Why You Should Choose Zoology?

As Zoology is a specialized science subject, only biosciences graduates or MBBS graduates pursue it as an optional. Animal anatomy, physiology, biology, biochemistry, development, ecology, conservation, and behavior are all topics studied in Zoology.

It’s a fascinating subject with a lot of potential for the UPSC exam and it has the capacity of producing higher scores in the examination. Students must put in a lot of effort and practice writing answers. There are numerous advantages to having Zoology as an optional and the advantages are-

• Scoring Nature- Zoology is considered a scoring subject as it is accurate and scientific. It is objective and can result in high grades if the answers are submitted correctly and neatly.

• Structured syllabus- The syllabus is conceptual and well-defined. It is based on biology, animal physiology, structural biology, and so forth.

• Less competitive- The subject is less competitive as the student from a science background usually chooses Zoology as optional in UPSC.

• Figures and diagrams- Zoology is a subject in which figures and diagrams can be drawn to fetch more marks.

• Direct Questions- In Zoology questions are asked direct so there is no need to brainstorm much. Simply start reading the question and start writing.

• Being a science- oriented subject, Zoology is easy to grab subject for students of a science background

Latest trends related to Zoology Optional in IAS Exam

Unlike the subjects from humanities streams like History, Geography, Public Administration and Political Science, a very limited number of aspirants opt for Zoology. It is preferred by aspirants who have a background in Zoology and have studied this subject in their graduation or post graduation. If you have not studied Zoology in your graduation or post-graduation, please do not even think to opt this for the Civil Services Exam. Since the number of aspirants who appear in IAS Main Examination and opt for this subject is very limited, this is a blessing in disguise. The competition in the subject is relatively less. If you are able to perform better than the others who have opted for it, by the mechanism of scaling that UPSC adopts to maintain equitable distribution of marks among various subjects; there is a high chance that you will get a very good score in Zoology. This exceptionally high score can help to get top rank in the Civil Services Exam. There are many toppers in the recent past who have scored exceptionally good in Zoology and have cleared the exam with flying colours.

Year No. of candidates appeared No. of candidates cleared Success rate (%)
2017 55 1 1.8
2016 484 18 3.7
2015 72 5 6.9
2014 79 9 11.4
2013 92 9 9.8
2012 228 29 12.7
2011 269 19 7.1
2010 421 23 5.5
Toppers in Civil Services Exam with Zoology optional

High score in Zoology optional has helped many aspirants to get top Ranks in the Civil Services Exam. Zoology is considered as a safe optional because of the nature of questions asked in it. The questions asked in IAS Mains in Zoology are direct and straight-forward. Also, there is a direct linear relationship between your performance and your score, unlike the humanities subjects. The writing skills do not matter much in this subject only the conceptual clarity and powerful representation through informative diagrams can fetch you exceptionally high scores.

Name Year Rank
Kajal Jawla 2018 28
Preeti Malik 2016 265
Megha Bhardwaj 2015 32
Rachit Raj 2013 3
Arun Thamburaj 2012 6
Alok Ranjan Ghosh 2010 10
Himanshu Sharma 2010 49
Ashish Kumar Srivastava 2010 61
Nanak Singh 2010 84
Adapa Karthik 2007 1
Basant Garg 2004 2

Why Sapiens IAS
for Zoology?

Our highly structured courses for Zoology Optional Courses have transformed the lives of many successful aspirants. Our rich experience in Civil Services Exam will help you to qualify the exam with flying colours.

Seasoned Faculty

Under the guidenace of Pradip Sarkar we have persistently produce IAS toppers and top scorers in Zoology year after year.

Finest Study Material

Our study material is well researched and organized. It is regularly updated by our experts. It acts as a valuable assest to score high.

Imbibing Critical Thinking

Once you inculcate the habit of Critical Thinking in the subject matter, the high score is guaranteed. We focus to imbibe this from day one.

Indepth Coverage

Every topic mentioned in the syllaybus is covered in depth in the thought provoking lectures. Regular doubt clearing sessions are held to improve learning outcomes

Tests to Gauge Performance

Regular tests on exact UPSC pattern are the integral part of the course. These tests are followed by model answers and personalized feedback.

High Success Rate

Many top scorers in Anthropolgy and IAS toppers have banked exclusively on Sapiens IAS and the guidance of Pradip Sir. You too can bank upon us!


Shradwati Chaudhary

RANK 1, 2009 West Bengal PCS, 174/200 Marks in Anthropology

Alok Ranjan Ghosh

RANK 10, IAS EXAM 2018, 414 marks in Zoology


RANK 13 UPPSC 2018, 316/400 marks in Anthropology


RANK 2, Himachal Pradesh PCS

Rameez Rashid Bhatt

RANK 5, Jammu and Kashmir PCS 480 marks in Anthropology




RANK 40, IAS EXAM, 389 Marks in Anthropology

Ashirwad Kumar

RANK 35, IAS EXAM, 313 Marks in Anthropology


RANK 41, IAS EXAM, 327 Marks in Anthropology





Nipun Aggarwal

Rank 197, CIVIL SERVICES EXAM 329 Marks in Anthropology


We are proud to be the part of some of the outstanding and sucessful journeys.

Courses Offered for
Zoology Optional

We understand that rote learning and shallow prepration of the Optional subject do not pay rich dividends in IAS main exam. Sapiens IAS has curated high quality immersive mentoring and e-learning programs for aspirants of Civil Services Examinations by leveraging the best digital technologies available.

Classroom Course

Batches are regularly announced for Anthropolgy Optional mentored by Pradip Sarkar. The venue for these batches is karol bagh, Delhi.

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Interactive Online Course

Online Courses are also offered for Zoology Optional. The content, faculty and subject matter is exactly the same as in the Classroom programs..

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Zoology Test Series

The Zoology test series is conducted both online and offline. You can take these tests at the institute or you can take them online from your home.

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