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Paper- I

Time Allowed: Three Hours Maximum Marks: 300

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Candidates should attempt all questions strictly in accordance with the instructions given under each

questions. The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question.


1. Write short notes on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20x3=60

(a) Sociology as a science of society

(b) Talcott Parson�s concept of social system

(c) Social Facts

(d) Robert Merton�s View on Manifest and latent functions

2. Explain Karl Marks analysis of capitalistic mode of production and class struggle. What are the intellectual

reactions to his view? 60

3. What is the subject-matter of sociology according to Max Weber? Which Major methods did he suggest for

social science research? Illustrate your answer with his sociological contributions. 60

4. Elaborate Emile Durkheim�s analysis of the elementary forms of religion life and role of religion in society. How

does he explain existence of religion in modern industrial society? 60


5. Write short notes on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20x3=60

(a) Changing structure of family

(b) Role conflict and its resolution

(c) Education as an instrument of social change

(d) Features of Pre-Industrial Economic system.

6. Indicates social determinates of economic development. Discuss any one sociological perspective analyzing

backwardness and poverty in the development society. 60

7. What are the structural elements of a social movement? State how a social movement comes to its end.

Illustrate your answer with example. 60

8. Explain the meaning and modes of political participation. What are the factors preventing people�s participation

in Politics in India 60

Paper- II


1. Write critical notes on any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: - 20x3=60

(a) Problem of Dowry

(b) Sanskritiation

(c) Programme for Urban development

(d) Problems of urban development

2. Discuss the role of various reform movements in India? 60

3. Describe the salient features of poverty alleviation programme. What modification would you suggest to make

them more effective 60

4. Discuss the various problems of tribal communities in India and access the impact of tribal development efforts

after independence. 60


5. Write critical notes on any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: - 20x3=60

(a). Education and social mobility

(b). Regionalism

(c). Market economy and its social consequence

(d). Agrarian Unrest

6. Discuss the major problems of religions fundamentalism in contemporary India. Give suggestion to tackle these

problems. 60

7. Discuss the social consequence of economic reforms like liberalization, privatization and globalization. 60

8. Discuss the impact of legislation and social economic changes on marriage and family institutions. Are these

institutions weakening in contemporary India ? 60

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