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Sociology Optional & Test Series For UPSC Mains 2019

  • Praveen Kishore
  • Praveen Kishore Nice IAS
  • Lectures: 70+
    Tests: 10
  • 120 Days + 15 Days for Revision
  • 21
About this course

The course covers the complete syllabus of Sociology Optional for civil services exam. The course also includes test series for a comprehensive preparation

Suitable for aspirants preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019

Course highlights

Anu Kumari (AIR 2), Akshat Kaushal (AIR 55), Utkarsh Gupta (AIR 78), Anand Shankar (AIR 127), Sameer Saurabh (AIR 142), Lavanya Gupta (AIR 298)

The test series includes evaluation and discussions on every test paper.

Praveen Kishore sir has an experience of over 2 decades in guiding students for Sociology optional for UPSC CSE exam

Sociology optional has a significant overlap with GS paper 1, and it also helps in writing a good essay in UPSC Mains

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What you will get

If you encounter any issue, you may avail a refund within 72 hours of your course starting.

Students can interact with our teachers using the chat and email option.

Get unlimited access during the validity of the course. You can access the course 24/7 as per your convenience.

Study material will be dispatched after 3 days and you will receive it in 7 to 10 working days on your registered address.

Sociology Test Series Schedule

Sr No.

Test Code

Test Contents 

Test Date and time

Discussion hours


TSM-SOC-I-16/T -1

Paper I

1.   Sociology- The discipline

2.   Sociology as science

3.   Research methods and analysis


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM

9 hrs


TSM-SOC-I-16/T -2

Paper I


4.  Social Change in Modern Society

5.    Religion and Society

6.    Works and Economic life


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM

12 hrs


TSM-SOC-I-16/T -3

Paper I

7.   Sociological Thinkers –

K.Marx,  E.Durkheim, M.Weber, T. Parsons, R.K.Merton, G.H.Mead


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM

18 hrs


TSM-SOC-I-16/T -4

Paper I

8.    Stratification and mobility

9.    Politics and Society

10. System of Kinship


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM



TSM-SOC-II-16/T -5

Paper II

11.  Perspectives on the study of Indian Society

12.  Caste System

13.  Impact of Colonial Rule on Indian Society


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM



TSM-SOC-II-16/T -6

Paper II

14.  Rural and Agrarian Social Structure

15.  Social Classes in India

16.  Politics and Society

17.  Social movements in modern India


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM



TSM-SOC-II-16/T -7

Paper II

18.  System of Kinships in India

19.  Religion and Society

20.   Tribal Communities in India

21.  Population Dynamics


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM



TSM-SOC-II-16/T -8

Paper II


22.  Social Changes in India

(a)   Visions of Social Changes in India

(b)   Rural and Agrarian Transformation in  India

(c)   Challenges of Social Transformation

23.  Industrialisation and Urbanisation in India


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM



TSM-SOC-I-16/T -9

Comprehensive Paper I                     


10.30 AM TO 1.30 PM

No discussion


TSM-SOC-II-16/T -10

Comprehensive Paper II


3.00 PM  TO 6. 00 PM

No discussion



Being thorough with Paper 1, I needed an extra effort to understand Paper 2 Indian Society :Structure and change. The online classes by Praveen Kishore Sir at neostencil gave me the flexibility to concentrate more on my weak points where I had the convenience of escaping the topics and lectures which I was confident about.


Having financial limitations and other responsibilities I was always hesitant of travelling to Delhi for good 5-6 months and give my time for IAS preparations but this concept of neostencil’s live online classes came to a rescue for me. Sitting in Gujarat, taking care of my family and still preparing for IAS exam from such top institute like NICE IAS. Thank you Praveen Sir for providing your guidance and conceptual clarity to understand Sociology.

Amit Arora (AIR 32, 2011)
Amit Arora (AIR 32, 2011)

With gods grace I have secured AIR 32 in CSE 2011. I am thankfull to you for your guidance beacause of which my writing skills improved trmendously. Once again thanks a lot for your guidance.

Isha Khosla (AIR 43, 2010)
Isha Khosla (AIR 43, 2010)

I really want to thank u for helping me to crack the exam. In the changing scenario of UPSC exams students are generally confused about which institution to trust. I joined your regular classes which helped me to understand the concepts. Just attentive listening in your class helped me to grasp sociology easily. Your notes helped me to score 344 marks in very first attempt.

Bagadi Gautam (AIR 23, 2008)
Bagadi Gautam (AIR 23, 2008)

I enrolled for answer writing session for mains by Praveen kishore Sir in 2008. Sociology is an optional subject that required an intensive answer writing practice and I am happy to acknowledge that my sessions with Praveen Kishore Sir has served to enhance my Sociology score in Mains.

Smarak Swain (AIR 309, 2008)
Smarak Swain (AIR 309, 2008)

A major reason why my sociology marks jumped from 292 to 356 is because of paper 2. That too after a change in pattern of paper 2. I could score 190… a major contribution in this was the guidance you gave me in this matter. The rich source material you put at my disposal and the interesting questions you asked in the test papers prepared me for final exams. This year, the pattern in paper 2 was markedly different, the questions being very specific and the demand from students being to write to-the-point answers. Your mock questions had all the ingredients for same, and answer writing practice under your supervision helped me immensely.

Akshat kaushal (AIR 55, 2017)
Akshat kaushal (AIR 55, 2017)

At the outset, I would like to thank Praveen Kishore Sir for his contribution to my success. I had joined Sir's institute in 2016 for test series and as I wrote tests and sat in classroom discussions. I began to feel that my knowledge has constantly improved. Even in my last attempt I had very good marks in Sociology because of the 1) Discussions, I heard in Sir's Classroom 2) because of innovative questions he used to set in the test series, and finally, 3) The rich material he has compiled in booklets. Once again thank you Praveen Kishore Sir.

Anu Kumari Kumari (AIR 02, 2017)
Anu Kumari Kumari (AIR 02, 2017)

I would like to thank Praveen Kishore Sir for his fabulous guidance as a part of Sociology test series that I had joined at NICE IAS coaching institute. Since I had prepared sociology on my own, there were many concepts which were not clear to me, however, Sir made sociology concepts lucid and so easy to understand that I began to love the subject even more. I saw marked improvement in the structuring of my answers. Sir pointed the flaws in my answers in test series - an important flaw that he highlighted was lack of flow and continuity. I wrote 5 tests and got Sir’s important feedback. Thanks a lot once again Sir. Your guidance has been extremely crucial in my success.

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