22) Sociology 20/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 20/11/2013

  1. Write a short note on Primary and Reference Groups (200 Words)
  2. Write a short note on Utility of Reliability and Validity in Social Research (200 Words)
  3. Write a short note on caste in Muslims (200 Words)


21) Sociology 16/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 16/11/2013

  1. Explain Karl Marx’s ‘theory of social change’. What are the reactions of functionalists to his views ? (300 Words)
  2. Write short note: Division of labour and the differentiation of social structure.(200 Words)
  3. Critically examine Weber’s theory of Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism.(300 Words)
  4. Critically analyze the concept of Anomie. Elaborate, with suitable examples, the theoretical relationship between nature of Anomie and types of Social Deviations as have been formulated by R.K. Merton. (300 Words)


20) Sociology 14/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 14/11/2013

  1. Write short note: Alienation. (200 Words)
  2. Write short note: Class-in-itself and class-for-itself (200 Words)
  3. Give a Critical Review of Emile Durkheim’s Theory on Religion and Society. To what extent does it explain the contemporary scenario in Asia? (300 Words)


19) Sociology – 13/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 13/11/2013

  1. Write short note: Class struggle a conceived by Karl Marx.(200 Words)
  2.  “Not all facts about human behavior are necessarily social facts.” State the meaning. (300 Words)
  3. Elaborate Emile Durkheim’s analysis of the Elementary Forms of Religious Life and role of religion in society. How does the explain existence of religion in modern industrial societies ? (300 Words)


18) Sociology 12/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 12/11/2013

  1.  What is the focus of sociological analysis in the contributions of Emile Durkheim? Give your answer with the help of any one of his contributions. (300 Words)
  2.  Critically examine Max Weber’s theory of social action and its limitations. (300 Words)
  3.  Write short note : Functional problems of the social system (200 Words)


17) Sociology 11/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 11/11/2013

  1. Write short note: Primary and Reference groups.(200 Words)
  2. What are the reactions of Robert Merton to the functionalism pioneered by social anthropologists? Indicate the Limitations of his idea of latent functions. (300 Words)
  3. Write short note : Talcott Parsons’ concept of social system.(200 Words)
  4. Write short note : Social system and the Pattern Variables. (200 Words)


16) Sociology 09/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 09/11/2013

  1.  Explain Karl Marx’s analysis of capitalistic mode of production and class-struggle. What are the intellectual reactions to his views? (300 Words)
  2. What is the focus of sociological analysis in the contributions of Emile Durkheim? Give your answer with the help of any one of his contributions.(300 Words)
  3. Explain the origin and characteristics of bureaucracy according to Max Weber. Illustrate the structural sources of dysfunctions of bureaucracy. (300 Words)
  4.  How does social structure produce a strain toward anomie and deviant behaviour? Examine it with reference to Robert K. Merton’s contribution to this field of study. (300 Words)


15. Sociology 08/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 08/11/2013

  1.  Emile Durkheim had argued that the function of division of labour in society is that of the promotion of social solidarity. Elaborate the statement and analyze the distinction between two forms of solidarity discussed by him. (300 Words)
  2. Write short note: The sacred and the profane.(200 Words)
  3. “Not all facts about human behavior are necessarily social facts.” State the meaning. (200 Words)
  4. Bring out a comparative analysis of Marxian and Parsonian views of social change and examine the relevance of each view for social development in the contemporary India. (300 Words)


14. Sociology – 07/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 07/11/2013

  1.  “Subjective perception of the objective reality prepares the context for the articulation of class antagonism.” Evaluate this statement with reference of Karl Marx’s contribution.(300 Words)
  2. Write short note: Mode of production. (200 Words)
  3. Write short note: Social fact. (200 Words)
  4. Write short note: Anomie. (200 Words)
  5. Critically examine the role of formal and informal structures of bureaucracy in economic and social reconstruction of the developing societies. (300 Words)


13. Sociology – 06/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 06/11/2013

  1.    Write short note: Limitations of questionnaire as a technique of data collection.(200 Words)
  2.    Utility of Reliability and Validity in Social Research. (200 Words)
  3.   What is the importance of sampling in sociological studies? Distinguish between simple random sampling and stratified random sampling. (300 Words)
  4.   Write short note: Importance and sources of hypotheses in social research. (200 Words)


12. Sociology – 05/11/2013


  1. ‘When, in such a period of society as that in which we live, we compare our intellectual acquirements, our opinions, manners and institutions, with those which prevail among rude tribes, it cannot fail to occur to us as an interesting question, by what gradual steps the transition has been made from the first simple efforts of uncultivated nature, to a state of things so wonderfully artificial and complicated.’ In the light of the above statement, establish the importance of ‘speculations based on known principles of human nature’ in studying the society.(200 Words)

  1. Sorokin’s theory of change is a limited attempt to study change but a refreshing idea indeed. Do you agree?  (200 Words)

  1. Abstract philosophies of Marx are less valid in a plural society. Express your views. (200 Words)


11. Sociology – 04/11/2013

  1.  ”Scientific Research method is not a cooked recipe meant for instant consumption and use by researcher.” What are scientific methods or steps? Is it possible to follow these steps. (300 Words)
  2. Universalization of scientific method is absolutely an unacceptable proposition. Explain.(300 Words)
  3. Highlight the problem of Value fact and objectivity.(300 Words)
  4.  Answer in 150 words each
  •     Critiques of Positivism
  •      Phenomenology
  •      Interactionism as non positivist methodology


10. Sociology – 02/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 02/11/2013(Chapter 1Sociology and the Discipline)

  1. “Renaissance which is the mother of European modernity has a strong ideological, institutional and technological genesis and gave rise to growth of sociology.”. Elaborate. (300 words)
  2.  Common sense is centrality to sociological inquiry. Is it possible to fuse common sense with rationality in sociological research? (300 words)
  3.  What is the scope and subject matter of sociology (200 words)
  1. Attempt each question in 150 words each
          a)  Sociology and anthropology
          b) relation between sociology and political science
           c) sociology as an interpretative Discipline


9. Sociology – 01/11/2013

QUESTIONS: 01/11/2013

  1. Define ‘Social Policy’. Evaluate the performance of Social Policy in modernization of developing societies. (300 Words)
  2. Explain Karl Marx’s conception of ‘Class Antagonism’. How have the functionalists reacted to his views. (300 Words)
  3. Elaborate the concept of Political Elite. Explain how social structural origins of political elites influence their political orientations. (300 Words)


8.  Sociology – 31/10/2013

QUESTIONS: 31/10/2013

  1. Discuss the meanings and significance of culture in human society. Critically bring out the role of culture in the development of personality. (300 Words)
  2. Describe the socio-economic factors responsible for communal tensions in India. What suggestions will you give to control them. (300 Words)
  3. Write a short note on science and social responsibility (200 Words)


7. Sociology – 30/10/2013

QUESTIONS: 30/10/2013 (Paper-I and II)

  1. Briefly discuss the Conflict Perspective on social stratification and examine the view that social inequality in India is the function of rigid social stratification system. (300 Words)
  2. Write a short note on the social dimensions of corruption. (200 Words)
  3. Discuss atrocities on women and suggest annihilative measures for them. (300 Words)


6. Sociology – 29/10/2013

QUESTIONS: 29/10/2013 (Paper-II)

  1. Discuss the metaphysical and ethical basis of Hindu social organization. (300 Words)
  2. Critically evaluate the existing welfare programs for women in India. Have they benefited all sections of women in India? (300 Words)
  3. Outline the factors responsible for unrest in agrarian communities of India. What suggestions will you give to arrest this trend? (300 Words)


5. Sociology – 28/10/2013

QUESTIONS: 28/10/2013 (Paper-II)

  1. Write a short note on the integration of tribes in Hindu Culture. (200 Words)
  2. Is Secularism a weak ideology? Critically analyze the reasons for anti-secular trends in India. (300 Words)
  3. Analyze the ideological and strategical features of Naxalbari movement. (300 Words)


4. Sociology – 26/10/2013

QUESTIONS:26/10/2013 (Paper-I)

  1. Examine the social dimensions of religious revivalism and fundamentalism in the context of globalization. (300 Words)
  2. Examine the social dimensions of displacement induced by development (150 Words)
  3.  Analyze the social impact of market economy on traditional societies. (150 Words)


3. Sociology – 25/10/2013

QUESTIONS: 25/10/2013 (Paper-I and Paper-II)

  1. Are social movements always influenced by ideologies? Discuss (200 Words)
  2. ‘Revolutionary changes have some specific characteristics.” Discuss with examples. (200 Words)
  3. Write a note on Constitution as a living document of Social Change. (150 Words)


2.  Sociology Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 2 (21/10/2013)

QUESTIONS: 21/10/2013 (Paper-II)

  1. “Protective discrimination not only protects, but also discriminates.” Comment (300 Words)
  2. Distinguish between ‘Secularism’ and ‘Secularization’. Analyze the nature and extent of Secularization in contemporary India. (300 Words)


1. Sociology Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 1 (19/10/2013)

QUESTIONS: 19/10/2013 (Paper-I)

  1. “Sociology without History is rootless and History without Sociology is fruitless.” Elaborate. (300 Words/2010)
  2. “There has been a substantial decline in labour class and increase in labour force in non- manual jobs with the advent of new technological revolution.” Critically examine. (300 Words/2010)