The following is the syllabus for Political Science and International Relations in Main Examination.
Analyzing the syllabus and previous year question papers is integral part and parcel of comprehensive preparation strategy for this exam.
The syllabus given by UPSC is not structured properly. We have attempted to re structure it so that a student can easily understand what is hidden in the syllabus.
Before going ahead to see the sources of the subject in the next section we advice you to not only read the syllabus but also take a print out of the same and read it as many times as possible.
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The other details of how to approach the subject will be dealt with in detail in the next sections.
PAPER – I POLITICAL THEORY AND INDIAN POLITICS
This section has 4 different subsections namely
i) Political theory- From Point 1 to 7
ii) Political ideologies- Point 8
iii) Indian political thought- Point 9
iv) Western political thought- Point 10
7. Concept of
8. Political Ideologies:
9. Indian Political Thought:
10. Western Political Thought:
INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
This section cab be broadly divided into 3 subsections namely
(a) Political Strategies of India’s Freedom Struggle:
(b) Perspectives on Indian National Movement:
2. Making of the Indian Constitution:
3. Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
(a) Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
(b) Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
5. Grassroots Democracy:
6. Statutory Institutions/Commissions:
8. Planning and Economic Development:
9. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
10. Party System:
11. Social Movements:
PAPER – II COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
This section can be divided into 3 sub sections namely-
1. Comparative Politics:
2. State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.
3. Politics of Representation and Participation:
4. Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.
5. Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
6. Key concepts in International Relations:
7. Changing International Political Order:
(a) Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
(b) Non-aligned movement: Aims and achievements;
(c) Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
8. Evolution of the International Economic System:
9. United Nations:
10. Regionalisation of World Politics:
11. Contemporary Global Concerns:
INDIA AND THE WORLD
1. Indian Foreign Policy:
2. India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement:
3. India and South Asia:
(a) Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
(b) South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
(c) India’s “Look East” policy.
(d) Impediments to regional co-operation: -river water disputes;