WBCS Anthropology Syllabus 2022: Paper 1 and Paper 2 Syllabus in Bengali

By Sumit Mazumder|Updated : July 7th, 2022

WBCS Anthropology is the most popular subject in WBCS aspirant circles. Generally, students of science and engineering backgrounds place it at the top of their list of favourite optional subjects. According to many toppers, it's a very interesting and scoring topic.
The WBCS Anthropology Optional includes topics like Human evolution, Theories of human origin, Genetics, Human adaptation, social stratification, etc. It is one of the most important optional for WBCS exam.
Candidates selected or decided to take Anthropology as their optional subject will get a clear conception of all the matters related to Anthropology Optional, such as syllabus, booklist, preparation technique, etc., from this article.

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WBCS Anthropology Optional Syllabus 2022

Like all optional subjects, Anthropology includes two 200-mark descriptive type papers (Paper 1 and Paper II). Candidates must read the entire syllabus several times because if you prepare for the optional in the right method, it will help you get good marks in WBCS Mains. Let's take a look at the syllabus of the WBCS Anthropology. 

WBCS Anthropology syllabus

Anthropology Paper 1

  1. Introducing anthropology: Meaning and scope of anthropology. Major branches of anthropology
  2. Human evolution and Hominization process
  3. Human Genetics
  4. Human variation
  5. Human Growth and Nutrition
  6. Concept of Health and disease
  7. Human adaptation
  8. Cultural evolution
  9. Theories and concepts of culture and society
  10. Culture and civilization
  11. Elements of social organization
  12. Economic Anthropology
  13. Political anthropology
  14. Anthropology of religion
  15. Social stratification
  16. Ecological anthropology
  17. Emerging fields of social-cultural anthropology
  18. Basic methods of data collection and interpretation

Anthropology Paper 2

  1. History and Development of Anthropology in India 
  2. Evolution of Indian culture and civilization
  3. The emergence of man in India and contemporary variation
  4. Demographic Profile of India
  5. Anthropological approaches to Indian civilization
  6. Aspects of an Indian village
  7. Weaker sections
  8. The tribal situation in India
  9. Anthropology of development
  10. Emerging issues in Indian Anthropology

Download WBCS Anthropology Syllabus PDF 

The first step in preparing for any exam is to imbibe the syllabus well. Then you have to set a proper timetable according to the syllabus. Because without planning, it is very challenging to cover the whole syllabus in this short period. Below you will get the syllabus of WBCS Anthropology in pdf format. 



WBCS Anthropology Syllabus 2022 in Bengali

সমস্ত ঐচ্ছিক বিষয়গুলির মতো, নৃবিজ্ঞান ঐচ্ছিকটিতে দুটি 200-মার্কসের ডেসক্রিপটিভ টাইপ পেপার (পেপার 1 এবং পেপার 2) অন্তর্ভুক্ত রয়েছে। প্রার্থীদের অবশ্যই পুরো সিলেবাসটি বেশ কয়েকবার পড়তে হবে কারণ আপনি যদি সঠিক পদ্ধতিতে ঐচ্ছিকের জন্য প্রস্তুত হন তবে এটি আপনাকে WBCS মেইনসে ভাল নম্বর পেতে সহায়তা করবে। একনজরে বাংলায় দেখে নেওয়া যাক WBCS Anthropology Optional-এর সিলেবাস। 

WBCS Anthropology সিলেবাস

Anthropology পেপার 1

  1. অর্থ এবং প্রসার। নৃবিজ্ঞানের প্রধান শাখাসমূহ
  2. মানব বিবর্তন এবং হোমোনাইজেশন প্রক্রিয়া
  3. মানব জেনেটিক্স
  4. মানব বৈচিত্র্য
  5. মানব বৃদ্ধি ও পুষ্টি
  6. স্বাস্থ্য ও রোগের ধারণা
  7. মানব অভিযোজন
  8. সাংস্কৃতিক বিবর্তন
  9. সংস্কৃতি ও সমাজের তত্ত্ব এবং ধারণা
  10. সংস্কৃতি ও সভ্যতা
  11. সামাজিক সংগঠনের উপাদানসমূহ
  12. অর্থনৈতিক নৃবিজ্ঞান
  13. রাজনৈতিক নৃবিজ্ঞান
  14. ধর্মের নৃবিজ্ঞান
  15. সামাজিক স্তরবিন্যাস
  16. পরিবেশগত নৃবিজ্ঞান
  17. সামাজিক-সাংস্কৃতিক নৃবিজ্ঞানের উদীয়মান ক্ষেত্রসমূহ
  18. তথ্য সংগ্রহ এবং ব্যাখ্যার মৌলিক পদ্ধতি

Anthropology পেপার 2

  1. ভারতে নৃবিজ্ঞানের ইতিহাস ও উন্নয়ন 
  2. ভারতীয় সংস্কৃতি ও সভ্যতার বিবর্তন
  3. ভারতে মানব উত্থান এবং সমসাময়িক বৈচিত্র্য
  4. ভারতের ডেমোগ্রাফিক প্রোফাইল
  5. ভারতীয় সভ্যতার প্রতি নৃতাত্ত্বিক দৃষ্টিভঙ্গি
  6. ভারতীয় গ্রামের বিভিন্ন দিক
  7. দুর্বল শ্রেণী
  8. ভারতের উপজাতি পরিস্থিতি
  9. উন্নয়নের জন্য নৃবিজ্ঞান 
  10. ভারতীয় নৃবিজ্ঞানে উদীয়মান সমস্যা

How to Prepare for WBCS Anthropology?

If we compare the Anthropology with other humanities subjects of WBCS, we will find that it scores more than the others because this subject directly relates to science. Below are some suggestions on preparation strategy for Anthropology and how to get good marks in this subject.

  • Your first task will be to look at the last year's question papers, at least 5 years, and determine the topics from which maximum questions came in previous years.
  • Then you have to break the whole syllabus into small parts, so you don't get bored reading the subject.
  • The next task is to grasp the concept of each topic.
  • You have to revise the topics you covered atleast once a week.
  • The next task is practice. It would be best if you practised answer writing to get good marks in this subject.

You can also check: The best Revision strategy to clear WBCS

Best Books for WBCS Anthropology:

Toppers always say that without reading much study material, follow one or two study materials and revise it repeatedly. So it is essential to choose the proper book or study material for the optional. Below are some useful and widely used books for WBCS Anthropology Optional.

Best Books for WBCS Anthropology Optional Syllabus

Braintree Anthropology

G S Karthik

Anthropology Notes 

Munirathnam Reddy

Anthropology Simplified

Dr. Vivek Bhasme 



Strategy to Score Good Marks in WBCS Anthropology Papers

Generally, direct questions are asked in Anthropology. So, if you follow some smart strategy, you can make a difference. Below we have shared some tips that will help you to get a good score.

  • You can prepare your note from the resources available and use the previous year's question paper to make the note. It will also help you in your Answer writing practice. 
  • Try to include infographics and diagrams in your notes. This will attract the attention of the examiner.
  • Give revision of all the topics repeatedly before exam days. 
  • Not only hard work, but you also have to do smart work to achieve a great score in this subject. 

The WBPSC conducts the WBCS exam almost every year for the most prestigious government posts in West Bengal. It is very important to read NCERT books before you start reading for WBCS, as well as daily current affairs. Only hard work will not take your success, smart work is the key to success. 

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  • The most popular of WBCS optional subjects is Anthropology. WBCS toppers usually refer to taking Anthropology as an optional.

  • Anthropology is considered an easy subject for science students. It is based on some scientific understanding. Here you have to clarify the concept of each topic.

  • Anthropology is known as the highest-scoring WBCS optional in the aspirant's circle. Many WBCS toppers from last year choose this as their optional subject.

  • You will get about 6 months before the WBCS Mains. It would be best if you tried to finish the syllabus in about 3 to 4 months. Finishing the syllabus in this period is not difficult if you adopt some smart strategy.

  • Candidates preparing for WBCS Group A and B have to take one optional subject with the 6 other compulsory subjects. Candidates have to choose any subject among the subjects 37 mentioned in the WBCS notification. Candidates have to give two papers of 200 each.

  • WBPSC has mentioned 37 subjects as an optional subjects in their official notification. Candidates can choose any one of the 37 mentioned subjects.

  • There are two papers in WBCS optional. Each of the papers is 200 marks and is of descriptive type.

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