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### IFoS(IFS) Maths Optional

**1.
****HOW
TO PREPARE IFS(IFOS) MATHS OPTIONAL?**

The Indian Forest Service is one of the
three All India Services of the Government of India. The other two being the
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS). It was
constituted in the year 1966 under the All-India Services Act, 1951, by the
Government of India. Indian Forest Service is usually mentioned as IFoS.

Choosing an optional is quite a tricky
part for IFS/IFoS, But, after simplifying the choices, some of the criteria
that are crucial in determining the choice of optional are-

1. Marks
Fetching ability of the subject

2. length
of syllabus

3. Comfortability
with subject

4. Success
rate of the subject

Keeping the above in mind, Mathematics
proves to be the most sensible option for the optional subject. It fetches marks
easily. The syllabus is moderate to lengthy and easy to understand with
practice. Lastly, the success rate of the subject is high. It is one of the
most successful subjects in the IFS/IFoS examination, with a lot of Engineers
making it to the final list. Mathematics would easily make it to the list of
Top 3 optional. It helps in navigating through the uncertainties of the exam. A
good performance in Mathematics alone can land you in the top 100 ranks.

Mathematics is one of the lengthiest but
most scoring optional in the IFS exam. Mathematics is the only subject that
requires us to understand things and not cram the syllabus. The syllabus can be
easily broken into 13 topics. Mathematics can be prepared from a combination of
books and notes from reference books. Also, the IFoS exam requires a science or
engineering bachelor’s degree from UPSC recognized universities. Since most of
the mathematics syllabus is already covered in graduation, a little bit of
practice makes it very easy.

For paper 1 which has 6 topics, Linear
Algebra, Calculus, Analytical Geometry, Ordinary Differential Equations, Dynamics
Static and Hydrostatics, and Vector analysis has to be prepared. Whereas, In
Paper 2 there are 7 topics. Abstract (Modern) Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex
Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Linear Programming, Numerical
Analysis and Computer Programming and Mechanics and Fluid dynamics.

For these papers, you need to gain good
accuracy in your answers for which one should practice at least past 10 years
papers along with questions from the standard books. To maintain accuracy and
precision one should keep revising and form a time-table which will also help
in choosing the right combination of questions and time management.

One of the issues during preparation is
the continuity in terms of practice. For that making concise or small notes of
a page or two for each topic and keeping revising them is important. There
isn’t much time on exam days to go through all of the topics in length. Making
a schedule in such a way so as to incorporate mathematics for at least 2 hours
in a day can also prove to be very beneficial.

A month of determined practice is adequate
to finish the syllabus once, and another 15 days for revising things. People generally
score good marks with much lesser days than those spent on forestry as well.

The strategy for preparing for Maths
Optional is also given below. Since it has a Static Syllabus., referring to the
available standard textbooks is the best option. Maintaining a formula sheet
and topic-wise notes can be rewarding too. From the textbooks, it is important
to solve the questions which have been asked in the question paper multiple
times. Since the syllabus is so vast, the selective study is essential to keep
track of your preparation. It is also to be noted that for lengthy or tricky
problems, understanding the algorithm and solving the steps one by one is
required. In the actual exam, one has to show all the steps and mention any
formula/theorems that are used. Writing trivial steps is not encouraged. During
practice and revision, one of the most important steps is to not read the
problems and their solutions but to solve the questions that one can’t solve.

Since
the vast syllabus of civil service examination can leave anybody in confusion.
Hence preparing a suitable timetable is essential. The aspirants must plan
their schedule accordingly and revise the previous year question papers
thoroughly.