(Download) UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2017
SOCIOLOGY OPTIONAL (Paper-1)
Exam Name: UPSC IAS Mains Sociology Optional (Paper-I)
Time Allowed: 3 Hours
(a) Explain how sociology has emerged as a distinct discipline based on
rationality and scientific tamper. (10 Marks)
(b) Examine ethnomethodological and phenomenological perspective as
critique of positivism. (10 Marks)
(c) Illustrate with example the significance of variable in sociology
research. (10 Marks)
(d) Critically analyse Talcott Parsons conception of pattern variable’.
(e) Can we equate ‘poverty’ with ‘poor living’ ? Elaborate your answer.
(a) Discuss the changing equation of discipline of sociology with other
social sciences. (20 Marks)
(b) Examine the basic postulates of positivism and post-positivism.
(c) Elaborate the main tenets of interpretative perspective in sociology.
(a) Discuss distinct sociological method adopted by Emile Durkheim in his
study of ‘suicide’. (20 Marks)
(b) Analyse Marxian conception of historical materialism as a critique of
Hegelian dialectics. (20 Marks)
(c) Examine epistemological foundation of qualitative methods of social
research. (10 Marks)
(a) What is Weberian critique of Marxist notion of social stratification.
(b) Examine gender. Ethnicity and race as major dimensions of social
stratification. (20 Marks)
(c) How can one resolve the issue of reliability and validity in the
context of sociological research on inequality ? (10 Marks)
(a) What do you understand by informalisation of labour ‘? Write your
answer with special reference to India. (10 Marks)
(b) Discuss the changing interface between state and civil society in
post-independent India. (10 Marks)
(c) Give an assessment of Durkheimian notion of ‘scared’ and ‘profane’ in
sociology of religion. (10 Marks)
(d) Examine ‘patirarchal bargain ‘ as gendered division of work in
contemporary India. (10 Marks)
(e) Assess the role of mass media as an agent of social change. (10
(a) Trace the changing nature of organisation of work in capitalist society
over the years. (20 Marks)
(b) What is new in ‘new social movement ‘? Elaborate your answer with
special reference to India. (20 Marks)
(c) Examine the dynamics of pressure group in multi-party political system.
(a) Examine the relationship between the contemporary trends in marriage
and changing from of family. (10 Marks)
(b) Discuss the regional variations of kinship system in Indian society.
(c) Problematise the concept if secularism in the present context.
(a) Examine any two theories of social change in detail society. (20
(b) Critically analyse the role of science and technology in bringing about
social change. (20 Marks)
(c) Elaborate on various types of religious practices prevalent in India
society. (10 Marks)