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TEST No. Date Topics covered
Test 1 7th July SOCIOLOGY: THE DISCIPLINE: (a) Modernity and social changes in Europe and emergence of sociology. (b) Scope of the subject and comparison with other social sciences. (c) Sociology and common sense. SOCIOLOGICAL THINKERS: (a) Karl Marx- Historical materialism, mode of production, alienation, class struggle. (b) Emile Durkheim- Division of labour, social fact, suicide, religion and society. (c) Max Weber- Social action, ideal types, authority, bureaucracy, protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. (d) Talcott Parsons- Social system, pattern variables. (e) Robert K. Merton- Latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance, reference groups (f) Mead – Self and identity.
Test 2 14th July  

Syllabus of Test 1 + STRATIFICATION AND MOBILITY: (a) Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation (b) Dimensions – Social stratification of class, status groups, gender, ethnicity and race. (c) Theories of social stratification- Structural functionalist theory, Marxist theory, Weberian theory. (d) Social mobility- open and closed systems, types of mobility, sources and causes of mobility. WORK AND ECONOMIC LIFE: (a) Social organization of work in different types of society- slave society, feudal society, industrial /capitalist society. (b) Formal and informal organization of work (c) Labour and society. POLITICS AND SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of power (b) Power elite, bureaucracy, pressure groups, and political parties. (c) Nation, state, citizenship, democracy, civil society, ideology. (d) Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution. RELIGION AND SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of religion. (b) Types of religious practices: animism, monism, pluralism, sects, cults. (c) Religion in modern society: religion and science, secularization, religious revivalism, religious fundamentalism.

 

Test 3 21st July  

Syllabus of Test 2 + SYSTEMS OF KINSHIP: (a) Family, household, marriage. (b) Types and forms of family. (c) Lineage and descent (d) Patriarchy and sexual division of labour (e) Contemporary trends. SOCIAL CHANGE IN MODERN SOCIETY: (a) Sociological theories of social change. (b) Development and dependency. (c) Agents of social change. (d) Education and social change. (e)Science, technology and social change. SOCIOLOGY AS SCIENCE: (a) Science, scientific method and critique. (b) Major theoretical strands of research methodology. (c) Positivism and its critique. (d) Fact value and objectivity. (e) Non- positivist methodologies. RESEARCH METHODS AND ANALYSIS: (a) Qualitative and quantitative methods (b) Techniques of data collection. (c) Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity

 

Test 4 28th July  

A. INTRODUCING INDIAN SOCIETY: (i) PERSPECTIVES (a) Indology (GS. Ghurye). (b) Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas). (c) Marxist sociology ( A R Desai). (ii) IMPACT OF COLONIAL RULE ON INDIAN SOCIETY: (a) Social background of Indian nationalism. (b) Modernization of Indian tradition. (c) Protests and movements during the colonial period. (d) Social reforms B. SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (i) RURAL AND AGRARIAN SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (a) The idea of Indian village and village studies- (b) Agrarian social structure -Evolution of land tenure system, land reforms. B. SOCIAL STRUCTURE: (ii) CASTE SYSTEM: (a) Perspectives on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurye, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille. (b) Features of caste system. (c) Untouchability – forms and perspectives (iii) TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IN INDIA: (a) Definitional problems. (b) Geographical spread. (c) Colonial policies and tribes. (d) Issues of integration and autonomy.

 

Test 5 4th August  

Syllabus of Test 4 + (iv) SOCIAL CLASSES IN INDIA: (a) Agrarian class structure. (b) Industrial class structure. (c) Middle classes in India. (v) SYSTEMS OF KINSHP IN INDIA: (a) Lineage and descent in India. (b) Types of kinship systems. (c) Family and marriage in India. (d) Household dimensions of the family. (e) Patriarchy, entitlements and sexual division of labour (vi) RELIGION AND SOCIETY: (a) Religious communities in India. (b) Problems of religious minorities. C. SOCIAL CHANGES IN INDIA: (i) Visions of Social Change in India: (a) Idea of development planning and mixed economy. (b) Constitution, law and social change. (c) Education and social change. (ii) RURAL AND AGRARIAN TRANSFORMATION IN INDIA: (a) Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperatives, poverty alleviation schemes. (b) Green revolution and social change. (c) Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture . (d) Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration. (iii) INDUSTRIALISATION AND URBANISATION IN INDIA: (a) Evolution of modern industry in India. (b) Growth of urban settlements in India. (c) Working class: structure, growth, class mobilization. (d) Informal sector, child labour. (e) Slums and deprivation in urban areas.

 

Test 6 11th August  

Syllabus of Test 5 + (iv) POLITICS AND SOCIETY: (a) Nation, democracy and citizenship. (b) Political parties, pressure groups , social and political elite. (c) Regionalism and decentralization of power. (d) Secularization (v) SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN MODERN INDIA: (a) Peasants and farmers movements. (b) Women’s movement. (c) Backward classes & Dalit movement. (d) Ethnicity and Identity movements. (e) Environmental movements. (vi) POPULATION DYNAMICS:(a) Population size, growth, composition and distribution. (b) Components of population growth: birth, death, migration. (c) Population policy and family planning. (d) Emerging issues: ageing, sex ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductive health. (vii) CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION: (a) Crisis of development: displacement, environmental problems and sustainability. (b) Poverty, deprivation and inequalities. (c) Violence against women. (d) Caste conflicts. (e) Ethnic conflicts, communalism, religious revivalism. (f) Illiteracy and disparities in education.

 

Test 7,Test 8 18th August,25th August  

Complete Syllabus of Sociology I ( Full Length Test )
Complete syllabus of Sociology Paper II ( Full Length Test )

 

Test 9,Test 10 1st September,8th September  

Complete Syllabus of Sociology I ( Full Length Test )
Complete syllabus of Sociology Paper II ( Full Length Test )

 

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