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[New Course] InsightsIAS Agriculture Optional Test Series 2021-2022 for IFS Mains 2021 and Mains 2022





Starts from : 13th Dec. 2021

Total Tests: 12

Fee:6999/- incl taxes

Early Bird discount: 10% till 10th Dec 2021

Old subscriber Discount:10%

Mode: Online & Offline


Webinar on Agriculture Optional and also the Test Series on 10th December 2021 from 11am




DOWNLOAD Agriculture Optional Syllabus Here

DOWNLOAD Sample Book list/resources Here


In the current trend of UPSC optional is playing a major role in being in the selection list and missing marginally. Agriculture optional has been a good scoring optional. Those who prepare strategically will be getting at least 250+. Being a technical subject, questions in the exam tends to repeat every year. With good guidance and thorough writing practice, one can score above 300. The key here is good writing practice, reading material is no constraint for Agriculture optional. The following tables convey that compared to other optionals, agriculture has good role in getting into selection list.



Why to choose Agriculture optional?

For Agriculture graduates:

  • Familiarity with subject. Having studied for at least 4 years gives confidence on the subject matter.
  • Can cover more syllabus in less time compared to other optional.
  • Less chances of panicking about unknown questions in the exam hall, as most of the questions will be known.
  • Even when questions come out of ordinary, will have knowledge base to manage them in the exam hall.
  • Can address the demand of questions with the practical knowledge gained in the field during graduation, especially for the questions on Agriculture extension. While writing answers from experience, content feels genuine.
  • Less to describe in words more to express in diagrams.
  • Since Agriculture optional syllabus for IFS and Civil services is almost the same and paper 2 of botany is as similar as Agriculture paper 2, it will be like preparing for both exams simultaneously.
  • Rank 106 (2018, score 311), next could be you.


For non-Agriculture graduates:               

  • People with science background, graduates in biotech, chemistry, botany etc can opt for Agriculture optional. As it would be easy for completion of syllabus and there will be natural ease in writing answers.
  • Even engineering graduates have cleared IFS by having Agriculture as optional like rank 63 (IFS, 2019), graduates form science subjects like rank 95 (IAS, 2017 with score of 310+).
  • One can cover overlapping topics of GS III in the optionallike, Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints, e-technology in the aid of farmers. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security.
  • There have been at least 4 questions on agriculture in UPSC GS 3 from last 4 years, so Agriculture optional helps to tackle at least 20% of questions in GS3. Over years at least 2 to 3 questions are coming from agriculture in UPSC GS paper 3. With the current focus agriculture getting in policy accepts, questions are only expected to increase.


  1. What is water-use efficiency? Describe the role of micro-irrigation in increasing the water-use efficiency.
  2. What is allelopathy? Discuss its role in major cropping systems of irrigated agriculture.
  3. Discuss the role of land reforms in agricultural development. Identify the factors that were responsible for the success of land reforms in India.
  4. Given the vulnerability of Indian agriculture to vagaries of nature, discuss the need for crop insurance and bring out the salient features of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).


  • Easy availability of reading materials.


Trend of the questions being asked over years is such that to evaluate the aspirants understanding of basic concepts in the subject and ability to present good content in limited time and space. But off lately, few questions are appearing to test depth of the knowledge.

For example, question of gene pyramiding and introgression was asked in 2016 for 12.5 marks same was asked for 15 marks in 2020. Since two terms has less difference, it demands depth of knowledge to answer.

* A detailed analysis of the trend of questions will be provided later.


Agriculture optional success rate (as per UPSC annual report)

Year No. of candidates appeared No. of candidates cleared Success rate (%)
2018 102 3 2.9
2017 89 11 12.4
2016 220 41 18.6
2015 86 11 12.8
2014 65 7 10.8
2013 77 7 9.1
2012 122 20 16.4
2011 132 16 12.1
2010 205 3 1.5



How InsightsIAS Agriculture Optional test series address the demands:

  • Test series will be focused to improve writing skills, especially structuring and presentation of concepts.
  • It will help you to tackle questions which tend to understand your depth of knowledge.
  • Each aspirant will have unique problem. Individual mentoring will give personalized solutions to aspirants.
  • More number of quality tests with quality evaluation will boost your morale.
  • Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus.
  • One on one discussion of answers will help you rectify issues in writing skills.
  • It will be helpful for aspirants appearing this year’s IFS mains as tests will be concluded on 16th Feb., there will ample time to revise before for the exam.
  • For those candidates aspiring to take exam next year. Test series will help you to cover the optional before UPSC notification. Keeping optional unattended will create lot panic and anxiety after prelim



Fee:6999/- incl taxes

Early Bird discount: 10% till 10th Dec 2021

Old subscriber Discount:10%

Mode: Online & Offline

Please Note: You can write tests will 31st March 2022. However, mentorship & guidance will be available till Mains 2022


  • Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable in nature in all circumstances
  • INSIGHTSIAS material will be for the individual student use only and copyright protected (only soft copy will be provided)
  • Any violation of copyright law if observed, enrollment to the test series will be cancelled 

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