IAS Mains Sociology Paper-II 2011

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Time Allowed: Three Hours

Maximum Marks: 300


Each question is printed both in Hindi and in English.

Answer must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No mark will be given for the answer written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

Candidate should attempt Question Nos. 1 and 5 which are compulsory, and any three of the remaining questions selecting at least one question from each Section. All question carry equal marks.


  1. Write short notes with a sociological perspective on the following in not more than 150 words each: 4 × 15 = 60

    1. Perspectives'on the study of caste by M N Srinivas and Andre Beteille.

    2. Distinction between the concepts of family and household.

    3. Unity and diversity among the tribes in India.

    4. The book-view and the field-view in Indian sociology.

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Bring out the relationship between fertility and social structure as viewed by Davis and Blake. 30

    2. “Protective discrimination not only protects but also discriminates.” Comment. 30

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. Distinguish between ‘secularism’ and ‘secularisation’ Analyse the nature and extent of secularization in contemporary India. 30

    2. Analyze the term ‘dalit’ and the evolution of the related concept as a reflection of the changing consciousness and self-assertion of the dalit community. 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. How are the issues of ethnicity are the issues of ethnicity and nationalism related? Discuss in the context of the emergence of ethno nationalism in India. 30

    2. What are the linkage points between globalization and the growth of the informal sector? How have these affected the nature and functioning of the working class? 30


  1. Write short notes on the following in not more than 150 words each. Your answer should have a sociological perspective. 4 × 15 = 60

    1. Stage of the Women's movement in India.

    2. Impact of Green Revolution on rural class structure.

    3. Infant Mortality Rate is the most sensitive index for measuring development. Comment.

    4. Structural factors behind violence against women.

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Critically examine D. N. Dhanagare's views on agrarian movements in India. 20

    2. Explain the interface between population, ecology and environment in the context of India. 20

    3. ‘Casteism is the modern edition of the caste system.’ Do you agree with this statement/Discuss with arguments. 20

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. Comment on the factors responsible for the growth and consolidation of middle level peasantry in rural India.

    2. How is it related to capitalism in Indian agriculture? 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. Rapid urbanization and sustainable development do not go together. Discuss with arguments. 20

    2. Analyze the changing nexus between caste and tribe. 20

    3. Bring out the relationship between social class and mortality. 20

      1. Haemophilic man x Normal woman

      2. Carrier woman x haemophilic man

      3. Carrier woman x Normal man

    4. Compare the functions of prostaglandins and histamine Give reasons for their being considered as hormones. 20

  5. Answer the following questions

    1. Draw a labelled flow chart of beta oxidation of fats to display the types of enzymes that catalyze the formation of intermediates and step-wise release of ATP. 20

    2. With suitable examples, compare genetic and induced teratogenesis. 20

    3. Discuss the role of continental drift in the geographical distribution of animals with suitable examples. 20