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ANTHROPOLOGY STRATEGY: Chetan T.S. Rank – 193, Marks – 263, CSE – 2015

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Myself Chetan T.S., AIR 193, CSE 2015. I thank Kiran S, my roommate. Insights on India has created much needed ecosystem for civil service preparation in Bengaluru. I took last comprehensive offline tests at Insights which is conducted just a few days before CSE Main exam. I found it helpful as it was just like a simulation writing Two papers on same day as we do in main exam.

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My Anthropology STrategy

Chetan T.S

AIR- 193, CSE2015

  • CSE 2015 score 263 (124+139).
  • CSE 2014 score 259 (126+133).

Answering :

  • There is no trick. Even if there is one, then it is Read, Re-read, Revise and keep thinking and interlinking syllabus. Adding contemporary debates/issues.
  • One has to Mug up many definitions and practice diagrams.
  • Use simple language for explanation.
  • One should be able to adapt to the requirements of questions in examination hall. At the same time be ARGUMENTATIVE in answering, use facts, examples, case studies, and always take a stand in the end. It should be HOLISTIC BALANCED reflecting the Anthropological view.
  • Keep checking EPW, DTE they contain well researched articles at times which can be used in answers. Do write reference while writing.
  • Make flow charts if required but do not overdo it.

Paper 1:

  • Study the entire syllabus.
  • Anthropological thoughts are very important section.
  • Avoid Social and Cultural Questions from answering if you have a better choice.

Books/Material I referred:

  1. Mr. Muniratnam Reddy notes along with sosin, vaid, braintree what is available online already.
  2. Ember and ember for reference.
  3. Upadyay pandey for thoughts (the book has good case studies).
  4. Social part – dn majumdar and madan ; also book by vaid sir; also have gone through ignou sociology for examples (not in detail).
  5. Physical anthropology – P.Nath , braintree notes. (do keep track on any finding of new discoveries/debates ).

Paper 2:

Answer to the demand of question. Be ARGUMENTATIVE, USE FACTS, FIGURES,CASE STUDIES. I always prefer examples from India as it will be useful for Interview as well. You should put your personality stamp while writing couple of answers. Then you will definitely cross above average. But, yes, it must be HOLISTIC, BALANCED.

Solve previous years question paper.

Books/Material I referred:

  1. Mr. Muniratnam Reddy notes along with sosin, vaid, braintree what is available online already.
  2. Indian Anthropology – Nadeem Hasnain. (Selective reading).
  3. LP Vidyarthi – Tribal Culture of India.( Selective reading )
  4. Selective reading from material -national science digital library.(available online)
  5. PIB – issues related to tribals development . Priority MoTA .
  6. Tribal india- Nadeem Hasnain.
  7. Yearly report by MoTA available on website.
  8. Complete XAXA Committee – HLC on Socio-economic, health and educational status of Tribes in India.
  9. Selective reading 2nd ARC report, report by erstwhile NAC, the Adivasi Question.
  10. Keep checking EPW, DTE and THE HINDU.

I have extensively used GOOGLE and YOUTUBE.

  • Selecting case studies, examples etc:

They are everywhere – in newspapers, magazines, monthly current affairs materials, Committee reports setup on specific issues,- only thing is an aspirant has recognise it. For that one should always have SYLLABUS in mind while reading.


A kagga by D.V. Gundappa (DVG), Kannada Poet:

ಚಿತ್ತದನುಭವ ಭಾವ ಸಂಭಾವನೆಗಳೆಲ್ಲ

ಭತ್ತವದನು ವಿಚಾರಯುಕ್ತಿಗಳು ಕುಟ್ಟೆ

ತತ್ತ್ವತಂಡುಲ ದೊರೆಗುಮದು ವಿವೇಚಿತತತ್ತ್ವ

ನಿತ್ಯ ಭೋಜನ ನಮಗೆಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ

English :

Our experiences, feelings and merits are like paddy (with husk). One must beat with examination and arguments. Only then one will get conviction on his own philosophy. Only such a theory can be called as well-thought one. That will be the food for thought every day. – Mankuthimma