Civil Services Examination (CSE) these days have become one of the toughest nuts to crack. Looking at the level of competition involved in this exam., one can sail through this ‘hurdle race’ in flying colors only by proper planning, hard work, perseverance, and patience. Proper planning is must for getting good ranks in this exam and first step in proper planning is right selection of optional subject.
In my opinion, optional subject should be chosen on the basis of one’s interest in that subject, scoring pattern, availability of study material and expert guidance. An optional should be generally the subject studied during graduation/Post graduation. (There is no hard and fast rule in this regard, but my advice to the aspirants is that choosing “parent subject” as your optional proves beneficial. On the basis of above criterion of choosing optionals Physics stands tallest amongst the Science/Engineering stream optionals.
Therefore for ENGG /SCIENCE BACKGROUND CANDIDATES IT IS NOT ONLY THE BEST CHOICE, BUT THE ONLY CHOICE. Few other reasons in its favour are:
1 Its static, well defined and well-structured syllabus.
2 Its objective and scoring nature. It does not depend on whims and fancies of examiner unlike many humanities subjects.
Every year lot many Physics candidates make it to “Top-100”. If it has been prepared well one can easily score up to 60-70% of marks i.e. between 300-350 marks. Its success Rate is highest amongst popular optionals.
3 Easy availability of study material, Test Series, and guidance.
4 Its reliable and evergreen nature. Every year 12 to 15 % of candidates get a call for personality test with Physics optional.
5. It’s language-neutral nature.
In spite of all above-mentioned factors, few people are creating an environment that these days Physics is not very scoring. You have to put lot of efforts to score “well” in this subject. So on and so forth. My answer to all these is that only those candidates do not score well in this subject who either leave many portions of the syllabus, do not give to-the-point answers or do not practice right way of answering the questions. A to Z of the present syllabus can be studied within 200 hours of study (this is the time, I take in Completing the whole course). Hence allegation of requirement of lot of time is not all that correct. Successful candidates every year score 300+ Marks out of 500 in this subject. Therefore Science and Engineering Background candidates can safely opt for physics as their optional.