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LAW OPTIONAL SYLLABUS AND STRATEGY

Updated: Dec 19, 2022




Here we would discuss law as an optional in UPSC Mains.


We know UPSC has 3 tier testing system


  • PRELIMS – Which evaluates your basic knowledge

  • MAINS – Your problem solving nature and deep analysation skills

  • INTERVIEW – Your spontaneity


What is an optional then ???? Optional is a part of UPSC Mains examination, where UPSC gives liberty to choose your strong comfortable subject and test you on it via two papers ( OPTIONAL PAPER 1 and PAPER 2 ). Law is also allowed to be taken as an optional subject.


Yes! Today we would discuss how this law as an optional performs in UPSC Mains

Many say ……………….

Law Optional Syllabus is vast

Law is a very law scoring optional

Law is hard to clear


Now we are going to check whether above statements are myth or reality ?

Starting with law optional syllabus – take a look at it




We know law optional has 2 papers like any other optional and each paper has 2 sections viz, SECTION A and B


PAPER I

· SECTION A - Constitutional Law ( Including administrative law topics ) – 16 Topics

· SECTION B - International Law – 15 Topics


PAPER II

SECTION A

· Law Of crimes – 16 topics

· Law of Torts – 13 Topics

SECTION B

· Law of Contracts – 13 topics

· Contemporary legal developments – 8 topics


TOTAL NUMBER OF TOPICS : 81




You can conveniently take 2 days to complete each topic, therefore you would need 162 days to complete above 81 topics. Which is hardly 5 and half months.


Final conclusion on quantitative analysis of the syllabus infers that law student or a non- law student, one can finish law optional actively within 6 months with ease. Do you find the syllabus to be vast ???

For complete quantitative analysis check the video




In fact Law optional syllabus is quite definite and has predictable line of questions in actual mains , if one could think right. But at the same time it has many challenges too


CHALLENGES


1. From where should I read for above topics ? SOURCE CONFUSION !

2. How much and what all should I read under each topic ? Imagine the topic Fundamental rights, what to read where to start ? How to confine your study ? SCOPE CONFUSION !

3. How many cases should I read under each topic or concept ? CASE LAW CONFUSION !

4. Even if I read all, how can I revise 81 concepts just a day before examination ? REVISION CHALLENGE !

5. How can I predict the questions for law optional ? PREDICTION ISSUE !

6. How can I prepare law optional effectively along with prelims and Mains (GS) ? TIME MANAGEMENT ISSUE !


EVEN IF I DO ALL THE ABOVE WELL ! WHETHER I CAN SCORE GOOD ???

IS LAW OPTIONAL A GOOD SCORING SUBJECT ???? This question will be answered in next article stay tuned.

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