The UPSC council administers lakhs of students’ applications every year. These applications belong to the students of different academic backgrounds with no relation to the UPSC in the past. All the candidates should have a graduate degree in order to qualify for UPSC. This does not mean the UPSC preparation cannot take place beforehand. 

As stated above, the candidate can be of any educational stream. But, it is always advised by the experts to choose the medium that complements the after preparation. We have prepared this article for the readers to ascertain the best choice that can support their UPSC dream. 

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What is the Best Degree Course For UPSC Preparation?

As such, there is no defined course degree that can suit the ultimate CSE preparation. Also, every year students belonging to commerce and science stream clear the UPSC exam too. However, to help our readers to curb their list, experts suggest going for the Humanities stream. 

If the aspirant is a high school student and well-determined to serve in the Civil Services, then taking humanities is worth a shot. The UPSC syllabus mainly comprises topics like economic development, social upliftment, and political studies. These topics form the crux of the various studies under Arts/Humanities. 

The UPSC aspirant with the will of cracking IAS should take up a course in Political Science or Sociology. This will not only strengthen their basics but will also give them an idea of their future destination. Looking into statistics released by the council every year, it can be seen that the Humanities’ success ratio is higher than other streams. However, this trend has fallen in the last few years but the numbers still prove its strong foundation.

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Will it be beneficial for the students to take up an optional subject to graduate?

Every aspirant who sits for the UPSC Mains exam has to opt for an optional subject. It is clear that the aspirant has 42 subjects to choose from. These subjects belong to different areas of study. In order to support their Mains preparation, the students should choose an optional subject that is similar to their graduate study. 

This way the student will cover up 30% to 40% of his/her subject syllabus in advance. Of course, the student will have to revise to keep up with the knowledge graph and to accommodate changes. However, the student will save a lot of time in doing so. This saved element can be diverted towards other subject matters where the UPSC aspirant needs to work. Tina Dabi (AIR-2, 2015) did her graduation in Political Science and later on, chose the subject as her optional study. Well, the rest is history and we all know about it. 

Needless to say, the aspirant will surely benefit if he/she chooses an optional subject suited to their interests and choice. But the aspirant should pay complete attention as to what subject they are going for. This can impact their final score in the merit list. 

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Coming to the end, choosing the optional as the same as the graduation subject depends upon the candidate’s mentality. But one thing needs to be clear that this decision should be based on the interest. Irrespective of any suitable subject or degree course for UPSC preparation, the student should understand that it’s the hard work that reaps results. If he/she is not passionate about their UPSC dream, no matter what they select, it won’t do them any good. There is no alternative for hard work and patience. If the aspirant has it, then nobody can stop him/her from clearing IAS.

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