UPSC 2016 Toppers Optional Subjects

A lot of IAS aspirants break their heads trying to figure out what optional subject to choose for the UPSC mains exam. This is not a decision which is to be made hastily as the two optional papers together constitute 500 marks. There are various factors to consider when selecting an optional subject like the candidate’s academic background, interest in the subject, overlap with the GS papers, etc. And, there is no one perfect optional subject. It differs from one person to the next. Many aspirants are curious to know about the optional subjects taken by IAS toppers. Remember, what worked for one may not work for another, and there is no substitute for hard work, whatever be the subject! Nevertheless, read on to find out the optional subjects that were taken by the UPSC 2016-17 toppers.

List of IAS toppers with their optional subjects 2016:

Rank

Name

Optional Subject

1

Nandini K R

Kannada Literature

2

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

Political Science & IR

3

Gopalakrishna Ronanki

Telugu Literature

4

Saumya Pandey

Geography

5

Abhilash Mishra

Public Administration

6

Kothamasu Dinesh Kumar

Political Science & IR

7

Anand Vardhan

Political Science & IR

8

Shweta Chauhan

Geography

9

Suman Sourav Mohanty

Public Administration

10

Bilal Mohi Ud Din Bhat

Veterinary Science

11

Vishwanjali Gaikwad

Political Science & IR

12

Tejasvi Rana

Economics

13

Athul J

Geography

14

Utsav Kaushal

Mathematics

15

Sidharth B

Political Science & IR

16

Anuj Malik

Psychology

17

Namami Bansal

Economics

17

Manish Gurwani

Mathematics

19

Sahil Gupta

Political Science & IR

20

Rahul Gupta

Electrical Engineering

IAS topper 2016 list

It is seen in the above table that a few subjects like political science and international relations, public administration and geography dominate over the others. Realistically speaking, the toppers’ choices should not necessarily determine yours. Rank 1-holder Nandini K R had taken Literature of Kannada language as her optional and obviously it worked wonders for her despite being an uncommon choice.

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