UPSC Topper Chirumamilla Vinay Kumar has successfully secured AIR 464 in the general category in the civil services examination 2016 on his first attempt. He got 265 marks out of 500 marks on Sociology.
On the second attempt, He has chosen Sociology as his optional paper and successfully obtained 319 marks in IAS (UPSC CSE) 2018 exam. According to Chirumamilla Vinay Kumar, while studying Sociology, this subject has helped a lot to develop new thoughts, point-of-views, and improved the easy writing skills as well.
In the following article, we have discussed Chirumamilla Vinay Kumar’s foolproof strategy for the Sociology optional paper of the IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains exam.
When it comes to selecting the study material and sources of study, candidates get confused and use far more books than required. Here are quite a few sociology books that are simple and cover the IAS (UPSC CSE) syllabus.
|Name of Books||Authors/Publishers|
|Haralambos & Holborn Sociology: Themes And Perspectives||Haralambos|
|Sociological Theory, Fifth edition||George Ritzer|
|M.A. and B.A. Study Materials||IGNOU|
Also, candidates can use the class notes of any coaching centres and test series material as a reference to the practice. Check IAS UPSC CSE Mains Books
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It is essential to know the thinkers and learn them in detail. He remembered approximately more than 70 thinkers for each paper. It is advisable that whenever any topics are being studied, try to start relating with the thinkers and he almost gives the reference of thinkers under each topic.
The answer Writing style of the IAS Mains question is crucial for obtaining the desired marks. Taking advice from mentors is a good method to develop writing skills.
The answers should be sociological and thoughtful. It is advisable not to write any casual answers or elaborative answers for contemporary affairs. Here are some examples:
Try to include the current affairs and recent developments in your answer writing. This will enrich the answers. Here are some examples:
It is advisable that Nitin Sangwan’s Essential Sociology is a useful book. Regardless of every strategy, one revise and during the preparation time. One must write and improve the answer writing for the Mains exam.
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