The number of candidates choosing Sanskrit Literature as their optional subject for UPSC CSE is not much. Surprisingly, even those who have had Sanskrit as a subject in school opt for other optional subjects.
The simple reason behind this trend is that Sanskrit Literature does not have much in common with the General Studies syllabus for Prelims or Mains exam of UPSC CSE. Upon in-depth analysis, we might say that the only area of the General Studies paper in which Sanskrit Literature can be helpful is the Art & Culture section in GS Paper-I.
By and large, Sanskrit Literature is considered to be a tough optional paper by aspirants. However, several successful candidates got outstanding ranks in UPSC CSE after choosing Sanskrit Literature as their optional subject.
While Sanskrit Literature is not as popular as many other optional papers, it can be the right choice for candidates who are interested in the subject and are confident in their abilities.