Programme Highlights

  • 3 Months course
  • Complete and comprehensive coverage of entire syllabus
  • Updated study material along with recent case studies
  • Innovative methodology and interlinking of Paper I and II
  • Learn the art of writing wonderful answers thorough daily assignments
  • Special emphasis on Paper II and Tribal India (which is rarely taught elsewhere)
  • Discussion on Previous year questions as well as expected questions
  • Test Series (8+4)
  • Personalized mentorship

Anthropology as Optional

Anthropology as an optional justifies all essential ingredients, which an aspirant can think of, before choosing an optional- interesting, scoring, short syllabus, interdisciplinary etc. Over the years, it has become most sought after optional among the aspirants of UPSC because of number reasons:

  1. Interesting: It is very interesting, as it revolves around ourselves (humans) and we can learn a lot of interesting things about ourselves.
  2. Short Syllabus: It is very easy, short and crisp, which can be easily covered holistically in 3 months.
  3. High Scoring: It is very scoring due to relative objectivity in syllabus and scientific nature.
  4. Static Syllabus: Its static nature, which means we hardly have to update it with too many current affairs, so it will save time here too.]
  5. Straightforward Questions: The nature of questions asked in the examination are direct, so it becomes easy for the students.
  6. Interdisciplinary: Anthropology uniquely blends sciences with social sciences and humanities, so it is equally suitable for aspirants from all backgrounds-whether they are from arts or humanities or engineering or medical.
  7. Overlap with GS: It overlaps with all papers in GS including essays and will be instrumental in the interview.

Study Material

We provide complete and updated study material with most recent case studies, reports of various committees, indices etc.

Our Study material will be sufficient to cover every detail of Anthropology necessary for UPSC CSE.


Our Test Series is designed for 3 level evaluation

  • Regular evaluation through class assignments
  • Unit wise Tests
  • Sectional and Full length Tests



1. Batch is targeting people who are appearing for 2021 mains

  • It is expected that the students must have studied the syllabus once thoroughly.

2. Revision of entire anthropology syllabus in 20 classes


1. Crisp and multidimensional write ups and pointers are required as study material.

2. Themes on which study material will be made need to be picked directly from the pyqs

3. Any additional theme on which notes are required would be communicated as the course progresses.

4. More tabular and point wise presentation of material is required 

5. The document needs to be created and shared on google docs

6. Index needs to be given before every unit. 

  • For extra visibility- mention separately in the index: Case study titles and any newer/unique topics

7. The layout of study material will be discussed before hand to prevent any confusion. 

Sample study material

Class 1: Introduction to Anthropology & Research Methods

Sub topics in introduction to anthropology

1. Definitions of anthropology (2-3)

2. Development of anthropology (all 4 branches separately)

  • Give pointers only and not detailed explanation

3. Scope of anthropology (give for all 4 branches separately)

  • Also include the subfields within scope

4. Significance of anthropology (give separately for all branches + examples of applications) 

5. Relationship with other branches (needed in tabular form)

Example 1: 

Physical anthropology: 


  • Paul Broca, father of Physical Anthropology defines it as the natural history of the genus Homo and more concretely as the science whose objective is to study humanity as a whole and in relationship to rest of the nature.
  • Herskovits identifies that physical anthropologists study such matters as the nature of racial differences; the inheritance of bodily traits; the growth, development and decay of human organisms; the influence of the natural environment on man.

History and development: 

Sporadic beginnings

  • Herodotus, who mentioned the differences in the skulls of Persians and Egyptians.
  • Aristotle considered man as a social animal.
  • Friedrich Blumenbach-  invented craniology through which he had made 5 major classifications of the human races (Caucasian, Mongolian, Malayan, Ethiopian and American) on the basis of skull findings.

Systematic beginnings

  • Anthropological Society of Paris, first in the field of Anthropology, was founded in 1859 by a French surgeon, Paul Broca
  • Publication of Origin of species by Charles Darwin in 1859

Post world war 2 era – Rise of new Physical anthropology under Washburn


Classical physical anthropologyNew physical anthropology
  • Anthropometry
  • Anatomy 
  • Medical Science
  • Study of Human races
  • Paleoanthropology 
  • Paleo primatology
  • Osteology
  • Human Genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Ecology
  • Forensics


  • Anthropometry 
  • Pedigree analysis
  • Genetic methods:
  • Serological Analysis
  • Ethology and primate behavior study


(a) Academic contributions

  • Theories: eg- Synthetic evolution (give 2-3 names more)
  • Interdisciplinary fields- eg- Medical anthropology (2-3 fields more)

(b) Applications: 

  • Criminal investigation
  • Ergonomics
  • Kinanthropometry
  • Recombinant DNA tech and its applications
  • (Give other names from chapter 12)


  • Purging myths- racism


Example 2: 

Relationship chapter- Anthropology and sociology: 


Definitions of both disciplines in introduction

  1. Sociology is a science of society that studies human behavior in groups. It studies human societies, their interactions, and the processes that change and preserve them.
  2. Anthropology is a science of man and studies human behavior in social surroundings. Thus, it is clear that the subject matter of sociology and social anthropology is common to a great extent.


Scholars views on the relationship

  1. As per A.L Kroeber, Sociology and Anthropology are twin sisters.


  1. Both are synoptic sciences
  2. Similar interests in the subject matter of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, etc.
  3. same theoretical approaches like functionalism 


Conclusion- Interdependence of the 2 disciplines or any common applications


Aim and scopeUniversal and holistic.Limited to contemporary rural and urban societies.
Subject matterInitially, it focused on tribal and pre-industrial societies. Now it studies historical, biological and cultural aspects of pre literate, peasant and urban societies.Initially, it studied only the industrial west. Now it conducts studies in both rural and urban societies throughout the world.
Approach Interdisciplinary - linkage with biology, historyLimited
Techniques for data collectionMore focus on primary data collection by means of Participant Observation and prolonged stays. Use of scientific techniques of forensics, radio-carbon dating to get concise and qualitative data for cross-cultural analysis.More use of secondary data collection techniques like questionnaires, schedules, sampling methods, appraisals, statistics, etc to get quantitative data.


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