Success rate of law optional in UPSC

Success ratio of law optional in UPSC, have been increasing year by year. in last three year (UPSC 2016, 2017 and 2018) there have been at least two candidate in top ten. This is not surprising given the various advantages of law optional , when it is compared to other subjects.

In this article we will also do a comparative analysis of success rate of law optional with other optional subject as well.

The success rate of law optional is around 21 % which is average of last five year (See Graph Below). It is defined by upsc as the ratio of people appeared with law as a optional subject in mains to the final candidate in final list. UPSC Annual Report published each year gives a detail account of these data sets.

Success ratio on any subject should be compared only among those subject which are taken in large number by candidates. As some time, Smaller Number of candidate in a particular subject achieve spectacular success rate but is not consistent at all.

Let's Have A look at the Data

Looking at above data, it can be safely concluded that law optional have been consistent performer. In there no data available in 63rd upsc report. You can verify each date from UPSC annual Report.

In 68th report there have been dip. This is not unique as that year all major optional had a less success rate. This is because that year there were multiple odd subjects such as pali, maithili had a large success rate. SO it can be safely assumed that was not the norm but an aberration

UPSC 63rh Report did not have data with regard to passing percentage in its report. However if you find it anywhere do inform us. we will update the page. 

Comparative Analysis With Other Optional Subjects

Comparative analysis with other subject should be done, keeping the consistency of success rate in mind. And Leaving aside literature and engineering subjects, law optional is always in top five. I have Skipped Literature and Engineering subject because of there limited number of candidate appearing with them.

Sucess Rate UPSC (2013)
Sucess Rate UPSC (2014)

If you are wondering why law is constantly in top 5 of the most common optional subjects. I will give you five reason, 

1. Short Syllabus

2. It is Very Scoring

3. More than 50 percent overlap with GS mains, Saves a lot of time.

4. Increases your Writing Ability

Read more benefit of  law as a optional in UPSC for more detail.

Who Should Take Law Optional ?

Law optional have this notion attached that only law graduate can take this. People often forget that any issue in contemporary time always involve legal aspect of it. No matter what subject you take you will necessarily need to study law in some sense. so why not take it.

Studying law requires a person to be intuitive and reasonable thinker. It is aptly suited for student having deep interest in polity and indian constitution.

Law Graduate have an added advantage of law optional in upsc as the syllabus coincides with graduate level of any typical university program. be it five year or 3 year llb programs. There is no procedural laws, making it much easier of law graduates as compared to there graduation courses.

Where to Start ?

If you choose law because of success rate of law optional in upsc. i would suggest you start with upsc law optional syllabus, Understand the structure of syllabus and major subject in syllabus. 


To determine upto what depth you have study each subject in syllabus, analysing subject wise Previous year paper will of great help.


To start from scratch with step by step process read this law optional strategy for law and non law graduate written separately.

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