LIST OF UPSC MAINS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS & PAPERS: The UPSC mains (written) examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted for ranking. As per the latest syllabus, the number of optional subjects to be selected is reduced to one, though the weightage of the optional paper is only 500 marks out of 2000 marks. As per Civil services mains new pattern general studies papers consisting 1000 marks and Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each. List of optional subjects for UPSC Civil services Mains Examination is given below. Upsc mains pattern for students reference.
There are 25 optional subjects in UPSC civil services mains exam and there are 26 literature papers in civil services mains exam. Total optional subjects 51. You can opt for the literature of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject. Interest should be the prime criteria for choosing any optional subject or optional literature preparation.