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Geography optional subject

Selecting the optional subject for the UPSC civil service mains exam is a personal decision. Every individual has unique strengths and weaknesses; they also have different educational and professional backgrounds. Choosing an optional subject is based on your interest, confidence and understanding of a Subject. Most of the toppers prefer Geography optional subject.

Why Most of the toppers choose Geography optional Subject?

  • Geography is a scientific subject. Many aspirants from science, medical and engineering backgrounds prefer it.
  • No need to mug up the subject. Only concepts need to be understood.
  • No dearth of material available for Geography.
  • It has tremendous overlap with General Studies both in prelims and the mains.
  • Geography also has a lot of overlap with subjects like economics, environment, ecology and conservation.
  • Candidates can also use what they learn in Geography in their essay paper on various topics.
  • Even in the UPSC personality test, Geography will be useful as the board can ask questions on the local geography of a candidate’s home town like soil, vegetation, minerals, etc
  • Geography is a scoring subject. Diagrams, flowchart, etc. can be used to get more marks.
  • The map-based questions are also scoring
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