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UPSC Law Optional Syllabus And Strategy

21 May 2021 2:18 AM GMT
UPSC Law Optional Syllabus  Strategy

Strategy for covering the UPSC Law Optional syllabus is discussed in this Article. If you want to know the topics in UPSC Law Optional. Click here

We all know that UPSC has 3-tier system for the selection :

  • PRELIMINARY EXAM – Which evaluates your basic knowledge.
  • MAINS EXAM – Your problem-solving nature and deep analysation skills.
  • INTERVIEW – Your spontaneity.

Optional is a part of UPSC Mains examination, where UPSC gives liberty to choose your comfortable subject and test you on it via two papers i.e., Optional Paper 1 and Optional Paper 2.

Law is one of the subjects which can be chosen as your optional in UPSC. If you are a law graduate, it is no-brainer that you have to choose law as your optional. Do not fall trap to myths that law is not-scoring or unsuccessful. In the next article, we will specifically deal that aspect.

In this article, we are going to see the how many topics are there in UPSC law optional and how can we complete it.

Starting with UPSC 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.


  • SECTION A - Constitutional Law (Including administrative law topics) – 16 Topics
  • SECTION B - International Law – 15 Topics



  • Law Of crimes – 16 topics
  • Law of Torts – 13 Topics


  • Law of Contracts – 13 topics
  • Contemporary legal developments – 8 topics


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 within6 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.


  1. SOURCE CONFUSION: From where should I read for above topics?
  2. SCOPE CONFUSION: 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?
  3. SUFFICIENCY WITH CASE LAWS: How many cases should I read under each topic or concept?
  4. ULTIMATE REVISION CHALLENGE: Even if I read all the topics, how can I revise 81 concepts just a day before examination?
  5. PREDICTABILITY: How can I predict the questions for law optional?
  6. TIME-MANAGEMENT: How can I prepare UPSC law optional effectively along with prelims and Mains (GS)?

Even if I do all the above-said things properly, how can I score good marks?

Is UPSC Law Optional is not a scoring subject? We will answer this in the next article.

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