UPPSC Sociology Syllabus


General Sociology (Section-A)

  1. Fundamentals of Sociology and Study of Social Phenomena: Emergence of Sociology, its nature andscope. Methods of study; Problem of objectivity and issues of measurement in Social Science; Sampling: Research Design: Descriptive, Exploratory and Experimental: Techniques of data collection; Observation, Interview schedule and questionnaire

  2. Theoretical Perspective Functionalism: Redcliffe Brown, Malinowskiand Merton. Conflict Theory Karl Marx, Raif Dahrendorf and Lewiscoser. Symbolic Interactionism: C. H. Cooley, G. H. Mead and Herbert Blumer. Structionslism-Levi: Strauss, S F Nadel, Parson and Merton.

  3. Pioneers In Sociology: A. Comte-Positivism and Hierarchy of Sciences. H Spencer-Organic analogyand the doctrine of evolution. KMarx-Dialectical materiaslism and alienation. E Durkheim-Division oflabour. Sociology of religion. Max Weber-Social action and idea type.

  4. Social Stratification And Differen-tiation: Concept, Theories of Stratification: Marx Weber, Davis and Moore, Types-Caste and Class. Statusand Role, Social Mobilty-types: Occupational Mobility-Intra-Generabonal and inter Generational.


  1. Marriage, Family And Kinship: Type and forms of marriage, impact of social legislation. Family; Struc-ture and functions; Changing patterns of family; Family decent and kinship: Mariage and sex roles in mod-ern society.

  2. Social Change and Development: Concept, Theories and Factors of Social Change, Socialmoment and change. State intervention. Social policy and development, Strategies of rural transformation; Community developement programme. I. R. D. P. TRYSEM and Jawahar Rojgar Yojana.

  3. Economic and Po-litical System: Concept of property. Social dimensions of division of labour. Types of exchange. Industrialisation, Urbanisation and Social Development, Nature of Power. Personal, Community Elite. Class. Modes of political participation-Democratic and Authoritarian.

  4. Religion, Science and Technology: Con-cept, Role and religious belief in traditional and modern societies. Ethos of science, Social responsibilityand control of science; Social consequences of science and technology.

  5. Population and Society: Popu-lation size, Trends, Composition, Migration Growth, population Problems in India, Population, education.


Indian Social System (Section-A)

  1. Bases of Indian Society: Traditional Indian Social Organisation: Dharma, Doctrine of Karma. AshramVyavastha Purushartha and Samskars; Socio-Cultural Dynamics impact if Buddhism, Islam and the west. Factors responsible for contisnuity and change.

  2. Social Stratification: Caste system: Origin, StructuralCultural views. Changing patterns of caste: Caste and class: Issues of equality and social justice: Classstructure in India-Agrarian and industrial: Emergence of middle class. Classes among the tribes; Emergenceof Dalits consiousness.

  3. Marriage Family and Kinship: Marriage among different ethic groups. Its chang-ing trends and future; Family-its structural and functional aspects Changing pattern, Impact of legislationsand socio-economic changes of marriage and family, Regional variations in kinship system and its changingaspect.

  4. Economic and Political System: Jaimani System, Land tenure system. Social consequences ofland reforms and liberalisation, Social Determianats of economic development, Green revoluation, Function-ing of demorcraitic politicial system. Political parties and their compostion, Structural change and orienta-tion among political elities. Decentrailisation of power and political participation, Politiacal implications todevelopment.

  5. Education and Socity: Dimension of education in traditional and modem socities, Educa-tional equality and change; Education and social mobility. Problems of education among the weaker sec-tions of the society.


  1. Tribal, Rural and Urban Social Organisation: Distinctive features of tribal communities and their distri-bution; Tribe and caste, Process Acculturation. Assimilation and integration. Problems of tribal's socialidentity: Socio-cultural dimensions of village community; traditional power structure, Democratisation andleadership. Community development programme leadership. Community development programme and Panchayti Raj, New strategies for rural transformation, community and change of traditional development in urbanareas (Kinship, caste, occupation etc.) Class structure and mobility in urban commnuity; Ethinic diversityand community intergration. Urban neighbourhood. Rural urban differences. Demographic and socio-cul-tural practics.

  2. Religion and Society: Size Growth and Regional distribution of different religoius groups; inter religious interaction and its manifecstaiton-Problems of conversion. Commnity tensions. Secularism, Minority status and religious fundamentalism.

  3. Population Dynamics: Socio-cultrual aspects of sex, Age, Marital status. Feritility and mortality. The problem of population explosion, Socio-psychological, cultural andEconomic. Population policy and family welfare programme; Determinants and consequences of populationgrowth.

  4. Women and Society: Demographic profile of women Changes in their status; Special problems-dowry, atrocity, discrimination; welfare programmes for women & children.

  5. Dimensions of Change andDevelopment: Social change and modernisation. Indices, Constrains and respectivity; Source of social changeEndogenious and Exgenoius, Processes of Social Change Sanskritisation, Westernisation and Modernisation, Agents of change. Mass media, Education and communication, problem of modernisation and planned change: Strategy and ideology of planning. Five year plans. Poverty alleviation programme; Environment, Unemploy-ment and programme for urban development; social reform movement with special refernece to peasant movement. Backward classes movement. Women and Dalit movement.