A glance at the following table reveals the performance of the candidates with the optional subjects in Civil Services Examination 2010.
92.5 per cent of the successful candidates opted optional subjects related to Humanities including Literature of Languages. 4.8 per cent successful candidates opted science subjects, 1.9 per cent of the successful candidates chose Medical Sciences while 0.8 per cent of the successful candidates made it with Engineering Subjects.
As the list illustrates, among the most popular optional subjects, Public Administration was the most preferred subject among the optional subjects chosen by the candidates. Geography and History are at 2nd and 3rd spot.
Comparing CSE 2010 result outcome with CSE 2009, the success-rate of Public Administration has remain static (9.2 per cent) where as performance of Sociology and Geography has shown steady progress and success-rate has seen uptick.
Psychology has seen little downward trend (CSE 2008- 10.9%; CSE 2009- 8.8% and CSE 2010- 8.2%) and in last three years success-rate has seen a gradual drop.
After showing a little drop in success-rate in CSE 2009, Political Science & International Relations has again shown remarkable comeback with success-rate of 7.6 per cent.
Among other most popular optional subjects, History and Philosophy there is not much to talk about and their success-rate continues to be dwindling below 5 per cent.
Among other popular optional subjects, Anthropology, the most consistent performer has again shown brilliant results with excellent success-rate of 12 per cent.
While one can take some clue about success-rate from the result of the most popular optional subjects; but, one needs to be careful in taking reference of the data for some not as much popular optional subjects for deciding your optional subjects.
The result and the success-rate of these subjects may vary year to year resulting in big surprises when data is compared year-on-year.
To illustrate this we take Agriculture result for example. In CSE 2008 it had a success-rate of 18.6 per cent which dropped down to 10.6 per cent in CSE 2009 and in CSE 2010; it has a success-rate of only 1.5 per cent.
Such variation comes as the number of candidates appearing is low and any drop in result impacts the success-rate.
|S.No.||Optional Subject||Number of Candidates||Success Rate
|5||Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science||69||7||10.1|
|12||Political Science & International Relations||1165||89||7.6|
|13||Commerce & Accountancy||356||26||7.3|
|Performance of Literature of Languages as Optional Subject|
|26||Literature of Bodo Language||1||1||100|
|27||Literature of Dogri Language||1||1||100|
|28||Literature of Sindhi Language (Devanagri Script)||1||1||100|
|29||Literature of Sindhi Language (Arabic Script)||1||1||100|
|30||Literature of English Language||30||8||26.7|
|31||Literature of Telugu Language||118||29||24.6|
|32||Literature of Manipuri Language||22||4||18.2|
|33||Literature of Tamil Language||129||21||16.3|
|34||Literature of Marathi Language||45||7||15.6|
|35||Literature of Malayalam Language||89||13||14.6|
|36||Literature of Maithili Language||48||7||14.6|
|37||Literature of Kannada Language||97||14||14.4|
|38||Literature of Urdu Language||47||4||8.5|
|39||Literature of Pali Language||351||27||7.7|
|40||Literature of Gujarati Language||68||5||7.4|
|41||Literature of Sanskrit Language||109||8||7.3|
|42||Literature of Hindi Language||955||37||3.9|
|43||Literature of Punjabi Language||38||1||2.6|
|44||Literature of Oriya Language||17||-||-|
|45||Literature of Persian Language||5||-||-|
|46||Literature of Bengali Language||3||-||-|
|47||Literature of Santhali Language||2||-||-|
|48||Literature of Assamese Language||2||-||-|
|49||Literature of Arabic Language||1||-||-|
|Literature of French Language||1||-||-|
|51||Literature of German Language||1||-||-|
Some of the literature of languages have produced wonderful results and occupy the chart with high success-rate.
As the trend is, the majority of candidates get influenced by the most popular optional subjects with whom candidates appear and get fascinated by those with the highest success-rate.
You can spot many Literature of Languages subjects on top of the list on Success-rate among all optional subjects. The high success-rate may attract you; but, you need to look at the number of candidates appearing with these subjects and the number of candidates recommended for selection.
Every subject is good and you will find that with almost all subjects, candidates achieve success. Every subject has specific demands and as long as you can make justice to the choice, you may think of taking subject you prefer.