Subject Strategy – How to Choose your subjects for the Mains exam

  • Subject Strategy – How to Choose your subjects for the Mains exam
  • How to choose a subject?

  • That’s one question that haunts many students who many times, loose precious time
  • waiting for that decision to happen. Now that UPSC has done away with specific subjects
  • at
  • the preliminary stage, students should perhaps find it easier to get down to preprations
  • straight away. Even then, One should chooose one’s subject well ahead of time, so as to
  • have ample time to collect notes and books, and also to form study groups.
  • Normally one should select optionals, which one
  • is familiar with, or has at least studied till the graduate level. If you are not comfortable
  • with the subject, you should not select the subject as an optional. But the choice should
  • not only be as per your interests but also be based on the study material available. Even
  • science and engineering students take up subjects like history, sociology, anthropology,
  • geography, political science, psychology and public administration because there is a huge
  • amount of study material available in these subjects. Also keep in mind that you may have
  • been proficient in a subject, but lack of touch may make it tougher to crack technical
  • subject where freshers may do better. The competition is among the people who have
  • opted for the same subject. One should top in his/her subject to succeed in the
  • examination. The Point is, if you are an electrical engineer with 2 years of experience go
  • for a new subject like pub adm or sociology.
  • Analyse the syllabus of previous years and the question papers, and analyse past trends.
  • Get some feedback/advice from seniors and fellow students who are well versed in the
  • subject. Remember no subject is bad. History is good if you can spend more than 4-5
  • hours
  • everyday. Geography is a good option if you can spend at least 4 hrs every day. Pub Ad,
  • more than 3 hours. Sociology, more than 2 hours and so on…. So, it all depends on how
  • much time you can spend a day and your liking of the subject. You have a very good
  • memory then a technical subject may help else a social subject would be better.
 

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