The UPSC has Botany as an optional subject in the list of optional subjects containing 48 subjects in total. The Botany syllabus for IAS Exam tests the candidates’ ability to understand the subject as science and apply botanical knowledge to ecological problems. The topics included in this subject are related to theoretical and applied Botany.
As it is a highly specialised subject, candidates who have studied Botany as a part of their curriculum or have a strong background in plant biology should take up this optional. In this article, we provide you with detailed UPSC Syllabus for Botany optional and also the UPSC Botany Optional Syllabus PDF
Botany Optional Subject has 2 papers (paper I and paper II) in civil services examination. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. UPSC Mains has 9 subjective papers out of which 2 are of optional subject that a candidate opts for.
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IAS aspirants should note that Botany for UPSC can potentially increase their chances of selection. 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 Botany syllabus.
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