DISCLAIMER: Dear friends, I secured 271 marks in Anthropology. This was my first attempt and, like many of you, I was clueless about the subject before filling notification. I did not take any classroom coaching for the optional subject and depended entirely on self-study, guidance from a friend and feedback on answer writing (Vaid’s Test Series)..I am no expert in this subject, I have just shared how I prepared Anthropology because many wanted to know about this. Hope it will be useful.
My optional preparation was mainly done from Mid September 2014 to December 2014. (balancing between GS test series at Insights offline classes). Hence it might NOT be the best strategy in an ideal case.Moreover due to paucity of time, for the initial reading I stuck to basic notes by Braintree. Then I tried to read the specific book for particular section and finally made short notes/highlighted those important pages in the book itself.
Then made short notes of each topic. Notes must be concise crisp. Please remember these notes are useful for only for the person who has made it. So please don’t ask others for their notes as notes are only pointer to the information we read in books and materials.
PART – 1
- P Nath -( some topics are not at all useful, please avoid them) – Must buy
- Das – few topics are really good – Desirable
- Vaid Sir’s Notes
- S Das
- Photocopy of one booklet (40 – 50 pages) in Vaid Sir’s – It is must – summary of each fossil with evolution tree and proper easily reproducible diagrams are given. Here no need to make separate notes. For most of the topics just enrich this booklet with information you get from other sources.
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For this section I depended on Vaid Sir’s Socio-Cultural Anthropology book and the remaining topics from Braintree material.
Take one theory at a time, make notes from both of above sources and memorise them on same day. It will take 2 hours daily for ten days and believe me you won’t require anything else.
Socio Cultural Anthropology:Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology by Dr N K Vaid, recently revised, Palka publications
This book is very good. No need for making separate notes.BrainTree notes are good and crucial for topics not covered in the above book.Though I heard about Ember and Ember I could not find time for it and hence left that book altogether. Some topics are good in Ember and Ember (For example, Segmental Lineage, Chart for Band vs Tribes vs…. ) If we have time then for this section, then Ember and Ember can be referred. I didn’t find this book important for any other section.Indian Anthropology
Books:Usually no need to refer notes for this section.
- Nadeem Hasnani
For topics like ST SC OBC their backwardness and welfare, newspapers are important and 12th FYP relevant chapters are must.
Here we must make notes of sites, Indian archaeologist associated with them.Tribals:Friends, being from Chota Nagpur plateau this was my forte. I really enjoyed reading this part.
- Referred mainly to Nadeem Hasnani’s Tribal Anthropology.
- N.K Vaid’s “Who cares for tribal development” can also be very helpful.