How to prepare society topics for UPSC Mains exam? – Quora

How to prepare society topics for UPSC Mains exam? - Quora

How to prepare society topics for UPSC Mains exam? – Quora

Society portion carries a good weight age of around 70–80 marks and with limited syllabus, it is a low hanging fruit.

To begin with, read the NCERTs of class 12. There are two NCERTs on sociology. National Council Of Educational Research And Training.They give you basic idea of sociology as a subject as well as definition of basic terms. Additionally, you can refer to VisionIAS Value Addition Material on society which is also good. Follow current events such as demands for separate state, communal incidents, caste based demands if any.

Be clear with definition of basic terms like regionalism, communalism, secularism, globalization, glocalization, commodification, status symbol etc.

Finally when it comes to writing answers:

  • Use your knowledge of history, polity, economics,ethics, geography in the answers. For example- causes of regionalism – historical factors, regional political parties, geographical distinct regions, economical underdevelopment etc.
  • Try to think at individual, social, national and global level.For example – impact of globalization can be seen at all these levels.
  • Use examples from recent events. “Selfie with daughter” campaign is a good example of leveraging mass media for attitudinal change towards girl child. Protests in Darjeeling district for separate Gorkhaland is a good example to be used in questions related to regionalism.

Source – Atul Bansal IAS Topper