UPSC Sociology – Paper 1 IGNOU topic wise notes

How to use these PDFs?

Daily current affairs for Sociology and Social Issues:

[For freshers]

  • Read the below PDFs selectively. Do keep syllabus and previous year questions with you.
  • When you open a PDF, just select the topics/portions you need to read. Then look at the prev. year questions. See if you have missed any section worth reading.
  • First reading – no highlighting or making notes
  • Second reading after a week – make short notes
  • You can save these PDFs in your local folder, highlight the important portions, and revise them regularly. Save the PDFs according to topic wise. Make separate folder for each heading in UPSC Sociology syllabus
  • Not everyone would do this!

[For the experienced]

  • Aim to cover all the below mentioned PDFs in 2 days (maximum)
  • Do not make notes in the first reading. This would force you to come for a second reading which is extremely important.
  • Second reading after a week. Make small  notes, save the PDFs locally, topicwise.
  • Revise the short notes regularly.
  • If you don’t, history would repeat!

Sociology – The Discipline

  • Emergence of Sociology: Link 1
  • Scope of the subject & comparison with other social sciences: Covered in NCERT
  • Sociology and Common Sense: Covered in NCERT also.

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Oxford Sociology Dictionary –

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Systems of Kinship


Essential Sociology

Social Change in Modern Society

Society and Culture in India: A Reader 


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24 thoughts on “UPSC Sociology – Paper 1 IGNOU topic wise notes

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  1. Thank you very much for the material.
    Sir, please reply to the following query
    Which of following strategy would be better for UPSE 2018
    1) First, Read standard books (Haralambos, Ritzer) then read above-mentioned PDFs
    2) First, read above PDFs then go for selective reading of books
    Finally, make for notes.

    I am not joining any coaching {can’t afford it} just thinking of going through Bibhash Sharma Virtual classes [recorded in dec 2015 which are available on Internet, illegal though]


    1. start with ignou materials 11 12 13 14 enough
      get mahopatra sir book in market
      in haralabous (read only selective chaperts like stratification ,religion )
      while u readingg keep old question paper book ,try to solve them
      thats it
      watch sleppy classes sociology videos (if time permits )

      thats it man ,all de best


  2. Thank-you so much ! You are just being the guiding light in the darkness and letting us do the much needed self work. That’s all i need.


    1. Hey! These sources are not exhaustive. You would need to supplement them with other sources. Please refer to other posts on this blog.


  3. In sociological thinkers part , Some topics such as SOCIAL ACTION and SUICIDE do not have links given.
    do we need to prepare these from sources other than IGNOU . or are they not important ???
    plz clarify


    1. Please use the highlighted text for revision purpose. The best strategy is to keep UPSC Sociology by your side and then read the relevant sections.


  4. Hello,

    Can you send you upload links of scope of sociology topic from ignou book? The one which I read from NCERT and IGNOU graduation didnt cover topic holistically.

    I would be grateful for your help.


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