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TLP Sociology 2019


IASbaba Mains Answer Writing Programme

Test-3

Paper-1 SYLLABUS
1. Sociological Thinkers:
a. Talcott Parsons- Social system, Pattern Variables.
b. Robert K. Merton- Latent and manifest functions, conformity and deviance,
reference groups.
c. Mead - Self and identity.
2. Politics and Society:
a. Sociological theories of power.
b. Power elite, bureaucracy, pressure groups, and political parties.
c. Nation, state, citizenship, democracy, civil society, ideology.
d. Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution.

Paper-2 SYLLABUS
1. Politics and Society:
a. Nation, democracy and citizenship.
b. Political parties, pressure groups , social and political elite.
c. Regionalism and decentralization of power.
d. Secularization.

2. Social Movements in Modern India:


a. Peasants and farmers movements.
b. Women’s movement.
c. Backward classes & Dalit movement..
d. Environmental movements.
e. Ethnicity and Identity movements.

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Instructions

 There are EIGHT questions divided in TWO sections.

 Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.

 Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be
attempted choosing at least ONE question from each section.

 The number of marks carried by a question / part is indicated against it.

 Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.

 Content is more important than the number of words.

Section A

Q1. Write short answers with a sociological perspective on the following, in about 150
words each: (10x5=50)

a) Re-Socialization.
b) Using Merton’s theory of Deviance, Explain briefly the Criminalization of Politics.
c) Cybernetic Hierarchy of Control.
d) What is democracy? Discuss the types of democracy?
e) Pressure groups and role in Democracy

Q2.
a) Examine the role of ‘civil society’ in the functioning of democracies. (20)

b) Explain how Merton's conceptualization of latent-manifest functions contributed to


functional analysis. Apply this concept in context of recent SC judgment on Diwali
firecrackers. (20)

c) Pluralistic conception of power and its analysis in Modern India. (10)

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Q3
a) Examine the impact of the social networking sites on the mode of mobilization and
form of protest in the era of globalization (20)

b) Critically analyze the impact of globalization on the sovereignty of nation-state. (20)

c) Citizenship and globalization. (10)

Q4.
a) Critically examine the concept of ‘social movements’ from different sociological
perspectives. (20)

b) Explain the concept of 'death of a democracy'. Sociologically analyze in the light


of rising authoritarianism in modern democracies. (15)

c). End of ideology Debate and its relevance today. (15)

Section B
Q5. Write short answers with a sociological perspective on the following, in about 150
words each: (10x5=50)

a) Briefly analyse the role of “political parties” in strengthening of democracy.

b) Bases for political parties in India.

c) Sociologically analyse the present rise of right-wing politics in India using Ernst
Gellner's theory of nationalism.

d) Functions and Dysfunctions of a ‘Reference group’

e) Parsons concept of Evolutionary Universals.

Q6
a) Compare and contrast C.W mills conception of elite in the power structure with that of
Pareto and Mosca. (20)

b) Is democracy a farce in India? Critically Examine. (15)

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c) New Farmer’s Movement. (15)

Q7
a) Differentiate between protest, agitation and social movement. (20)

b) Iconization of Ambedkar has led to the demise of Dalit movements in India. (20)

c) Characteristics of sub-altern social movements in India. (10)

Q8
a) Discuss about the dynamics of environmental movements in India. (20)

b) Sociology of Naxal movement in India. (15)

c) Dynamics of Backward Class Movement. (15)

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