Economics as optional subject in UPSC/Economics as optional for UPSC/Economics as Optional in UPSC
Economics is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC in the civil services mains exam. Though not as popular as some other subjects like Public Administration or Geography, Economics has a good success rate among candidates. There have been toppers with this optional also. For instance, in Civil Service Exam 2013 the first rank holder, Gaurav Agrawal had economics as his optional. This article discusses the pros and cons of economics optional for UPSC mains exam.
Pros of Economics optional
- It is a logical and rational subject.
- It is a scoring subject.
- There is a decent amount of overlap with the general studies papers. It covers 50-60% of the GS paper III syllabus. It also covers about 30 marks in the UPSC prelims paper.
- Study material is easily available for economics.
- Even candidates with a science background can study economics because of the rational nature of the subject. Even candidates without a prior knowledge of economics can take up this subject.
- UPSC syllabus for economics is very precise.
- With just clarity of concepts you can easily frame very good answers for economics papers.
- You can crack this subject even without any coaching especially if you have prior knowledge.
- If you are an expert in understanding and using graphs, you can score high marks in this subject.
Cons of Economics optional
- You need a genuine interest in the subject to study it. Some people might find economics a dry subject.
- You should be reasonably good in Maths as well.
- You should be able to understand graphs well. Graphs are a part and parcel of this subject.
- It is a technical subject.
So like any other subject, economics too has its share of strengths and weaknesses. You should assess your own interest and aptitude before selecting economics as your optional. Go through the economics syllabus and also UPSC previous year paper and then decide your optional subject.
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