The time between UPSC Prelims and declaration of Prelims results is among the most crucial phases for a a UPSC aspirant.
Those who will appear for interview will get into serious preparation a week (at most)
after Prelims. It is extremely to keep your mood, emotions, fears and anxieties aside, and start a FULL THROTTLE preparation right now. Every mains candidate would be serious after UPSC Prelims results. But, the one who makes a smart use of this crucial phase would stand out.
Here is the strategy you can consider adopting for Sociology.
Complete the ENTIRE conceptual part of both Paper 1 and Paper 2
Sociology Paper 1:
1. Sociology as Science
2. Research Methods
3. Sociological Thinkers
4. Theories of social stratification
5. Sociological theories of power
6. Sociological theories of religion
7. Sociological theories of social change
Sociology Paper 2
1. Perspectives on the study of Indian society
2. Modernization of Indian tradition
3. Idea of Indian village and village studies
4. Perspectives on the study of caste system
Solve previous years’ questions of each topic mentioned earlier.
Apply the concepts to incidents around you.
For e.g. Latent and manifest function of Delhi metro.
Latent function : It brings people from all social backgrounds together. Acts as a platform for REFERENCE GROUP theory.
You should be in a position to apply the concepts whenever asked. It is like solving numerical in Physics after going through theories. Thus, conceptual background
that forms the backbone of sociology would be secured. Please remember, UPSC expects rawness in our answers. If the style and content of our answers reflects rote learning or mere representation of facts without any analysis, it may backfire. So, it is important to develop a self-understanding of the concepts. We should be able to imbibe withing ourselves what they actually mean. It is key to score good marks in application-based questions.
If you are done with these, you can focus on GS-like topics of paper 2 :
1. Challenges of social transformation
2. Population dynamics
3. Politics in Society
There is increased focus on these sections. A little home work on giving Sociological touch to these topics can yield great marks.
I will share more articles on the little I know about strategies, book list and answer writing techniques in upcoming articles.
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