PSIR Optional


In UPSC CSE, candidates have to choose one optional subject for the Main Examination. Apti Plus offers such subjects which have maximum syllabus overlap/connection and strategic relevance with the compulsory papers of General Studies. These courses are meticulously designed to ensure content differentiation, score enhancement and completeness of coverage.

Over the years, the name of APTI PLUS ACADEMY has become synonymous with success in Civil Services Exam. The unprecedented success in recent years has reinstated its position as the Best Coaching Institution in Eastern India. 

APTI PLUS offers unique learning experiences to enrich the preparation of civil services aspirants through its courses and programs that have been designed delivered and innovated to perfection. Its Classroom program is unique with features such as tailored approach, flexibility in schedule, wide range of courses, stage wise training, predetermined small batch sizes, separate doubt clearing sessions, comprehensive study materials prepared by rank holders, detailed performance analysis and prompt grievance redressal mechanism.

The institute imparts the aspirants with value-based career education, abundant resources, and individual attention. APTI PLUS very well understands that it has a responsibility to nurture ethical and responsible career leadership in the aspirants and provide a lifelong connection to ethics and excellence in the future civil servants of the country.

The courses have been specially designed in such a way that any aspirant without prior background in the subject can easily understand it. A goal-oriented methodology is adopted which is not only intensive and interactive and transcends typical teacher-student relationship but at the same time ensures detailed-analytical study of the subject in a comprehensive and time bound manner. 

A holistic approach is emphasized on which not only connects different units of one paper but also connects both the papers. Further, there is high focus on linking the dynamic and static part which helps aspirant to tackle any contemporary question. Classroom lectures also include discussions on the approach to answer writing, how to maximize the score, strategy to be adopted for the exam, previous years questions discussion. 

The academy has highly qualified and most experienced faculties faculty fraternity which teaches in the best coaching institutes of Delhi.

Comprehensive, exam-oriented and updated study material is provided to the students. This study material is derived from multiple relevant sources and specially curated by the expert faculty according to the demands of the exam. Further, teachers are always available for any doubts and discussions even after the completion of course.

The courses are aided by regular tests and practice assignments to not only check conceptual clarity, revise but also to improve answer writing capability.

In a nutshell, what makes APTI PLUS Optional Coaching stand apart in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar are the following features:

  • Specially curated for aspirants with no background knowledge
  • Time bound, complete and comprehensive coverage of both papers through innovative methodology
  • Highly experienced and expert faculty from eminent institutions
  • One-to-one personalised attention
  • Special focus on answer writing, score maximization
  • Crisp, exam-oriented, regularly updated study material
  • Extensive answer writing practice
  • Mock tests


Why You Should Join This Programme?

  • Makes you feel like you are inside Apti Plus’s classroom.
  • Systematic approach to syllabus completion via class plan
  • Targeted to crack the exam in first attempt



  • Information-static and dynamic
  • Application of information
  • Opportunity to watch pre-recorded videos as many times
  • Highly qualified and most experienced faculty fraternity who teach in the best coaching institutes of India.
  • Courses are designed to help candidate even without a prior background in the subject.
  • Detailed-analytical study of the subject with respect to UPSC syllabus & previous years’ questions will be completed in a comprehensive and time bound manner.


  • Peer to peer learning
  • Personal mentorship under India’s top educators.
  • Weekly live doubt clearing sessions
  • Prompt grievance redressal mechanism 

Test and feedback:

  • Online lecture will be followed by MCQ discussion for Prelims & Subjective Question discussion for Mains.
  • Mains Test Series
  • Prompt grievance redressal mechanism.
  • Periodic assignments and tests will be given to check concept clarity and do revision of the topics covered. Answer Writing will focus on improving answer writing capability. 


  • Comprehensive- updated study material will be provided to the students on a regular basis. 

And host of other resources through Apti Plus’s LMS!!! 


  • With profound experience of teaching in top IAS Academy and known for unique pedagogy of approaching UPSC exam preparation, the teacher has been benefitting UPSC CSE aspirants in PSIR.
  • The teacher specializes in delivering precise exam-oriented knowledge content to students. 


  • Know your syllabus thoroughly. Before you start with your preparation for CSE, read the syllabus many a times to comprehend the demand of the examination.
  • Your own strategy is the right strategy.
  • Reading NCERT text-books thoroughly is of utmost importance to crack this examination.
  • The key is revision.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Guidance of Apti Plus acts like the lighthouses of the seashore.
  • CSE preparation needs a planned approach which is systematic & well designed and Apti Plus is too good at its execution.
  • Provides aspirant with the exam-oriented study materials and the direction of what all to read.
  • Instills competitive and fighting spirit, dedication and motivation for success
  • Very ecosystem of Apti Plus is enabling in the sense that it develops one’s cognitive skills
  • Covering Syllabus in Time Bound Manner
  • Continued Guidance: The ‘X’ Factor for Preparation
  • Broadening the scope of Improvement
  • The Edge called Psychological Advantage

Course Fees: 


Validity: 4 months

It is a result of the able guidance of distinguished faculty members and meticulously designed courses that APTI PLUS Academy holds a tremendous record of successful candidates from this optional course in the past many years continuously.



  • A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy
  • Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba
  • Political Theory – Rajeev Bhargava
  • Politics – Heywood
  • Global Politics – Heywood
  • International Relations -Khanna
  • Foundations of Indian Political Thought – V R Mehta
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India  – D DBasu
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia
  • Does The Elephant Dance? Contemporary India
  • Foreign Policy – Malone


Debunking The Myths

Myth: best optional is the one which is most trending/ popular/ highest success percentage…

Reality: UPSC never favors one optional over the other. Moreover, the trend changes every year. At the end it all boils down to one’s hard work.

Myth: best optional is the one which is chosen by very few people…

Reality: it is incorrect to believe that if an optional has 500 students then it is difficult to score marks, and it is easy to score if it has only 10 odd students. Often, it is seen that out of those 500, 50 may be selected and none out of the 10. It ultimately depends on your performance. BUT ONE HAS TO KEEP IN MIND THAT IF THERE ARE MORE STUDENTS CLEARLY, YOU HAVE TO OUTCLASS ALL OF THEM TO PERFORM BETTER!!!


Myth: Going with the flow-my friend has chosen, rank 1 has chosen, my coaching institute has asked…

Reality: Remember optional subject is like love marriage. You have to love it. Arranged marriage doesn’t work here!!!


Myth: choosing the optional which is the most scoring…

Reality: usually the technical subjects are most scoring. BUT should an aspirant of commerce background take an optional of physics or math?? Moreover, some of these optional require a dedicated time frame of more than 1 year!!! Also, there is no standard that every year that optional subject will be high scoring.


Myth: choosing the optional which is your graduation subject…

Reality:Just because one is graduate in civil engineering doesn’t mean he/she has interest in that subject or has attained perfection. The syllabus of UPSC and the syllabus of graduation may match 60 to 70%. If one is interested in that subject and comfortable with UPSC syllabus then they should definitely choose that optional. But never choose the optional subject ONLY because you did it in graduation.

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