Anthropology Answer Writing Practice for IAS Mains

90 Days Answer Writing for Anthropology 

UPSC Mains Answer Writing Initiative

The idea is simple:

1. Prepare that week's concept.

2. Write your answers(Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

3. Receive expert's feedback

4. Go through model answers (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

5. Repeat next week

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2020 Anthropology Paper 1 Anthropology Paper 2

2019 Anthropology Paper 1 Anthropology Paper 2

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Model Answer will be uploaded the next day on the question page.

The 90 days answer writing initiative will help Anthropology optional aspirants master their optional subject and excel in the UPSC Mains 2020.

The paper I of Anthro covers the general aspect of anthropology, its development, and theories. Paper II contains the anthropological aspect of Indian society.

In these 90 days, the syllabus for Anthropology optional will be comprehensively covered. The Syllabus is divided into weekly modules and the questions will be asked from the module syllabus for that week.

What you'd achieve?

  • Develop Answer Writing Skills for Anthropology Optional
  • Learn the Trend of UPSC exam for Mains for Last Five Years
  • Overcome Your Doubts by discussions with Peers
  • Master Anthropology optional


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Weekly Syllabus

Week Paper Simplified Syllabus
Week 1 Paper 1 1.1 Meaning, scope and development of Anthropology.1.2 Relationships with other disciplines:1.3 Main branches of Anthropology, 1.4 Human Evolution and emergence of Man: 1.5 Characteristics of Primates;1.6 Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution of the following:1.7 The biological basis of life:
Week 2 Paper 2 1.1 Evolution of the Indian Culture and Civilization 1.2 Palaeo1.3 Ethno-archaeology in India 2. Demographic profile of India
Week 3 Paper 1 1.8 Principles of Prehistoric Archaeology. 2.1 The Nature of Culture.2.2 The Nature of Society2.3 Marriage2.4 Family2.5 Kinship
Week 4 Paper 2 3.1 The structure and nature of traditional Indian social system 3.2 Caste system in India3.3 Sacred Complex and Nature4. Emergence and growth of anthropology in India
Week 5 Paper 1 3. Economic organization4. Political organization and Social Control5. Religion
Week 6 Paper 2 5.1 Indian Village5.2 Linguistic and religious minorities 5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society
Week 7 Paper 1 6. Anthropological theories:7. Culture, language and communication8. Research methods in anthropology
Week 8 Paper 2 6.1 Tribal situation in India6.2 Problems of the tribal Communities 6.3 Developmental projects and their impact on tribal displacement and problems of rehabilitation.
Week 9 Paper 1 9.1 Human Genetics 9.2 Mendelian genetics 9.3 Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection9.4 Chromosomes and chromosomal aberrations in man9.5 Race and racism9.6 Age, sex and population variation 9.7 Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology.9.8 Epidemiological Anthropology
Week 10 Paper 2 7.1 Problems of exploitation and deprivation of SC/ST7.2 Social change and contemporary tribal societies7.3 The concept of ethnicity
Week 11 Paper 1 10. Concept of human growth and development11.1 Relevance of menarche11.2 Demographic theories11.3 Biological and socio-ecological factors influencing fecundity, fertility, natality and mortality.12. Applications of Anthropology
Week 12 Paper 2 8.1 Impact of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions on tribal societies.8.2 Tribe and nation state a comparative study of tribal communities in India and other countries.9.1 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.9.2 Role of anthropology in tribal and rural development.9.3 Contributions of anthropology to the understanding of regionalism, communalism, and ethnic and political movements.


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