Oct 19, 2021
“Anthropology is scoring, it is the most popular optional subject, it is interesting, and questions are directly asked from this subject” are some of the common notions of Civil Services aspirants when they decide to choose Anthropology as their Optional subject for the UPSC Mains.
The dictionary meaning of Anthropology is “The study of human societies and cultures and their development.” However, the Civil Services aspirants have to dive deep into the subject to gain conceptual clarity and understanding from the exam point of view.
Though the syllabus of Anthropology is relatively short, a well-structured preparation strategy and the right study material during the UPSC exam preparation are the prerequisites for acing the exam.
This article will acquaint you with all the necessary information about Anthropology as an optional in the UPSC Mains Exam- Syllabus, Strategy, Booklist, etc.
There are several reasons as to why Anthropology is popular among aspirants and has a great prominence, such as:
There are many toppers who took Anthropology as their optional and cracked the exam with flying colours. Below listed are a few:
|Shubham Kumar||AIR 1||320||2020|
|Laxmi Nagappan||AIR 45||362||2018|
|Akshat Jain||AIR 2||335||2018|
|Ayush Sinha||AIR 7||350||2017|
|Anudeep Durishetty||AIR 1||318||2017|
|Sachin Gupta||AIR 3||339||2017|
You can only master Anthropology optional if you are aware of the syllabus in its entirety. Hence it is crucial to understand the Anthropology syllabus to prepare for the subject effectively.
The Anthropology subject consists of two papers of 250 marks each, and collectively the optional subject constitutes 500 marks in total. Click here to have a look at the syllabus of both papers.
Here are the best books that will assist you in your exam preparation.
# Tip 1 Don’t focus on quickly completing the syllabus; instead, aim for conceptual understanding of the topics because that is what really matters.
# Tip 2 Make it a point to correlate topics while studying and writing answers. Moreover, try and develop interrelationships among the topics. Understand the commonality among concepts (For example, synthetic theory and race formation, though they appear to be different, but are related concepts).
# Tip 3 Focus on theories as they are essential for a good understanding of social anthropology concepts like marriage, family, kinship, political organisation, etc.
# Tip 4 Try to incorporate all the necessary case studies in your answers as they will make your answer more appealing.
# Tip 5 Note-making is an essential aspect of the preparation. It is always a wise idea to incorporate relevant diagrams and flowcharts wherever possible in your notes.
# Tip 6 Make sure to solve previous year’s question papers to understand the exam pattern and the type of questions asked in the exam.
To score good marks in Anthropology, it is imperative to write well-structured answers. Follow the pointers given below for the same:
We hope this article will make your Anthropology preparation more simple and productive.
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