Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Optional | AH&VS Courses


Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Optional is one of the most scoring optional in UPSC Civil services. Veterinary Science is the science of diagnosing, treating and curing diseases in birds and animals. It covers the study of animal physiology, treatment and prevention of diseases among animals. It is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC for the civil services mains exam. It is a specialised subject and ideally should be pursued only by candidates who have a degree in the subject. Although not a popular subject like geography, pub ad or anthropology, animal husbandry and Vet science is a good option for candidates with a background in this subject. Read on to know more about the Veterinary Science Optional – how to prepare for the exam, which resources to go through, past performance of the optional, tips to improve the score, and more.

How many take the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science optional?


As you can see, the number of people in Veterinary Science Optional hardly rises above 50. Nevertheless, the optional has a good success rate and every year, there are candidates who find success in the IAS exam with this optional subject.

Wise IAS Academy also provide interview guidance free of cost to all veterinarians who have qualified UPSC CSE Mains. Wise IAS Founder Dr Aman Bishla Sir, IRS take personal one to one interview of selected students. Our Educators also provide you mentorship of Veterinary Science Optional during next 3 years. Our courses of Veterinary Science Optional are available for 3 years. 

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In the 2017 civil services exam, the All-India rank 10 was bagged by a vet from Jammu & Kashmir, Dr Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat. His optional was animal husbandry and veterinary science.

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Toppers

Name Year Rank
Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat 2017 10
Aman Bishla 2016 315

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science pros and cons

As with any other optional subject, there are both pros and cons associated with the animal husbandry and veterinary science optional. Go through the pros and cons of the subject and then evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses vis-a-vis this subject and then come to a decision regarding your optional. Think it through as the optional accounts for 500 marks in the final tally and can dramatically affect your final rank.

First of all, we discuss the pros of this subject.

Animal Husbandry & Vet Science Pros

  • Familiarity – first of all, as a graduate in the subject, you would have studied the subject for 5 years and would be familiar with the concepts. If you take up subjects like pub ad or geography, you would have to study them from scratch.
  • Syllabus – the syllabus for animal husbandry and vet science is well-defined and precise. There is no ambiguity.
  • Marks – this is a scoring subject as it is a science and there is no room for interpretation here. Also, you can score easy marks through diagrams and pictures.
  • Static subject – animal husbandry and veterinary science is a static subject. There is no dynamic component as such here and this leads to the next point, which is the kind of questions asked in the exam.
  • Repetition of questions – about 80% of the questions asked in the papers are direct and straight-forward. Hence, if you go through the previous UPSC question papers diligently, you should be able to predict questions and in any case, know the important areas to focus on.
  • Competition – you will face far less competition in this paper compared to the more popular optionals.
  • Overlap – even though the overlap with the general studies papers is minimal, some areas will help you in the GS papers, such as livestock production and management, extension, milk and milk products technology, and meat hygiene and technology.

Animal Husbandry & Vet Science Cons

Now, let us go through the negatives of this optional subject.

  • Coaching for this optional subject is hard to come by.
  • There is hardly any UPSC-tailored study material available for this optional.
  • It is also difficult to find a mains test series for this optional subject.

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Syllabus for IAS

There are two optional papers in the UPSC exam pattern. Both the papers are for a total of 250 marks making the total optional marks to 500.

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