UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam has Sociology as one of the Optional Subjects with 2 papers (Optional Paper I and Paper II). The mains examination is a part of IAS Exam which has 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview.
This article provides you with the UPSC Sociology syllabus for Optionals.
Sociology subject matter has overlap with General Studies Paper 1 in UPSC Mains (Indian Society part) and it is also helpful for GS 2, GS 3 and Essay paper. The nature of the Sociology UPSC Syllabus focuses on contemporary issues in society.
IAS optional paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. Sociology as an optional subject in UPSC Mains is a popular choice among aspirants as an IAS officer has to deal with many facets of the society and knowledge of sociology is helpful in their work.
If you are checking the syllabus for UPSC 2020, you may also read the linked article.
IAS aspirants would notice that Sociology for UPSC has a significant overlap with topics from General Studies, so they should prepare for the papers simultaneously. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Sociology exam.
IAS aspirants who have opted for Sociology as their optional subject, may also check UPSC Sociology Strategy in the linked article.
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