Success Rate of Optionals in IAS Examination

Merely stating the popular optionals does not serve the purpose unless their success rate is also discussed. The success rate is dependent on the number of candidates who showed for the mains taking a specific subject and those who were finally recommended for selection. While subjects like Assamese Litt. Had the highest rate of 40% this is largely with the fact that only 5 candidates chose it in the Mains of which 2 were at last recommended. Such a small size does not shows the exact framework which can only be clear when comparing the most popular optionals which is what the following table shows-

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 namely Public Administration, Psychology, Geography, Law, Sociology have better success rate.

Discussions & Questions

  • I am in confusion what to choose from public administration , geography and sociology. what i choose please help me ( - on )

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    To decide optional it is best to refer the video tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfCOX0r_EKA

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  • Sir i have much interest in maths .and i am also mathematics teacher .i want to take maths as a optional subject .please suggest me ( - on )

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    Yes you can definitely go for mathematics optional. Before deciding your optional refer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfCOX0r_EKA

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  • Which optional is better either political science or anthropology ?? ( - on )

    1 Answer

    Please refer the following link to decide the optional https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfCOX0r_EKA

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  • Want to ask about public administartion as ans optional.should i select it or not.i heard a lot negative things about this optional also i saw the question papers is also very difficult comparatively ( - on )

    1 Answer

    Kindly refer the following video before finalizing the optional paper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfCOX0r_EKA

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  • I opted for sociology as my optional paper, is it a good as mains paper? ( - on )

    1 Answer

    Please check out the preparation strategy for sociology optional in IAS Mains exam at this link-https://www.examrace.com/IAS/IAS-Strategy/Exam-Strategy-Sociology.html

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