Veterinary Science Optional Batches

Veterinary Science Optional Course

Why Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Optional ?


           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. Wise IAS Academy 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. 

How many take the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science optional

As you can see, the number of people in  Veterinary Science Optional is around 50. Nevertheless, the optional has a good success rate every year. Our Educators will provide you mentorship during next 3 years. Our courses are available for 3 years.


         In CSE 2016 and CSE 2017, Dr Aman Bishla secured All India Rank  315 and 316 respectively by scoring 315 Marks in AH & VS Optional in both  years.  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 also animal husbandry and veterinary science.

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Toppers

Dr. Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat201710
Dr. Aman Bishla2016


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.

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.