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Anthropology 2011 Mains Solved Questions

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2011 Paper I Section A

1. Synthetic theory or Modern Synthesis

2. Neanderthal Man
3. Field work tradition in Anthropology
4. Cultural materialism
5. Describe major skeletal similarities and differences between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. 30

6. Man is a primate. Discuss. 30

7. Critically examine the contribution of Anthropologists in the interpretation of symbols. 30

9. Discuss different modes of exchange in simple societies. With suitable examples. 30

10. Explain various anthropological approaches to study religion. 30

1. Genetic polymorphism

2. Personal identification

3. Conditions necessary for the operation of Hardy-Weinberg Law.

4. Respiratory function

5. Discuss the application of anthropological knowledge in designing equipment. 30

6. Discuss monogenic and polygenic inheritance in man, citing suitable examples. 30

7. Describe different methods of studying human growth. 30

8. Native highlanders are well adapted to the high altitude environment. Discuss. 30

9. Explain the application of anthropological knowledge in genetic counseling, forensic science, sports and nutrition. 30

10. Define somatotype. Describe the salient features of different components of somatotype. 30

Paper II Section-A

1. Philosophy behind Purushartha
2. Factors contributing to communalism

3. Iron Age in Gangetic region

4. Critique of the concept of Great and Little Tradition.

5. “Modernity has entered Indian character and society, but it has done so through assimilation, not replacement.” Discuss. 30

6. Describe the linguistic elements in Indian population. 15

7. Discuss the relevance of the concept of Dominant Caste in the context of Contemporary Indian Society. 15

8. Describe the characteristic features of Mesolithic Cultures in India. 30

9. Evaluate the contribution of American anthropologists to Indian anthropology. 30

10. Discuss the significance of Sohan in Indian Prehistory. 30

11. Critically examine the theories of Origin of Castes. 30


12. Forest Rights Act-2006

13. Tribal Panchsheel

14. Future of Hunting and Gathering Tribes

15. Left-wing extremism and tribals in India.

16. Discuss the impact of Hindu Society on tribal population in India. 30

17. Discuss the problem of displaced tribal communities with the help of recent examples. 30

18. Compare the approach adopted towards tribal communities during Colonial and Post-independence periods. 30

19. Discuss the distinctive features of tribes in North-east India. 30

20. “Tribes in India are not homogeneous group.” Discuss. 30

21. Discuss the impact of Urbanization and Industrialization on tribal women. 15

22. Asses the contribution of Varrier Elwin to Indian anthropology. 15

23. Examine Sankhya’s arguments for Bahupurusavada (Plurality of Purusa). 30

24. “Yoga is more than a psycho-physical exercise” Analyse this statement and support your conclusion with arguments. 30

25. Why do Carvakas reject a the concept of Akasa. Discuss. 30

26. Is the concept of Nirvana a logical necessity for the Buddhists? Give reasons for your answer. 30