Best Optional Subject for MBA
A growing trend seen in the UPSC civil services exam is the increasing number of MBAs or management graduates cracking the IAS exam and donning the bureaucrat’s hat. And many of them are from the top tier B-schools of India. They give up the prospect of lucrative private-sector jobs in the country and abroad to serve their country by being part of the system. It is no doubt that their management degrees come in handy during their career as IAS officers. If you are a management graduate or are pursuing a management degree but wish to serve with the government, you can prepare for the UPSC civil services and become an IAS officer. In fact, management is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC in the CSE. This article talks about the best optional subjects you can choose as a management graduate or MBA.
This is the ideal choice since it is the subject of your graduation. But do take this only if you still wish to continue studying it. The UPSC management syllabus is rather vast and there is virtually no overlap with the GS papers. There is even the problem that paper II is considered lengthy by most aspirants. But, if you are strong in your concepts and enjoy this subject, this is the perfect choice for you. It is also more scoring since it is not very subjective, unlike the humanities.
This subject is also something of an obvious choice for management students since it talks about ‘administration’. Moreover, this is the most popular choice when it comes to optional subjects in the IAS mains exam. It is a scoring subject with a limited syllabus. You will get plenty of study material for this subject and also there is a lot of coaching available. Also, public administration is simple to understand with generally straight-forward questions. Another big plus is that there is a lot of overlap with the GS papers.
Economics is also a good choice for B-school graduates since this subject is a part of the MBA program. This is also a scoring subject and is rational and less subject to interpretation. But pursue this subject as your optional only if you have a genuine interest.
Any other subject as per your interests
Of course, there is no bar on a candidate taking any subject offered by the UPSC as their mains optional. You can take up any other subject other than the ones mentioned above as your optional. You should assess your own strengths, weaknesses, interests and aptitude before selecting an optional. This should be a well-thought-out decision since both the optional papers constitute a total of 500 marks in the mains exam.
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