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Anthropology 2014 Mains Solved Questions

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  • admin April 30, 2016
    Just put your cursor on the question, u will see a pop up kind of window with text.....


    • JS August 28, 2016
      Sir, There is some part of answers which is missing because of lengthy script. How to get it ??


    • Harsha September 27, 2016
      Some part of answer is not available due to length of answer. How to get full answer.


      • admin September 27, 2016
        there is a "ask a question" option to top left corner. Please use it to ask any questions you desire. I will love to answer them.


  • d k September 21, 2016
    To the admin, it is a great initiative for nailing the anthropology optional but please make this site user friendly .The few problems need to be address such as complete answers are not popping infact a new tab should be open while clicking on the question and there should be an option for the user to ask and write the questions and answers.


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Paper I Section-A

I. Double Descent

II. Genealogical Method
III. Major sub-divisions of Anthropology
IV. Ecological Anthropology
V. Field work tradition in Anthropology
I. Critically examine the role of anthropology in Contemporary India. 15
II. Is culture unique to human beings? Critically examine. 15

III. Discuss the role of anthropology in the understanding of health and disease. What specific understanding is available with respect to infectious and non-infectious diseases? 20


I. Discuss the nature of Law and Justice in simple societies citing suitable examples. 20

II. Define marriage and describe the various types of marriages in human societies. 15

III. Define Status and Role. Distinguish between Ascribed and Achieved Status. 15

I. What is functionalism? Discuss the functional approach to the understanding of Religion. 20

II. What is understood by ‘Rites of Passage’? Describe the various phases of the ‘Rites of Passage and their significance. 20

Differentiate between State and Stateless Societies. 10


I. Cross-sectional methods of studying human growth

II. Genetic Counselling

III. Epidemiological Anthropology

IV. Asian Homo erectus

V. Fertility and Fecundity

I. What are the different stages of Growth? Describe any one of them in detail. 20

II. Describe Turner and Klinefelter Syndromes in 15

III. What are the stresses at high altitudes? How do better cardio-respiratory functions help the native highlanders in combating low environmental pressure? 15

I. Discuss the factors affecting gene frequencies among human populations. 20

II. Elucidate the skeletal differences between humans and chimpanzees. 15

III. Discuss the relevance of menarche, menopause and other bio-events to fertility. 15

I. Discuss Ageing and Senescence. Describe either the biological or social theories of Ageing. 20

Biological Theory

II. Describe the absolute dating methods in Archaeology, highlighting the importance of each method. 15

III. Describe the Neolithic culture of India. 15

Anthropology Optional Paper 2: SECTION A

I. Neolithic cultures of N-E India

II. Tribe-Caste continuum

III. Great tradition and Little tradition

IV. Major linguistic divisions of India

V. Contribution of H. H. Risley to the ‘Aryan’ debate

I. Describe what is known of Harappan Religion. Have some of its elements continued into later Hinduism? Discuss. 20

II. Describe the concept of ‘Sacred Complex’ with an ethnographic example. 15 marks

III. Do you think caste persists in contemporary India? Critically discuss. 15 marks

I. Define the concept ‘Dominant Caste’ and examine its relevance in the contemporary Indian village with suitable examples. 20 Marks

II. Discuss the contribution of Islam to the composite culture of India. 15 marks

III. Discuss the importance of the ethno-archaeological approach to the study of indigenous craft in India. 15 marks

I. Discuss the contributions of S. C. Roy to understanding the tribes of India. 20 Marks

II. Describe the evolutionary significance of the fossil finds of the Narmada Basin. 15 marks

III. Outline the distribution of Dravidian languages in India and describe their cultural significance. 15 marks

Anthropology Optional Paper 2: SECTION B

I. Biogenetic variations of Indian tribes

II. Social and economic marginalization of tribal people

III. Forest policy and tribes

IV. The concept of PTG

V. Impact of Christianity on tribes

I. Critically examine the constitutional provisions for safeguarding the interests of Scheduled Tribes in India. 20 Marks

II. Discuss the impact of land alienation on the tribes of Central India. 15 marks

III. Critically evaluate the National Tribal Policy. 15 marks

I. Discuss the impact of Globalization on the livelihood of the tribal populations. 20 Marks

II. What are the significant factors responsible for tribal unrest? 15 marks

III. Discuss the rise of ethno-nationalism among Indian tribes with specific example. 15 marks

I. Critically assess the role of anthropologists in rural development.

II. Critically examine the role of NGOs in promoting health and education in tribal areas. 15 marks

III. Describe the history administration in the colonial period. 15 marks