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UPSC - OPTIONAL EXPLAINED

The optional paper can help a candidate secure maximum marks leading to a higher rank and thus increasing the odds of getting selected. In other words, if you couldn't score well in other papers like General Studies, this paper can pull you out of your despair. Thus, picking the right optional based on your interest and that which brings out the best of your abilities is a must for scoring well. However, UPSC aspirants are often faced with the dilemma of choosing the right optional subject. So, this article is aimed at helping candidates who intend to choose ----------as their Optional Subject.

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HISTORY GEOGRAPHY SOCIOLOGY PSIR

PSIR OPTIONAL

Reason to choose PSIR as Optional

Political Science and International Relations can prove to be a smart choice considering several factors.
It overlaps with almost the entire GENERAL STUDIES syllabus.
It has also witnessed many successful candidates.
Study material is easily available.
Helpful in preliminary exam as around 15 to 20 questions from Indian Polity and governance section are asked every year for sure.
Political Science integrates your prelims and mains preparation. Thus, saving time for other topics.
The philosophical perspectives of political thinkers help to enrich the essay's articulation.
Most of the topics of GS paper II of Civil Services Main examination are covered under Political Science optional itself.
In GS paper 4 of Civil Services Main examination (Ethics, Integrity and aptitude), most of the thinkers are Political Science scholars.
Again, in the UPSC- Civil Services interview, some questions are asked about international relations irrespective of your academic background

WHO SHOULD CHOOSE 

Interest: 
Interest in a particular subject should be given top priority while deciding on an optional subject. If you are having interested in political science, you can go for it. 

Background:
If you are not having any educational background in a technical subject and wish to opt for a non-technical subject, you must go for political science & IR as an optional subject. Many of the topics will also overlap with your GS syllabus of civil services examination. 
In case you choose any other optional subject, then also, you would have to read considerable amount of PSIR chapters in Indian Polity, Ethics, History, current affairs, etc.
If you are left with lesser time, it is advisable to opt for PSIR. It will reduce your burden and will save your time.

POLITICAL SCIENCE OPTIONAL SUBJECT RECOMMENDED BOOKLIST

POLITICAL THOUGHT IN MODERN INDIA: PANTHAM & DEUTCH (SAGE PUBLICATION)
INDIAN GOVT. AND POLITICS: FADIA & FADIA (SAHITYA BHAWAN)
COMPARATIVE POLITICS: J.C. JOHARI
A HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT- PLATO TO MARX (MUKHERJEE & RAMASWAMY)
AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY: O.P. GAUBA
THE GLOBALIZATION OF WORLD POLITICS: BAYLIS, SMITH & OWENS (OXFORD)