This video (link given below)  from Shankar IAS talks about the points to be considered before selecting an optional.

Do not select an optional because:

  • your friends have chosen a particular optional
  • a coaching institute teaches a particular optional
  • because it will help in GS/Essay
  • because it will help in administration after your selection

Narrow down to two optionals based on your individual interests and inclinations.


  • go through basic books
  • previous years’ questions
  • feedback and guidance available

Final decision on optional has to be YOURS. It is you who has to spend a year or two with the subject, not a coaching institute or senior or friend on your behalf!

Link to the video:     Click here

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