Trend of Previous years Civil Services Questions in Anthropology

July 27, 2016

I give you some illustration of questions asked in previous years in

anthropology in civil services examination that also reflect the scope of

limitation of questions in anthropology.


                      The question relating to law and justice has been very

relevant in anthropology keeping in view the examination is held for

administrative purposes. So whatever may be the change in the wording of

questions such as primitive concept of justice ,concept of law and justice in

simple societies, how law and order maintained in simple societies, in fact,

question regarding the nature of law and justice in simple tribal societies

has been repeatedly asked in anthropology civil services examination in the

year 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1985,1986,1991, 1996, and



The question relating to definition and types of marriage has been asked in

the examination in the year 1989 and 2014. The question relating to

polyandry, a distinctive form of marriage in which a man marries several

women has been asked in 1983, 1986 and 2009.


Further question relating to family such as universality of family in the year

1984, 1988, 1993 ,2015 and type of family in the year 1987 and 1992.

Question regarding pre-history especially relating to Mesolithic asked

repeatedly in the year 1983, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2005 and 2013 and

questions relating to Neolithic in 1992 and Neolithic revolution in the year

1984, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2014.


The question regarding organic evolution

especially synthetic theory has been asked in the year 1981, 1988, 1990,

1992, 1993 and 2010.


The question regarding concept of race has been

asked in 1962, 1988, 1991,2011,2013.


Lastly I would like to illustrate the questions relating to role of

anthropology in tribal or rural development which has been asked in the

year 1984, 1985, 1987, 1992, 2005 and 2014.


The above repetition of questions over the years is indicative of the fact

that dynamic model of anthropology is weak , so the preparation of limited

topics are viable.

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