The UPSC Civil Services Exam is held once every year for those who aspire to be in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service(IPS). Incidentally, the IAS Preliminary Exams were going to be held on 31/05/2020. However, the recent coronavirus pandemic and its restrictions have forced the governing body to postpone the exams. The Civil Services Exams Personality Test for 2019 candidates were postponed as well. The latest notification regarding the new dates and schedule is going to be announced on 20/05/2020. As a result, candidates now have more time to prepare for the examination.
Incidentally, there are 25 optional subjects to choose from in the IAS Exams. Additionally, there are 26 literature subjects that brings the total optional subjects to 51. Out of these, the Management subject is one of the lesser chosen subjects as an optional subject. Moreover, it has seen consistent performance from candidates over the years.
Despite its low popularity, it is considered to be a safe subject to choose. However, it should be opted by candidates who have had MBA as their educational background or had management in their graduate or postgraduate studies. The reason is that it has a big syllabus which is easier to cover with a management background.
There are various advantages and disadvantages of choosing Management as your optional subject in IAS Exam. The following list will help you to ascertain its strengths and weaknesses to make the final decision. Moreover, it will also help in understanding how it can be a scoring subject.
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Incidentally, there are many reading materials and books available for studying Management as an optional subject. However, here are some of the top-rated books that can help you to clear the IAS Exams.
|Cost and Management Accounting||MN Arora|
|Financial Management||Prasanna Chandra|
|Fundamentals of Management||DeCenzo, Agarwal, Bhattacharya & Robbins|
|Human Resource Management||K Aswathappa|
|Marketing Management||Philip Kotler|
|Organizational Behavior||Stephen Robbins|
|Business Environment||AC Fernando|
|International Business||Hill and Jain|
|Management Informations System||Laudon or O’Brien|
|Operations Management||Heizer and Render|
|Quantitative Approaches to Management||Levin and Rubin|
|Strategic Management||Hill and Jones|
In addition to the book suggestions provided above, there are various other online and offline resources to study from. Some of the top ones have been highlighted below.
As one of the most popular online video platforms, YouTube is a great place for both professors and other students. It enables them to teach and explain various concepts that can be otherwise difficult for some candidates to understand. Moreover, there are various channels or users to help explain a concept properly.
UPSC IQ Magazine is a great studying resource for candidates. Here, you can find materials for almost all the main and optional subjects of IAS. Hence, it can help you to find important study materials for Management optional as well.
Apart from the books mentioned above, candidates can also study from the NCERT management books. These include books of both 11th and 12th Standards. Books from graduate or postgraduate degrees can be used as well.
IGNOU is a widely known institute that offers online and distance learning as approved by the government bodies. The course for ‘Department of Management Studies’ includes all the topics from Management optional. Thus, candidates can get this study material from its nearby regional centers.
Management optional is not that difficult for candidates who have a business or management background. However, one needs to study hard if he/she wishes to score high marks in this optional subject. This accounts for 500 marks out of a total of 2025 marks of IAS Exams.
Hence, follow some or all of the tips given below to effectively study for Management optional.
There is some significant difference between the difficulty level of Paper 1 and Paper 2. Comparatively, Paper 1 is full of theoretical questions which are direct and simple. In fact, you can even expect theory questions for the Finance section. However, Paper 2 is purely based on concepts and the application of such theories.
In Paper 1, the important topics include the following -
Similarly, the important topics from Paper 2 include the following -
For the most part, the questions asked in Management optional are usually simple and straightforward. Thus, go through the previous year question papers and practice the same. This will help you to save time during the Mains exams.
Create a time schedule and make sure that you devote enough time to each topic. You should cover the important topics before moving on to the others. Moreover, you should also manage your time while answering the questions. This will help you to attempt all the questions while giving the IAS Exams.
Generally, most of the important questions are repeated in previous year question papers. Therefore, you can expect the same to happen for IAS Exams in 2020. Hence, attempt and solve mock tests and go through the previous year question papers. Mark the repeated questions and analyze the important topics as well. This will also help you in time management while writing answers.
Candidates do not have to study for Management optional from cover to cover. They can easily identify the important topics from previous year questions and study selectively. In addition, studying from other online/offline resources can help them to gain enough knowledge to score high in the optional subject.
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One of the most important aspects of IAS Exams is the presentation of answers. Each question can carry different marks. However, it is the responsibility of the candidate to make their answers look attractive. They can do this by following the given points.
To summarize, Management optional is a good scoring subject if the candidate has relative interest and background in it. Moreover, the clearance rate of the same is consistent as it has limited competition. Also, candidates should not try to read each and everything from the books mentioned above. Read once and mark all the important points. Later on, create notes and study from them. Following this advice can easily help you to clear IAS Exams by securing high marks in the optional subject.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.