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Sociology 2017

  • Total no of tests = 10
  • Fee = 6000 (inclusive of taxes) (Enroll before prelims 15thjuly and get the test series in 5000)
  • Test would be uploaded in the form of pdf.
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  • Student will have to write answer in the space given.
  • Test have to be mailed in the form of scanned copies at brainykey@gmail.com
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  • Student can discuss test via mail too.
  • Syllabus will include revision methodology so that previous tests can also be revised time to time. This methodology helps candidates in having broader view of the subject, rather than giving every test with in the boundaries of sectional tests.
  • 2 full length tests each of paper 1 and paper 2 will be taken on the lines of the actual examination.
  • Since sociology is a very subjective subject ,where every question can have many answers and differs from candidates to candidates , the ONE BEST WAY technique should be avoided. thereforewe will not provide or recommend model answers, rather a different approach will be taken to suit the needs of different candidates. Tips , tricks and strategy will differ individual to individual based on their answer writing ,therefore , detailed feedback will be provided and tips will be given to improve the answer . (#model can be provided on demand but are not recommended due to subjectivity in the subject)
  • Students can mail scanned copies of their answer sheets or can send hardcopy by courier to the given address. We will put scanned copies on the website.
  • The feedback will be given with in 3 days of receiving the Answer copies
  • Students , who are short of time can also send the structures to every answer rather than writing full answers .
  • U can choose the plan with your flexibility ,one can take any exam on a later date ,but cant prepone it
  • Answer sheet will be evaluated by Selected Candidates who have made Sociology as a cake walk optional.

SCHEDULE, CONTENT & REFERENCE

TEST No.DateTopics covered
Test 1 7th July SOCIOLOGY: THE DISCIPLINE: (a) Modernity and social changes in Europe and emergence of sociology. (b) Scope of the subject and comparison with other social sciences. (c) Sociology and common sense. SOCIOLOGICAL THINKERS: (a) Karl Marx- Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation, class struggle. (b) Emile Durkheim- Division of labour, social fact, suicide, religion and society. (c) Max Weber- Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. (d) Talcott Parsons- Social system, pattern variables. (e) Robert K. Merton- Latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance, reference groups (f) Mead - Self and identity.
Test 2 14th July Syllabus of Test 1 + STRATIFICATION AND MOBILITY: (a) Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation (b) Dimensions – Social stratification of class, status groups, gender, ethnicity and race. (c) Theories of social stratification- Structural functionalist theory, Marxist theory, Weberian theory. (d) Social mobility- open and closed systems, types of mobility, sources and causes of mobility. WORK AND ECONOMIC LIFE: (a) Social organization of work in different types of society- slave society, feudal society, industrial /capitalist society. (b) Formal and informal organization of work (c) Labour and society. POLITICS AND SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of power (b) Power elite, bureaucracy, pressure groups, and political parties. (c) Nation, state, citizenship, democracy, civil society, ideology. (d) Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution. RELIGION AND SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of religion. (b) Types of religious practices: animism, monism, pluralism, sects, cults. (c) Religion in modern society: religion and science, secularization, religious revivalism, religious fundamentalism.
Test 3 21st July Syllabus of Test 2 + SYSTEMS OF KINSHIP: (a) Family, household, marriage. (b) Types and forms of family. (c) Lineage and descent (d) Patriarchy and sexual division of labour (e) Contemporary trends. SOCIAL CHANGE IN MODERN SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of social change. (b) Development and dependency. (c) Agents of social change. (d) Education and social change. (e)Science, technology and social change. SOCIOLOGY AS SCIENCE: (a) Science, scientific method and critique. (b) Major theoretical strands of research methodology. (c) Positivism and its critique. (d) Fact value and objectivity. (e) Non- positivist methodologies. RESEARCH METHODS AND ANALYSIS: (a) Qualitative and quantitative methods (b) Techniques of data collection. (c) Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity
Test 4 28th July A. INTRODUCING INDIAN SOCIETY: (i) PERSPECTIVES (a) Indology (GS. Ghurye). (b) Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas). (c) Marxist sociology ( A R Desai). (ii) IMPACT OF COLONIAL RULE ON INDIAN SOCIETY: (a) Social background of Indian nationalism. (b) Modernization of Indian tradition. (c) Protests and movements during the colonial period. (d) Social reforms B. SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (i) RURAL AND AGRARIAN SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (a) The idea of Indian village and village studies- (b) Agrarian social structure -Evolution of land tenure system, land reforms. B. SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (ii) CASTE SYSTEM: (a) Perspectives on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurye, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille. (b) Features of caste system. (c) Untouchability - forms and perspectives (iii) TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IN INDIA: (a) Definitional problems. (b) Geographical spread. (c) Colonial policies and tribes. (d) Issues of integration and autonomy.
Test 5 4th August Syllabus of Test 4 + (iv) SOCIAL CLASSES IN INDIA: (a) Agrarian class structure. (b) Industrial class structure. (c) Middle classes in India. (v) SYSTEMS OF KINSHP IN INDIA: (a) Lineage and descent in India. (b) Types of kinship systems. (c) Family and marriage in India. (d) Household dimensions of the family. (e) Patriarchy, entitlements and sexual division of labour (vi) RELIGION AND SOCIETY: (a) Religious communities in India. (b) Problems of religious minorities. C. SOCIAL CHANGES IN INDIA: (i) Visions of Social Change in India: (a) Idea of development planning and mixed economy. (b) Constitution, law and social change. (c) Education and social change. (ii) RURAL AND AGRARIAN TRANSFORMATION IN INDIA: (a) Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperatives, poverty alleviation schemes. (b) Green revolution and social change. (c) Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture . (d) Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration. (iii) INDUSTRIALISATION AND URBANISATION IN INDIA: (a) Evolution of modern industry in India. (b) Growth of urban settlements in India. (c) Working class: structure, growth, class mobilization. (d) Informal sector, child labour. (e) Slums and deprivation in urban areas.
Test 6 11th August Syllabus of Test 5 + (iv) POLITICS AND SOCIETY: (a) Nation, democracy and citizenship. (b) Political parties, pressure groups , social and political elite. (c) Regionalism and decentralization of power. (d) Secularization (v) SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN MODERN INDIA: (a) Peasants and farmers movements. (b) Women’s movement. (c) Backward classes & Dalit movement. (d) Ethnicity and Identity movements. (e) Environmental movements. (vi) POPULATION DYNAMICS: (a) Population size, growth, composition and distribution. (b) Components of population growth: birth, death, migration. (c) Population policy and family planning. (d) Emerging issues: ageing, sex ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductive health. (vii) CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: (a) Crisis of development: displacement, environmental problems and sustainability. (b) Poverty, deprivation and inequalities. (c) Violence against women. (d) Caste conflicts. (e) Ethnic conflicts, communalism, religious revivalism. (f) Illiteracy and disparities in education.
Test 7,Test 8 18th August,25th August Complete Syllabus of Sociology I ( Full Length Test )
Complete syllabus of Sociology Paper II ( Full Length Test )
Test 9,Test 10 1st September,8th September Complete Syllabus of Sociology I ( Full Length Test )
Complete syllabus of Sociology Paper II ( Full Length Test )