Dear Students, Greetings!

When it comes to optional subjects for CSE, one starts pondering about what should be the most appropriate subject one should opt for, so that, onehas to have the least efforts but the maximum gain. Hence, generally, they first look for syllabus and if an optional has less number of chapters/topics they want to go for that.

This is done when they have the least level of knowledge and experience about the UPSC examination. This approach, to some extent, can be considered appropriate but not necessarily a sound one because the level of challenges and competition in CSE demands hard work, thorough study, patience, self-confidence and perseverance, irrespective of what optional one has opted for. Therefore, one who aspires for a career in Civil Services must be prepared to go through this test if one is not lucky enough to qualify in the first attempt itself and it can happen with anyone.

It is from this perspective that the selection of an optional only on the basis of less numbers of chapters and topics will not work in long run unless one has an urge for the subject. When a candidate doesn’t qualify in the first attempt itself then thereafter, his struggle begins and it is at this stage, the real test of confidence and perseverance comes into picture. Without having a deeper interest in the subject, one cannot have confidence and will suffer from lack of focus in the study of that optional subject.

Some candidates also qualify just by chance and luck factor but they cannot be the role model for others as in that case one needs to be equally lucky enough and therefore, we don’t want to guide the upcoming candidates on the basis of such category of successful candidates.

Our experience so far has been based on hard work and thorough approach. All the candidates who have qualified from our institute and got ranks in top ten, all of them have had very extreme level of hard work with appropriate guidance and hence, from this perspective, we would suggest to opt an optional subject in which you can have interest, a deep urge for pursuit of knowledge and availability of a good guidance.
Since I have been teaching public administration for over ten years, my firm belief is, if a candidate studies optional in such a way that one has achieved an insight and perspective, one is placed among those candidates who are competing for getting a top rank.

The uniqueness of Public Administration is that it keeps you connected to the day-to-day happenings in the society related to government and governance. Any candidate who is preparing for civil services has a very deep interest in the subject of administration and public administration is the optional which deals with this subject. Hence, it also makes a good sense to go for a subject which is related to your career.

Apart from the Course Details and Terms & Conditions, this booklet also gives you thorough knowledge about why to choose Public Administration as an optional subject, suggested readings, understanding commands of the questions and how to write good answers as per the UPSC standards.

All the Best!

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