UPSC Mains Syllabus 2020-2021 (PDF) for All Optional Subjects – Jagran Josh

UPSC: UPSC IAS Mains exam consists of 9 papers which include 2 optional papers. In this article, candidates can check the list of optional subjects and their syllabus offered by UPSC.
UPSC: UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted by UPSC every year to recruit the candidates for the prestigious All India Services and Central Civil Services in India. A clear understanding of the UPSC IAS exam pattern and syllabus is essential for preparation. The UPSC IAS Mains exam 2020 will be conducted from 8 January 2021 onwards. The exam structure of Mains paper includes 2 qualifying papers and 7 merit-based papers. These 9 papers are as follows: 
Qualifying Papers
Merit-Based Mains Papers
UPSC (IAS) Civil Services Exam Pattern 2020
UPSC offers a total of 48 optional subjects, out of which any  one subject can be selected by the candidate for both the papers. Each optional comprises of two papers (Paper I and Paper II) carrying  250 marks each, making it a total of 500 marks.
The syllabus of the optional papers is of the graduate degree level. The 48 subjects offered by UPSC include the subjects from all academic domains of РHumanities, Commerce, Engineering, and Medical. Candidates can also take literature subjects as an optional paper. A candidate’s choice of optional can substantially influence their chances of success in the UPSC Mains exam. It has been observed that the marks scored in the optional papers can itself decide your rank in the final merit list.
In this article, we have provided the detailed UPSC Syllabus for IAS Mains optional subjects that will help you decide on your optional subject for the Mains exam. Given below is the list of optional subjects offered by UPSC and the links to the UPSC Optional Subjects syllabus.
UPSC IAS Mains 2021: Tips to Choose the Right Optional Subject
UPSC Agriculture Optional Syllabus
UPSC Anthropology Optional Syllabus
UPSC Chemistry Optional Syllabus
UPSC Commerce  & Accountancy Optional Syllabus
UPSC Electrical Engineering Optional Syllabus
UPSC Geology Optional Syllabus
UPSC Law Optional Syllabus
UPSC Maths Optional Syllabus
UPSC Medical Science Optional Syllabus
UPSC Geography Optional Syllabus
UPSC History Optional Syllabus
UPSC Management Optional Syllabus
UPSC Economics Optional Syllabus
UPSC Mechanical Engineering Optional Syllabus
UPSC Philosophy Optional Syllabus
UPSC Physics Optional Syllabus
UPSC Political Science & International Relations Optional Syllabus
UPSC Psychology Optional Syllabus
UPSC Public Administration Optional Syllabus
UPSC Sociology Optional Syllabus
UPSC Statistics Optional Syllabus
UPSC Botany Optional Syllabus
UPSC Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Optional Syllabus
UPSC Zoology Optional Syllabus
UPSC Civil Engineering Optional Syllabus
Assamese Literature Optional Syllabus
Kannada Literature Optional Syllabus 
Nepali Literature Optional Syllabus 
Bengali Literature Optional Syllabus
Kashmiri Literature Optional Syllabus 
Odia Literature Optional Syllabus 
Bodo Literature Optional Syllabus
Konkani Literature Optional Syllabus 
Punjabi Literature Optional Syllabus 
Dogri Literature Optional Syllabus
Maithili Literature Optional Syllabus 
Sanskrit Literature Optional Syllabus 
English Literature Optional Syllabus
Malayalam Literature Optional Syllabus 
Santhali Literature Optional Syllabus 
Gujarati Literature Optional Syllabus
Manipuri Literature Optional Syllabus 
Sindhi Literature Optional Syllabus 
Hindi Literature Optional Syllabus
Marathi Literature Optional Syllabus 
Tamil Literature Optional Syllabus 
Telugu Literature Optional Syllabus 
Urdu Literature Optional Syllabus 
UPSC Civil Services Exam is a highly comprehensive and competitive exam with lakhs of aspirants appearing for 800-900 vacancies every year. It is advised that before selecting an optional subject, the aspirant should thoroughly study the syllabus of that subject. Good command over your optional subject can help you score overall high marks in the mains exam and hence helps you in securing a better rank in the final UPSC merit list. 
Also Check: UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Preparation Strategy for Optional Papers

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