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Anthropology 2012 Mains Solved Questions

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    how to see the complete answer. hovering on the question just give partial answer


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      Not able to see any answers .. Please help me in getting these answers


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Anthropology Mains 2012 : Paper 1 – SECTION A

2. Ways of acquiring a spouse in simpler societies
3. Post-modernism in anthropology

4. relative dating methods

5. adaptive radiation in context of evolution

1. Discuss race Crossing in humans with suitable examples

2. Distinguish between religion, magic and science

3. discuss the role of ABO blood group system in resolving cases of disputed paternity.

1. compare and contrast the skull of Gorilla and man

2. discussed the typology and distribution of upper palaeolithic cultures in India

3. What are the lethal and sublethal genes? Explain

1. Describe the types of kinship groups formed on the basis of different principles 20 marks

2. give a competitive account of the variations in haemoglobin levels and respiratory functions among the populations living under different environmental stresses – 30 marks

3. commented briefly on the phylogenetic position of Australopithecines. – 10 marks

Paper I Section B

1. is family a social institution?

2. Application of anthropometry in designing
3. band and tribal societies

4. Genetic counselling
5. Epidemiological anthropology

1. how does improved aerobic fitness increase exercise tolerance in warm humid climates? Give suitable examples in support of your answer.

2. what are the tools of data collection? Discuss the advantages and limitations of participant – observations as a technique of data collection



3. discuss the chromosomal aberrations and manifestations of Klinefelter and Turner Syndromes

1. explain any to biological theories of ageing based on purposeful events

2. what are the basis of social stratification? Discuss with examples

3. explain the concept of status and role in anthropology

1. briefly discuss the important causes for the variations in occurrence and intensity of parasitic disease among different populations

2. what are the genetic effects of Consanguinity ? give examples

part ii

3. briefly discuss the applications of the knowledge of human osteology in forensic investigations.
part ii

Anthropology Mains Paper 2 : Section A

1. Sacred geography

2. Youth Dormitory

3. Narmada Man

4. participatory rural appraisal

5. Palaeolithic Art

1. traced the trajectory of encyclopaedic works on the tribes and casts of South India with special reference to Anathakrishna Iyer’s contribution

2. discussed the concept of indigenous people as per the relevant UN Convention. Are the tribals of India indigenous people? Comment

3. critically examine the relationship between tribal communities and the nation – State on the issues of governance.

1. Examine the relevance of tribal Panchsheel by Jawahar Lal Nehru in the light of emerging development practices.

2. using the ethnographic examples, highlight the process of religious conversions in tribal India.
i. Nagpur (Maharashtra): –
ii. Dulina (Haryana): –
iii. Guntur (Andhra Pradesh):-

iv. Delhi: –
1. compare the contributions of S C Roy and Verrier Elwin to the tribal ethnographies in India

2. using ethnographic examples, went out of how gender relationship changed over time among central Indian tribes.

3. how has globalisation infected agrarian relations in the last two decades? Agrarian Relations
Unsuccessful Land Reforms

Globalisation and Crisis in Indian Agriculture

Contract Farming

Seed Companies

Non-Viability of Small and Semi Medium Farms, and Increasing Landlessness

Livelihood Crisis of the Poor and Marginalised

Section B

1. colonial ethnograpic commodification of tribal art
2. Soan culture

3. ethic issues in genetic research

4. indigenous knowledge

1. critically examine the prevalence of caste ideology among religious minorities in Indian context

2. discuss the linkages between language, territoriality and kinship among the tribes of north-east India. (All are related try to answer it on your own, where kinship is blood relationship)

1. critically examine the national policy on rehabilitation and resettlement substantiating it with experiences from different parts of India

2. compare the salient features and distribution of middle Palaeolithic and upper Palaeolithic cultures in India. And add a note on tools traditions of upper Palaeolithic period.

1. critically examine the book view and field view of social reality

2. using examples, comment on how anthropology can be utilised in policy-making

3. briefly comment on the linkages between (1) gender and customary law (2) gender and caste. (10 marks each)