Most Scoring Optional Subject in IAS Exam

Most Scoring Optional Subject in IAS Exam

If you are preparing for the UPSC civil service examination, you must be aware of the rule of taking up an optional subject in IAS examination. This should be chosen wisely because it is a great opportunity to score more in the UPSC civil services examination.

When you are preparing for prelims examination, the gearing up for mains examination also goes on. So, firstly, try to choose a subject which is an integrated part of both prelims and mains examination. So, this will save you time for other topics.

But do you know which one is the most scoring subject to take up as an optional one in IAS examination? Here is a small discussion to let you know about the most IAS aspirants' favourite optional subjects to help you in scoring extraordinary in the IAS examination.

The most popular optional subject in UPSC syllabus is Geography followed by History, Public Administration and Sociology.

GEOGRAPHY:

Geography is always a favourite subject for both of the science and arts background students due to its rational nature and scoring ability. It is quite a famous and popular subject in UPSC examination too. Geography is included as a subject in this syllabus for both of the prelims and mains. So, it is always a better idea to take up geography as an optional one since it is already a compulsory part of prelims. So, preparing for geography in the prelims examination ensures halfway mains syllabus completion.

If we consider seeing the statistics, it says that every year among the candidates clearing the mains examination, 3000 of them have geography as their optional subject. So, it is needless to say this is not only an interesting subject but also a scoring one.

Here is exact statistics showing the number of successful candidates having geography as their optional one:

  • 3391 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2015)
  • 3515 (in UPSC Mains 2014) 

HISTORY:

The second favourite one that comes after geography is history and it is also an integrated part of both prelims and mains examination.

Here is exact statistics showing the number of successful candidates having geography as their optional one:

  • 1821 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2015)
  • 1560 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2014)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION:

Since the job is all about being in the administrative society, this is always a wise decision to take up public administration as the optional ones for UPSC mains examination. It not only useful for the knowledge but also it helps to increase your overall score because of its scoring potentiality.

The studies have shown that a major number of successful candidates have public administration as their optional ones and here is an overview of some previous years’ statistics:

  • 1795 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2015)
  • 2852 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2014) 

SOCIOLOGY:

Sociology is a scoring subject and many IAS aspirants are willing to take this up as their optional ones. And here is a previous years’ statistics to show you the trend of taking up sociology among successful candidates:

  • 1479 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2015)
  • 1819 candidates (in UPSC Mains 2014)