Benefits of Veterinary Science Optional


Animal husbandry and Veterinary Science Optional is one of the Best optional subjects offered by the UPSC for the civil services mains examination. Wise IAS is pioneering preparation of AH & VS by providing Notes, Recorded Lectures, Live Classes, personal guidance and test series

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Optional Benefits

      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. 

Pros of Vet Science:

  • 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 optional.

Cons of Vet Science:

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.
      However, We at Wise IAS are now providing notes, videos and mains test series for Veterinary Science Optional.

5 Suggestions by Dr Aman Bishla, IRS

  1. Analyze Syllabus of veterinary Science Optional.
  2. Go through PYQs
  3. Focus more on Core Syllabus Syllabus Pareto Principle )
  4. “Revision is Key to Fetch 300+ marks ”
  5. Become perfect with Practice.  Write answers Weekly

How many Take Veterinary Science Optional ?

The following table gives the number of candidates who took the IAS exam with the animal husbandry optional and cleared it between the years 2010 and 2015. As you can see, the number of people 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.

Success Rate

YearNo. of candidates appearedNo. of candidates clearedSuccess Rate (%)


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.

Vet Science Toppers:

Bilal Mohi-ud-din Bhat201710
Aman Bishla2016315

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