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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


#123 Prajwal MR 2015-07-06 15:48
I am an engineering student, can I take kannada as an optional subject in main?
#122 richul 2015-07-05 22:35
sir i am an electrical engineering pg student. sir i want to prepare for ias, but i am unable to decide what optional subject i have to take. please guide me
#121 SasaNk_007 2015-07-05 17:17
Quoting manisharya:
I m persuing BE in EEE.can i choose other subject as optional like political science

Yes, u can. The subjects you like most you can have as your optional subject.
#120 SasaNk_007 2015-07-05 17:13
Quoting harisim:
can i go for ias after doing btech in computers?? taking it as an optional reply

Yes, u can. By choosing an optional subject that you were taken in btech.
#119 surender nidana 2015-07-03 10:22
Sir I want confuse about main sub. First is pol science and I want suggest for second......
#118 harisim 2015-07-02 12:34
can i go for ias after doing btech in computers?? taking it as an optional reply
#117 Vivek A 2015-06-22 20:44
Hi, I ve selected mathematics as my opttional subject for mains, can I change it??
#116 Milna Daison 2015-06-19 20:08
Hello sir. I am Milna and I am a BCA second year student... please suggest me an optional subject for upsc exams
#115 umeshkumar. 2015-06-19 14:02
hello sir i passed graduation (bsc) with zoology botany and chemistry and msc from chemistry . so can i take leterature hindi subject for ias main exam.
#114 Sakshi khajuria 2015-06-18 19:22
Sir, I have done my graduation in maths and have done my post graduation in English literature. So, now can I take English literature as an optional subject ?

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