Preface to the
I am pleased to place before the readers a thoroughly revised, enlarged and updated edition of this
widely read book Sociology by Smart Leaders IAS.
In 2011 and 2013, the UPSC changed the pattern and syllabus of the preliminary and main examinations,
respectively. In both the changes, the scope of Sociology has been considerably increased.
Hence, this new edition of the book is more relevant now and is aimed to meet the expanded needs of
the aspirants. In the course of revision and updating of this edition of the book, the various new developments
related to the topic like Politics and Society, Religion and Society and System of Kindship have been taken
This book also contains UPSC Sociology (optional) previous years question papers till 2017.
I firmly believe that this is now a very comprehensive and updated manual. It is a matter of immense
satisfaction that the previous three editions of this book have received an overwhelming response from
readers. I am confident that readers would continue to repose their faith in this edition as well.
Constructive comments and concrete suggestions to further improve the book are welcome and shall be
He is the maker of All India Sociology Toppers consecutively for six years from 2011-2016.
Those mentored by him are
ALL INDIA SOCIOLOGY TOPPERS
2016 Ms.S.Anu 308/500
Mr. Ankit Asokan 303/500
2015 Dr.R. Vaithinathan 262/500
Ms.Sharanya Ari 256/500
2014 Mr. Atul Kulkarni IPS 286/500
Mr.G.Subramaniyan IRS 272/500
2013 Mr.S.Selvanagarathinam IPS 240/500
2012 Mr.R.Baskaran IPS 197/300
2011 Mr.T.Ramkumar IFS 198/300