Civil Services (Main) Examination 2010: Success rate of all Optional Subjects

Selection of optional subjects is a tough decision. For getting attracted towards any optional subject, generally, candidates look at the past performance of the optional subject and the success-rate. Following table will help you in short-listing optional subjects and making strategies for preparation. [Source – 62nd Annual Report, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)].

On Sunday 5th January 2014

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.

Distribution of Candidates who Appeared vis-à-vis Recommended by Optional Subjects Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2010
S.No. Optional Subject Number of Candidates Success Rate
(Percent)
        Appeared     Recommended
1 Medical Science 149 28 18.8
2 Management 35 5 14.3
3 Anthropology 407 49 12.0
4 Sociology 1807 190 10.5
5 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 69 7 10.1
6 Physics 243 24 9.9
7 Public Administration 4724 436 9.2
8 Geography 3800 328 8.6
9 Geology 24 2 8.3
10 Psychology 1139 93 8.2
11 Law 351 28 8.0
12 Political Science & International Relations 1165 89 7.6
13 Commerce & Accountancy 356 26 7.3
14 Mathematics  279 20 7.2
15 Economics 392 26 6.6
16 Chemistry  107 7 6.5
17 Mechanical Engineering 103 6 5.8
18 Zoology 421 23 5.5
19 Electrical Engineering 132 7 5.3
20 History 3432 166 4.8
21 Philosophy 1866 80 4.3
22 Botany 264 9 3.4
23 Civil Engineering 59 1 1.7
24 Agriculture 205 3 1.5
25 Statistics 19 - -
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 - -

 50

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.

Final Conclusion
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.

Last Update Sunday 5th January 2014

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