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Anthropology Foundation (Optional Course) For UPSC CSE 2021-22

Anthropology is the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture. In a word, it is the science of Human Kind. It studies all aspects of Human beings such as the Social-cultural-Biological aspects. Since Human beings are involved in almost all streams, so the scope of Anthropology is expanding day by day.

Anthropology as an Optional Subject in UPSC:

Anthropology is one of the optional subjects in the UPSC-Civil Services Examination. It comprises two papers with a weightage of 500 marks. The UPSC Anthropology syllabus for Civil Services Exam focuses on the candidates' ability to understand the subject as science and apply the knowledge to problems faced by the people. 
 

Features

  • Live and recorded classes.
  • PDFs of the class notes will be provided with related study material.
  • Language: Bilingual (English and Hindi).
  • Mains-oriented classes.
  • The classes will be held Monday to Friday.
  • The duration of the classes will be 2 hrs.
  • Weekly practice tests.
  • Personalized Guidance by the faculty.

Total Sessions: 123


#1 Session

1.1 Introduction, Strategy & Meaning, scope and development of Anthropology

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1.2 Relationship with other disciplines

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1.3 Main branches of Anthropology, their scope and relevance

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1.4 Human Evolution and emergence of Man: (a) Biological and Cultural factors in human evolution.

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1. 4 (b) Theories of Organic Evolution (c) Synthetic theory of evolution & Brief outline of terms and concepts of evolutionary biology

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1.5 Characteristics of Primates; Evolutionary Trend and Primate Taxonomy; Primate Adaptations;

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1.6 Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution -I

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1.6 Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution -II

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1.6 Phylogenetic status, characteristics and geographical distribution- III

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1.7 The biological basis of life

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#11 Session

9.1 Human Genetics- I

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9.1 Human Genetics - II

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#13 Session

9.2 Mendelian genetics in man-family study, single factor, multifactor, lethal, sub-lethal and polygenic inheritance in man.

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9.3 Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection, Mendelian population, Hardy- Weinberg law- I

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9.3 Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection, Mendelian population, Hardy- Weinberg law- II

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9.4 Chromosomes and chromosomal aberrations in man, methodology - I

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9.4 Chromosomes and chromosomal aberrations in man, methodology -II

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9.5 Race and racism, biological basis of morphological variation of non-metric and metric characters.

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9.6 Age, sex and population variation as genetic marker- I

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9.6 Age, sex and population variation as genetic marker- II

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9.7 Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology. Bio-cultural Adaptations - I

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9.7 Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology. Bio-cultural Adaptations - II

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9.8 Epidemiological Anthropology: Health and disease. Infectious and non-infectious diseases. Nutritional deficiency related diseases.

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#24 Session

10. Concept of human growth and development -I

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10. Concept of human growth and development - II

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10. Concept of human growth and development - III

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#27 Session

11.1 Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bioevents to fertility. Fertility patterns and differentials I

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#28 Session

11.1 Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bioevents to fertility. Fertility patterns and differentials - II

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#29 Session

11.2 Demographic theories- biological, social and cultural - I

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11.2 Demographic theories- biological, social and cultural- II

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11.3 Biological and socio-ecological factors influencing fecundity, fertility, natality and mortality - I

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#32 Session

11.3 Biological and socio-ecological factors influencing fecundity, fertility, natality and mortality- II

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12. Applications of Anthropology - I

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12. Applications of Anthropology -II

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12. Applications of Anthropology - III

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12. Applications of Anthropology- IV

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#37 Session

1.8 (a) Principles of Prehistoric Archaeology. Chronology: Relative and Absolute Dating methods.

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#38 Session

1.8 & 1.1 of paper- 2 (b) Cultural Evolution- I

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1.8 & 1.1 of paper- 2 (b) Cultural Evolution- II

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1.8 & 1.1 of paper- 2 (b) Cultural Evolution- III

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#41 Session

2.1 The Nature of Culture: The concept and characteristics of culture and civilization; Ethnocentrism vis-à- vis cultural Relativism.

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2.2 The Nature of Society: Concept of Society; Society and Culture; Social Institutions; Social groups; and social stratification.

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2.3 Marriage - I

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2.3 Marriage - II

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2.4 Family - I

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2.4 Family - II

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2.5 Kinship:- I

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2.5 Kinship - II

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3. Economic organization:- I

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3. Economic organization:- II

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4. Political organization and Social Control:- I

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4. Political organization and Social Control:- II

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5. Religion:

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5. Religion:

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#55 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Classical evolutionism (Tylor, Morgan and Frazer)

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6. Anthropological theories - Historical particularism (Boas)

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6. Anthropological theories - Diffusionism (British, German and American)

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#58 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Functionalism (Malinowski); Structural- functionlism (Radcliffe- Brown)

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6. Anthropological theories - Structuralism (L’evi - Strauss and E. Leach)

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#60 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Culture and personality (Benedict, Mead, Linton, Kardiner and Cora – du Bois).

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#61 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Neo - evolutionism (Childe, White, Steward, Sahlins and Service)

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#62 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Cultural materialism (Harris)

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#63 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Symbolic and interpretive theories (Turner, Schneider and Geertz)

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#64 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Cognitive theories (Tyler, Conklin)

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#65 Session

6. Anthropological theories - Post- modernism in anthropology

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#66 Session

7. Culture, language and communication- I

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#67 Session

7. Culture, language and communication-II

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#68 Session

8. Research methods in anthropology - I

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#69 Session

8. Research methods in anthropology - II

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#70 Session

8. Research methods in anthropology - III

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#71 Session

1.1 Evolution of the Indian Culture and Civilization (already covered in paper- I) & Contributions of tribal

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#72 Session

cultures to Indian civilization.

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#73 Session

1.2 Palaeo – anthropological evidences from India with special reference to Siwaliks and Narmada basin (Ramapithecus, Sivapithecus and Narmada Man).

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1.3 Ethno-archaeology in India: The concept of ethno-archaeology; Survivals and Parallels among the

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hunting, foraging, fishing, pastoral and peasant communities including arts and crafts producing

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#76 Session

communities.

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#77 Session

2. Demographic profile of India Ethnic and linguistic elements in the Indian population and their distribution. Indian population - factors influencing its structure and growth -I

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#78 Session

2. Demographic profile of India Ethnic and linguistic elements in the Indian population and their distribution. Indian population - factors influencing its structure and growth - II

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#79 Session

2. Demographic profile of India Ethnic and linguistic elements in the Indian population and their distribution. Indian population - factors influencing its structure and growth - III

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#80 Session

3.1 The structure and nature of traditional Indian social system — Varnashram, Purushartha, Karma, Rina and Rebirth- I

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#81 Session

3.1 The structure and nature of traditional Indian social system — Varnashram, Purushartha, Karma, Rina and Rebirth -II

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3.2 Caste system in India - I

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3.2 Caste system in India - II

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3.2 Caste system in India- III

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3.3 Sacred Complex and Nature- Man-Spirit Complex.

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3.4 Impact of Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity on Indian society.

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#87 Session

4. Emergence and growth of anthropology in India -I

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4. Emergence and growth of anthropology in India-II

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4. Emergence and growth of anthropology in India-III

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4. Emergence and growth of anthropology in India-IV

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#91 Session

5.1 Indian Village: Significance of village study in India - I

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5.1 Indian Village: Significance of village study in India - II

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5.2 Linguistic and religious minorities and their social, political and economic status - I

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5.2 Linguistic and religious minorities and their social, political and economic status - II

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5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society:- I

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5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society:- II

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5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society:- III

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#98 Session

6.1 Tribal situation in India

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6.2 Problems of the tribal Communities

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6.2 Problems of the tribal Communities

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6.3 Developmental projects and their impact on tribal displacement and problems of rehabilitation.

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6.3 Developmental projects and their impact on tribal displacement and problems of rehabilitation.

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7.1 Problems of exploitation and deprivation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Constitutional safeguards for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.

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7.1 Problems of exploitation and deprivation of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Constitutional safeguards for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.

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7.2 Social change and contemporary tribal societies: Impact of modern democratic institutions, development programmes and welfare measures on tribals and weaker sections.

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7.2 Social change and contemporary tribal societies: Impact of modern democratic institutions, development programmes and welfare measures on tribals and weaker sections.

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7.3 The concept of ethnicity; Ethnic conflicts and political developments; Unrest among tribal communities

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7.3 Regionalism and demand for autonomy; Pseudo-tribalism; Social change among the tribes during colonial and post-Independent India.

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8.1 Impact of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions on tribal societies.

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8.2 Tribe and nation state

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9.1 History of administration of tribal areas, tribal policies, plans, programmes of tribal development and their implementation - I

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9.1 History of administration of tribal areas, tribal policies, plans, programmes of tribal development and their implementation - II

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9.1 History of administration of tribal areas, tribal policies, plans, programmes of tribal development and their implementation - III

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#114 Session

9.1 The concept of PTGs (Primitive Tribal Groups), their distribution, special programmes for their development. Role of N.G.O.s in tribal development.

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9.2 Role of anthropology in tribal and rural development.

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9.2 Role of anthropology in tribal and rural development.

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9.3 Contributions of anthropology to the understanding of regionalism, communalism, and ethnic and political movements.

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9.3 Contributions of anthropology to the understanding of regionalism, communalism, and ethnic and political movements.

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Discussion on PYQs and Answer Wrting Paper-I

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#120 Session

Discussion on PYQs and Answer Wrting Paper-I

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#121 Session

Discussion on PYQs and Answer Wrting Paper-I

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Discussion on PYQs and Answer Wrting Paper-II

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Discussion on PYQs and Answer Wrting Paper-II

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