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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


#99 BISWAJEET MONDAL 2015-01-26 12:58
Sir, I am, graduate but I like to take geography as my optional paper in IAS Exam. is it possible? please help me to choose the optional paper as per the rule of Civil Service Exam.
#98 Harpreet dhillon 2015-01-23 12:51
Hello sir/madam
do we have to choose two subjects from group one listed above or only one subject consisting two xams m bit confused that there are intotal 4 xams for option subjec s or two...and what is the syllabus for any indian language for qualifying exams along with english....plz reply .....
#97 shereen 2015-01-08 13:50
Respected Sir/Mam I am presently persuing b-tech from Electronics and communication stream , and I am preparing for upsc also ., please help in one issue that in SECOND OPTIONAL SUBJECT CHOICE I can take ENGLISH AS AN OPTIONAL SUBJECT or not, as till now all my studies had been in this medium only . BUT IT IS WRITTEN that ONLY IF YOU HAVE GRADUATED IN LITERATURE OF THAT PARTICULAR SUBJECT. Please help me.
#96 UBAIS A 2015-01-03 18:30
I am studing in ba economics.i am prepare for I A S.can i choose history and sociology as optionals in upsc main?is there any problem for choose tham together
#95 Mohammed shuja 2014-12-31 23:09
Respected sir /mam I have completed my graduation with zoology,botany ,&chemistry
I m enthusiastic enough to crack upsc exam
Please suggest me what should I do for the same ,,,
Suggest me for relevant M.A course
#94 Mohammed shuja 2014-12-31 23:06
Respected sir /mam I have completed my graduation with zoology,botany ,&chemistry
I m enthusiastic enough to crack upsc exam
Please suggest me what should I do for the same
#93 puneeth n 2014-12-22 21:49
hi sir/mam, i am working as a Assistant professor in one of the engineering college,now i am doing my P.hd (on materials) but i have keen intrest in clearing UPSC in top rank,so which subjects can i take as a optional
#92 MOHD AZHAR 2014-12-13 21:04
I have completed ba with political science,English literature & history. Can I take Urdu as optional subject in csat mains. Pls sugges me
#91 vijayalalitha.k 2014-12-11 10:48
i completed MCA,which optional subject i have to choose
#90 munna shaik 2014-12-07 08:57
respected sir/mam
i am master of scince(mathemat ics) student...pls suggest me which optional should i choose
please help me sir

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