In this article, You will know the Best Sociology Optional Books for UPSC recommended by Toppers (such as Srushti Deshmukh, Anu kumari, Jagrati Awasthi, Gamini Singla, Vishal Sah)

Sociology Optional is the most popular and opted optional subject in the UPSC mains exam. Sociology Optional assumes great significanc in Mains examination of the UPSC IAS Exam. If the approach to the subject is right, this is the most scoring optional that also helps in general studies paper. Many candidates have cracked the UPSC Mains examination by opting Sociology as their Optional Subject.

Sociology optional books (Basic booklist)

Here, I have divided the complete Sociology Optional Booklist into two-part i.e. for Paper 1 and Paper 2. In Sociology Optional, Before reading the standard reference books, You have to read some basic books for your strong foundation, So first of all Let’s see the Basic Booklist of Sociology Optional for UPSC.


Question Papers

NCERT ( Class 11th and 12th)

Essential Sociology by Nitin Sangwan

Essential Sociology Second Edition
  • 50+ solved model questions which shall be particularly helpful for Civil Services Exam aspirants and college and university students
  • 750+ new definitions in the book added as glossary for clear comprehension of the subject
  • Up to date statistics and figures till 2022 for providing the readers a contemporary perspective
  • Key terms highlighted in the book so that reader doesn’t miss important concepts
  • 100+ pages worth of new content in this edition

IGNOU BA & MA Materials ( Selective Reading)

Sociology Optional Booklist (Reference Books)

After reading the basic books, You have to read the Standard Reference Books of Sociology Optional.

Sociology Optional Books for Paper 1
  • Introduction to Sociology by Anthony Giddens
  • Sociological Theory by George Ritzer
  • Sociology Themes and Perspectives by Haralambos & Holborn
  • A Dictionary of Sociology by John Scott
  • Sociological Thought by Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan
  • An Introduction to Political Theory by O P Gauba
Introduction to Sociology: Seagull
  • Giddens, Anthony (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 719 Pages - 07/01/2018 (Publication Date) - W W Norton & Co Inc (Publisher)
Sociological Theory, Fifth edition
  • Language Published: Hindi
  • Ritzer, George (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 788 Pages - 07/30/2011 (Publication Date) - McGraw-Hill (Publisher)
Haralambos & Holborn Sociology themes and perspectives 8th Edition [Paperback]

  • Language Published: English

  • Product Condition: No Defects
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 03/12/2018 (Publication Date)
  • Oxford University Press
  • John Scott (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 832 Pages - 02/27/2015 (Publication Date) - Oxford University Press (Publisher)
An Introduction To political Theory By OP Gauba
  • An Introduction To political Theory OP Gauba
  • OP Gauba (Author)
  • 693 Pages - 12/01/2022 (Publication Date) - Chaukhamba Auriyantaliya (Publisher)

Sociology Optional Books for Paper 2
  • Social Change in Modern India by M N Srinivas
  • Caste Its Twentieth Century Avatar by M N Srinivas
  • Handbook of Indian Sociology by Veena Das
  • Indian Society: Themes and Social Issues by Nadeem Hasnain
  • Modernization of Indian Tradition by Yogendra Singh
  • Rural Sociology by S.L Doshi and P.C Jain
  • Social Background of Indian Nationalism by A R Desai
Caste: Its Twentieth Century Avatar
  • Srinivas, M. N. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 344 Pages - 10/14/2000 (Publication Date) - Penguin India (Publisher)
  • Das,Veena (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 1000 Pages - 06/23/2006 (Publication Date) - Oxford (Publisher)
Modernization Of Indian Traditions
  • Yogendra Singh (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 280 Pages - 01/01/1986 (Publication Date) - Penguin Books Ltd (Publisher)
Social Background Of Indian Nationalism
  • A.R. Desai (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 07/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Sage Publications India Private Limited (Publisher)

Note: You do not need to read these books cover to cover. Refer to the syllabus and read only the syllabus-specific topics. You can prepare short notes for ease of understanding and quick revision.

Sociology Optional (Other Study Resources/Materials)
16 Years Topic-Wise Solution Of Previous Papers Sociology
  • It can be used as a gift
  • Type: 16 Years Topic-Wise Solution of Previous Papers Sociology
  • It ensures you get the best usage for a longer period
  • Chronicle Editorial Team (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

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