Saturday, November 4, 2017

UPSC Civil Services Mains 2017 Sociology Paper and Essential Sociology

Hi friends,

We thank you so much for the tremendous response for the book. And a testimony for it is that the book has ran out of stock within a few months of its release. However, the book is undergoing reprint and shall be available soon.

Another matter of pride for us is that, almost all the questions of Sociology Mains 2017 Paper were from this book and apparently the book passed its first test of UPSC after its publication.

For example, questions like ― Yogendra Singh's idea of Modernization of Tradition, idea of Gandhi and Ambedkar on caste, various theories of social change, cultural and structural views of caste and change in caste, New Social Movements, development related imbalances (development and dependency), causes of low sex ratio in developed states, Islam in India, distinction between family and household, distinction in kinship and family in North and South India, dominant caste, tribes and religion (or tribes and caste and changes in tribal identity), Marxian Historical Materialism as a critique of Hegelian Idealism and so on ― are explained very clearly in the book. These are some of the questions which have to be often researched from multiple sources or are very difficult to be found in standard text books for a satisfactory grasp on them. Apart from them, all the conventional questions that were asked in 2017 Mains Exam are there in the book.

We are extremely happy that the book must have proved very handy to all of you in the exam and we also hope that it will continue to prove useful in future also.

Thanks
Seema and Nitin

93 comments:

  1. Sir, the book is completely out of stock and unavailable in the market and we have no clue about its status.. Its taking a toll on the preparations.. Pls help.. Regards

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    1. Arghya,

      Reprint process and the logistics process takes some time. Request you to be a bit patient. I understand the urgency and I hope the wait will be worth it.

      Best of luck

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    2. Thanks a lot sir... Wish your words come true..thanks a lot

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  2. Hi sir I am going to start with Insights online timetable and online test series,would it be benefecial for me or not sir?

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    1. Rajat

      I am not aware about the contents and structure of this test series, so cannot comment.

      Nitin

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    2. Rajat

      I am not aware about the contents and structure of this test series, so cannot comment.

      Nitin

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  3. Sir when will the book be out in chennai or online please provide a date or timeperiod so that we can plan accordingly

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    1. Hi

      Hopefully within 15 days it will be available again on all major
      e-tailers.

      Some new online retailers like www.sapnaonline.com will also supply it soon which have better penetration among Southern states.

      Thanks

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  4. Sir,
    For sociology optional i am totally dependent on your book...From where to do current affair part

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    1. Hi,

      For current part, you may rely on a good Newspaper, Magazines and your GS preparation. Just try to note down whatever you read as a part of your preparation which sound important from Sociological syllabus point of view.

      Thanks

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  5. Sir,I've got your book should i start preparing from it from scratch or should i do something else. Thank you.

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    1. Hi,

      I believe the book is very comprehensive. Still you can read New NCERTs as basic reference. IGNOU graduation level chapterwise notes can also be helpful. Both are available in soft copy online.

      Thanks

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    2. Sir,I'm reading your book and have found it to the mark.Thanks for such brilliant book.
      I'm taking coaching too,so topics are more or less clear to me.Do I still need to read IGNOU and make notes out of it or you book will be fine? Please give hones answer

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  6. Sir,
    I bought first edition of the book earlier. What are the parts that are missing as compared to latest edition.
    Can you provide the missing content somehow as it won't be feasible to purchase another copy for the edits.

    Regards

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    1. Manish,

      Only one table was missing which is there on the blog of the book www.upsc-sociology.blogspot.in

      Apart from that, there are no other changes. Only paper quality has been improved. So, you need not to purchase a fresh copy.

      Thanks

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  7. Hi,
    Thanks for this great post. I love reading ias blog and sharing them. and i would like suggest top institute for ias coaching institute in dehradun, uttarakhand that's Bureaucrats IAS Academy, Dehradun
    Bureaucrats IAS Academy, Dehradun is best Civil services, UPSC and IAS coaching center for top level preparation.

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  8. Sir Can I completely rely on your sociology book for civils preparation ??

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    1. Piyush,

      I have not left any stone unturned while writing this book and I believe it covers not only syllabus, but a lot of other topics also. So, remain assured. But I suggest that you read a good sociology dictionary (Panguin/Sage) plus new NCERTs along with noting current events related to syllabus. With that you will be fully armoured for exam.

      Best of luck

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  9. Hello Sir. I have these queries.

    I have been preparing sociology since last 2 years. This year, prepared a lot from your book. Didnot focus on some of the topics in syllabus like the "Work and economic life" and BAMM, it was there in paper. Didnot clear mains, one of the reasons is perhaps poor marks in optional. not a fault of your book, its very well written.

    Sir, i feel i am missing on the way one writes answers in sociology. that sociological lexicon. Second, what about questions like these-

    Examine the impact of heritage tourism on urban socio-spatial patterns in India. (20 Marks)

    To what extent does nation building depends on strengthening of pluralities in Indian society? (20 Marks)

    What is cultural Revivalism ? Give some examples from performing arts , language dissemination and arts crafts in recent times. (20 Marks)

    How can one tackle such questions, given that every year upsc asks few such questions which are not directly there in the syllabus. Please elaborate.

    And from where to update sociology from current events. for optionals like POl Sc and IR, mostly articles in Newspapers suffice, but for sociology there is very less examples here and there, please put some light.

    Thankyou.

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    1. Amrit,

      Sad that your journey to Civil Services was cut short. But I am sure that you have learned from your weak areas and are gearing up for the next attempt with full gusto.

      The kind of questions that you have mentioned are more of general studies questions and you can answer them using your GS knowledge and a little bit common sense. For example, cultural revivalism is a very common word which we read in so many news papers. Revivial of classical music, use of motifs (like peacock/paisley print) by fashion brands, use of symbols like Aum by youngsters are some examples. In fact, use of Hindu/Muslim cultural symbols by some fringe groups is also a part of cultural revivalism. Similarly, see how Yoga and Sanskrit (language revivalism) is happening across the country. There can be so many similar examples.

      Such questions are to be answered by a little innovation of thought and GS knowledge of yours. They are nothing more than what you observe in your surroundings.

      Thanks

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  10. Sir i am a final year M.Sc student from IIT Kharagpur and now there is only three months left for the completion of my masters. I am thinking of going for IAS coaching after that and i also want to start from now only but as i don't have much idea about what optional to take or from where to start so i would be thankful to you if you could give me tips on the above matter. And if you could also suggest me what are the things that i shoud study right now before joining the coaching.

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  11. Sir i am a M.Sc (physics) final year student from IIT kharagpur knd i want to go for an IAS coaching after completing my masters which is after 3 months from now. But sir i have zero idea about what optional should i take and what are the things that i should study. So sir if u could give me suggestions regarding the same. I shall remain thankful to you.please also suggest me the books that i should go through right now before joining a coaching centre.

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    1. Pema,

      There are many subjects which you can take as an optional. While selecting one, please go by your interest. Don't get influenced by the opinions of others. If you are well versed in your technical field and the subject is in list of UPSC, you can retain that also. No harm in that.

      Once you decide optional, list of books can be suggested.

      For GS, there are standard books which are available on alMost every other website. I have also suggested some of them here on this blog.

      Thanks

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  15. Nitin Sir/ Seema ma'am,
    I have chosen sociology as my optional subject and I have bought ESSENTIAL SOCIOLOGY (last year when it was released). I wanted to know whether this book is exhaustive or do I need to read from other sources (newspaper of course) as well. Also, I'm planning to give 2019 attempt so do I need to buy this book again for next year's preparation as the new edition might have some new information? Do I require coaching for this subject?
    Please help me with the queries. I have read a few chapters (Part 2- Indian society) and they provide a good understanding.

    Awaiting your reply.

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    1. Priya,

      Yes, the book is quite comprehensive. But as an aspirant I would suggest that you refer some other sources also.

      Thanks.
      Nitin Sangwan

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  17. Sir
    I am from chennai.
    I have attended classes for sociology but not satisfied witht the coaching.can you help in how to approach sociology. Bcos lots of materials are gng around nd bit congusing

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    1. Hi,

      Stick to basic books and material. Be thorough about all topics of syllabus using these sources and add to them news and articles from current events.

      Thanks
      Nitin Sangwan

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  18. Dear Sir,

    I just wanted to thank you for this book.
    It was my first time writing the mains sociology paper last year.
    I solely relied on your book(did not even join any coaching, test series, etc.).
    I am happy with my mains score of 266 (133, 133).
    Unfortunately i was unable to clear mains (missed the cutoff by 5 marks).
    Will be appearing with a much better prep this year and will focus more on answer writing and presentation.

    Thanks again for the book.
    -Vivek

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    1. Dear Vivek,

      I am sure you will make the shortfall this year and come with flying colours. Do well.

      Thanks
      Nitin Sangwan

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  19. Dear Sir, I was searching for your contact number...I am Hemant Bhorkhade & I can not express in words how much ur book helped me not only to score 324 (156 + 168) in socio but also to save time for GS papers...I will be getting IAS sir and this book played major part in achieving my dream ...

    Thank U sir :)

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    1. Dear Hemant,

      Really happy with your achievement and your score in Sociology. It is your own effort and determination which has paid off.

      Do well in your professional life.

      Thanks
      Nitin

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  22. Sir do Any need to study anything before reading Essential sociology book?
    If so what?
    And which else material should I use for paper- I to supplement it?

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    1. Hi,

      You may read some basic books like NCERTs if you wish. I have also shared my strategy and other tips here also - http://upsc-sociology.blogspot.com/

      Thanks

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  23. Thank you mam for sharing lots of strategy with us. It really helpful for us.
    UPSC Coaching in Mumbai

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  24. Hi Nitin sir ,
    This my first serious attempt, I am going to clear prelims. I have read sociology from coaching notes and some IGNOU material but still not sure how to complete sociology, I'm going to order your book which is out of stock on Flipkart. Can you please guide how to approach and complete it before Sociology before mains it will of great help!

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    1. Hi Avim,

      First of all congrats or being closer one step. Secondly, the book shall be available in a week or so.
      Thirdly, I have shared some of my thoughts on optional on my this blog also - http://upsc-sociology.blogspot.com/

      I suggest you keep your reading material to bare minimum, have all the concepts clear, ready yurself so much so that you can write atleast 1 paragraph on each topic. Try to use contemporary information in paper 2 especially which you might have gathered while preparing for GS.

      Best of luck.

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    3. Hi...
      The Title (Essential Sociology) is available in www.meripustak.com for limited period link is given below to place the order.

      https://www.meripustak.com/Essential-Sociology-For-Civil-Services-Main-Examination-144166

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  25. Have already bought this,but i am very much confused that which edition i have bought(first or 2nd).can somebody please let me know that, when did Nitin sir published its second edition and what are the major differences b/w First and the latest edition. I shall b thankfull to him. Thankyou.

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    1. Hi Suhail,

      There is only 1 edition, there was only a reprint when the first edition went out of stock. There were a few errors in first reprint which were corrected in the second reprint. The differences are posted here - http://upsc-sociology.blogspot.com/

      Thanks

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  27. Hello Sir,
    Can you please let us know when will this book be available back online.

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi,

      Expect it to be available again in a week or so on major book shops and online.

      Thanks

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  28. Hello Sir,
    Please let us know when can we expect your book ??
    It is currently out of stock on all the listed above links.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Ravinder,

      Expect it to be available again in a week or so on major book shops and online.

      Thanks

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    2. Hi Sir,
      Any reason for the delay?
      Have you done any updation in the content that might have caused the interruption in the availability?
      Thanks

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  29. Hello, I just went through your blog and the reviews for your book were amazing. Congrats to becoming the Laxmikanth of Sociology, or I might say, even better.

    By the way, the books are still out of stock, any ETA on when they will be available? Thanks in advance sir

    Regards

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    1. Hi Ashwin,

      The book went out of stock due to a sudden surge of demand after the prelims.

      Expect it to be available again in a week or so on major book shops and online.

      Thanks

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  30. Sir plz plz reply me I printed your consized material all like 7 in number prepared by you
    ecology
    History
    Geography
    India since Independence
    Economy
    World History
    Modern History
    Culture of india
    Does it sufficient as it is limited material or should I refer coaching material.I think ur material is limited good and remember able
    Plz suggest me is it good idea sir I 2016 ur material plz tell me .sir
    I took Police science as optional

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    1. Hi Sreevastav,

      Some of my material may be a bit outdated and you may also consider to read a few fundamental sources which I have suggested in my this blog also.

      Thanks

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  32. Sir our book " essential sociology " is currently out of stock in online stores . Can you please notify us when they are going to get restore in stores again because my optional coaching is going to start from July 14th sir. I wish to have our book by that time so that I can gel with it from beginning of my journey.

    Awaiting for your reply...!
    Thank you sir

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    1. Hi Sai,

      It shall be available in around a week.

      Thanks

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    2. Hi...
      The Title (Essential Sociology) is available in www.meripustak.com for limited period please click below given link to place your order.

      https://www.meripustak.com/Essential-Sociology-For-Civil-Services-Main-Examination-144166

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  33. Sir, the book is completely out of stock and UNAVAILABLE in the market and on ALL online stores.. Shopkeepers are saying that publisher is changed. So it will take months to be out again.
    Can you please inform when will it b available again?.. Kindly reply
    Regards

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    1. Hi Ankita,

      It shall be available in around a week.

      Thanks

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  34. Sir, can you please inform when the book will be available?? Waiting for your reply

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    1. Hi,

      It shall be available in around a week.

      Thanks

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  36. Dear Nitin Ji,
    Could you throw some light on when the next print of essential sociology will hit the stands.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Thanks,
    Suresh Krishnan

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    1. Hi,

      It shall be available in around a week.

      Thanks

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    2. Hi...
      The Title is available in www.meripustak.com for limited period please click below link to place your order.

      https://www.meripustak.com/Essential-Sociology-For-Civil-Services-Main-Examination-144166

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  37. Sir , your book is excellent in all aspects . Thank you .
    Do we have to make notes after buying your book or is it only enough to study from your book directly ?

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    1. Hi,

      One makes notes for one's own convenience and for sale of practice. If you are comfortable not making, absolutely no issues.

      Thanks

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    2. Hi,

      One makes notes for one's own convenience and for sake of practice. If you are comfortable not making, absolutely no issues.

      Thanks

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  38. Dear Sir,
    I am fresh for this subject and want to start this subject riht as lay man. Please guide me what should I start at the inital stage, what to read and then what to do afterward. Please, as 2019 will be my last attempt for IAS

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    1. Eisha,

      I have answered this question quite a few times. You may start with NCERTs or IGNOU booklets. They have relatively simple language.

      Later you may move on to standard books, a list of which I have shared on my other blog also.

      Thanks

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  39. Hello sir, I have read New NCERT'S,, Ignou books and now I am reading your book. Please tell me if I need any other sources to refer or it is enough for the exam? Please reply sir.

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  40. Hello sir, I have read New NCERT'S,, Ignou books and now I am reading your book. Please tell me if I need any other sources to refer or it is enough for the exam? Please reply sir

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    1. HI,

      I believe they are sufficient. Just read newspaper also along so that you know about the events and news related to social issues which you can use in your answer.

      Thanks

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  42. Sir do we need to study Haralombos and Holborn book also or only Essential Sociology would suffice?
    Please answer my query.

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    1. Hi,

      I have tried to cover everything, though it dependes on your personal satisfaction also.

      Thanks

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  43. sir i am telugu mediam student plese provide in telugu mediam your book .it is so helpful many students....

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    1. Srinivas,

      Difficult to find a translator. :(

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  44. Thanks for sharing your post with us..Even i am also going for sessions from the Best UPSC Coaching Centres in Bangalore and looking ahead for more success.

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  45. Sir , i've become a big fan of your book and thank you for such a good book with all things in one place.
    Sir if you plan to bring out a new edition of this book i would like to ask you to add more information that is needed for more depth in some topics even if the book gets bigger in size as all things can be found now in one book.
    Thank you sir

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    1. Bharath,

      I look forward for suggestions in terms of areas which need to be elaborated. You can mail us on the email ID provided in the book.

      Thanks

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  47. Hello sir i gave mains in 2018 with physics optional but my optional won't go well and I switched from physics to sociology for upsc 2019.I joined a coaching institute in rajendra nagar but content taught in the class won't see satisfactory.I started reading your book and that seems very helpful my question is how to limit content in answers from complete topic that u had written in book.for eg-historical materialism?

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    1. Hi

      Some topics - which are slightly subject specific and to be read in detail - should be covered in depth. But while writing answers, just write what has been asked. Try to capture essence of the topic. You will learn it once you have a clear understanding of topics and have practiced enough to write in succinct manner.

      Thanks

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    2. Hiii Gud Mrng sir...
      Sir I'm preparing for Cds.... Nd NoV 18 is My attempt .... Sir i printed out ur all pdf 2016 notes..... Sir Are they enough for CDS ...???
      Andd Sir suggest me some books for Current affairs .... Newspapers... Ndd Books ... Plzzzzz ..

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  48. Great blog, Thanks for sharing informative information with us. It is really useful for the student who are appearing coaching for UPSC in Nagpur

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