Okay, just to re-cap, let us first understand what are the
papers you will have to give in the mains examination:
In case you are confused about what "4 optional subject papers" means, let us just clear that up first. You see, for the "mains exam" you have to select 2 optional subjects. And on each of these optional subjects, you will have to give 2 papers. So that makes 4 optional subject papers in all!
As we said earlier, when you are studying for the prelims, you
should study both the “optional subject” and the
“general studies” really well! If you do this, you
the same knowledge to give the mains exam. It will reduce your study
load for the mains exam a lot! When studying for the mains exam, one of
the optional subjects will be almost done and a lot of the
“general studies” syllabus will be covered!
If you are confused about what the “mains” is all about, you might want to go back and take a look at the “Format of Civil service exam” page!
To select the second optional subject, you must decide on
basis of two factors:
Study material is generally a problem! So you should keep a
for good books etc. that cover the syllabus of the optional subjects
Now, as we decided previously, one optional subject will be
as the optional subject you chose in the prelims! The other optional
subject could be something like “history” or
“geography” etc. if you can mug-up a lot of facts!
other hand, if you have interest in some other subject and you can find
enough study material on it, you should definitely go for that subject.
The list of options you have for your optional subject's is
is the link to the mains syllabus of these subjects!
Please Note: You see many languages listed about as optional subjects. In case of these languages, the syllabus consists of literature etc. that is written in that language. You can check out the syllabuses here.
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