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The importance of the optional subject in UPSC-CSE/IAS Exam. What could be the strategy to achieve higher marks in an optional subject?


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RE: The importance of the optional subject in UPSC-CSE/IAS Exam. What could be the strategy to achieve higher marks in an optional subject?

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The UPSC and IAS exam both in the subjective examination is consists of two optional papers each valuing 250 marks. Altogether these optional subjects are consisting of 500 marks in the total of 1750 marks in the subjective paper and hence making it of higher chances to score. As this section is dependent on your choice and hence choosing the right subject in order to maximize your score out of 500 marks and hence resulting in an increase in the overall marks of the subjective examination. Which make it equally important to choose your optional subject wisely.

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The UPSC examination gives you a number of options and which are as follow as:

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Medical Science
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Statistics

From the all the mentioned above subjects, choosing the right two plays a vital importance in order to increase your score as well as your chances of acing the examination equally. So it is important to choose your subject wisely and properly. And in order to choose the right subjects, it is important to understand a few metrics or factors that should be kept in check, in order to select the best and most efficient subject. The few tips and tricks for selecting the optional subjects:

  1. These subjects are considered to be one of your chances to improve your marks and hence choosing your strongest area will keep you in the most comfortable position psychologically and preparation wise and hence resulting in your best performance. This plays a vital role, since if you are already good at something then you don’t have to put all your effort in something and hence keeping it your advantage will the best possible idea. Apart from that, having a previous knowledge in the field will end up with your less time of preparation which means you have a lot of time to dedicate and prepare well for all the other subjects.
  2. If studying in group, choose the most common one, doing this, will increase the level of understanding among the group and hence more than one people can collectively create a team effort and hence resulting in the best possible solutions to each and every problem and can work collectively on each subject, which means less time will be given on each and every topic as well as the interest in the subject will be maintained making it a more comfortable subject to study and hence gives the advantage to become better at that subject in no big time. So when studying in groups it is important to choose the subject wisely.
  3. If any of the mentioned subjects is your major, prefer that because you have been studying that subject for a long time and hence it gives you a better ground of understanding and knowledge than most of the others and hence might end up as one of your strong zones. Also, if you choose one of your majors, as an optional subject then it gives you tactical advantage of putting your those skills as well as smart approach in the final interview round and hence keeping you an upper hand for the judgmental procedures. So if any of your majors are mentioned in the list, choosing them for any of two exams will be a better choice.
  4. Statistical Approach can also be followed in order to select the options papers. In this approach, the previous toppers analysis can be done and according to them, and the average score count of all the candidates from the each and every stream can be done in order to select the right subjects.

These all above mentioned are the few important points that should be kept in mind in order to choose your optional subjects. Choosing the right subjects will give you a direct advantage of 500 marks in the examination which can be looked as the direct advantage of crossing the examination. The point is these optional subjects can be looked as an opportunity to score the most and hence resulting in the best of the marks and in a positive result and leading to increasing your chances of scoring well. Hence choosing the right subjects plays the most important role in the examination.

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