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Philosophy Optional

Philosophy Fresh Batch starts on 7th Oct’22 (Offline/Live Online)

The best coaching for philosophy optional in India, this course is taught by Mitra Sir who is a distinguished mentor of various toppers, such as AIR 2, 3, 11, 27, 33, 40, 42, 43 to name just a few…

A Tradition of Excellence

Mitra Sir is the pioneer in guiding students for Philosophy optional in English medium for last 15 years. His hard work and consistent effort have made Philosophy as one of the desirable optional for students preparing for IAS/UPSC examination.

Many aspirants have been able to crack IAS in their first attempt under his mentorship. He gives utmost importance to conceptual clarity, revisions, Live Answer Writing Sessions and personal attention. Such strategy has been responsible for stellar performance year after year.

He has been mentor for not only philosophy but has also been guiding for ethics paper and mentoring for overall preparation for IAS examination.

Clear Fundamentals

Foundation classes, big picture formation of the subject, laying down basic concepts. It will develop affinity with the subject and at the same time you will be able to catch the essence of the subject.

UPSC Centric Pedagogy

Understanding, discussion of the topics in a sequential & organic manner. Focus will be on conceptual clarity, inter linkages and comparative study by strictly following UPSC demands

Multiple Revisions

Revision 1 and answer writing skills development : 8 sectional tests with video discussions. Revision 2 and answer writing enrichment : new set of 8 sectional tests and video discussions

rank booster

Marks Enhancing Skills

By Ankita Jain, AIR-3

No matter where, when and how you prepare for this optional, the following video by our student Ankita Jain will help you enhance your answer writing skills and prime you for a top score. Don’t miss it !

Why Philosophy

Success Ratio

Success Rate of Philosophy is consistently high as compared to other Optional Subjects. In the Annual Report 2015-16 of UPSC, the Success Rate of Philosophy is 7.0 %, which is higher than History (6.5 %), Political Science & International Relations (6.3 %) and Public Administration (5.3 %). Besides that, many of our students have been getting ranks in top 100 with this optional.

Short Syllabus

Only optional subject whose 100 % syllabus can be prepared in about 75 – 80 days. At the same time we at Mitra’s IAS focus equally on last 15 year question papers discussion and answer writing sessions along with crystal clarity of concepts. Moreover, the coverage of entire syllabus in such a short span helps candidate  save a lot of time. In that way, a candidate can invest saved time in GS and essay paper.It is a conceptual and logical paper, hence need not  be mugged up. Once concepts are cleared, then candidate can write answers in their own words.

No Background Needed

No academic background in philosophy is needed. It is proved by the fact that all our toppers have been from technical background, such as , Athar Amir, Rank 2 : B.Tech; Sanskriti Jain, Rank 11 : B.Tech; Gaurang Rathi, Rank 33 : B.Tech; Garima Aggarwal, Rank 40 : B.Tech; Jatin Lal, Rank 42 : B.Tech; Kumar Harsh, Rank 43 : B.Tech 

… and many more

No Current Updates
Subject is of static nature and mostly thinker based. It does not stand in need of any updates from current affairs. Such nature enhances its competitive advantage over other subjects like Pub Ad , Pol Science, Sociology, Psychology. You just need to complete the syllabus once and then, focus on revisions and answer writing without worrying about continually adding new updates.
Helps in Essay Paper

Paper 2 Socio-Political philosophy directly helps because it consists of essay topics – justice, liberty, equality, democracy, women empowerment, corruption, social progress & development, etc. Paper 1 and Philosophy of Religion indirectly helps.

Helps in GS-IV Ethics Paper

Questions are direct and often get repeated.

Fixed nature of this paper makes it scoring as well as predictable

salient features

Included in the Course

The course is fairly comprehensive and includes the following features as well.

How to write good answers in Philosophy

Mitra Sir explains the nitty gritty of what it takes to make your answers stand out in Philosophy Optional of UPSC Mains.

Finetuning Preparation

* Live Answer Writing Sessions (LAWS)

* Doubt clearing sessions

Extensive Practice

Epoche (Quality Enrichment -cum- Test series) : 12 tests , sectional and composite

Support till needed

Life time validity: 

 1. Offline : No charges 

 2. Online : Classes can be repeated at 50% scholarship

Mind Mapping

Learning the use of mind maps for better understanding , recalling and revisions.

PYQ Discussions

* Topic wise PYQ ( 20 years ) discussions

* Classes : 10 hrs/week

Complete Study Material

Comprehensive well structured updated notes supplemented by question bank

Pre Enrolment Information

Offline / Online Live

  • Delhi/Jaipur – 7th Oct ’22
  • Classes : 10 hours/week 
  • Both offline and online modes are available. For online mode, a dedicated portal will be assigned to each online student where they can see lectures as well as raise any doubts if there are. 

Fee : 55,000/-

This fee includes:

  1. GST
  2. Course Material
  3. Test Series ( Epoche : 12 Tests ). It is neither adjustable nor extendable nor transferable.
  4. Back up video classes,in case students miss classes.
  5. FREE course repetition facility till 3 years.In case students wants to repeat/revise few classes or section or entire course they can do without paying any extra charges.

Discount Policy*

1. EWS Category ( With Valid Documents ) : 10 %

2. Those who are changing optional and have already done coaching or written IAS mains exam (on presenting proof) : 15 %

*Discount Policy Does Not Include Installment Facility.

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Instalment Facility Available

Offline Course

1. First Instalment : Rs 35,000/- (You may pay the first instalment by clicking on the button below) 

2. Second (within 1 month) : Rs 20,000/-

Online Course

Before you pay for online mode, make sure that you have an account with us on our course platform (courses.mitrasias.com). If not, then, please make an account using this link : make an account . When you make the payment, use the same email as your login on our platform while filling up the payment form. This will ensure a smoother and instant access to your course.

Philosophy + Essay Package

Joining this package will ensure that you have an edge on 750 marks of mains which belongs to the ‘high scoring’ zone of the total marks.

Buy the philosophy + Essay Package (10% discount on individual fees)

For our other philosophy courses, refer the following links

Philosophy Study Material

The following resources related to philosophy optional have been developed and collected by Mitra’s IAS and are all free to access.

Toppers' Notes

Notes of Ankita Jain (AIR-3) and Ambarish Vemuri (AIR-150)

Philosophy Q. Bank

Classified and non-classified questions of Philosophy optional

Revision Slides

Revision slides (video format) for important topics

Toppers' Copies

Some of the best answer copies of our successful students

Philosophy Updates

Latest content updates related to Philosophy Optional

Resources Blog

Access our latest updates like mindmap outlines, classified PYQs, etc

Our publications

available to our classroom and correspondence students

Resources from our Blog

About us

Mitra Sir is the pioneer in guiding students for Philosophy optional in English medium for last 15 years. His hard work and consistent effort have made Philosophy as one of the desirable optional for students preparing for IAS/UPSC examination. He is the founder of Mitra’s IAS Institute, one of the best institutes in Delhi – NCR.

Mitra Sir is a distinguished mentor of various toppers, such as AIR 2,3,11,27,33,40,42,43 to name few. Many candidates have been able to crack IAS in their first attempt under his mentorship.

He gives utmost importance to conceptual clarity, revisions, Live Answer Writing Sessions and personal attention. Such strategy has been responsible for stellar performance year after year.

He has been mentor for not only philosophy but also he has been guiding for ethics paper and mentoring for overall preparation for IAS examination.