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Political Science as an optional paper in UPSC exams is a very interesting subject or paper. A student with their absolute dedication can achieve higher scoring marks in UPSC optional paper as well as it will be also helpful in general political science questions of UPSC.

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Paper-I
Political Theory and Indian Politics


Political theory: meaning and approaches
Theories of the state: Liberal
Theories of the state: Neoliberal
Theories of the state: Marxist
Theories of the state: Pluralist
Theories of the state: Post-colonial
Theories of the state: feminist

Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques

Equality: Social, political and economic; the relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action

Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; the concept of Human Rights

Democracy: Classical and Contemporary Theories

Political Ideologies: Liberalism
Political Ideologies: Socialism
Political Ideologies: Fascism
Political Ideologies: Gandhism
Political Ideologies: Feminism

Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra
Indian Political Thought: Arthashastra
Indian Political Thought: Buddhist traditions
Indian Political Thought: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
Indian Political Thought: Sri Aurobindo
Indian Political Thought: M.K. Gandhi
Indian Political Thought: B.R. Ambedkar
Indian Political Thought: M.N. Roy

Western Political Thought: Plato
Western Political Thought: Aristotle
Western Political Thought: Machiavelli
Western Political Thought: Hobbes
Western Political Thought: John Locke
Western Political Thought: John Stuart Mill
Western Political Thought: Karl Marx
Western Political Thought: Antonio Gramsci
Western Political Thought: Hannah Arendt

Indian Government and politics

Indian Nationalism-
Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Constitutionalism to mass strategies
Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Non-cooperation
Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Civil Disobedience; Militant and Revolutionary Movements, Peasants and workers movements.

Perspectives on Indian National Movements:
Liberal Perspective
Socialist Perspective
Marxist Perspective; Radical Humanist and Dalits

Making of the Indian constitution:
Legacies of the British rule
Different social and political perspectives

Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.

Principal Organs of the union government:
Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislative, and Supreme Court

Principal Organs of the State Government:
Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature, and High Court.

Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government, the significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements

Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Election Commission
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Comptroller and Auditor General
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Finance Commission
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Union Public Service Commission
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Scheduled Castes
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Women
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Human Rights Commission
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Minorities
Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Backward Classes Commission

Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian Perspectives
Planning and Economic Development: Role of Planning and Private Sector
Planning and Economic Development: Green Revolution
Planning and Economic Development: Land Reforms and Agrarian Relations
Planning and Economic Development: Liberalization and Economic reforms

Caste, Religion, and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.

Party System: National and Regional Parties
Party System: Ideological and Social Bases of parties
Party System: Pattern of Coalition Politics
Party System: Pressure Groups
Party System: Trends in Electoral Behaviour
Party System: Changing Socio-economic profile of legislators

Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements
Social Movements: Environmental movement
Social Movements: women’s movements


Paper-II
Comparative Politics and International Relations, Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics


Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches.
Comparative Politics: political economy and political sociology perspectives
Comparative Politics: limitations of the comparative method

State in Comparative Perspective: Characteristics and the changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies
State in Comparative Perspective: Advanced Industrial and Developing societies

Politics of representation and participation: political parties
Politics of representation and participation: pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies

Globalisation: Responses from Developed and Developing societies

Approaches to the study of International Relations: Idealist
Approaches to the study of International Relations: Realist
Approaches to the study of International Relations: Marxist
Approaches to the study of International Relations: Functionalist and System Theory

Key Concepts in International Relations: National Interest
Key Concepts in International Relations: Security and Power
Key Concepts in International Relations: Balance of Power and deterrence
Key Concepts in International Relations: Transnational actors and collective security
Key Concepts in International Relations: World capitalist economy and globalisation

Changing International Political Order: Rise of superpowers; strategic and ideological bipolarity, arms race and cold war; Nuclear threat
Changing International Political Order: Non-Aligned movements; aims and achievements
Changing International Political Order: Collapse of the Soviet Union; unipolarity and American hegemony; Relevance of Non-Alignment in the contemporary world

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