Why History as an Optional?

History has emerged as a popular optional subject among UPSC aspirants. Undoubtedly, it is a very important optional subject in the UPSC scheme of CSE Examination. The sole reason attributed to this could be because history is included in the UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam and in the UPSC CSE Mains general studies papers in general and General Studies Paper 1 in specific. One can’t afford to ignore the holistic study of History that includes Ancient India, Medieval India and Modern India along with a new addition in GS Mains Paper i.e. World History and developments in India post independence.

Many aspirants enquire as to, ‘is it a good optional subject for the UPSC mains?’ or  ‘How is history as optional for UPSC?’, ‘Is History a scoring optional?’ Since we have understood the importance of optional subjects, we can now choose optional subjects based on many parameters.

Let’s deliberate on the fact part: In CSE 2015; 1761 candidates appeared for the UPSC mains with history as their optional subject. Out of that, 150 candidates got selected which gives it a success rate of 8.5%. This figure is quite assuring if compared to other optionals. It would be abstract and mechanical to say history as good or bad optional. It depends on a candidate’s interests and aptitude in a subject that makes it suitable or not for the civil services exam.

History is a scientific, objective, analytical subject. Not only this, History would help one write good essay. One could get a lot of good points and also aid in writing Introduction of essay, which is one of the most important part. Needless to say that this subject would also help one develop deep insights and analyse the socio-economic conditions of various phases and he/she could well compare this to today’s times. Since, it is not a scholar-dynamic subject, so one could expect things to remain same by the time he/she is preparing for CSE (No doubt the current excavation or discoveries also help you learn well) and you could be confident once you practice all previous years questions of this subject.

Why History Optional at KSG?

KSG is renowned for its emphasis on Answer writing. By this time you must have known that it is only answer writing that will help you fetch a good rank in CSE. We at KSG have put the same emphasis on Optional Answer practice as we do for General Studies.

The meticulous and diligent coverage of the course will ease the learning of the subject and the expertise of Faculty will give you in class learning and greater insights. Use of various technological pedagogies would help students grasp things easily. Focus on answer writing in the class, would help aspirants boost their confidence and to counter any question that they face in the exam. It is ensured through means of regular tests which also helps you build a habit of answer writing. Following a fixed schedule is really a difficult task, but if done, could do wonders. We at KSG are very devoted to following a strict schedule.     

Excessive focus on not only Course Coverage, but also on additional information that could help you spice up your preparation. The content provided to the students would help any aspirant learn things easily and in an insightful manner. Often students would be given Handout notes in addition to regular notes, which contain insightful information.

Post Completion Support

We at KSG remain enthusiastic about your preparation and selection. Our association with aspirants is not only limited to the months of Optional Subject Preparation, but extends well beyond that. Support is given to aspirants in the form of material, missed classes, answer evaluation and interaction with faculty. We try to aid students in maintaining zeal throughout preparation by associating with them in form of sending electronic mails, messages etc.