List of Optional Subjects taken by IAS Toppers of past 18 years

Every year lakhs of aspirants appear for the prestigious Civil services examination which is conducted by UPSC,  there are three stages 1st one is prelims (for screening purpose), 2nd one is mains and finally the interview.

Earlier there used to be 2 optional subjects, but now as per the new syllabus, you have to deal with only one.

We have already shared an article where we have discussed 9 factors to consider while choosing the optional.

Well, If you are not sure about the choosing the right one for you then you can follow up this list and choose the best one for you.

Year Topper Name (AIR 1) Optional Subjects Home State Service Opted
2017 Anudeep Durishetty Anthropology Telangana IAS
2016 Nandini K R Kannada Literature Karnataka IAS
2015 Tina Dabi Political Science Delhi IAS
2014 Ira Singhal Geography Delhi IAS
2013 Gaurav Agarwal Economics Rajasthan IAS
2012 Haritha V Kumar Economics & Malayalam Literature Kerala IAS
2011 Shena Aggarwal Psychology Haryana IAS
2010 S Divyadharshini Public Administration & Law Tamil Nadu IAS
2009 Shah Faesal Public Administration & Urdu Literature Jammu & Kashmir IAS
2008 Shubhra Saxena Psychology & Public Administration Uttar Pradesh IAS
2007 Adapa Karthik Zoology & Psychology Telangana IAS
2006 Mutyalaraju Revu Electrical Engineering & Maths Andhra Pradesh IAS
2005 Mona Pruthi English Literature & Sociology Haryana IAS
2004 S Nagarajan Geography & Sociology Tamil Nadu IAS
2003 Roopa Mishra Psychology & Public Administration Odisha IAS
2002 Ankur Garg Physics & Chemistry Punjab IAS
2001 Alok Ranjan Jha Geography Bihar IFS
2000 Vijaylakshmi Bidari Kannada Literature Karnataka IAS


With the list, it is clear that Public Administration, Psychology and Geography have been the most popular optional subjects among aspirants.

Hope it will you to choose the right optional subject for UPSC mains. If you have any query related to UPSC preparation let us know in the comment section.

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