Optional Subjects: which one to pick

Candidates from diverse background appear in Civil Services Examination and take different subjects as it is left to you to choose with which set of subjects you want to appear in examination.

Those who are availing first attempt in CSE 2011 and just got attracted towards Civil Services Examination recently will have to be more concerned as besides two compulsory papers, preparation of the two optional subjects, General Studies and essay are to be taken care for Mains (written) as the good performance would ensure your progress to next stage of examination as well as you standing in the final merit.

Before zeroing on any particular subject, weigh pros and cons associated with them. Another important factor is to identify subjects/topics/areas where you feel comfortable and where not. You may choose a subject which is perceived to be scoring but is not of your interest. Can you put in an honest attempt with that you decide yourself?

Generally, candidates from humanities background pick one optional which is their own subject during graduation/post-graduation; it has been observed that candidates normally build up their preparation upon previous learning, knowledge and skills.

Trend analysis shows that majority of the candidates from Science stream (including Engineers and Medicos) make a cross domain shift and leaves their own subject to pick any subject from humanities background in Mains examination.

The profile of top 25 in CSE 2010 result resembles the one which used to be in 80’s and in early 90s where majority of the toppers were Engineers and Medicos. This year again 20 out of top 25 are Engineers or Doctors; but, the noticeable difference is that earlier, it was Physics-Mathematics combinations which use to rule; now is replaced by humanities subjects such as Public Administration, Geography and Sociology which help candidates to succeed in big number.

The problem arises when candidate is to decide about the second optional subject. This is one of the most crucial decisions and should be taken after considering a lot of factors.

Surely, for them it is going to be subjects having shorter syllabus that can be managed rapidly, good study material/guidance availability and can be prepared within short span of time and many such optional subjects would figure in wish-list of many new candidates appearing in CSE 2011.

Every year we find many candidates who have both optional subjects which are new to them. But before deciding any particular subject/subjects, be sure about it and take well informed decision.

Candidates from diverse background appear in Civil Services Examination and take different subjects as it is left to you to choose with which set of subjects you want to appear in examination.

At a glance if you see this is an examination where you need to make number of choices at various stages of the examination and those who make the right choices emerge successful.

 

Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015     

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