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Sociology Online Course (2020) - For UPSC Mains 2021

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?

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    All classes of Sociology Course at IAS Gurukul are taken by one faculty only, namely Pranay Aggarwal Sir. No other faculty is engaged.
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    Live classes will be held 4 to 5 days a week from Monday to Friday. Students can attend the live lectures during class timings, which are 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 10:45 AM to 12 Noon.
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    Yes. You may view the lectures at any time as per your convenience. Every live lecture will be recorded and will be available at the click of a button for you.
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    Online students can clarify their doubts in any way:
    1. Online: Sir will address the doubts of students for the first 20 minutes of the daily lecture i.e. from 9:00 AM to 9:20 AM;. You can ask then.
    2. On Whatsapp: If you want to ask doubts about some text that you have read anywhere, you can Whatsapp your doubts and the relevant text to Sir on 9310436695. Sir typically responds to doubts on Whatsapp within a day or two.
    3. On phone: For any doubts, you can simply call Sir on 9310436695 any day at any time from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. In case he is unable to attend your call, he will call you back.
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    You are welcome to call Sir as & when the need arises
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    Yes, you can watch a lecture multiple times. The total hours watched by you can be 1.5 times the total duration of the course.
    For example, if the total course duration = 120 hours then you can watch lectures for total 120x1.5 = 180 hours.
    In our experience a student does not watch more than 10% of the lectures again. So, a typical student will watch a 120 hours Course for maximum 120 hours+10% = 132 hours. So, 180 hours watch time is sufficient.
    In the rare case that you want to view lectures beyond the prescribed limit of 180 hours, you can purchase 10 hourly slots for a nominal fee.
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    We strive to ensure that the learning experience of Online students is as close to the classroom learning experience as possible. The course content (i.e. the topics covered, studies/reports and examples shared, the printed study material & class notes) as well as teaching methodology (i.e. daily doubts clearing, personal attention, regular answer writing, etc.) are exactly the same for the Online Course and Classroom Course.
    So, you will not miss out on anything as an online student.
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    Yes. Online Course includes regular (weekly) answer writing as well as four full length, UPSC - pattern tests of 250 marks each. All your submissions and tests are evaluated, awarded marks and given feedback. Your checked copies will be shared with you.
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    Yes.Sir will include detailed discussions on and examples from current events in the lectures, as per the demand of the exam. Notes will also be shared for current events which are important for the Sociology optional papers.
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    We promise lifelong association & support to our students and we mean it. Students past as well as present are always welcome to contact Pranay Sir on phone, Whatsapp and in person. You may contact Sir at any time even after the course is over for any doubts clarification, for content / study material on any topic or any other assistance.