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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


#129 pooja chaudhri 2015-09-30 16:12
sir...i would to know abt optional subject..which is best.?......&.a s per syllabus is it neccesary to choose two special aw.....and geography...or. .htere is only one subject is main & othr is sub -subject of that main subject..
#128 Shruti hattiholi 2015-09-24 19:52
I have completed my BA from dharwad university but my cbse 12th maths has failed am i eligible for writing ias.
#127 Shruti hattiholi 2015-09-24 19:48
Am graduated from dharwad university but my 12th maths is failed am I eligible for ias
#126 AMBADAS GADE 2015-09-20 17:58
I am primary teacher, I am graduated in history in Marathi medium so i can select history optional subject.
#125 gowri raj 2015-09-13 22:27
Is civil engg student eligible to choose literature as an optional sub??
#124 jitendra k soni 2015-08-27 13:38
Sir I m civil engineering student ....wht should I take optional subjct for main. I m also interested in geography then geography or civil engineering
#123 md sahinsha biswas 2015-08-18 17:35
sir i am graduate in english and i want to apply for coaching but i cant choose optional subjects perfectly . I also did not get any information from your website about admission test syllabus
#122 gupta brijesh 2015-08-12 21:48
Asking for pcs exam....

Hv completed mba, would u suggest me for optional subject
3-public adm...
... Hv choosen 3/subject. In which one is better for me..
#121 Anamika pathak 2015-08-04 02:19
I am a graduate in english subj n completedmy management iin hr since there is no hr subject so i would like to know how to select the optional subj.
Can i chose english and public administration as my subject.
#120 PARUU 2015-07-22 19:29
Hi, I would like to know about the optional subjects.. Heard it is 2 , one Indian language and another any subject like, history , physics etc. Is it true that we can choose only 1 optional subject? Can i proceed with my mother tongue alone for mains?

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