Management Optional Strategy by UPSC topper

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Management Optional Strategy by UPSC topper


Management Optional is one of the least priority subjects but it is quite secure than any other optional subject. This subject is more than a subject and it is a skill to develop for any workplace especially when you work for the people. You have to plan, execute, organize, utilize and assign stuff properly whenever it is required. Leadership skill plays a major role after clearing the UPSC exams and it is better to learn Management skill by choosing Management Optional. Read below to know about the popular optional strategies followed by the likes of Ritesh Bhatt, Manuj Jindal, Asim Anwar and Nagendra Singh (UPSC toppers who chose Management optional). Here is the gist of Management optional strategy by UPSC toppers who cleared the UPSC mains just like that.


Benefits in choosing UPSC Optional

  • You don’t have to remember definitions and formulas as the questions in UPSC optional are more practical.
  • One of the main advantages in choosing UPSC optional is, recurrence of the questions that makes the preparations easier
  • Just check out the previous year questions and read articles available online like “Management Optional Strategy by UPSC topper” which will contain the questions of previous years papers for easy preparation.
  • Unlike other subjects, students who  opt for Management are very less. Hence, there is a probability for a less challengers clearing your way to crack UPSC.
  • You should be a logical thinker and lucid in order to learn Management
  • Students who have Management as their main domain can pursue
  • Most of the study materials are available and you don’t have to toil a lot for gathering reliable resources.
  • Most of the management syllabus are static and necessitate less research and update on current affairs.

Drawbacks in choosing Management Optional

You should have more resistance and consistency to prepare as the Management Optional syllabus is big and preparation time would be prolonged.

When you are studying more, you should obviously write more and students often feel that writing Management Optional is draining resulting in incompletion of the papers.

Unlike other optional, Management paper will not have any topics related to the UPSC prelims syllabus and it is actually considered to be the biggest drawbacks.


Management optional strategy by UPSC toppers

Here is a gist of Management optional strategy by UPSC toppers which will help you in UPSC Mains preparation

Paper I – It’s all about Theory

  • Yes, you have to write, write and write until you succeed and come out with flying colors
  • When it comes to Managerial Function and Process, just refer the best books like Fundamentals of Management

Paper II strategy – It’s all about the practical applications


  • Production and Operation Management is the biggest part of Management Syllabus
  • In Quantitative Techniques in Decision-Making, you can learn a few topics that are repeated over the years like mean, median, mode, graphical, Bayes Theorem and more.
  • International Business is the next topic which is quite interesting as you can learn about the foreign trades and how business happens in several countries other than India.
  • The most important sections are Government Business Interface and Strategic Cost Management
  • Some of the important topics OB, HR, finance and marketing should be concentrated more.
  • Accounts and Finance comprises a least part of the syllabus and the questions asked are less as well.
  • Diagrams are very essential which will impress the examiner and educates them about your subject strength.
  • As said earlier, you can select either Marketing or Finance but HR and OB is mandatory to score more.
  • Highlight important points and make sure you use subheadings as well.
Management optional books
  • Marketing Management by Philip Kotler
  • Fundamentals of Management by DeCenzo, Agarwal, Bhattacharya and Robbins
  • Cost and Management Accounting by MN Arora
  • Organization Behaviour by Stephen Robbins
  • Financial Management by Rustagi
  • Human Resource Management by K Aswathappa
  • Quantitative Approaches to Management by Levin and Rubin
  • Financial Management by Prasanna Chandra
  • Operations Management by Heizer and Render
  • International Business by Hill and Jain
  • Strategic Management by Hill and Jones
  • Management Information Systems by either Laudon or O’Brien


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