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Anthropology Test Series Schedule - 2024

Date Class/Test/ Discussion Topic
                                                 TEST - 1
23/06/2024 Sectional Test -1 1.1 Meaning, scope and development of Anthropology. 1.2 Relationships with other disciplines. 1.3 Main branches of Anthropology, their scope and relevance. 2.1 The Nature of Culture: 2.2 The Nature of Society 2.3 Marriage 2.4 Family 2.5 Kinship 3. Economic Organization: Meaning, scope and relevance of economic anthropology; Formalist and Substantivist debate; Principles governing production, distribution and exchange (reciprocity, redistribution and market), in communities, subsisting on hunting and gathering, fishing, swiddening, pastoralism, horticulture, and agriculture; globalization and indigenous economic systems. 4. Political Organization and Social Control: Band, tribe, chiefdom, kingdom and state; concepts of power, authority and legitimacy; social control, law and justice in simple Societies.
29/06/2024 Test Discussion - 1
30/06/2024 Test Discussion - 2
                                                  TEST - 2
30/06/2024 Sectional Test - 2 5. Religion: Anthropological approaches to the study of religion (evolutionary, psychological and functional); monotheism and polytheism; sacred and profane; myths and rituals; forms of religion in tribal and peasant Societies (animism, animatism, fetishism, naturism and totemism); religion, magic and science distinguished; magico-religious functionaries (priest, shaman, medicine man, sorcerer and witch). 6. Anthropological theories: (a) Classical evolutionism (Tylor, Morgan and Frazer) (b) Historical particularism (Boas) Diffusionism (British, German and American) (c) Functionalism (Malinowski); Structural- Functionalism (Radcliffe-Brown) (d) Structuralism (L'evi-Strauss and E. Leach) (e) Culture and personality (Benedict, Mead, Linton, Kardiner and Cora-du Bois) (f) Neo-evolutionism (Childe, White, Steward, Sahlins and Service) (g) Cultural materialism (Harris) (h) Symbolic and interpretive theories (Turner, Schneider and Geertz) (i) Cognitive theories (Tyler, Conklin) (j) Post-modernism in anthropology. 7. Culture, Language and Communication: Nature, origin and characteristics of language; verbal and non-verbal communication; social context of language use. 8. Research methods in Anthropology: (a) Fieldwork tradition in anthropology (b) Distinction between technique, method and methodology (c) Tools of data collection: observation, interview, schedules, questionnaire, case study, genealogy, life-history, oral history, secondary sources of information, participatory methods. (d) Analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.  
06/07/2024 Test Discussion - 3
07/07/2024 Test Discussion - 4
                                                 TEST - 3
06/07/2024 Sectional Test - 3 9.1 Human Genetics 9.2 Mendelian genetics in man-family study, single factor, multifactor, lethal, sub-lethal and polygenic inheritance in man. 9.3 Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection, Mendelian population, Hardy-Weinberg law; causes and changes which bring down frequency- mutation, isolation, migration, selection, inbreeding and genetic drift. Consanguineous and non- consanguineous mating, genetic load, genetic effect of consanguineous and cousin marriages. 9.4Chromosomes and chromosomal aberrations in man, methodology. Ø  Numerical and structural aberrations (disorders). Ø  Sex chromosomal aberrations – Genetic imprints in human disease, genetic screening, genetic counseling, human DNA profiling, gene mapping and genome study. 9.5 Race and racism 9.6 Age, sex and population variation as genetic marker- 9.7 Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology 9.8 Epidemiological Anthropology 10. Concept of human growth and development: Ø  stages of growth – pre-natal, natal, infant, childhood, adolescence, maturity, senescence. Ø  Factors affecting growth and development are genetic, environmental, biochemical, nutritional, cultural and socio-economic. Ø  Ageing and senescence. Theories and observations – biological and chronological longevity. Human physique and somatotypes. Methodologies for growth studies. 11. Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bioevents to fertility. Fertility patterns and differentials, Demographic theories- biological, social and cultural, Biological and socio-ecological factors influencing fecundity, fertility, natality and mortality. 12. Applications of Anthropology: Anthropology of sports, Nutritional anthropology, Anthropology in designing of defence and other equipments, Forensic Anthropology, Methods and principles of personal identification and reconstruction, Applied human genetics-Paternity diagnosis, genetic counselling and eugenics, DNA technology in diseases and medícine, serogenetics and cytogenetics in reproductive biology.
13/07/2024 Test Discussion - 5
14/07/2024 Test Discussion - 6
                                                 TEST - 4
14/07/2024 Sectional Test - 4 1.4 Human Evolution and emergence of Man: Ø  Biological and Cultural factors in human evolution. Theories of Organic Evolution (Pre- Darwinian, Darwinian, and Post-Darwinian). Ø  Synthetic theory of evolution; Brief outline of terms and concepts of evolutionary biology (Doll’s rule, Cope’s rule, Gause’s rule, parallelism, convergence, adaptive radiation, and mosaic evolution). 1.5 Characteristics of Primates; Evolutionary Trend and Primate Taxonomy; Primate Adaptations; (Arboreal and Terrestrial) Primate Taxonomy; Primate Behaviour; Tertiary and Quaternary fossil primates; Living Major Primates; Comparative Anatomy of Man and Apes; Skeletal changes due to erect posture and its implications. 1.6 Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution of the following: Ø  Australopithecine Homo erectus: Africa (Paranthropus), Europe (Homo erectus heidelbergensis), Asia (Homo erectus javanicus, Homo erectus pekinensis). Neanderthal Man- La-Chapelle-aux-saints (Classical type), Mt. Carmel (Progressive type), Rhodesian man. Ø  Homo sapiens — Cromagnon, Grimaldi and Chancelede. 1.7 The biological basis of life: The Cell, DNA structure and replication, Protein Synthesis, Gene, Mutation, Chromosomes, and Cell Division. 1.8 Principles of Prehistoric Archaeology. Chronology: Relative and Absolute Dating methods. Cultural Evolution- Broad Outlines of Prehistoric cultures: Ø  Paleolithic Ø  Mesolithic Ø  Neolithic Ø  Chalcolithic Ø  Copper-Bronze Age Ø  Iron Age   PAPER - 2 1.1 Evolution of the Indian Culture and Civilization Prehistoric (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Neolithic Chalcolithic). Protohistoric (Indus Civilization): Pre- Harappan, Harappan and post- Harappan cultures. Contributions of tribal cultures to Indian civilization. 1.2 Palaeo-Anthropological evidence from India with special reference to Siwaliks and Narmada basin (Ramapithecus, Sivapithecus and Narmada Man). 1.3 Ethno-archaeology in India: The concept of ethnoarchaeology; Survivals and Parallels among the hunting, foraging, fishing, pastoral and peasant communities including arts and crafts producing communities.
20/07/2024 Test Discussion - 7
21/07/2024 Test Discussion - 8
                                                  TEST - 5
21/07/2024 Sectional Test - 5 2. Demographic profile of India — Ethnic and linguistic elements in the Indian population and their distribution. Indian population – factors influencing its structure and growth. 3.1 The structure and nature of traditional Indian social system-Varnashram, Purushartha, Karma, Rina and Rebirth. 3.2 Caste system in India- Structure and characteristics Varna and caste, Theories of origin of caste system, Dominant caste, Caste mobility, Future of caste system, Jajmani system. Tribe-case continuum. 3.3 Sacred Complex and Nature-Man-Spirit Complex. 3.4. Impact of Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity of Indian society. 4. Emergence, growth and development in India- Contributions of the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century scholar-administrators. Contributions of Indian anthropologists to tribal and caste studies. 5.1 Indian Village-Significance of village study in India; Indian village as a social system; Traditional and changing patterns of settlement and inter-caste relations; Agrarian relations in Indian villages; Impact of globalization on Indian villages. 5.2 Linguistic and religious minorities and their social, political and economic status. 5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society: Sanskritization, Westernization, Modernization; Inter-play of little and great traditions; Panchayati Raj and social change; Media and Social change.
27/07/2024 Test Discussion - 9
28/07/2024 Test Discussion - 10
                                                 TEST - 6
28/07/2024 Sectional Test - 6 6.1 Tribal situation in India 6.2 Problems of the tribal Communities 6.3 Developmental projects and their impact on tribal displacement and problems of rehabilitation. Development of forest policy and tribals. Impact of urbanization and industrialization on tribal populations. 7.1 Problems of exploitation and deprivation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Constitutional safeguards for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes. 7.2 Social change and contemporary tribal societies: Impact of modern democratic institutions, development programmers and welfare measures on tribals and weaker sections. 7.3 The concept of ethnicity; Ethnic conflicts and political developments; Unrest among tribal communities; Regionalism and demand for autonomy; Pseudo-tribalism; Social change among the tribes during colonial and post-Independent India. 8.1. Impact of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and other religions on tribal societies. 8.2. Tribe and nation state - a comparative study of tribal communities in India and other countries. 9.1. History of administration of tribal areas, tribal policies, plans, programmers of tribal development and their implementation. The concept of PTGs (Primitive Tribal Groups), their distribution, special programmers for their development. Role of N.G.O.s in tribal development. 9.2. Role of anthropology in tribal and rural development. 9.3. Contributions of anthropology to the understanding of regionalism, communalism, and ethnic and political movements."
03/08/2024 Test Discussion - 11
04/08/2024 Test Discussion - 12
                                       TEST – 7 & TEST – 8
04/08/2024 FULL LENGTH TEST – 1 PAPER – 1
11/08/2024 FULL LENGTH TEST - 2 PAPER – 2
10/08/2024 Test Discussion - 13 FULL LENGTH TEST – 1 & 2
11/08/2024 Test Discussion - 14

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