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Anthropology is the study of people from several angles. They may relate to biology and evolution, society and culture, ecology and environment, demographics and tribes, health and disease, human development from the prenatal stage to senescence, human genetics, research methodologies, religion, marriage, and family, among other things. As a result, anthropology covers a wide range of topics.
WHY ANTHROPOLOGY AS YOUR OPTIONAL?
These days, the ANTHROPOLOGY optional is a favourite among UPSC hopefuls because the top scorers in the UPSC-Civil Services Examination receive 270+ marks each year. However, the UPSC does not favour any of its optional subjects over another, therefore when selecting an optional, the student should put their interests first.
Less reading is required in topics like anthropological theory, research technique, and demography, among others, which is one reason many candidates choose anthropology as their optional. The study of anthropology is seen as being simple for science graduates.
Science-related ideas are frequently used in the subject.
The focus of anthropology is science. As a result, the answers to questions in the Civil Service Main Exam should be concise and direct. The proper amount of flowcharts and diagrams should be added. One should practise answering questions and receive feedback in order to write a perfect response. Before taking any test, a self-evaluation is necessary. The most current syllabus has a stronger emphasis on scoring.
According to the trend, many applicants have achieved good marks and attracted candidates’ attention to select the same as their UPSC IAS Exam optional. However, always keep in mind that if you are not interested in this optional subject, it would be wise to pass on it.
BE A GAME CHANGER WITH ANTHROPOLOGY OPTIONAL AT VIMARSHA IAS
How To Approach Anthropology by Krishna Kumar
Why choose Anthropology Optional?
- The focus of Anthropology is on Science. As a result, the answers to questions in the Civil Service Main Exam should be concise and direct. The proper amount of flowcharts and diagrams should be added.
- One should practice answering questions and receiving feedback in order to write a perfect response. Before taking any test, a self-evaluation is necessary. The most current syllabus has a stronger emphasis on scoring.
- According to the trend, many applicants have achieved good marks and attracted candidates’ attention to select the same as their UPSC IAS Exam optional.
WHY CHOOSE VIMARSHA IAS FOR ANTHROPOLOGY OPTIONAL?
Our course is intended for candidates of all backgrounds, and we will progress from the fundamentals to the advanced. We use a unique pedagogy that assists each student in understanding every detail of the syllabus.
Our active teaching constantly engages aspirants in learning, writing, and revising. This program has proven to be beneficial to thousands of students, and you can use it to achieve your goals.
A Four-Layered Strategy
- In detail coverage of the Syllabus
- Daily answer writing practice and evaluation by the Faculty
- Teaching in tandem with the Current Affairs
- Personalized Mentorship.
- The course duration is four months.
- Coverage of the entire syllabus is complete and comprehensive.
- Updated study materials, as well as recent case studies Paper I and II are linked using an innovative methodology.
- Through daily assignments, you will learn the art of writing good answers.
- Paper II and Tribal India will be given special attention (which is rarely taught elsewhere).
- Discussion of questions from previous years as well as anticipated questions.
- Personalized mentoring.
LEARN FROM BEST FACULTY
Krishna Sir has been a personal mentor to Anthropology Optional students for more than 20 years. He has also assisted many students in laying a solid foundation, which has resulted in a meteoric rise in their grades (in Anthropology).
He has advised students on improving the quality of Anthropology Optional in CSE through answer writing, keywords, and so on, and has assisted 10000+ students in improving their UPSC exam scores.
1. Who should opt for Anthropology?
Anyone irrespective of the academic background can go for the subject.
- Paper-1-The greater level of factual nature of this paper makes it easy to fetch higher scores and revise at the last moment.
- Paper -2- The overlapping of most of the topics with GS paper makes it easy to understand and write answers.Here,a good command over case studies and examples will aid in fetching greater marks.
2. Is the subject static or dynamic?
90% of the subject is static! Few case studies in paper 2 and socio-cultural anthropology in paper 1 from current affairs can fetch some extra marks.
3. Does it take a long duration to prepare Anthropology?
Not at all! The syllabus is very short and it can be covered effectively in 3 months.
4. How can we score 320+ in Anthropology?
If you follow the 4-LAYERED OUTCOME-ORIENTED STRATEGY, you can easily ace this score.
NUMBER OF CANDIDATES OPTING FOR ANTHROPOLOGY OPTIONAL
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Toppers with Anthropology Optional.
ROAD MAP FOR ANTHROPOLOGY CONQUER PROGRAM(ACP) AT VIMARSHA IAS
1. Concept Building Classes
This will cover the entire syllabus of both paper 1 and paper 2 in a comprehensive manner.
5 Fold Division of the Lectures for Paper 1
-Basics of Anthropology
-Human Evolution and the emergence of Man:
-Fields of anthropology
4 Fold Division of the Lectures for Paper 2
-Indian Culture and Civilization
-The tribal situation in India
2. Class-based writing assignments and tests
The program provides a logical assessment for students to gauge their readiness. It focuses on weekly knowledge acquisition and application in answer writing.
3. Course design
Course design is based on previous year’s questions and current trends of the UPSC Main Examination as optional subjects are research-based and the majority of the questions are from critical areas of the subjects that have essentially alignment with the previous year’s questions.
4. Answer writing practice
Answer writing practice is ingrained in the classes themselves, as the program’s ultimate goal is to facilitate the right skills to cater to the demand of the question in the final exam.
5. Faculty-Made study material and handouts
Faculty-Made study material and handouts for better understanding. They are also helpful in completing the subject quickly.
6. Personalized assistance and guidance
Personalized assistance and guidance to meet the student’s individual needs. Optional comprehension is directly proportional to the level of dedication given to the subjects. A support system in the form of faculties is the best that can be found here.
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V+ OPTIONAL TEST -SERIES(OPTIONAL THROUGH 400+ QUESTIONS)
- This program aims to cover the entire syllabus of Optional Subjects (both paper-1 & 2) through 400+ questions.
- The questions will be discussed in the classroom to help you understand the related concepts and the demand of the questions.
- However, this program is an amalgamation of both where you will be discussing every concept and theory of Optional subjects in the classes along with writing mock tests which have been framed keeping in mind the current trend of UPSC.
- This program is important for you as it will help you to understand all the concepts of Optional in a very short period that too with answer writing practice.
- This program is for both, the freshers as well as the UPSC aspirants who have completed their optional classes as it will be providing concept-building classes as well as answer writing practice along with detailed discussions.
- Under this program, daily 2 hours of classes will be provided in which 5 questions will be discussed. This will go on for up to 50 days.
Syllabus for Anthropology Optional Paper-1
Meaning, scope, and development of Anthropology.
Relationship with other disciplines: History, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Life Science, Medical Science.
Main branches of Anthropology, their scope, and relevance:
Human Evolution and the emergence of Man:
Characteristics of Primates;
Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution of the following:
The biological basis of life:
a) Principles of Prehistoric Archaeology. Chronology: Relative and Absolute Dating methods.
b) Cultural Evolution- Broad Outlines of Prehistoric cultures:
The Nature of Culture:
The Nature of Society:
Political organization and Social Control:
Culture, language and communication:
Research methods in anthropology:
Mendelian genetics in man-family study
single factor, multifactor, lethal, sub-lethal and polygenic inheritance in man.
Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection
Chromosomes and chromosomal aberrations in man, methodology.
Race and racism
a) Age, sex and population variation as genetic marker- ABO, Rh blood groups, HLA Hp, transferring, Gm, blood enzymes.
b) Physiological characteristics-Hb level, body fat, pulse rate, respiratory functions and sensory perceptions in different cultural and socio-economic groups.
Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology.
Concept of human growth and development:
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.
Applications of Anthropology:
Evolution of the Indian Culture and Civilization
Ethno-archaeology in India:
Demographic profile of India
The structure and nature of the traditional Indian social system
Caste system in India
Sacred Complex and Nature
Impact of Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity on Indian society.
Emergence and growth of anthropology in India-Contributions of the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century scholar-administrators. Contributions of Indian anthropologists to tribal and caste studies.
Linguistic and religious minorities and their social, political and economic status.
Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society: Sanskritization, Westernization, Modernization;
Tribal situation in India
Problems of the tribal Communities
Developmental projects and their impact on tribal displacement
Problems of exploitation and deprivation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.
Social change and contemporary tribal societies:
The concept of ethnicity;
Impact of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions on tribal societies.
Tribe and nation state – a comparative study of tribal communities in India and other countries.
History of administration of tribal areas, tribal policies, plans, programmes of tribal development and their implementation.
The concept of PTGs (Primitive Tribal Groups), their distribution, special programmes for their development. Role of N.G.O.s in tribal development.
Role of anthropology in tribal and rural development.
Contributions of anthropology to the understanding of regionalism, communalism, and ethnic and political movements.