best optional for mains anthropology



(Bangalore School of civil services, Hebbal, Bangalore)

 Why should I take anthropology?

Because Anthropology has the following advantage,

  • Scoring subject
  • Interesting subject
  • Easy to grasp even for a non science student
  • Short syllabus
  • Repeating questions and hence predictability of the questions
  • Questions are mostly direct and hence can be approached with prepared answers
  • Less competition
  • Liberal correction (as few take anthropology in KPSC unlike Kannada, geography, Public administration and Rural development)

Is it true that only science student should take Anthropology?

NO!!!!! As you can see in the syllabus only a fraction of the syllabus (about 15%) contains science related topics and that too the Basics of Human evolution and genetics. These are school level and can be handled by any non science background student with ease. Further this makes the subject interesting as it brings in variety in your preparation. These questions need to be answered in points and hence makes it more easy to approach.

So what are the things that we need to study in Anthropology?

Majority of Paper 1 of Anthropology consist of study of human culture and society. Here we study the different aspect of human culture like Marriage, Religion, Economy etc and different explanation of how culture evolved. In addition Paper 1 also consists of how humans evolved and the variations in humans.

In paper 2 we mainly study about 2 things. One, about Indian culture, its different dimensions and the other about India tribes and their issues.

How many days do I need to prepare Anthropology?

Ah!!!! There lies its advantage. With the right kind of guidance and material roughly about 60-90 hours (30-45 classes) we can learn Anthropology. This should be followed by couple of revision and answer writing, and you are all set for Mains.

How much can I score in Anthropology?

Anthropology is considered very safe subject. The average score has always been >50%. With a little extra practice one can be at the top of all the optional.

OK! So where do I start now?

It’s advisable to start Anthro preparation as early as possible before the notification of examination and with focussed, systematic study one can complete the subject by 2 months. (The Notification for 2016 exam(KPSC and UPSC) is due any time. Hence NOW is the most ideal time to start preparation)

You can refer these text books

  •  Social anthropology by majumdar/madan
  • Makhan jha’s book of anthropology theories
  • Indian anthropology by R.N. Sharma
  • Indian anthropology by Nadeem Hasnan
  • Tribal India by Nadeem Hasnan
  • P.Nath(preferred) /das for physical anthropology.

Anthropology Classes in Bangalore:

We will be beginning Anthropology class soon. (11th April- Tentative) The programme is of 2 months duration (about 40 classes). The classes will be conducted by Dr Arjun Bopanna (Score 390- 2013Mains) and Dr Sahana Hadimani (Score 350- 2013Mains). Programme will include written notes and regular test. The classes will be conducted at Bangalore School of Civil services, Hebbal.

For Further detail, contact: 9886151564/42103963