Sociology is a highly recommended optional for UPSC mains. The reason behind this is
that by following a right sociology strategy, the amount of efforts put in can result in
disproportionally far greater results.
This is because the syllabus of sociology is limited. Within 3 to 4 months, a student can complete the entire syllabus thoroughly. One need not even be a graduate in this subject. This is because sociology is the study of society. Society is something we observe every day. Hence, unconsciously, we study sociology ever day.
Sociology, due to its popularity as an UPSC optional has abundance of study material
available both online and offline.
Students of sociology at IAS Gurukul also get comprehensive notes from Sir’s dictation and discussions in the class. Apart from this, the additional sociology booklets also have detailed notes. Current affairs can be covered both from the newspapers and Pranay Sir’s printed Current affairs booklet for sociology.
Sociology is considered one of the highest scoring optional for UPSC. Year after year, aspirants find their name in the top league of the merit list because of the huge push their sociology optional marks gives them. The highest marks in sociology optional till date has been attributed to Vishal Shah AIR 63 in 2018. He got 171 in paper 1 and 158 in paper 2. His total score thus summed up to a whopping 329 marks. This exceptional score in his optional subject helped him get the service of his choice.
Sociology is a highly reliable and time tested optional for UPSC mains examination. One of the reasons behind this is its high score-ability. To get a high score in sociology, one needs to formulate the right strategy. Right strategy often requires right guidance. Often students who take coaching are able to find experienced mentors at the institute to guide them through the UPSC puzzle. However, there are a sizeable number of aspirants who are unable to undertake coaching for various personal, professional or financial reasons.