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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


#79 Akhil chandran A 2015-03-28 09:38
Respected sir, now i am doing ( 1st year, ECE) in cochin university. I would like to write civil service exam after my professional degree, and i like to take malayalam as my language. But i had studied malayalam till 10 th std.In plus two my second language was hindi. I think i have more knowledge in malayalam than other language. Is there any problem for selecting malayalam as my language in civil service examination?
#78 Starzy 2015-03-12 11:22
Sir, I completed B.E in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Now only I am going to prepare for IAS exam, I am interested to take Public Administration as my optional subject. Please suggest your opinion for me. Thank you
#77 swagatika panda 2015-03-10 11:47
sir i am a student of M.scphysics last year and i do not want to take physics as my optional because i am not strong enough to compete at national level by taking physics as an optional.sir please help me to coose appropriate optional subject for IAS exam
#76 shashwat singh 2015-03-07 23:07
Hiii sir I am the student of 2 and year may branch is electrical engineering i do not no any thing means which subjects will be suitable for me please sugges me how can I start my civil service preparation what subjects will suitable forr plzzz tell me all about IAS entrance exam
#75 amit choudhary11234 2015-03-07 19:32
Merit is prepared in main exam.
Take the optional which you can understand and remember most, look at syllabus of both and choose the one
which suits you.
#74 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?
#73 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.
#72 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 .
#71 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
#70 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.

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