[Strategy] How to Choose Optional Subjects for the Mains ?

Since there is Huge Importance of  Marks of the Optional Subjects in Mains so the questions arises
Why it is important to choose right subject ?
How to choose the right Optional subjects ?
Which Subjects to choose ?
Why to choose particular subject ?
Which subject is more marks securing ? etc...


There are so many questions and the Aspirants remains confused about it. I have noticed that Most of the New aspirants remains confused about the optional subjects. So I tried to analyse  how to choose right subject. Hope it will help you.


Why it is Important to choose right subject in HPAS/HAS?


Answer is very Simple because HAS/HAPS is mainly a Game of Optional Subjects, if you see the structure of Mains then 2 optional subjects is of  600  Marks out of  Total marks 1000, so 60 % of the marks depends upon only Optional Subjects.


Optional Subject 1:  Paper 1+Paper 2= 150+ 150= 300
Optional Subject 2:  Paper 1+Paper 2= 150+ 150= 300


Total= 600

Grand Total of Mains+ Interview=1000



How to choose the right Optional subjects ?



It is very Important to choose right Optionals so the question arises how to choose ?

Candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects:-



  • Mathematics and Statistics,
  • of the Engineering subjects, viz, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering, not more than one subject;       
  • of language subjects, viz, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu and English Literature, not more than one subject;
  •  Agriculture, AND Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science;
  • Political Science, International Relations AND Public Administration;
  • Commerce and Accountancy AND Management;
  • Sociology and Anthropology;
  • Management  AND Public Administration;
  • Horticulture AND Forestry;
  • Horticulture, Agriculture AND  Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science;
  • Forestry, Agriculture AND Animal Husbandry  & Veterinary Science.


So Here are the Points to remember before choosing the Optionals:


  • Choose the Subject which is Interesting to You.

  • If you have studied a particular subject in your college then go for it, because it will be lot easier to you, also it will be easier to you to read advanced topics and analyse them. e.g. If you have studied Political Science then its better to choose it rather to choose a subject that you never read.

  • Choose your 1st Optional Subject which you have read earlier in College or in University, Since there are 2 optional so it becomes very important to go for the one subject which you have read earlier, then you can choose 2nd optional which you may have read earlier or not, if yo have read it before then its good to choose both optional which you have read earlier. But in most cases students have only read one subject so 2nd optional is a choice e.g.  Science or Engineering background students  can choose 1st optional Science/Engineering subject and 2nd optional Public Administration/Geography [depends upon interests]. or 2nd optional can be chosen as per your interests like if you think Philosophy or Sociology.

  • Choose the subject which is having small syllabus e.g. Public administration :D

  • Choose the subject with Good Study material Availability like if you don't have Enough and Good Study material of Forestry then don't choose unless you have read it in your graduation. So if you don't have Quality study material or books available of particular subject then don't go for it. If you have then go for it.

  • You can go through previous years Question Papers and can anylyse them it can give you better idea to choose.

  • Student who are from Science backgrounds can choose 1 of their Optional subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Zoology, Botany etc, Choosing One Science optional can give an edge rather than going for subjects you never read.

  • Student who are from Engineering backgrounds can choose  1 of their Optional subjects like Physics, Maths, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering etc.

  • Student who are from Commerce, Economics or Management backgrounds can choose 1 of their Optional subjects Commerce and Accountancy, Management and Economics.

  • Students from Medical Backgrounds will definitely choose Medical Science.

  • Students of Law will choose law and Students of Agriculture and students of Forestry, and Animal Husbandry  & Veterinary Science will choose their subjects.

  • Students who have studied literature can go for literature Subjects like Hindi, English Literature.

  • Last and Important : Consult the Senior Players of the exams, Who have appeared in Mains Exams ask their Experiences and marks. But be smart they can also make you fool because Life is a race and Seats in HPAS is very less and competition is very stiff. :D
    So most people don't like to reveal their strategy. :D

Conclusion:


  • Go for the Subject you have read earlier
  • Go for the Subject with Good Study material availability
  • Go for the Subject which is interesting to You
  • Go for the subject You have analyzed e.g. Question papers
  • Go for the Subject with short syllabus
  • Go for the subjects which are More Scoring than others :D



Which Subjects to choose ?



As I said in last part that Choosing Optional is a process so here are Some Combinations you must choose:



For Science/Medical Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Physics
Chemistry
Maths
Zoology
Botany
Medical Sciences

2nd Optional: [Preferable]


Public Administration
Geography
Political Science
Sociology
Philosophy
Psychology

Note: Students with Medical Sciences can choose 2nd optional Zoology/Botany/Psychology


For Engineering Background Students:



1
st Optional according to your field:

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Physics/Maths/Chemistry
Public Administration
Geography
Political Science
Sociology
Philosophy

 

For Commerce/Economics/Management Background Students:

1
st Optional according to your field:

Commerce and Accountancy
Management
Economics

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Geography
Political Science
Sociology
Philosophy

Note: Commerce and Accountancy and Management combination is not allowed, although Commerce and Accountancy + Economics and Management + Economics are allowed. But personally I will not suggest these combinations because these are not very scoring subjects.

 
For Law Background Students:

1st Optional according to your field:

Law

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Sociology
Philosophy
Geography
History


Note: Law+Public Administration is Deadly Combo.
          Law+Political Science is also Good Combo.
          Law+Sociology is Good.
          Law+ Management Ok
          Law+Geography Good

For Agriculture/Forestry/Geology Background Students:

1st Optional according to your field:

Agriculture
Forestry
Geology
Horticulture

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History

Note: 

Forestry+Horticulture= Not allowed combo.
Forestry+Geology= Good Combo but not Scoring.
Agriculture+Forestry= Good Combo but not Scoring.

Deadly Combos: Geography+Geology
                            Agriculture+Geography
                            Agriculture+Pub. Add.
                            Horticulture+Geography
                            Horticulture+Pub. Ad. 
[baaki interest ki baat hai  Sociology, Philosophy bhi mast hain kisi bhi combo mai :D]


For Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Background Students:

1st Optional according to your field:

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History

Note:
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science+Agriculture/Forestry/Horticulture= Not allowed Combo.
 


For Literature Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Hindi Literature
Sanskrit Literature
English Literature
Urdu Literature

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History

Note: Any 2 Literature Subjects combo not allowed

Public Add. + Any 1 literature Subject combo Good

Sociology + Any 1 literature Subject combo Good

Geography + Any 1 literature Subject combo Good   [ Baki Apna apna Shauk hai :P]


For Political Science/Public Ad. Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Public Administration
Political Science

 2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

Note: Public Administration+Political Science= Not Allowed :D

Public Administration+Geography= Deadliest Combo :D [People Say So :D]

Public Administration+Sociology=Deadly Combo

Public Administration+Philosophy/History= Ok ok Hai :)


Political Science+Geography= Deadliest Combo :D [People Say So :D]

Political Science+Sociology=Deadly Combo

Political Science+Philosophy/History= Ok ok Hai :)


For History Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

History

 2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

History ke Sath Kuch Bhi choose kr lo Chalta hai :)


For Sociology/Anthropology Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Sociology
 

Anthropology

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

Note: Sociology+Anthropology Not allowed.

Sociology+Public Administration/Political Science/Geography= Deadly combo

Sociology+Law/Philosophy/History/Literature= Good


For Philosophy Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Philosophy

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

Note:
Philosophy+Public Ad./Sociology/Geography=Very Good combo

Philosophy+Political/history/Literature= Good


For Psychology Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Psychology

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]
Medical Science

Note: Psychology+Medical Science= Good for Medical students.

Psychology+Public Administration/Political Science/Geography/Sociology = Good combo



For Geography Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Geography

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

Note: Any Subject with Geography will work.

Geography+Public Ad/Political/History/Sociology/Law/Literature/Philosophy= Good combo

Geography+Geology/Forestry/Agriculture=Good combo


For Statistics Background Students:


1st Optional according to your field:

Statistics

2nd Optional: [Preferable]

Public Administration
Political Science
Geography
Sociology
Philosophy
History
Law
Literature [Hindi,English, Sanskrit]

Note:

Statistics+Maths= Not Allowed. [baki kuch bhi choose kr lo iske sath :D]

Hardly Anyone choose Statistics :D

Which subject is more marks securing ?

Although it depends upon on your hard work and interest in the subjects but there are few subjects which have edge over others due to short syllabus, availability of study material and questions papers. Some  most scoring subjects are:

Public Ad.
Geography
Sociology
Political Science
Philosophy
Literature[Hindi, Sanskrit, English]
Management
Law
Agriculture
Zoology


Still having any confusion Comment Below...

12 comments:

  1. Good morning sir,
    I just have one query. I want to opt zoology and botany. Is it right to take both of them because except physiology most of the part are interlinked. And I feel its easy to read by co-relating. But still want to know your opinion.

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  2. I think if you have interest and have studied or studying these subjects them you must choose these both subjects, you are right that these two subjects are interlinked so surely it will reduce workload and help in co relating too. I have noticed that form these subjects student have cleared in the past so you don't worry about the selection of these subjects just go through the syllabus and work hard, although from next year i.e HPAS 2014 pattern is going to change and it will be like UPCS pattern, so they can remove one optional subject, but this is in process and its still not clear that it will be implemented from HPAS 2014 or HPAS 2015.

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  3. dear sie
    I m a mechanical student.I want to opt animal husbandary and veternary and geography science since i m interested in this subject and have grown up in a farm. kindly suggest me. I m a bit confused.

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  4. sir can i take horticulture as a subject along with geography.iam an arts student but have interest in horticulture.and what books to start with for horticulture.

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  5. Sir, u can add zoology for animal husbandry as combo.....found it fruitful this year....although not recieved d detail marks sheet yet but my experience consider it a better combo as compared to other subjects (although depends on personal preferences and interests of aspirant) just an advice to aspirants......

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  6. Why Geography and Agriculture is dead combination.Please explain

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  7. is geology a good subject to take in ifs as optional

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  8. I have complated MA Economics , sir please give me which subject is best optional .

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  9. Helll sir.. i am an electronics engineer. So frm engineering point of view, here my subject doesnt exists... which is a good combo if i have to take on two unknown subjects... just randomly..

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  10. Helll sir.. i am an electronics engineer. So frm engineering point of view, here my subject doesnt exists... which is a good combo if i have to take on two unknown subjects... just randomly..

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