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Optional Subjects for Civil Services Main Exam

This is the complete list of optional subjects for civil services main examination. You have to opt for any one subject. Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each. Click on the subject name to view its syllabus.

Group 1

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology

Group 2

Note: You can opt for the literatures of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English


#110 Gummadilli Srikanth 2015-03-03 20:18
Dear sir,
I completed my B Tech in Chemical Engineering(Eng lish),mother tongue is Telugu ,I Studied up to SSC in Telugu,
,Can I select any one language as my optional subject?
#109 vidya sagar sharma 2015-03-03 14:09
Quoting Vigneshwari Chinnasa:
Hai sir,
I have completed my degree in computer science and engineering..can u please suggest me the optional subject for main exam??? It will be very useful for me if u help me in this..thanks in advance

Go through the syllabus of all the subject .And decide which seems to be more interesting .Select that one.But even if you are confused then select either economics(one of the favorite subject for cse student or select history ,geography or public administration .Or if you are interested in any technical then you may select physics too.Best of luck.hope you will like this.
#108 Nagaraju.p 2015-03-01 17:19
Respected,This is Nagaraju p compleated in PHYSICS. I want to start preparation.But confusion in selecting optional subjects.I studied Hindi as second language in my graduation.Plea se suggest me optional subjects.THANKS .
#107 Nageswara rao 2015-02-28 19:50
Respected sir/madam I am PhD scholar in english but i studied BAOL integrated telugu literature after 10th class and completed MA English ,when i was studying 3rd semester Master degree i qualified APSET then are i eligible for choosing English as optional for Civil services.Could you please suggest me about optional and material ?
thank you sir/madam
#106 S.Kaushik 2015-02-26 13:27
Hello Sir i want to know that what will be the best optional subjects for computer science students.
#105 harish aynapure 2015-02-24 18:14
hello sir i have done my mba with marketing ang hr back ground please suggest me list of subjects i can prepare
#104 Vigneshwari Chinnasa 2015-02-18 13:43
Hai sir,
I have completed my degree in computer science and n u please suggest me the optional subject for main exam??? It will be very useful for me if u help me in this..thanks in advance
#103 Gous khan 2015-02-16 19:36
Dear Sir,

I have completed my B.Tech with Computer science engineering and currently working as software engineer. I have keen interest in UPSC Civils services. kindly request you to suggest me the subjects which can i choose as optional.
#102 purna bahadur thapa 2015-02-04 16:15
Dear sir'
I am BA (hons) . My main subject geography. What will be optional subject for IPS EXAM. PLZ SUGGUST TO ME SIR.
#101 ahon 2015-02-02 07:42
I'll be completing my by may 2015 and i want to give UPSC exam after that but the confusion with me is I want to know whether I can take up history or public administration as my optional paper in mains exam??your reply will be deeply acknowledged..

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