Anthropology is an optional that is having high popularity among IAS aspirants in UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam. As per data about 500 candidates choose this subject in UPSC CSE Mains as the optional subject every year.
While preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam optional subjects play a significant role. For UPSC mains exam an aspirant has to choose one optional subject out of the list of 48 subjects. The marks allotted for optional subject in UPSC exam is 500 marks out of the total. A wrong choice of optional can lead you to score low marks and hence your chances of selection may be compromised. Since last few years Sociology optional has emerged as the most safe and popular optional chosen by multiple of aspirants in the UPSC mains exam.
Political Science and International relations (PSIR) Optional is an optional having high potential for securing more marks. Apart from this the UPSC syllabus also overlaps with General Studies paper to a maximum extent .This subject can be helpful both in UPSC Prelims and Mains exam. Approximately 65% of the whole UPSC syllabus either directly or indirectly overlaps with that of this optional. Most concepts in PSIR are interrelated and can be understood easily. This optional has worked for many and has helped them secure top ranks.
The last few years of UPSC results have revealed that one optional that has made rapid strides in producing toppers in the UPSC exam is Public Administration. Glancing over the last few years toppers we will find one out of ten with Public Administration as an optional in UPSC mains exam. The reason behind such a huge upsurge in choosing this optional is perhaps its small and easy-to-cover UPSC syllabus and its overlapping with the General Studies up to a large extent.
Choosing an optional subject for the IAS exam is an uphill task as this decide the fate of your selection in UPSC IAS Exam. The elective subject should be chosen wisely by any student in such a way that it incorporates the syllabus of General Studies with its syllabus. History is, without a doubt, one of the most popular subjects for all those who will appear for the Civil Services Main Examination.
Geography is one optional that has more affinity to IAS aspirants hailing from science background. The reason being is its scientific nature and its maximum overlapping with UPSC general studies paper in both IAS prelims and mains exam. Every year this optional is being chosen by a lot of aspirants that is evidenced by its remarkable result round the years.
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