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Psychology Optional Coaching

by Vajiram & Ravi

Date of Commencement

August 2024

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Mode

CLASSROOM & LIVE-Online

Duration

24 Weeks

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Fee

Rs. 54,000 (Incl. GST)

Course Time

2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Psychology Optional Coaching

About Psychology Optional Subject

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. It is a subject that resonates with the curious minds that seek to understand the underlying mechanisms that govern human actions, thoughts, and interactions. For UPSC aspirants, Psychology offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical applications that are relevant to various aspects of civil services.

Building a solid foundation in Paper I is crucial as it will serve as the framework for your Paper II answers. Working memory, intrinsic motivation, personality, attitude, values, and interests, and issues in modern psychology are a few topics that are questioned frequently, and an aspirant must be completely knowledgeable on them to secure these marks.

Applied psychology is the focus of Paper II. It necessitates more effort and practice to write answers for this paper because it is more application-oriented. Several fields, including education, health, sports, the military, rehabilitation, organisational development, and others, use psychological theories and discoveries. 

Our Psychology Optional Classes are designed to be the ultimate destination for students seeking comprehensive preparation. We offer strategic classroom sessions with a special focus on conceptual clarity and understanding of key trends and issues in psychology.

Led by Mukul Pathak Sir, our approach prioritizes clear explanation over mere dictation, ensuring that students develop the competency to handle unexpected questions with ease. We provide concise, well-researched, and exam-ready study material on every topic, covering the syllabus comprehensively and timely.

Understanding Psychology Optional Syllabus

Download: Psychology Optional Syllabus

Paper 1: Foundations of Psychology

The first paper of the Psychology optional delves into the foundational concepts of the subject. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, including:

  • Historical Antecedents: Tracing the evolution of Psychology and its scientific methods.
  • Research Methods: Understanding different types of research and experimental designs like psychological research (problem statement, hypothesis formulation, research design, sampling, tools of data collection, analysis and interpretation and report writing); Fundamental versus applied research; Methods of data collection (interview, observation, questionnaire and case study). Research Designs (Ex-post facto and experimental). Application of statistical techniques (t-test, two-way ANOVA, correlation and regression and factor analysis) item response theory.
  • Basic Psychological Processes: Exploring cognition, emotion, motivation, personality and Issues and Perspectives in Modern Contemporary Psychology.

Paper 2: Psychology - Issues and Applications

The second paper focuses on the application of psychological principles to real-world situations, such as:

  • Organizational Behavior: Analyzing the dynamics of work environments and leadership.
  • Social Psychology: Studying group behavior, social influence, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Psychopathology: Understanding mental disorders and therapeutic interventions.

Why Choose Psychology as an Optional for UPSC Mains?

Choosing psychology as an optional subject for the UPSC Civil Services Examination offers several advantages:

  1. Relevance: Psychology provides insights into human behavior, which is relevant for understanding social issues, governance, and administration.
  2. Interdisciplinary Approach: Psychology overlaps with various subjects like sociology, ethics, and philosophy, enhancing your understanding of diverse topics.
  3. Application in Governance: Knowledge of psychology can aid in policymaking, public administration, and addressing societal challenges.
  4. Analytical Skills: Studying psychology sharpens critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities, which are crucial for civil services.
  5. Comprehensive Understanding: It offers a holistic understanding of human behavior, emotions, cognition, and development, contributing to a well-rounded education.
  6. Scoring Potential: With focused preparation and understanding, psychology can be scoring due to its conceptual clarity and objective nature.

Overall, choosing psychology as an optional subject aligns with the multidimensional nature of civil services and offers valuable insights into human behavior and societal dynamics.

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