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I am in B. Tech third year (Computer Science). I want to take Civil Services Examination. Please help me in choosing an optional, along with Public Administration.

Kishore Reddy

Civil Services Examination involves two stages -- Preliminary and Main.

The Preliminary examination consists of two papers of objective type. Paper I is general studies and carries 150 marks. Paper II is in your optional subject and carries 300 marks. The total number of optional subjects available for preliminary examination is 23 and they are Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics and Zoology. As you seem to be comfortable with Public Administration, you can opt for it as your optional here.

The Main examination has totally nine papers. Paper I is in one of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the 18 languages included in the eighth Schedule to the Constitution. Paper II is in English.

Both these papers carry 300 marks each. Paper III is essay writing and carries 200 marks. Paper IV and V are in general studies and carry 300 marks for each paper. Papers VI, VII, VIII and IX are in the two subjects chosen from the optional subject list. So, here you will have to choose another subject along with Public Administration. There are two papers for each of the subjects, which carry 300 marks each.

The number of optional subjects for main examination is 25. They include optional subjects of the Preliminary and also Economics and Anthropology.

CSE is one of the toughest competitive examinations in India and the preparation demands several hours of study everyday. So, the second optional should be the subject you are comfortable with, from the provided list. Since you are from engineering background you may find Mathematics easy to prepare. Or if you are good at remembering dates and names, you might find History easy.

Consider your knowledge, strengths, time required to gain proficiency in the subject and the time in your hand to make the right choice.

Also, note that you are not allowed to opt for Political Science and International Relations or Management along with Public Administration. After clearing these examinations, the candidate must attend a personal interview as the final step in the selection process. For more details, log on to

Which universities provide M.Ed course in distance or correspondence mode?

Shaaz Khan

M.Ed in distance or correspondence mode is usually offered to those who are in service.

Before opting for a university offering the course in correspondence mode, make sure that the university or its authorised study centres are in your locality so that you can attend the contact classes. Some universities offering the course are:

Panjab University, Department of Correspondence Studies, Chandigarh offers two-year M.Ed. The eligibility criteria are

A degree in any discipline with bachelor’s degree in teaching/ education (can also be basic or yoga) with minimum 50 per cent marks or Postgraduate Senior Basic Trained Teacher’s Diploma

Minimum two years paid work experience as a teacher in a recognised institution. The candidate must be in-service.

The admission is based on marks obtained in entrance test and qualifying examination.

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Karnataka State Open University offers M.Ed for full-time in-service teachers/ education officers.

The eligibility criterion is pass in B.Ed/ B.Sc (Ed.) / B.A (Ed.)/ B.Com (Ed.)/ M.Sc (Ed.) with minimum 50 per cent marks. The admission is based on performance at entrance examination. For details, log on to

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