Optional Success Rate in UPSC

 

optional success rate

Selecting an optional has been a difficult task for UPSC aspirants. The year 2013 witnessed a major change in UPSC CSE mains pattern by doing away with the second optional subject. The pattern was revised and now a candidate selects one optional subject that consists of 2 papers of 250 marks each. But still, selecting even one subject is a daunting task for most of the aspirants. Many aspirants study the success rate of the subjects taken by those who got selected in previous years. The success rate is determined by various factors like the number of candidates who appeared for mains taking a specific subject, performance in the particular subject and those who were finally recommended for selection. Here we give you the 2014 success rate as given by UPSC-

Sl.No. Optional Subject Number of Candidates  Appeared Recommended Recommended Success Rate (Percent)
1 Literature of Santhali Language 1 1 100
2 Law 144 35 24.3
3 Economics 188 38 20.2
4 Literature of Urdu Language 28 5 17.9
5 Literature of Bengali Language 6 1 16.7
6 Statistics 6 1 16.7
7 Literature of English Language 30 5 16.7
8 Medical Science 293 48 16.4
9 Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science 32 5 15.6
10 Botany 50 7 14.0
11 Management 16723 13.8
12 Civil Engineering 54 7 13.0
13 Literature of Gujarati Language 64 8 12.5
14 Literature of Kannada Language 75 9 12.0
15 Anthropology 449 53 11.8
16 Electrical Engineering 11313 11.5
17 Literature of Punjabi Language 54 6 11.1
18 Literature of Maithili Language 84 9 10.7
19 Literature of Tamil Language 758 10.7
20 Literature of Oriya Language 10 1 10.0
21 Zoology 92 9 9.8
22 Psychology 34834 9.8
23 Sociology 1647 150 9.1
24 Agriculture 77 7 9.1
25 Physics 147 13 8.8
26 Literature of Malayalam Language 69 6 8.7
27 Philosophy 73658 7.9
28 History 1303 100 7.7
29 Commerce & Accountancy 20015 7.5
30 Chemistry 85  6 7.1
31 Geology 151 6.7
32 Mechanical Engineering 60   4 6.7
33 Public Administration 2840 176 6.2
34 Political Science & International Relations 65140 6.1
35 Mathematics 32920 6.1
36 Geography 3158 178 5.6
37 Literature of Sanskrit Language 71 4 5.6
38 Literature of Manipuri Language 20 1 5.0
39 Literature of Telugu Language 93 4 4.3
40 Literature of Hindi Language 284 12 4.2
41 Literature of Marathi Language 26 1 3.8
42 Literature of Dogri Language 1 0 0.0
43 Literature of Sindhi (Devanagari) Language 1 0 0.0
44 Literature of Assamese Language 2 0 0.0
  • As the list illustrates, Geography was the most preferred subject amongst the optional subjects chosen by the candidates, followed by Public Administration and Sociology. The above table shows the data available after the change in the format of mains in 2013. In comparison to 2012, where 2 optionals were to be opted, huge differences can be noted in optional selection and success rate.
  • Amongst the subjects opted by 100 or more candidates, the highest percentage of successful candidates had opted for Law (24.3 per cent) followed by Economics (20.2) and Medical Science (16.4 percent).
  • If we look at the Literature of languages, Literature of Hindi Language is the only one that attracts candidates (284 candidates appeared) in large numbers and boasts a success rate of 4.2% which is the highest compared to all other Literature of Languages.
  • The result and the success rate of these subjects may vary year to year from the data comparison resulting in big surprises.
  • The anthropology success rate in UPSC exam 2014 – 15 was 11.8%.

The purpose of this article is to help a candidate understand that various optionals come with high success rate but with fewer people attempting it and on the other end, most popular optional with lower success rate. Hence choosing an option that is interesting and stimulating is the way to go.

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