What is Sociology all about?

Sociology is study of society. By society we mean its various institutions like caste, family, religion, politics etc. Like any other optional it has 2 papers.
The crux of the Paper I are its thinkers like Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and others. We study various perspectives of these thinkers on society in general and certain social institutions in particular.
For paper 2, the focus is Indian society. The concepts learned in Paper I are applied in Indian context. This paper is dynamic and very challenging.

Who can take sociology as optional?

Irrespective of academic background, any aspirant can take this optional. Aspirants having special inclination to understand behavior of man in society, social institutions etc.should always opt for this optional.

What are the advantages of taking this optional?

This optional has well defined syllabus which can be thoroughly prepared within a limited time frame. Since we study our own society, we can easily relate to the syllabus. Unlike other optionals, where we may have to memorize facts and figures, sociology doesn’t require any such memorizing. It can be easily comprehended and assimilated. The standard books are very well written and reading those books will be indeed a mesmerizing experience.

Does Sociology help in other subjects?

Yes, it does.It helps in GS paper 1 as well as in Essay paper. Recent trend of marks in essay suggest that those taking humanities optional like sociology score comparatively high in essay. Knowledge of social issues is of good use in ethics paper too.

Challenges involved

The difficulty level of questions has increased. Indirect questions are now being asked. Thus the aspirant should have very deep understanding of sociological concepts and should be able to relate them to day to day world. Thus aspirants are advised not to rush through the syllabus but do a critical reading to ensure a good score in Sociology.

Methodology of class at our academy

All concepts will be thoroughly explained. The focus will be to make aspirants relate these concepts to day to day happenings in the world. This will make them have more clarity on concepts. Regular answer writing with one to one feedback will make aspirants tune themselves to UPSC standards.

Duration: 4 months.