IAS Mains Exam 2017: Sociology Optional Paper 2

For the convenience of UPSC IAS aspirants we have provided the IAS Mains Exam 2017 question paper of Sociology Optional Paper 2. By practicing and solving the IAS previous year question paper, an IAS aspirant can get the idea of the pattern of asking questions in IAS Mains Exam by UPSC. Go through the given Sociology Optional Papers 2 and make your strategy accordingly.

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IAS Mains Exam 2017 Sociology Optional Paper 2
IAS Mains Exam 2017 Sociology Optional Paper 2

IAS Mains Exam 2017 question paper of Sociology Optional Paper 2 provided in this article will be much helpful for the IAS aspirants preparing for IAS Exam 2018 with sociology as an optional paper. The IAS aspirants must explore the pattern of asking questions by UPSC and also make their strategy accordingly.

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Sociology Optional Paper 1

IAS Exam is considered as the most difficult exam in the country. If an IAS aspirant wants to crack this coveted Exam, then he/she has to make a proper strategy to cover the huge syllabus of UPSC IAS Exam. An IAS aspirant can explore the pattern of IAS Exam by analysing the previous year papers of UPSC IAS Exam.

UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2017


Marks: 250

Time Allowed: 3 Hours


Q1. Write short answers with a sociological perspective on the following, in about 150 words each: (10x5=50)

(a) Write a critique of the structural and functional perspective used by M.N. Srinivas in the understanding of Indian society.

(b) Which is more significant, the principal of ‘hierarchy’ or the principal of difference; in inter-caste relations in the present day?

(c) What are the distinct features of Islam as practised in India, and how have they changed over time?

(d) How have the struggles against untouchability changed their forms and perspective from Gandhian to Ambedkarite positions?

(e) Write a short note on changing means of production and increased rural poverty.


(a) The main objective of socio- religious movement during the colonial rule in India were reforming and synthesizing Hinduism. Write on any two such important movements. (20 Marks)

(b) Discuss Yogendra singh’s thesis on Modernization of Indian Tradition. And evaluate its applicability in the present day context. (20 Marks)

(c) What are the changes in the cultural and structural aspects of the caste system since independence? (10 Marks)


(a) Indebtedness is one of the serious issue leading to farmers suicides Discuss reasons and suggest solutions. (20 Marks)

(b) Clarify the distinction between “household” and “family” and evaluate Whether joint families have completely disintegrated. (20 Marks)

(c) Compare the north Indian kinship System with the South Indian kinship system. (10 Marks)


(a) Explain the concepts of dominant caste’ and ‘ vote ‘ bank giving examples from specific regions. (20 Marks)

(b) What is the nature of religious change among tribal communities? Illustrate with two examples from colonial and post independence times.(20 Marks)

(c) Compare the pressing problems of a dalit poor family living in an urban slum with a similar type of family living in a rural setting . (10 Marks)


Q5. Write short answers with a sociological perspective on the following, in about 150 words each: (10x5=50)

(a) What are the reason for the escalation of violence against women in the public domain ?

(b) Write a note on Education and equality in India.

(c) Give an account of the problems relating to the “creamy layer”.

(d) Do you agree that the issue of child labour raises questions about and beyond the informal sector? Give reasons.

(e) What are the Emerging concerns on women’s reproductive health?


(a) Discuss some of the striking issues of development induced imbalances that need urgent attention. (20 Marks)

(b) Examine the impact of heritage tourism on urban socio-spatial patterns in India. (20 Marks)

(c) What are the causes and solutions for the low female sex-ratio in the DEMARU States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, and Gujarat? (10 Marks)


(a) Despite gains from the women’s gender movement and states policy of women empowerment, gender equality is far from achieved. Identify two major challenges the prevent this goal from being reached. (20 Marks)

(b) To what extent does nation building depends on strengthening of pluralities in Indian society? (20 Marks)

(c) Explain the issue relating to ethnicity and sub-ethnicity. (10 Marks)


(a) What is cultural Revivalism? Give some examples from performing arts , language dissemination and arts crafts in recent times. (20 Marks)

(b) What, according to you are the two fundamental axes of social discrimination in Indian society? Are they changing? (20 Marks)

(c) Why have we started using another category of tribes called the Particularly Vulnerable Groups (PVTGs) why are they so called? (10 Marks)

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