In the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE), the Optional subject plays an important role, holding 275 marks (out of 1750). Choosing the right one and mastering it can propel you ahead in the race for coveted services.

Why is it important?

Unlike General Studies, Optional offers scope for in-depth knowledge and potential high scores. It allows you to showcase your expertise and stand out from the crowd.

Past trends and tips

Previous years’ data shows subjects like Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, and Literature often see high scorers. However, choosing the right optional subject based solely on trends is risky. 

Tips for success

Choosing the right optional

Remember, the “right” optional is unique to you. Choose wisely, prepare diligently, and watch your scores soar!