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LIST OF UPSC MAINS Optional Subjects & Papers

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.

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LIST OF UPSC MAINS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

Paper-IOne of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution (Qualifying Paper)300 Marks
Paper-IIEnglish (Qualifying Paper)300 Marks
Paper-IIIEssay200 Marks
Papers IV & VGeneral Studies (300 Marks for each paper)600 Marks
Papers VI, VII, VIII & IXAny two subjects (each having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (300 marks for each paper)1200 Marks
Total Marks for Written Examination2000 Marks
Interview Test300 Marks
Grand Total2300 Marks

 List of Optional Subjects for Civil Services Main Exam

AgricultureManagement
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary ScienceMathematics
AnthropologyMechanical Engineering
BotanyMedical Science
ChemistryPhilosophy
Civil EngineeringPhysics
Commerce & AccountancyPolitical Science & International Relations
EconomicsPsychology
Electrical EngineeringPublic Administration
GeographySociology
GeologyStatistics
Indian HistoryZoology
Law

Following are the List of UPSC MAINS OPTIONAL SUBJECTS with full syllabus which are applicable for UPSC Mains 2019 Exams.

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.