UPSC Civil Services: IAS Aspirants Demand Introduction Of Journalism-Mass Comm As Optional Subject In Mains

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi (Vivek Singh/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

Every year lakhs of aspirants from various educational streams appear for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

However, the students of journalism and mass communication (JMC) who appears for the CSE face a peculiar problem. They have to opt for a different subject in the CSE as the UPSC does not offer journalism as an optional subject for the coveted exam.

According to an Aaj Tak report, JMC students across the country have been raising the demand to include the course as an optional subject in the state and central civil services examinations.


The students stressed that despite being taught in India for more than seven decades, JMC is still not on the optional subject list of the UPSC and other state-level service commissions.

The JMC course is being offered in 39 out of the 43 Central Universities of India. Furthermore, there are three dedicated universities for the course. Thousands of graduates and post-graduates pass out of these institutions every year, reports Jagran.

The 48 subjects that UPSC offers in the optional subject list do not include journalism as an option. Due to this, the JMC students have to opt for the other subjects in the CSE Exam.

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