Success Rate of Optionals in IAS Examination

Merely stating the popular optionals does not serve the purpose unless their success rate is also discussed. Success rate is based on the number of candidates who appeared for the mains taking a particular subject and those who were finally recommended for selection. While subjects like Assamese Litt. Had the highest rate of 40 percent this is largely due to the fact that only 5 candidates opted for it in the Mains of which 2 were finally recommended. But such a small size does not reflect the real picture which can only be clear when comparing the most popular optionals which is what the following table does.

Optional Subject

Candidates Appeared

Candidates Recommended

Success Rate (Percent)

Assamese Litt.

No. 5

No. 2

Percent 40

Punjabi Litt.

No. 19

No. 5

Percent 26.3

Agriculture

No. 220

No. 41

Percent 18.6

Gujarati Litt.

No. 42

No. 7

Percent 16.7

Kannada Litt.

No. 84

No. 14

Percent 16.7

Marathi Litt.

No. 42

No. 7

Percent 16.7

Medical Science

No. 98

No. 16

Percent 16.3

English Litt.

No. 40

No. 6

Percent 15

Urdu Litt.

No. 29

No. 4

Percent 13.8

Tamil Litt.

No. 225

No. 29

Percent 12.9

Animal Husb. & Veterinary Science

No. 65

No. 8

Percent 12.3

Economics

No. 326

No. 37

Percent 11.3

Psychology

No. 1061

No. 116

Percent 10.9

Anthropology

No. 345

No. 37

Percent 10.7

Public Administration

No. 3201

No. 337

Percent 10.5

Literature of Sanskrit Language

No. 122

No. 10

Percent 8.2

Literature of Malayalam Language

No. 67

No. 5

Percent 7.5

Literature of Pali Language

No. 255

No. 18

Percent 7.1

Physics

No. 239

No. 16

Percent 6.7

Political Science

No. 1320

No. 85

Percent 6.4

Literature of Telugu Language

No. 147

No. 9

Percent 6.1

Geography

No. 4049

No. 236

Percent 5.8

Literature of Hindi Language

No. 974

No. 56

Percent 5.7

Sociology

No. 1555

No. 89

Percent 5.7

Chemistry

No. 124

No. 7

Percent 5.6

Commerce and Accountancy

No. 266

No. 15

Percent 5.6

History

No. 3870

No. 212

Percent 5.5

Law

No. 365

No. 19

Percent 5.2

Philosophy

No. 2092

No. 84

Percent 4

Zoology

No. 484

No. 18

Percent 3.7

Mathematics

No. 277

No. 8

Percent 2.9

Subjects like Public Administration, Psychology, Geography, Law, Sociology have comparatively better success rate.

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