Optional Success Rate in UPSC

 

optional success rate

Selecting an optional has been a difficult task for UPSC aspirants. 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 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 percent) 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.
  • 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 less people attempting it and on the other end, most popular optional with lower success rate. Hence choosing an optional that is interesting and stimulating is the way to go.

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