Half Test Series Fees = Rs. 10,000/- Full Test Series Fees = Rs. 18,000/-
EVALUATE YOURSELF BEFORE THE UPSC EVALUATES YOU
The program focusses
your sociology score through daily answer writing, a series of tests
and value addition classes & discussions. It aims at providing
you with systematic
guidance for the development of Sociological answer writing skills.
Answer Writing: One 10 or 20 marker question per day.
20 Full Length Tests of 3 hours & 250 marks each - 12 Evaluated Tests and 8 Self Assessment Tests
12 Evaluated Tests will include 8 Sectional Tests + 4 Full Syllabus Tests
Content Enrichment Material
What will you
Writing Practice: 1
sociology question will be given to the students daily during the
Course. Your submissions will be evaluated, awarded marks and
returned with feedback & comments for improvement. Model content
will also be shared.
20 UPSC- pattern
test will be for 250 marks & 3 hours like in the UPSC Mains
exam. The nature of the questions will be as per the UPSC pattern.
Each paper will be set by Pranay Aggarwal Sir.
The copy evaluation and feedback mechanisms of the Evaluated Tests are designed to provide
relevant insights and feedback to each candidate as per his/her
performance. We will examine your copies with sincerity and give
remarks for improvement.
Every student will receive soft copy of Current Affairs related to
Social Issues, institute’s
Sociology Study Material
and value addition materials.
Relevant case studies, news items & analysis for Paper I and
Paper II will also be shared for enhancing the quality of content.
content will be provided for every Evaluated Test and daily practice question.
Interactive Test Discussions & Value Addition classes by Pranay
sir: Each Evaluated
Test will be followed by a detailed discussion & analysis of the
questions by Pranay Aggarwal Sir. Relevant additional theories,
perspectives and case studies will be shared during the classes for
value addition. Discussions & classes will be online and
Online access to Discussions: You
will have access to the discussions during the validity of the course.
by Pranay Sir: You
are encouraged to clarify all your doubts with Sir.
One on One
are welcome to discuss any topic or question and discuss your test
papers with Pranay Sir in any mode; whether on phone, Whatsapp,
online or in person. You may also contact Sir for any personal
suggestions & doubts clearance.
may give the tests either on the prescribed date or any other date
during the course duration, as per your convenience.
24x7 access You
get 24x7 access to the discussions during the validity of the
course. You can also upload answers to the questions and tests 24x7 as per your convenience during the validity of the course.
association & support and personal mentorship
by Pranay Aggarwal Sir.
Your copies will be evaluated within 10 working days of submission.
Why you should join
IAS Gurukul Sociology Test Series?
take the Test Series with utmost seriousness.
simple, practical and focused approach will help you understand the
demand of the UPSC exam effectively. We focus on giving personalized
attention to you based on your core competence, availability of time
and resources and the requirements of Civil Services Exam. Our
interactive learning approach strives to continuously improve your
performance and move your preparation in the right direction. We try
to ensure that your
sociological knowledge is consolidated with every passing Test &
Our test questions &
discussions are based on an analysis of the previous years’ papers.
We ensure that tests include questions on the basics, the static
portions of the UPSC syllabus as well as current- related and dynamic
FOCUS- Your Success
try to help you achieve success by focusing on improving your:
writing skill development, structure & presentation of answer.
to present facts, information & knowledge in the answer.
of actual requirement (key words, context & content) of the UPSC
in the different types of questions and how the questions should be
attempted for good score.
& approach to be used to tackle different kinds of questions.
of your current level of preparedness & required action plan as
per the actual pattern and toughness level of the actual UPSC
Suggestions for Writing Answers & Attempting Tests:
the answer according to the actual requirement of the questions.
Focus on key words. (
Elucidate – Explain, Comment , Examine , Critically examine ,
Discuss , Analyze , Illustrate , Review , Argue , Justify etc.)
content: In the context of the question asked; bring in relevant
thinkers, theories, case studies, examples & arguments.
of the answer: Para formation, sequence of arguments and statements
should be in a proper flow. There should be a proper introduction
and conclusion in your answers. Answer should be structured
logically and there should be connectivity between paragraphs.
Identify priority areas and allocate space to different ideas in the
better visibility of key terms & arguments by using of diagrams,
flowcharts & tables and by underlining.
jargon: Include at least some sociological jargon in your answers.
Use the jargon associated with the theory/scholar that you are
to the word limit, wherever specified.
time management: Ensure that you attempt all questions in the test
papers. During the daily answer writing practice, adhere to a time
limit of 7.5 minutes for a 10 marker and 12-13 minutes for a 20
your opinion only when asked for it. Incorporate your opinion from
different perspectives in a balanced manner.
FAQ’S REGARDING THE PROGRAMME
1. I am a fresher who has just started the preparation. Is this
programme suitable for me?
This course is designed for those who have completed their UPSC
Sociology Optional Syllabus. If you are a fresher, you can benefit from the Test Series by structuring your optional preparation with the Test Series and writing the answers daily.
2. What is the duration of the programme?
The programme will run for 70 days.
3. What happens if I miss a test on the scheduled date?
It’s alright. You can take the test and submit on any date during the
duration of the program. However, it is highly advisable that you
write 1 answer daily and attempt the weekly tests on suggested dates.
How will the answers be evaluated and how can I check the evaluated copies?
Once you are enrolled in the programme, you will receive a detailed mail
with your username and password to access the online portal. The mail will also guide you with the simple steps for sending and receiving
I have a few more queries. Whom should I contact?
Call on 9999693744 (Enquiry & admission)
ABOUT PRANAY AGGARWAL
Pranay Aggarwal is the Sociology faculty at IAS Gurukul. He has mentored thousands of IAS aspirants, several of whom have been successful. He is a keen observer of the social world. He is a faculty, writer and commentator on sociological issues. He is an academician and career guidance expert with specialization in civil services exam preparation.
ABOUT IAS Gurukul
IAS Gurukul is India’s leading institute for sociology optional preparation for the civil services examination. The institute is particularly well known for its sociology classroom course, sociology online course, sociology test series (online & offline) and interview guidance programs. Under the guidance of its Director Pranay Aggarwal, scores of civil services aspirants have nurtured their IAS dreams. IAS Gurukul has emerged as a benchmark institution to achieve excellence in the field of preparation for the civil services examination. Our underlying orientation at IAS Gurukul is to serve the students.
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Admission - related query?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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