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Sociology Online Course

Faculty: Pranay Aggarwal

Validity: TILL 2021 UPSC MAINS

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Sociology Online Course at IAS Gurukul replicates the sociology classroom coaching experience for the online students who are unable to visit Delhi for classroom coaching. Online course helps students save on high costs of accommodation, etc., the hassles of shifting in Delhi and access same high quality lectures, personal guidance, regular doubts clearing and answer writing practice as the classroom students.

Sociology Online Course at IAS Gurukul includes the following features:

  • FULL SYLLABUS COVERAGE: Course includes detailed discussions on all topics of the Sociology Optional UPSC/IAS syllabus. It is ensured that no syllabus topic/portion is left untouched or covered in a hurry or partially. Each and every topic in UPSC Sociology syllabus is covered in detail by Sir in the lectures.
  • EMPHASIS ON CONCEPTUAL CLARITY: Sociological concepts and theories form the backbone of the discipline. It is ensured that each student has absolute clarity of the basics and theories.
  • CURRENT EXAMPLES, LATEST STUDIES AND REPORTS: Answers in UPSC Sociology papers are greatly enriched by incorporating examples from the current affairs, data from government reports and latest sociological studies. All these are shared with the students during the lectures.
  • STRATEGIC DISCUSSIONS: regarding how to attempt the questions so as to maximize one's score.
  • VALIDITY TILL UPSC MAINS 2021: Every Online student will be given access to the sociology lectures till he appears for the UPSC CSE (Mains) Exam in 2021. We understand that a student may need to revise some of the lectures after the completion of the Live classes or nearer to the 2021 Mains exam date, hence the comfortably long course validity period.
  • HIGH QUALITY VIDEO & AUDIO: All lectures are recorded using high quality equipment to ensure seamless sharing with the online students. High quality technology ensures that video and sound quality is very clear so that online students can almost feel a part of the discussions.
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Students will have round the clock access to technical help on standby to ensure seamless, high quality data transfer.
  • 1 ON 1 INTERACTION AND PERSONAL GUIDANCE: Pranay Sir encourages each student to discuss his/ her doubts, preparation strategy, answer writing skills and difficulty in preparation on phone/ WhatsApp. Online students may also meet Sir in person for any doubts clarification or guidance during their visits to Delhi.
  • DAILY DOUBTS CLEARING: Every online student is encouraged to clarify any pending doubts with Sir on a daily basis. Each student may clarify any doubts, whether big or small, with Pranay Sir daily. Any student may clarify his/ her doubts with Sir on phone or Whatsapp.
  • DAILY REVISION: In every lecture, Sir recaptures the previous day's lecture for effective and continuous learning. Daily revision ensures that the entire Sociology syllabus is completed not only in the course but also for each student individually.
  • REGULAR ANSWER WRITING PRACTICE: After each topic, Pranay Sir shares previous year's UPSC Sociology questions from that topic with students. He also gives some new, expected questions based on his analysis of current trends. Every online student is encouraged to write answers and submit to Sir for checking. Regular answer writing practice ensures that the student is able to write Sociology optional answers as per the demands of the UPSC examination and score well.

  • 4 FULL LENGTH, UPSC PATTERN TESTS: Online students will also be tested through 4 full length, UPSC pattern tests. Each of these tests will be of 3 hours duration. The difficulty level and pattern of each of the tests will be similar to that of the actual UPSC Sociology papers. Tests will be checked thoroughly and marks awarded on each question. Detailed feedback will be given to improve the answers and every student will be advised on how to score higher marks in the UPSC Sociology papers.
  • ACCESS TO LIVE AND RECORDED LECTURES: Every lecture is beamed live as well as recorded. After attending the live lecture or viewing the recording, student may discuss the topic on phone with Sir for greater clarity.
  • COMPREHENSIVE STUDY MATERIAL: All topics in the UPSC Sociology syllabus and topics from which questions are expected are covered in our detailed, comprehensive and updated study material. The study material includes theory and basics as well as latest case studies, relevant news reports, authentic government data and commentary on recent events. Online students are sent the complete study material in physical/ electronic form through courier/mail.
  • LIFELONG ASSOCIATION: Every enrolled online course student is encouraged to stay in touch with Sir and the institute and clarify any doubts even after the completion of the syllabus.
  • About Pranay Aggarwal

    Why Sociology Optional?

    sociology optional course

    Approx. 3.5 to 4 months.
    6 in Paper 1 and 3 in Paper 2.
    Yes. Sociology is a very generic subject and is not technical. It does not require any prior expertise or knowledge. The subject is very relatable. You can understand it well even when you begin with a layman’s understanding of society. In fact, 95% UPSC aspirants with sociology optional do not have an academic background in it. The same holds true for those who eventually clear the exam.
    For Paper 1- refer Essential Sociology by Seema & Nitin Sangwan and Sociology Themes and Perspectives by Haralambos & Holborn (selectively). Use these along with your class notes. For Paper 2- refer Essential Sociology by Seema & Nitin Sangwan and Sociology of Indian Society by CN Shankar Rao. Use these along with your class notes.
    Since 2011, every year more than 130 students with Sociology Optional are selected by UPSC in the Civil Services. Data is available on the UPSC website till CSE 2017, which is as follows: