UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam has Law as one of the Optional Subjects with 2 papers (Optional Paper I and Paper II). The IAS Exam has three stages- Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Mains stage has 9 papers including 2 papers of optional subject.
Law is one of the optional choices that greatly influence the chances of success both in Prelims and UPSC Mains. This is because it is possible to score very well in Law if you have prepared well for General Studies and read up on Law related topics. Law as an optional subject is a popular choice among UPSC aspirants with a background in law, finance, international trade, administration and management. Its popularity stems from the UPSC Syllabus which has a very large overlap between General Studies and Law. This means that the effort made for preparation for one subject also pays off in the other increasing the chances of success.
For details on similar optional subjects syllabus, check the linked article.
Law Optional for UPSC Syllabus
Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks.
UPSC Law Syllabus for Paper I
If IAS aspirants are targeting UPSC 2020, they may like to refer to the linked article.
UPSC Law Syllabus for Paper II
IAS aspirants should note that while Law for UPSC can potentially be a very high scoring choice, preparation should be thorough to be able to score well in this paper. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC Law question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Law optional exam.
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