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Title: Anthropology Optional for UPSC


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UPSC ANTHROPOLOGY OPTIONAL for UPSC
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COURSE OVERVIEW
  • Anthropology is a social science not a biological
    science like history, Sociology, Economics
    Political science which is one of the popular
    optional subjects in UPSC/IAS/PSC exam.
  • Anthropology is the study of man in totality
    including analyzing all types of culture and
    societies such as tribal and modern
    societies-their socio-culture associations viz.
    Marriage, family, kinship, economic association,
    political system and belief pattern like religion
    and magical. Anthropology also deals with
    prehistoric and modern societies i.e.
    socio-cultural development.

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  • Apart from these, Anthropology studies man as a
    creature i.e. studying origin and development of
    their physical variants from place to place.
    Thus, the syllabus of all anthropology
    discretionary was well keeping up the tradition
    i.e. holism. Whereas, other social sciences deal
    with man at a peace meal fashion e.g. history
    studies past event of man, sociology deals with
    social structure of male not biological element
    of man in any way, while economics political
    science dealing with political and economic
    institution .

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  • Thus anthropology is a holistic study of man i.e.
    studying man in totality where as other social
    science studying man in an atomistic manner in
    dealing with man in part manner.
  • As far as anthropology syllabus in UPSC/PCS is
    considered the 1st paper deals with world
    anthropology i.e. socio cultural and biological
    evolution and variations across the world. While
    the 2nd paper is associated with Indian
    anthropology i.e. socio-cultural and biological
    evolution and variations of mankind to be studied
    in the Indian context.
  • Thus, the syllabus is well intended to
    consistently pursue the tradition of anthropology
    i.e. holism.

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COURSE SUMMARY FEATURES
  1. Anthropology is an optional that might be chosen
    by pupils with any educational background such as
    students with arts, commerce, science and
    professional background including physicians,
    engineers, MBA, MCA, Biotech etc.. It does not
    require specialization.
  2. Familiar and interesting contents one must
    research institutions such as marriage, family,
    kinship, economic establishment, political
    system, religion and magic, which is a part and
    parcel of human beings. Moreover, you must study
    tribal individuals, human diversity and origin.
    Thus, things are comfortable and intriguing
    because of which the topic isn't hard to learn
    and comprehend.

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  1. Shorter syllabus-- complete coverage of the
    syllabus in a test oriented fashion can be
    achieved in a period of 3 weeks which
    additionally 5 days/week. So one can save
    yourself time and spend more time in G.S and
    article.
  2. Subject matters mostly static and traditional in
    nature so one shouldn't be after newspaper,
    magazines or current affairs that are time
    consuming and annoying affairs.

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  1. Straight forward questions at the examination
    -the largest advantage Replies can be ready
    ahead that can be memorized, practiced and
    revised a few times prior to the examination. And
    consequently you can replicate answers directly
    in the examination. It enriches rate of
    presentation, enhances quality of answers and
    following all one can try all of the questions
    within the limits of time.
  2. Spin off benefits anthropology has many benefits
    in G.S (culture, polity and governance, science
    and technology, social issues and ethics) and in
    easy as well.

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  • Thus, anthropology is highly scoring and an
    optional of certainty. It means if one is
    bestowed with reliable guidance and working hard
    intelligently, one is sure to score
    extraordinarily i.e. 300. These advantages are
    not found with other optional such as Public
    administration, geography, sociology, history and
    philosophy. Consequently, one could expect to
    secure IAS/IPS with certainty.

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