Sociology For UPSC - Optional Subject
One of the most sought after subjects with the future IAS aspirants, its immense popularity is evident from the fact that out of the top 10 rankers in the UPSC examination 3 are sociology candidates and out of the top 25 candidates, 12 have sociology as their subject. The main reasons for selection of sociology can be attributed to its ease of understanding and a well-defined syllabus, extremely interesting and require a short time for preparation of 6-8 months.
Our past survey shows that the sociology subject is not only preferred by the Humanities candidates but also the candidates from Engineering and the medical domain.
The subject of sociology in the mains consists of two Papers :
- -Sociology Paper-I which deals with the fundamentals of Sociology
- -Sociology Paper-II optional dealing with the Indian society, its structure, and change.
Advantages of Sociology as an optional subject
The performance of any candidate on the exam is dependent on his ability to answer the maximum questions in the given interval with accuracy and precision.UPSC being the mother of all the Indian examination in the level of difficulty and scope the choice of the subject be such that it should be easy to understand and conceptualized. Besides easy to conceptualize, the field of Sociology can be regarded as a mere extension of our social behaviour.one of the optional through which you can enhance your chances to become successful. The success rate of sociology as a subject has been remaining steady over years at 9% which also makes it ideal with candidates as their optional choice.
Other Benefits of Sociology
- Chances of achieving a good score are considerably high. The answers can be elaborated in most cases from a general point of view.
- As mentioned Sociology helps you have a generalized viewpoint on each topic; this means scoring more marks in essays.
- Most of the Questions on theories are a repeat of previous years papers. So, there’s no need to worry about getting shockers in the exam.
- The subject most generalized doesn’t need a background of Sociology.
- The syllabus is not very long and the study material is available.
- It enhances ones speaking and reasoning abilities at all levels.
What is the subject (sociology) all about:
|Sociology is made of words ‘Socius’ (means ‘companion’) and ‘logous’ (means ‘the study of’), therefore it is the study of companion relations and interactions which form the base of society. Hence in easy terms, it can be said as the “Study of Society and Its interrelations”. Our society consists of Structures, institutions, norms and Values. Sociology is a discipline revolving around these aspects only. For instance Institution of family, Marriage and Kinship; Politics and society, Religion and society etc. Matter of fact I think sociology is in build in all of us and we are sociologists in ourselves because we as individuals try to make sense of the norms, values, institutions in and around us. That’s why sociology is an easy subject as we have been growing within the society and have been trying to make sense of things around us.
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