Test Series Schedule



Crash Course Class #1

24 SEP 2023


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Research Methods and Analysis:
a. Qualitative and quantitative methods.
b. Techniques of data collection.
c. Variables, sampling, hypothesis, reliability and validity.

Crash course Class #2

25 SEP 2023



Test #1

1st OCT 2023



Test Discussion

2nd & 3rd OCT




Crash Course Class #3

04th OCT 2023

4. 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.

5. Stratification and Mobility:
a. Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation.
b. Theories of social stratification- Structural functionalist theory, Marxist theory, Weberian theory.
c. Dimensions – Social stratification of class, status groups, gender, ethnicity and race.
d. Social mobility- open and closed systems, types of mobility, sources and causes of mobility.

6. Works 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.

Crash course Class #4

05th OCT 2023

Crash Course Class #5

06th OCT 2023

Crash Course Class #6

07th OCT 2023



Test # 2

08th OCT 2023



Test Discussion

09th OCT 2023


Crash Course Class #7

11th OCT 2023

7. 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.

8. 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, fundamentalism.

9. 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.

10. 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.
a. Science, technology and social change.

Crash course Class #8

12th OCT 2023

Crash Course Class #9

13th OCT 2023



Test #3

15th OCT 2023



Test Discussion

16th & 17th OCT 2023



Crash Course Class #10

18th OCT 2023

A. Introducing Indian Society:

(i) Perspectives on the study of Indian society:
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.
(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.

Crash Course Class #11

19th OCT 2023

Crash Course Class #12

20th OCT 2023



Test # 4

22nd  OCT 2023



Test Discussion

23rd & 24th  OCT 2023



Crash course Class # 13

25th OCT 2023

(iv) Social Classes in India:
a. Agrarian class structure.
b. Industrial class structure.
c. Middle classes in India.
(v) Systems of Kinship 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.
(vi) Religion and Society:
a. Religious communities in India.
b. Problems of religious minorities.
c. Patriarchy, entitlements and sexual division of labour

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) Industrialization 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.
(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

Crash Course Class #14

26th OCT 2023

Crash Course #15

27th OCT 2023



Test # 5

29th OCT 2023



Test Discussion

30th & 31st OCT 2023



Crash Course Class #16

1st NOV 2023

(v) Social Movements in Modern India:
a. Peasants and farmers movements.
b. Women's movement.
c. Backward classes & Dalit movement.
d. Environmental movements.
e. Ethnicity and Identity 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.

Crash Course Class #17

2nd NOV 2023



Test #6

5th NOV 2023



Test Discussion

6th & 7th NOV 2023



Crash Course Class on Contemporary issues

8th NOV 2023


Test 7 & Test 8

9th & 10th NOV 2023

Complete Paper 1 & paper 2 Syllabus.

There shall be a gap of 3 hours between paper 1 & Paper 2



Test Discussion

Only model answers shall be given



Course Objectives:

  • Quick Revision: Crash Course classes to help students revise the syllabus before each test.
  • Exam-centric Answer writing Practice: Answer writing classes are included in the crash course to inculcate exam-centric writing style. Thorough Feedback shall be given on such questions by the Faculty.
  • Toughest & most analytical PYQs covered: Select previous Year Questions are discussed in the crash course classes. Most probable questions, based on Faculty’s PYQ analysis, will be discussed in the crash course class.
  • Techniques to write in crisp 250/150 words are discussed.
  • Skills to integrate Paper 1 with Paper 2 are inculcated.
  • Current affair Integration: Value Addition through current issues in the Test discussion.

End to end comprehensive Revision of the Mains Syllabus

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