Both Psychology and Philosophy are among most popular optional subjects and are picked up by many candidates in Civil Services (Main) Examination. be it Psychology or Philosophy, have a look at the syllabus and past year’s papers to know the requirements, trends and make an realistic estimation based on your knowledge level, the amount of efforts you need to make to uplift your preparation level that matches examiner’s expectations. ... Read More


Dear sir/madam i am a govt employee in ranchi and preparing for cse in hindi medium.Without takin coaching which subject should i choose among history/pub ad/geography. Please suggest books for the subject in hindi medium.

The best way is to look at the syllabus and previous years’ question papers to judge your comfort level. Undoubtedly for Hindi medium, History is the best choice among the optional subjects shortlisted. It has relevant books and study-material in abundance and we feel that History is one subject that has better resource in Hindi medium than in English. Geography is also a very good subject in Hindi medium but, i...... Read More


Hi Sir, I'm a software Engineer in Bangalore, my trade was Computer Science Engineering in my graduation. I am aspirant of being IAS, and really looking forward for preparation and able to give 100% devotion to it. I want to know what subject I should choose for starting my preparation. I would appreciate any help from your side.

For candidates like you, this is really tough selection as none of the optional subject available match with the Computer Science background. Our suggestion is that you should commence preparation with General Studies (Main Examination oriented) and as you advance, you will get to know about a lot of subjects as major constituents and may be you start liking any subject that can be picked up as optional subject. You can also get some insights from the following article about optional subject selection: Optional Subject Selection: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best? ... Read More


sir i am a student of law. i plan on doing CS (company secretary) side-by-side.How much does the syllabus of CS overlap with that of the commerce and accounting optional? Also are the questions asked of the same level?

Have a look at the syllabus and previous years’ papers of Commerce & Accountancy to understand the coverage, level and examiners’ expectations. It is within your reach and if little effort is put in, you will be able to put up a decent performance. However, we suggest you can consider keeping Law as optional subject instead of Commerce & Accountancy if you don't comfortable with it. A glance at Law syllabus would reveal that there is a huge overlap ...... Read More


sir I have completed BBA and 10+2 with PCM . Which subject i should choose as optional

Optional Subject selection is one of the important decisions one has to make while preparing for Civil Services Examination. We suggest you to commence preparation for General Studies (Main Examination oriented) and as you move forward, you will get a lot of understandings about a diverse set of subjects which are major constituents of General studies syllabus and are available as optional subject as well. The following article would also get you important insights about Optional subject selection: Optional Subject Selection: pick ‘One’ optional subject that suits you the best?... Read More


which are the best optional for engineering background students?...

It is difficult to pinpoint ‘the best optional subject’ for any candidate, as this choice is influenced by many factors like interest in the subject, familiarity with it or having an aptitude for a particular subject etc. The best way to find the most suitable optional subject is to devote some time for this exercise and try to zero-in on a subject that you feel suits you the best. The following article would help you in getting some insights about optional subject...... Read More


Can we select English as Indian language paper in mains? What are literature subjects? Can we opt for literature subject as our main's optional subject? Thanks!

Among the two qualifying papers, one is English and the other is from one of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. Qualifying Papers on Indian Languages And English Don’t confuse qualifying papers with literature of optional subjects. Literature of any one of the follo...... Read More


sir, i am studying 2nd year engineering computer science..when i should start preparation & what are best optional sub for me

If you are serious about it, you can commence preparation right now. As the examination demands, your accumulated knowledge and general awareness help you a lot in handling IAS preparation effectively. Right now, the best strategy would be to understand the complete exam-plan and figure out the common constituents in General Studies syllabus both in Preliminary as well as Main Examination. Pick up NCERT Book of the related subjects and get your fundamentals clear. Simultaneously, star...... Read More


Sir/Ma'am, I am done with my pub ad classes. I wish to join pub-ad test series and finish off my optional preparation before april 2014. Is there any test series in old rajindernagar offering it?

Inspiration IAS (Sunil Gupta) is one of the trusted name in Test-Series for Public Administration (Optional Subject-Main Examination). As desired, it is situated in Rajendra Nagar (Central Delhi).... Read More



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