Civil Services MAINS examination – has undergone tremendous changes in terms of SYLLABUS Pattern as
well as QUESTION pattern. It was believed that with the change in Main examination pattern GENERAL STUDIES
will gain importance as it consists of 1000 marks out of 1750. But the MAINS SCORE of Successful Candidates tells
us different story. If we analyse their Mains MARKS-SHEET we find that it is the Marks of the OPTIONAL PAPER
that helped them finding a place in the final list. Hence, we can say that choosing a right optional is crucial to get
good marks in Main examination.
Choosing OPTIONAL subjects in Civil Services Examination is one of the most debated topics among the beginner IAS aspirants. Students believe that certain Optional subjects are more scoring than others, more performing than other subjects in past Few years, help more in General Studies than other subjects etc. But choosing Optional Papers should not be based on these subjective aspects. Rather it should be based on some objective criterion,Nature, Scope and Size of the Syllabus, Uniformity and stability in Question Pattern, Relevance of the Syllabic content in day today life in Society, availability of study material and guidance etc. Remember, approach of UPSC is different from your academic studies, before choosing the optional you need to do a careful analysis of SYLLABUS, PREVIOUS YEARS PAPERS, REQUIREMENTS of SUBJECTS (Ideal, visionary, Numerical, Conceptual Theoretical), COMFORT LEVEL with the subject and PAST TRENDS should be done. A wrong decision may prove to be disastrous hence you should be careful while choosing your Optional. The basis for the selection of any optional subject could be :
The syllabusof Sociology is relatively short as well as well defined.The
study material is easily available
and compact in nature. Beinga popular and scoring optional subject has got easy availability of experienced
guides. The scientific and logical nature of the subject helps to prepare the subject for main examination within
comparatively less time. Three months preparation is sufficient to cover the whole syllabus with proper
understanding and well knit writing skill. This helps the candidates for the preparation of Essay and General Studies
papers with “extra time”. Thus the Sociology is a popular and successful optional subject for the main examination.
IN THE CHANGED SCENARIO of Civil Services Examination,SOCIOLOGY has emerged as most suitable subject that is attached in all the four papers of General Studies. Out of the total topics mentioned in general studies syllabus, at least one- third is covered under sociology. It is, of course, more scoring. The portion Indian Society is very much related to the day to day observation. So the study of Sociology as an optional subject is very much helpful for the Social Issues portion of General Studies in the Preliminary and Main examination as well.
The study of Indian Society, specifically the units of Population Dynamics, Challenges of Social Transformation, Visions of Social Change in India, Rural and Agrarian transformation in India, Industrialization and Urbanization in India, Politics and Society, Impact of colonial rule on Indian society, Tribal communities in India, Religion and Society etc,help the candidates to prepare the ESSAY PAPER with better understanding of problems and solution aspects with practical approach with difference.Of course, the practical understanding gives them an edge inINTERVIEWas well, which makes the space sure in the success list. One of the most important aspect of Sociology is that it has got relevance is the in interview (Personality Test). The conceptual nature of the subject helps the candidates accommodating and retaining the facts easily.
Similarly, the syllabus of main examination has got only 13 UNITS in two papers. The strategic preparation of the subject requires only 60-70% of the syllabus prepared for writing the answers in the examination. The strategic preparations with the proper and experienced guidance make the candidates preparation comparatively effective and easy.
The experienced guidance helps the candidate’s analytical approach to prepare properly in right direction. These help the candidates to score more in less consumption of time and ensures the WONDER SPACE in the final success list. As it has been well said:“Winners do not do different things rather they do things differently”
Last but not the least and most importantly, the study of Sociology makes you and your performance moreSYSTEMATIC, PRACTICAL, ORGANISED, RELEVANT AND WELL ARTICULATED,n every walk of your life. As the study Sociology is related to those phenomenon which are commonly reflected in our lives. So the study of Sociology brings the“difference differently in you which is the REAL WIN”.Your selection is just the by product of your serious efforts with the Sociology.
At the Elementary Level…..
These are broadly some tips, which shall help you in the BASIC PREPARATION. However, what matters most is the mental calmness and cool, which you maintain in the examination hall. Do not panic if you do not know any question. Apply your mind. Though not always, but most of the times the question can be rightly solved if one maintains cool and analyses it logically.
I would like to reiterate what I have said earlier also– “Winners do not do different things, they do things differently’. The funda is putting you in the shoes of examiner. A little understanding of the psychology of the examiner, this can be done by putting yourself in the examiner’s place. What you would like in any answer sheet? Clarity of thought, lucidity, good content, well expressed language. In short, good Communication Skill (Written Communication) so that the answer script could speak itself.
WRITING SKILLS :
Thus, writing skill and content both should complement and supplement each other. Writing skill has its base in content and content needs writing skill to be well expressed. There are few rules for Effective Presentation (Principles) of Answers. These are:
USEFUL READINGS FOR SOCIOLOGY:
I Thank Vikash Sir for his Personal Guidance to me in Sociology and Essay. I found His classes much beneficial and as per requirements of the exam. As the pattern of exam is very dynamic, Vikash Sir focused on each and every aspect of the Syllabus which could be asked in Mains. His Intelligent Guess Work in Tests made me comfortable in examination Hall. His Application Focused Approach build my Confidence.
I am grateful to Vikash Ranjan Sir for the support I received throughout the preparation. Sociology Preparation under Vikash Ranjan Sir gave me a sense of discipline and writing practice provided me tremendous confidence in writing even complicated questions in sociology. The Teachings method of Vikash Sir is Applied and interactive and very much EXAMFOCUSED. He provides wholesome guidance. His value addition discussions in class was game changer in my interview too.
I owe great deal of my success to Vikash Ranjan Sir for his continuous support right from mains to Interview. My Carrier Aim is a reality today because of proficiency and expertise which Vikash Sir has in Sociology and Interview guidance and his immense faith in his students. I am deeply indebted to Sir for giving me Right kind of approach and applied knowledge which has helped me in improving my performance in Sociology and Interview.
I would like to Thank Vikash Ranjan Sir, for his personal guidance that I received from him in preparation of SOCIOLOGY. In changed pattern of Civil Services Exam, Application Focused Approach of Vikash Ranjan Sir has no match in Coaching Field in Delhi. He has taken a brilliant step of shifting from regular coaching to Personal guidance mode. His Notes and methods suggested are the most relevant. I RECOMMEND EXAM FOCUSED-APPLICATION FOCUSED APPROACH OF VIKASH SIR to future aspirant of Civil Services.
I would like to Thank Vikash Sir for his rightful Guidance for answer writing in Sociology. I did SOCIOLOGY AWST Course and I received a qualitative guidance, which was highly INTERACTIVE AND APPLICATION FOCUSED, with due PERSONAL ATTENTION. The exhaustive coverage of CURRENT SOCIOLOGICAL INPUTS, regular answer writing practice coupled with an excellent teaching methodology is USP of Vikash Sir's Classes.
I Thank Vikash Sir for his Guidance in "SOCIOLOGY", "Essay" & "Interview". When I met Vikash Sir, I was confused regarding my Preparation, particularly writing Skill. His "Exam Focus Approach" & "Facilitative Style of Teaching" helped me gain confidence. I focused heavily on "Writing Practice" and finally got a Rank in CSE 13 to Join IAS.
I express my sincerest gratitude for the kind help provided by Vikash Ranjan Sir. I had a very positive and enriching experience with him. His Guidance played a very crucial role in my success, especially with regards to my Optional & Interview. He offers a pre-planned fixed routine and usually stays true to the original schedule and maintains Dynamism. I felt a personal touch to the guidance process.
Coming from ENGINEERING background, I didn't had academic knowledge about society and its problems. For Guidance in SOCIOLOGY I met Vikash Ranjan Sir. I Found "Facilitative Style of Teaching" and "EXAM FOCUS APPROACH" of Vikash Sir very beneficial for Preparation of Sociology Optional. His Focus on each & every aspect of Syllabus linked with Current Social Structure and Change helped me crack this exam in very FIRST ATTEMP. His Guidance in ANSWER WRITING and Prediction about Questions in CSE Examination is really excellent.
Just after CSE 2016 Prelims , I attended SOCIOLOGY Foundation Classroom Course under personal guidance of Vikash Ranjan Sir. I have to say, it was a really rewarding experience. His Examples for the concepts and theories was so interesting and simple, related with day today life that I managed to prep my optional in just three months. I followed his approach of answer writing and finally obtained 303 marks in Sociology optional which is one of the highest score in CSE 2016. I would definitely encourage you all to attend Vikash Ranjan Sir's Classes.
Vikash Ranjan Sir is one of the best teachers to guide for Answer Writing Improvement in Sociology. His personal one on one interactions and suggestion helped me a lot to get command over answer writing as well as improved novelty in the answers. No serious candidate serioue miss his guidance.
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