How to Select Optional Subject For Civil Services Exams ?

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Dear Aspirants,
If somebody just started preparing for CSE ? Now, are you confused about selecting your optional for the mains examination? Don’t worry it is completely normal, most of the aspirants of your kind are experiencing the same. So here is our expression of help for you, we hope this guide is good enough to help you make decisions on your optional. Hope this will help you.So Here are the broad verticals to be considered before choosing the optional :



  • Choose the Subject which is Interesting to You.
  • If you have studied a particular subject in your college then go for it, because it will be lot easier for you, also it will be easier to you to read advanced topics and analyse them. e.g. If you have studied Political Science then its better to choose it rather to choose a subject that you never read.
  • Choose the subject which is having small syllabus e.g. Public administration!
  • Choose the subject with Good Study material Availability like if you don’t have enough and good study material of Forestry then don’t choose unless you have read it in your graduation. So if you don’t have Quality study material or books available of particular subject then don’t go for it. If you have then go for it.
  • You can go through previous years Question Papers and can analyze them. It can give you a better idea while choosing.
  • Student who are from Science backgrounds can choose the subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Zoology, Botany etc.
  • Student who are from Engineering backgrounds can choose  their optional subjects like Physics, Maths, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering etc.
  • Student who are from Commerce, Economics or Management backgrounds can choose their optional subjects Commerce and Accountancy, Management and Economics.
  • Students from Medical Backgrounds can definitely choose Medical Science.
  • Students of Law are seen to choose law. Students of Agriculture, students of Forestry, Animal Husbandry  & Veterinary Science will choose their subjects.
  • Students who have studied literature can go for literature Subjects like Hindi, English Literature.

Some combinations

We are putting forth some interesting combinations based upon your background in graduation. These are based on the assumptions that you are good at your respective graduation streams. We advice user discretion while reading this, because you are the one who best knows your talents. And the final decision should be yours.

For Science/Medical Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Zoology, Botany, Medical Sciences

You can also try:

Public Administration, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology

Note: Students with Medical Sciences background can also try Zoology/Botany/Psychology

For Engineering Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering

But these days the fact is that only very few engineering graduates choose their own subjects

Like the majority of engineering graduates you can also try :

Physics/Maths/Chemistry, Public Administration, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy

For Commerce/Economics/Management Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Commerce and Accountancy, Management, Economics

You can also try:

Public Administration, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy

For Law Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Law

You can also try:

Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, History

BTW: In yesteryears of 2 optional subjects:     

For Agriculture/Forestry/Geology Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Agriculture, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture

You can also try:

Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology , Philosophy, History

For Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

You can also try:

Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, History

For Literature Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Hindi Literature, Sanskrit Literature, English Literature, Urdu Literature

You can also try:

Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, History

For Statistics Background Students:

Fitting optional according to your field are:

Statistics

You can also try:

Public Administration, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Law, Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]
These are just the basics. Please feel free to visit this page to know more about each optional subjects and the study strategy required for them.

Good luck!

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