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Pranay Aggarwal is the Sociology faculty at IAS Gurukul. He has mentored thousands of civil services aspirants, several of whom have been successful.

His strong grasp of the discipline of Sociology as well as the requirements of the Civil Services Exam make him well placed to guide CSE aspirants with Sociology optional. With more than 10 years of experience guiding civil services aspirants; he is a teacher, mentor and friend to his students.

His ability to communicate with students with greatest ease make him a favourite teacher of many of his students. He understands that each student is unique and gives each student the special attention that he/ she needs and deserves.

Credentials as a civil services exam expert:

He is an acknowledged expert on civil services exam preparation. He is a faculty, public speaker and writer on various aspects of the exam. His expert views and articles have been published extensively in reputed national newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Tribune and India Today magazine. He is also a regular, expert commentator on various socio- political issues on national television and has expressed his expert views as Senior Sociologist and Senior Social Scientist on national news channels such as NewsX, CNN, Sahara Samay and others.

Some of his recently published expert articles and TV appearances (in 2021 & 2022) on UPSC exam preparation and various social issues in national media are:

Recent TV Debates
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NewsX TV Channel

Pranay Aggarwal shares his expert views on LGBT Pride and conservative backlash on Live TV

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The Hindu

Pranay Aggarwal write for The Hindu newspaper regarding selection of optional for the IAS exam.

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CNN News 18 TV Channel

Pranay Aggarwal shares his expert views on the anti-conversion bill on Live TV

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The Indian Express

UPSC civil service exam 2021: Here's how to choose right optional subject

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Sahara Samay News

Pranay Aggarwal explains the important social factors for the U.P assembly elections on live T.V.

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Financial Express

Pranay Aggarwal analyses the National Education Policy of the Modi government

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Higher Education

What Ails the Indian Education System? And How to Fix It

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The Hindu

Busting a few myths about the UPSC exam

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Hindustan Times

UPSC IAS civil services interview 2022 strategy: Tips for success by expert

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Education Times

UPSC exam preparation aided by game-based quizzes helps to compete better

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Indian Today

What makes you a worthy UPSC Aspirant?

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NewsX TV Channel

Call For Cyber Jihad

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Indian Today

How to choose the right optional subject for UPSC civil services examination?

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The Tribune

What traits does UPSC look for in the IAS Personality test?

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India Today

How to hold onto your self confidence for the UPSC exam?

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News 18

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2022: Books, Important Topics for IAS Exam

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News 18

UPSC Civil Services Personality Test: How to Prepare for Interview Round?

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India Today

Not sure how to start preparing for IAS? Here is a head start

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The Tribune

Tips to race ahead in the last lap

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India Today

Is online coaching the right way to prepare for IAS?

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India Today

How to write good answers in civil services exam?

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The Tribune

Score 200 plus in UPSC Interview

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India Today

3-month revision plan for UPSC Prelims 2021? All you need to know

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news9live.com

Interview: Don't try to appear to be someone that you are not, says expert

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The Pioneer

Prepping for final stage

He has been commended by Dr. Kiran Bedi, LG of Puducherry, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Union Cabinet Minister (ex) and TSR Subramanian (IAS), Cabinet Secretary (ex) for guiding students towards a career in civil services.

Academic credentials:

He has qualified the UGC NET examination for Assistant Professorship in Sociology, conducted by the CBSE/NTA for the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. UGC NET is considered one of the toughest exams for teachers in the country, with success ratio of less than 6%.

He is a member of the UNESCO-established International Sociological Association and a member of its Research Committee RC04 on Sociology of Education. (See Letter from ISA RC04 Secretary Shaheeda Essack dt 24.08.20, see ISA RC04 Call for Papers)

He is a registered member of the Indian Sociological Society, established in 1951 by G.S. Ghurye, the father of Indian sociology. He is a member of its Research Committee RC-1 on History of Sociology and RC-17 on Sociology of Social Movements.

He has authored several chapters of the 11th and 12th standard Sociology textbooks for the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education, Government of Sikkim; and is an integral part of its sociology content development team.

He is also the President of Indian Social Science Council and the Convenor of the Indian Civil Services Association - a leading think tank of retired senior bureaucrats working to make government more effective.

He has studied till the Masters level and has completed a course in Classical Sociological Theory from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. University of Amsterdam is one of Europe's and oldest Universities (founded in 1632) which has produced six Nobel Laureates and five Prime Ministers of Netherlands. He has also completed a course in International Women's Health and Human Rights from Stanford University (USA), one of the world's leading Universities since 1891.

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Testimonials

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Jagrati Awasthi, IAS, AIR 2, CSE 2020


Approach Pranay Aggarwal Sir, ask him about the doubts because you should not leave any kind of conceptual problem. Whenever you have any doubts, you can approach him, call him or meet him…Thank you, IAS Gurukul.


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Meera K, IAS, All India Rank 6, CSE 2020


To all the students of IAS Gurukul, you have a very good mentor and very good system in place there.. I think that is exactly what is required for sociology.


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Maithreyi Naidu, IFS, All India Rank 27, CSE 2020


I wish the students of IAS Gurukul all the very best in CSE. You have Sir here. You can always access him and try to get your doubts cleared. You have classes going on, you have material. Ask Sir how you can improve your answer writing.


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Vinayak Chamadia, IAS, All India Rank 47, CSE 2020


Pranay Sir has quite a lot of experience teaching sociology. He has mentored a lot of students. So follow whatever he tells and you will succeed. Thank you, Sir.


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Adarsh Shukla, IPS, AIR-149, CSE 2020


Sir’s methodology of those three steps - that is quite critical and i found that very instrumental. I’ll just say that utilize that experience that you are having in this institution. Thank you.


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Shrikant Yashvant, IAS, AIR-335, CSE 2020


IAS Gurukul is a very prestigious mentorship program. I have seen Pranay Sir’s attitude towards the aspirants.Thank you very much IAS Gurukul and thank you very much Pranay Sir.


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Kavali Meghana, IAS, AIR-83, CSE 2020


To all the students of IAS Gurukul, all the efforts that Sir and you guys are putting will only show when you have constant tests…So get in touch with Sir, write and present well. Thank you very much, Sir.


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Sanjita Mohapatra, IAS, AIR-10, CSE 2020


To all the students of IAS Gurukul, you have taken a very good decision. If you are studying here, you have a mentor. Use that mentor judiciously. He knows so much. Extract as much as you can. Thank you so much, IAS Gurukul.


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Shrestha Anupam, IAS, All India Rank 19, CSE 2019


To the students of IAS Gurukul, I wish you a bright future ahead. I agree with whatever Pranay Sir does, they definitely work in the examination. Definitely answer writing is a very important part of this examination.


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Ruchi Bindal, IAS, All India Rank 39, CSE 2019


I wish the students of IAS Gurukul all the best. Have faith in yourself, have faith in the teacher. The teacher is there after a lot of experience.. So listen to the teacher’s experience. There is interaction in the class.


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Harshit Kumar, IAS, All India Rank 150, CSE 2019


IAS Gurukul is a very reputed coaching institute for sociology. Sir has taught for a lot of years and has been giving consistent results throughout. I recommend you listen to what he is teaching, ask your doubts and write a lot of tests.


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Jasmeet Sandhu, IAS, All India Rank 3, CSE 2015


You require good mentors, right? I have had Pranay Aggarwal Sir as an overall mentor. I have utilized his understanding in test series. Teachers like Pranay Sir have given me an overall mentorship.

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Amrita Banerjee, Indian Foreign Service, All Indian Rank 110, CSE 2015


Pranay Sir and his team are doing commendable work as mentors. Pranay Sir gives individual and personalized attention to each student. He is a very approachable person. You can anytime walk up to his room and clarify your doubts.


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Sharnga Pani, Sr. Deputy Collector, SDM Office, Muzaffarpur District, Bihar


I joined sociology classroom course of Pranay Aggarwal Sir in 2015. I will recommend his classes to those taking up sociology optional. I greatly benefited from his guidance. After 5 years of my coaching, I am still in touch with Sir.

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Gundala Reddy Raghavendra, IPS, All India Rank 180, CSE 2018


I will strongly recommend those who have science background like me to take sociology optional in IAS Gurukul. I thank Pranay Sir. He personally mentored me and did not hesitate to help me till last few days of my journey.


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Rohan Apurv Sinha, IAS Gurukul's Online Sociology Course Student, 2020


Hands down the best sociology optional teacher you would get. He makes you think and not just teach. Best thing is he is available anytime...just call him or ping him, he'll be there and not just for sociology but for whole preparation.

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Akhila, IAS Gurukul's Online Sociology Course Student, 2020


I took the online classes. I must say it's really worth of it. It's a 5 🌟 from my side. Sir's dedication and commitment towards the class is 10 on 10.

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Abhinav Pareek, IAS Gurukul's Online Sociology Course Student, 2020


Sociology is a subject of diverse opinions and Sir surely knows that. He has holistically covered all the topics, his Class never feels like a burden. I'm glad I studied from sir.

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Dr. Lovely Chaudhary, IAS Gurukul's Online Sociology Course Student, 2020


Being a medical student, I was very unsure whether my choice of sociology as an optional subject for UPSC was good. But Pranay Sir has made studying sociology a cakewalk. Thank you so much for making it so easy Sir.

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Manika Upadhyaya, IAS Gurukul student in 2018


My experience at IAS Gurukul was marvellous. I enjoyed as well as learnt a lot about Society in a short span of time. Sir explains topics really well, provides questions regularly and dictates notes wherever necessary.