Most Popular Optionals in IAS Exam

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Following is the Summary from the annual reports published by UPSC. The figures mentioned below are for the year 2008 and 2009 Mains and for reference purpose only.

Year/SubjectYear 2008Year 2009
Hindi Litt.Candidates 954Candidates 925
Pali Litt.Candidates 249Candidates 306
Tamil Litt.Candidates 224Candidates 195
GeographyCandidates 4003Candidates 3901
HistoryCandidates 3823Candidates 3822
PhilosophyCandidates 2048Candidates 2025
Pol. ScienceCandidates 1306Candidates 1314
PsychologyCandidates 1058Candidates 1017
Pub. Admn.Candidates 3165Candidates 3779
SociologyCandidates 1527Candidates 1581
ZoologyCandidates 478Candidates 428

As we talk about Hindi Literature, it was being chosen by more than 900 candidates in the year 2008 as well as 2009 which is not a matter of concern at all because large number of candidates from the Hindi-speaking states have given the IAS exam.

Pali is very popular owing to its limited syllabus and coaching options available. No matter its popularity is on the upswing with every Mains. Likewise Tamil Literature is opted by candidates from Tamil Nadu.

Amongst the conventional subjects, Geography is very preferred optional among IAS aspirants followed by History, Public Administration and Philosophy. While History and Pub Ad are popular choices among many aspirants, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Philosophy was opted by higher number of candidates than even Sociology and Psychology.

You can notice a huge jump in Pub Ad՚s popularity and by the time figures for the year 2010 and 2011 Mains.

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