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Deciding Optional sin IAS / UPSC

Students go through a difficult phase in deciding what optional they should pick up and what not. During this phase, they are guided and misguided by a lot of colleagues and institutes. Here are some quick tips and notes for students by Dr. Manishika Jain guiding them to choose the optional. Don't Switch and don't get misguided. Decide the optional based on your interest and background.

Don’t switch

What Trend Speaks!!

What Trend Speaks Iamge

Optional Subject

Candidates selecting Optionals


Around 3000


Around 3000

Public Administration

Around 3000


Around 3000

Philosophy + Psychology + Political Science + Economics


All other science/art subjects(in total)


All other science/art subjects(in total)



Around 15,000

Certain Optionals Increase Selection Chance/ Are More Scoring – A Myth!

Proportional Representation

Don’t get Misguided!!

Coaching – Need or Necessity

Optionals Beneficial for GS