I want to prepare for civil services. Which subject should I choose in class 11?
Aparna Vijayan, IAS Aspirant
The minimum educational qualification required to appear for UPSC exam is graduation (in any discipline) from a recognized institute. After 10th you may choose any stream, be it science/ commerce/ humanities as per your interest.
Anyone who makes genuine effort with systematic study is sure to clear the UPSC exam. It doesn’t really matter which field or stream you’re from. It is a myth that arts/humaities subjects are better scoring than science subjects or arts students have an edge in this exam. The number of candidates from each stream qualifying in the CS exams are more or less same. Since the pattern of examination has changed and CSAT is a qualifying paper students from PCM background doesn’t have any advantage over arts student as such but still you can clear the UPSC exam with the science subject as optional. Many students from medical & engineering background are clearing this exam. So irrespective of the background anyone who prepares well has good chance of clearing this exam. Your dedicated preparation matters the most.
Since you are planning to prepare for UPSC, doing graduation in a subject which you plan to pick up as optional subject in mains examination will ease your preparation. Both studies would go hand in hand and you will get enough time to do thorough study in that subject. So this can be kept in mind while choosing your stream. You could do choose an optional subject entirely different from your course of graduation as well. It depends on your interest. Choose a subject which you are really excites you. Go through the syllabus and previous year question paper while choosing optional subject. If you plan to take up this exam slowly in order to keep a backup plan, you could consider a course which will get you easily placed in a job.
All the best.