UPSC OPTIONAL - Civil Services Optional Papers | Exam Pattern & Study Materials

UPSC Optional 
The decision of selection of the optional paper for IAS exam is an age old dilemma for Civil Services aspirants. As per the latest syllabus, the number of optional subjects to be selected is reduced to one, but aspirants are still confused if they make right choice or not. Though the weightage of the optional paper is only 500 marks out of 2025 marks as per the latest pattern of UPSC Civil Services exam, it is still a deciding factor in the final ranks due to the unpredictability associated with General Studies Papers (1000 marks  GS + 250 marks essay) and Interview (275 marks).



How much marks are needed to clear IAS Exam?

If we analyse the question papers and mark-list of last 5-10 years of UPSC Civil Services Exams, we can collect a lot interesting and valuable data. The UPSC questions have evolved and now the bias is more towards current related aspects of polity, economy, international relations etc than conventional topics. (Please also keep in mind that there is no guarantee by UPSC that the case will remain the same for future exams!) Due to high standard of questions and valuation, the marks scored by top candidates is coming down every year.

Here download optional notes and materials for free:

Special Notes:


  • IAS Monthly Magazines: HERE
  • UPSC Mains Test Series: HERE
  • GS SCORE Yearly Compilation: HERE
  • PT 365 Current Affairs 2019: HERE
  • Ankur Yadav pdf Notes: HERE


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  1. I am in a confusion of choose between the optional subjects. This is very helpful to clarify my doubts. I am very thankful to you for sharing such as nice post.
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