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Optional Course

Most IAS beginners choose an optional simply because it is considered to be scoring. it is still a deciding factor in the final ranks due to the unpredictability associated with General Studies Papers and Interview. Don’t think about the score at this stage, just focus on selecting an optional in which you are more interested. An aspirant in her/his initial days is supposed to master the syllabus and have adequate writing practice to have an edge over the competitors.

Optional Subjects for Civil Services Main Exam

This is the complete list of optional subjects for civil services main examination. You have to opt for any one subject. Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each. Click on the subject name to view its syllabus.

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology

Literature of any one following language:

  1. Assamese
  2. Bengali
  3. Bodo
  4. Dogri
  5. Gujarati
  6. Hindi
  7. Kannada
  8. Kashmiri
  9. Konkani
  10. Maithili
  11. Malayalam
  12. Manipuri
  13. Marathi
  14. Nepali
  15. Oriya
  16. Punjabi
  17. Sanskrit
  18. Sindhi
  19. Tamil
  20. Telugu
  21. Urdu
  22. English

The question papers are of conventional (essay) type. Each paper is of three hours duration.

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