The UPSC includes Zoology as an optional subject in the list of optional subjects containing 48 subjects in total. This subjects’ syllabus for UPSC is highly specialised and covers classification, ecology, cytology and genetics. The topics included in this subject are related to theoretical and applied Zoology. Civil Services Mains exam consists of Zoology as one of the Optional Subjects with 2 papers (paper I and paper II). The mains examination is a part of IAS Exam which has 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview.
This article provides you with the UPSC Zoology syllabus for Optionals.
IAS aspirants who have opted for Geography as their optional subject, may also check UPSC Zoology Strategy in the linked article.
Zoology Syllabus for IAS
Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. These 2 optional papers are a part of UPSC Mains Examination that takes place after IAS Preliminary exam. Zoology Optional, though, not a popular subject in IAS Mains exam but if a candidate has graduated with this subject, can opt for this subject.
Complementing your UPSC preparation with right books is equally important; hence, check UPSC Zoology Optional Booklist in the linked article.
UPSC aspirants can check the Zoology syllabus for IAS mains below:
IAS Zoology Syllabus for Optionals (Paper-I)
IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2020 may check the linked article to refer to the civil services exam pattern, notifications and more.
IAS Zoology Syllabus for Optionals (Paper-II)
IAS aspirants should note that Zoology for UPSC can potentially increase their chances of selection due to the low competition and specialised nature of the syllabus. So, preparation should be thorough to be able to score well in this paper. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Zoology exam.
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