The country doesn’t deserve anything less than success from us. Let us aim for success”– Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam
Dear students we all are striving for success in some way or another and UPSC is one of that platform through which we strive for success and Sociology is one of the optional through which you can enhance your chancesto become successful.
Sociology is extension of our common sense knowledge of social life. As student in some way or another isconnected with this society so he/she is having some basic understanding of society. But despite this some basic questions come in our mind regarding such as:
Advantages of Sociology
How eﬀective is Sociology as an Optional in UPSC?
Sociology is very eﬀective optional. It not only helps you to get good marks in optional paper but is also helpful in Essay and better writing skills.
What is the success ratio of Sociology in UPSC?
Success Ratio varies- the number of candidates getting selected are around 85 to 240. This ratio, however, can be neglected; this is because there are numerous candidates who score high in their optional but due to not performing well in their GS papers, they are not able to clear Mains.
Will Sociology help in General Studies also?
Yes deﬁnitely, being a generalized topic, it helps in all the four papers of the General Studies. Various sectionsin which it helps in General Studies has been mentioned below in this Approach paper.
Why Sociology is a safer optional?
Sociology is considered as a safer optional as it doesn’t require any particular knowledge or academic background for its preparation as an optional. It has been proved many times that candidates without any prior knowledge of Sociology have scored well in their optional paper.
Who should take Sociology?
Any student can take Sociology as an optional as it deals with society and we all are staying in this society itself. Apart from humanities background, students from technical background can also opt for Sociology as students from this background has an edge in applied aspects of Sociology. Rest of the students who are coming from other streams can also chose Sociology as an optional as it is much generalized in nature and no specialization is required for it.
Which books can be referred for Sociology?
Being one of the popular optional subject abundant study materials are available. But beginning should always
be done with NCERT 11th & 12th.
1.You will never get very low score in this subject. Regardless of whether or not you have ﬁnished the syllabus, you can without much of a stretch compose answers from a general up point of view and it will enable you to score marks unlike other subjects where there are odds of you getting a zero too in your answers.
2.Further, Sociology helps you have a generalized theory on each topic; this means scoring more marks inessays.
3.Better your interview and speaking abilities at diﬀerent levels.
4.Questions on theories are repeat quite often. So, there's no need to worry about getting shockers in the exam.
5.Aforementioned, no necessity to have a background of Sociology.
6.Syllabus is not very long.