UPSC Sociology Current Affairs: STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22

Includes current affairs compilation for
Sociology (24 months) | GS Society | Ethics

The program will now be updated till Mains, 2021.

Let’s look at this UPSC Sociology 2019 question. This question is driven by a contemporary event.

In this question, if you can mention PATHALGADI MOVEMENT as an expression of the growing assertion of tribal community, it will make your answer stand apart. It will reflect your ability to relate the theoretical portion to contemporary events. And, that’s what UPSC Sociology expects in the current pattern.

If this example gives you a glimpse of the importance of current affairs in Sociology,

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To get a complete picture of the latent and manifest role of UPSC Sociology current affairs, read till the end of this article.

This is one such example. In the current pattern, every question in UPSC Sociology is driven by current affairs. Detailed analysis of previous year questions:

  • Detailed analysis of UPSC Sociology 2019 paper: click here
  • Detailed analysis of UPSC Sociology 2018 paper: click here

STEP-UP SERIES is the one-stop destination for all current affairs relevant for UPSC Sociology. A few sample illustrations are attached below.

Sociological dimensions of NEPOTISM. It was in the news because of allegations of nepotism in Bollywood.

Sociological dimensions of MISSION KARMAYOGI dubbed as the biggest bureaucratic reform initiative. [Max Weber’s BUREAUCRACY]

After successfully completing the 2019 and 2020 series, we are now launching STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22. Features of this programme:

It will include a series of articles covering:

  • Three video sessions on how to incorporate current affairs in UPSC Sociology answers. [New addition in STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22] Imagine the difference 1-2 extra mark(s) in every question will create. Every year many candidates miss IAS cadre by single digit marks.
  • 21 months Sociology current affairs (from Jan 2020 to Mains 2021)
  • Dedicated section for GS 1 – Society section. GS 1 paper in UPSC Mains 2019 had around 75 Marks question from Society section. This is one of the most ignored but extremely important sections in UPSC preparation.
  • Ethics – current affairs compilation [New addition in STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22]
  • Sociological analysis of news articles through illustrations, at regular intervals, so that you master this art with gradual practice.  This is especially helpful for beginners. Click here for a sample illustration.
  • Micro topic listing for UPSC Sociology – so that your energy and effort is optimally distributed across the entire syllabus
  • Macro and Micro pattern analysis of UPSC Sociology questions [New addition in STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22]
  • EPW Articles compilation with related syllabus topics and highlighted sections.
  • Sociological analysis of Budget and Economic Survey 2021– extremely important for Mains.
  • Topic wise compilation of Government Schemes – very useful for Sociology Paper 2 especially. For example, PM Awas Yojana helps address the personal problem of LACK OF A HOUSE and the public issues of HOMELESSNESS [Sociological Imagination]
  • Compilation of government reports e.g. annual report of Ministry of Women and Child Development | NITI Aayog reports etc.
  • Important Sociological articles especially from THE HINDU and INDIAN EXPRESS.
  • Sociologically important articles from THE WIRE | LIVEMINT | DOWN TO EARTH etc. [New addition in STEP-UP SERIES 2021-22]
  • Compilation of Sociological articles from YOJANA and KURUKSHETRA magazine. Given the increased focus on rural development, KURUKSHETRA magazine is important, especially for Paper 2.
  • Compilation of Sociological terms and diagrams to help you give a Sociological angle to GS-like questions especially in Paper 2. (e.g. UPSC 2019 question: Highlight the main features of the ‘Inter-linking of Rivers’ project in India. What could be its probable advantages to Indian agriculture?)

Programme details

  • Duration of STEP-UP SERIES: We will update all current affairs from Jan 2020 to Mains, 2021 (~24 months). You can access the articles till your selection.
  • Useful for both 2021 and 2022 appearing candidates. Click here to know how current affairs for Sociology is different from that of GS.
  • Special needs of BEGINNERS to help them transition from basic theoretical knowledge to interlinking this knowledge with Current Affairs would be a priority.
  • News articles would be uploaded every week to avoid duplication of the same content. Other sections would be updated on a real time basis as and when they are ready.
  • All queries, till you are in the preparation phase, would be addressed on priority basis.

Programme fee and enrollment

💧 For our students of any programme: Rs. 1400 for the entire duration till Mains, 2021. Click here to enrol [Same fee as last year]

💧 For new candidates: Rs. 1700 for the entire duration till Mains, 2021. Click here to enrol (You will get discount in future programmes)

In case of any query, drop us an email at
 Ping us on Telegram at @rna1095 |

Click here to view a sample article

That’s not all…

Take a look at these previous year GS Mains and Essay questions and their relation to Sociology. The current affairs covered under STEP-UP SERIES would be extremely helpful in giving an innovative dimension to such questions.

“An essential condition to eradicate poverty is to liberate the poor from the process of deprivation.” Substantiate this statement with suitable examples. [GS1]

It can be linked to these topics of UPSC Sociology:

  • Stratification and mobility: exclusion, poverty and deprivation, social mobility- sources and causes of mobility
  • Challenges of Social Transformation: Poverty, deprivation and inequalities
  • Rural and Agrarian transformation in India: poverty alleviation schemes
  • Industrialization and Urbanisation in India: Slums and deprivation in urban areas
  • Caste System: Untouchability – forms and perspectives

“The Indian party system is passing through a phase of transition which looks to be full of contradictions and paradoxes.” Discuss. [GS2]

It can be linked to these topics of UPSC Sociology:

Politics and Society

  • Political parties, pressure groups, social and political elite  
  • Regionalism and decentralization of power  
  • Democracy 

How globalization has led to the reduction of employment in the formal sector of the Indian economy? Is increased informalization detrimental to the development of the country? [GS3]

It can be linked to these topics of UPSC Sociology:

Work and Economic Life: Formal and informal organization of work, Labour and society

Industrialization and Urbanisation in India: Evolution of modern industry in India, Informal sector, Slums and deprivation in urban areas

Visions of Social Change in India: Idea of development planning and mixed economy

Challenges of Social Transformation:  Crisis of development: displacement,  environmental problems and sustainability

Rural and Agrarian transformation in India: Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration

Social Change in Modern Society: Development and dependency

Max Weber said that it is not wise to apply to public administration the sort of moral and ethical norms we apply to matters of personal conscience. It is important to realise that the State bureaucracy might possess its own independent bureaucratic morality” Critically analyse this statement. [GS4 – Ethics]

It can be linked to these topics of UPSC Sociology:

Sociological Thinkers:

  • Max Weber- Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy.
  • Mead – Self and identity

Politics and Society: Power elite, Bureaucracy, Nation, State

“Digital Economy: A leveller or a source of economic inequality” [Essay]

Related UPSC Sociology syllabus topics: Karl Marx  | Stratification and Mobility | Work and Economic Life | Social Change in Modern Society |  Industrialization and Urbanisation in India | Challenges of Social Transformation 

Programme Fee and Enrollment:

💧For existing students of any programme and pre-registered candidates: Rs. 1400 for the entire 12 months. Click here to enrol [Same fee as last year]

💧 For new candidates: Rs. 1700 for the entire 12 months. Click here to enrol (You will get discount in future programmes)

In case of any query, drop us an email at
 ping us on Telegram at @rna1095 |

Knowledge is like paint.

It does no good until it is applied. 

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