The choice of an optional subject depends on your inclination and aptitude but it should be opted keeping many factors in mind as it plays very important role not only in selection but also in deciding one’s AIR in UPSC Civil Services Examination. Like Shruti Sharma AIR-1 (2022)
If you are the one curious to understand the past and want to analyse how our past shaped the present and future, then history as an optional is your subject for UPSC mains exam. History is among the most popular optional subjects for Civil Services Mains Exams.
The subject has double benefits both in UPSC prelims and mains. As already History covers all sections in GS Papers including Ancient, Medieval, Modern and World History.
Although the syllabus of history is vast but by understanding the real nature of the subject and observing previous year’s questions, we can conclude that its point of convergence is very small. This paper is all about understanding the changes that took place in past with respect to human civilization.
Unlike other optional papers, History as an optional has a success rate of 8.5% as per UPSC annual reports. Some topics in history will also be helpful in the essay and paper-4 of General Studies.
While choosing History as optional for UPSC mains you should always remember that you have to read only for scoring good marks.
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