In the changed pattern, the weight of GS marks has doubled. The syllabus has also become multifarious. Really it has become more clear and defined. It includes both Existing and new chapters. It is now a combination of Humanities including Geography, History, Economy, Polity, Social issues, Administration, Psychology, Philosophy and International issues.
With Just one optional, the issue arises as to whether to go for Background subject or Humanities subject that has common topics in GS. The choice is easy for Arts background candidate to go for History or Geography. But Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy etc are generally new for most the candidates. These have been popular also. These have the largest number of competitors.
Commerce background candidates have ease in this regard. Simply they should go for COMMERCE & ACCOUNTANCY or MANAGEMENT as their optional. The knowledge acquired during past five-seven years should be leveraged to give competition. There is no option with non-commerce candidates to take commerce. Commerce is Soft optional like Humanities but marks fetching like Mathematics. Commerce is fully objective. No role of opinion or subjectivity. Similar is the nature of Management. Now one can think of being a topper with commerce/management. Earlier the edge of high marks in commerce was reduced by low marks in other optional.
It is not advisable for Commerce and Management graduate to try new optional. It would be just like inviting competition. They should not dump their knowledge and edge just for the sake of new subject. It looks interesting for first few weeks to read the new subject. Rather, same effort should be put on strengthening commerce or management optional. One can think and achieve 350 + in commerce. It would be difficult on the subject of another new domain. Just for reducing GS study for 15-20 days, score & strength of Optional subject should not be compromised. GIVE COMPETITION, DON’T BUY IT