Sociology Optional & Test Series For UPSC Mains 2020/21


Praveen Kishore

Course suitable for aspirants preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020/21

696 (Enrollments still on)

Lectures: 70+
Tests: 8

240 Days + 15 Days For Revision

About the course

The course covers the complete syllabus of Sociology Optional for civil services exam. The course also includes test series for a comprehensive preparation.

Note: All those planning to join this course must go through NCERT 11 and 12 standard books on Sociology first. Thereafter, Read “Sociology: Themes and Perspective” by Haralambos and Held (Orange one) for Paper I & Modernisation of Indian Tradition by Yogendra Singh for Paper II thoroughly before the class begins. While studying emphasis should be on conceptual ((specific terms used in a discipline) clarification. More the conceptual clarification, better is the understanding and therefore improved chance of scoring high.
Faculty: All the classes would be taken by Praveen Kishore except Research Methods and Analysis, Works and Economic life and System of Kinship from 1st Paper & Systems of Kinship in India, Religion and Society and Population Dynamics from 2nd Paper. These topics would be covered by some other faculty)
Anu Kumari (AIR 2), Neha Bhosle (AIR 15), Bagadi Gautam (AIR 23), Chandra Mohan Garg (AIR 25), Sameer Saurabh (AIR 32), Lingraj Panda (AIR 37), Isha Khosla (AIR 43), Akshat Kaushal (AIR 55)
Lectures (Detailed coverage of Syllabus)
Test Series after prelims 2021
The test series includes evaluation and discussions on every test paper.
Praveen Kishore sir has an experience of over 2 decades in guiding students for Sociology optional for UPSC CSE exam
Sociology optional has a significant overlap with GS paper 1, and it also helps in writing a good essay in UPSC Mains
Duration: 4 Months, 5 Days a Week

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Being thorough with Paper 1, I needed an extra effort to understand Paper 2 Indian Society :Structure and change. The online classes by Praveen Kishore Sir at neostencil gave me the flexibility to concentrate more on my weak points where I had the convenience of escaping the topics and lectures which I was confident about.


Having financial limitations and other responsibilities I was always hesitant of travelling to Delhi for good 5-6 months and give my time for IAS preparations but this concept of neostencil’s live online classes came to a rescue for me. Sitting in Gujarat, taking care of my family and still preparing for IAS exam from such top institute like NICE IAS. Thank you Praveen Sir for providing your guidance and conceptual clarity to understand Sociology.

Amit Arora (AIR 32, 2011)
Amit Arora (AIR 32, 2011)

With gods grace I have secured AIR 32 in CSE 2011. I am thankfull to you for your guidance beacause of which my writing skills improved trmendously. Once again thanks a lot for your guidance.

Isha Khosla (AIR 43, 2010)
Isha Khosla (AIR 43, 2010)

I really want to thank u for helping me to crack the exam. In the changing scenario of UPSC exams students are generally confused about which institution to trust. I joined your regular classes which helped me to understand the concepts. Just attentive listening in your class helped me to grasp sociology easily. Your notes helped me to score 344 marks in very first attempt.

Bagadi Gautam (AIR 23, 2008)
Bagadi Gautam (AIR 23, 2008)

I enrolled for answer writing session for mains by Praveen kishore Sir in 2008. Sociology is an optional subject that required an intensive answer writing practice and I am happy to acknowledge that my sessions with Praveen Kishore Sir has served to enhance my Sociology score in Mains.

Smarak Swain (AIR 309, 2008)
Smarak Swain (AIR 309, 2008)

A major reason why my sociology marks jumped from 292 to 356 is because of paper 2. That too after a change in pattern of paper 2. I could score 190… a major contribution in this was the guidance you gave me in this matter. The rich source material you put at my disposal and the interesting questions you asked in the test papers prepared me for final exams. This year, the pattern in paper 2 was markedly different, the questions being very specific and the demand from students being to write to-the-point answers. Your mock questions had all the ingredients for same, and answer writing practice under your supervision helped me immensely.

Akshat kaushal (AIR 55, 2017)
Akshat kaushal (AIR 55, 2017)

At the outset, I would like to thank Praveen Kishore Sir for his contribution to my success. I had joined Sir's institute in 2016 for test series and as I wrote tests and sat in classroom discussions. I began to feel that my knowledge has constantly improved. Even in my last attempt I had very good marks in Sociology because of the 1) Discussions, I heard in Sir's Classroom 2) because of innovative questions he used to set in the test series, and finally, 3) The rich material he has compiled in booklets. Once again thank you Praveen Kishore Sir.

Anu Kumari Kumari (AIR 02, 2017)
Anu Kumari Kumari (AIR 02, 2017)

I would like to thank Praveen Kishore Sir for his fabulous guidance as a part of Sociology test series that I had joined at NICE IAS coaching institute. Since I had prepared sociology on my own, there were many concepts which were not clear to me, however, Sir made sociology concepts lucid and so easy to understand that I began to love the subject even more. I saw marked improvement in the structuring of my answers. Sir pointed the flaws in my answers in test series - an important flaw that he highlighted was lack of flow and continuity. I wrote 5 tests and got Sir’s important feedback. Thanks a lot once again Sir. Your guidance has been extremely crucial in my success.


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