IAS Exam Papers-Main - Anthropology (Paper - I) 1997

Note: Answer any three questions including question 1, which is compulsory
1. Write notes on any two of the following in about 200 words each : (a) Ecological Anthropology

  • (b) Biological evolution of early man
  • (c) Problems of dating in Prehistoric Archaeology


2. Elucidate the salient differences between tribal social system and caste system giving suitable examples in support of your answer .

3. Discuss the distinguishing features of unilineal, bilineal and bilateral kin groups with suitable examples.

4. Delinneate the meaning and scope of economic anthropology and discuss the principles that govern  production, distribution and consumption in hunting and gathering communities.

5. Critically examine the anthropological approaches to planning and socioeconomic development among the weaker sections of the Indian society, highlighting the issues of macro- planning in anthropology

Note: Answer any three questions including question 6, which is compulsory
6. Write notes on any two of the following in about 200 words each :

(a) Anthropology of Sports     

(b) Homo habbits       

(c) Longitudinal growth

7. Discuss the gradualist view of evolutionary change vis-a-vis the punctualitionalist view giving an example from primate evolution that supports one view or the other.

8. Discuss the concept of ‘Mendelian population’ and its application in the study of anthropo-genetic variations in India.

9. How are body size and shape related to climatic adaptation ? Discuss the ecological rules with examples from human situations.

10. Discuss the recent developments in genetic techniques and comment upon their potential social significance.

SECTION - II (b)     
Note : Answer any three questions including question 11, which is compulsory.
11. Write notes on any two of the following in about 200 words each :

(a) Neo-evolutionism  

(b) Acculturation and contra-acculturation

(c) Transactionalism.

12. Elucidate the various concepts of social and cultural change indicating the specific problems involved in the change process.

13. Critically examine the Historical Particularistic approach of Franz Boas to the study of culture.

14. What do you understand by cultural relativistic approach and ethcentric approach in the study of culture ? Discuss the logical premises of cultural relativistic approach.

15. Critically assess the role of ethnography in the development of anthropological theories.


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