: Political Science and International Relations : Main Examination Exams in India
Theory and Indian Politics
1, Approaches to the study
of political theory: historical, normative and empirical.
2. Theories of state:
Social contract, Liberal, Neo-liberai, Marxist, communitarian, post-colonial,
3. State Sovereignty:
Marxist and pluralistic theories; globalisation and the State.
4 Democracy and Human
Rights: Democratic theory-classical and contemporary Theories of Human
Rights; Theories- of Justice, Equality and Revolution, political obligation; New
5. Theories of Political
Culture; Culture and politics in Third World countries.
6. Theories of Political
Economy-Classical and contemporary.
7. Political Ideologies:
Nature of Ideology; Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and
8. Theories of Power and
Hegemony: Pareto, Mosca, Mitchels, C. Wright Mills, Weber, Gramsci,
9. Indian Political Thought:
Manu, Kautilya M.N. Roy Gandhi Ambedkar and E V Ramswami Naicker.
10. Political Thought:
Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, J S Mill, Hegel and Marx, Lenin, Rosa
Luxemberg and Mao Zedong.
Government and Politics
1. Indian Nationalism:
Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak, Savarkar, Gandhi, Jayaprakash Narain, Nehru, Subhas
Bose, Ambedkar, Ram Manohar Lohia.
2. Nature and struggle of
Indian freedom struggle : From constitutionalism to Mass Satyagraha,
Revolutionary movements Non Co-operation, Civil disobedience and Quit India,
Indian Naval uprising, Indian National Army; role of women in freedom struggle.
3. Socio- economic
dimensions of the nationalist movement: The communal question and the
demand for partition; backward caste movements, Trade union and Peasant
movements, Civil rights movement.
4. Landmarks in
Constitutional Development during British Rule: Morley-Miito Reforms;
Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms; Simon Commission; Government of India Act, 1935;
Cripps Mission : Indian Independence Act, 1947.
5. Salient Features of the
Indian Constitution: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties,
Directive Principles; federalism, parliamentary system; amending procedures;
6. The Executive System in
theory and practice: President, Prime Minister and the Council of
Ministers; Governor, Chief. Minister and the State Council of Ministers. The
7. Role and function of the
Parliament and Parlimentary Committee-Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha;
changing socio economic profile.
8. The Supreme Court and
the High Courts; Judicial Activism; PIL.
institutions/commis sions-UPSC, Election Commission, Comptroller and
Auditor General, Backward Classes Commission, National Commission for women;
National Human Rights Commission; Minorities Commission.
10. Party system :
ideology and social base of parties; fragmentation and regionalisation. Pressure
groups; patterns of coalition politics; trends in electoral behaviour.
11. Class, caste, ethnicity
and gender in Indian politics; politics of regionalism, comnumalism,
backward class and Dalit movements, Tribal people movements, struggle for gender
12. Planning and Economic
Development: Role of the Planning Commission; Planning in the era of
liberalisation; political dimensions of economic reforms.
13. Grassroots democracy :
Panchayati Raj and municipal government; significance of 73rd and 74th
Amendements. Grass root movement and womens empowerment.
Politics and International Relations
Comparative Analysis and
1. Approaches to the study
of comparative politics : traditional approaches; political economy,
political sociology or political system approaches; Nature of political process
in the Third World.
2. The Modern State :
Evolution, the contemporary trends in the advanced industrial countries and the
3. Development : Strategies
and contemporary discourse.
4. Concepts of
International politics : Power, national interest, balance of power,
national security, collective security and peace.
5. Theories of International
politics Marxist, Realist, Systems, Decision-making and Game Theory.
6. Determinants of foreign
policy : Domestic compulsions, geopolitics, geoeconomics and global
7. Origin and contemporary
relevance of the Cold War, nature of the post-cold war global order.
8. Major issues of world
politics : Cuban Missile Crisis; Vietnam War, Oil Crisis, Afghan Civil
War, Gulf War, Collapse pf the Soviet Union, Yugoslav Crisis.
Concept and movement; Third World Movements for global justice. Non-alignment in
the post cold war era.
10. The evolution of the
international economic system-from Bretton woods to WTO, the North-South
11. International organisations UN
and its specialized agencies : International Court of Justice; ILO, UNICEF, WHO
12. Regional, organizations such as
the ASEAN, APEC, EU, SAARC, NAFTA
13. Contemporary Global
Concerns : Democracy, Human Rights, Ecology, Gender Justice, Global
and the World
1. Indian Foreign Policy :
Historical origins, determinants; the institutions of policy-making; continuity
2. India and the
Non-Alignment Movement: Evolution and contemporary relevance. Socio-
political basis of non-alignment-domestic and global.
3. Major issues in Indian
foreign policy: Sino-Indian Border War (1962); Indo-Pakistan War (1971)
and the liberation of Bangladesh; IPKF in Sri Lanka; India as military nuclear
4. Conflict and
co-operation m South Asia: Indias relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, Nepal. Regional co-operation and SAARC. Kashmir question in Indias
5. Indias relation with Africa and
6. India and South East
7. India and the major
powers: USA, EU, China, japan and Russia.
8. India and the UN System:
Indias role in UN Peace Keeping and global disarmament.
9. India and the emerging
international economic order; multilateral agencies-WTO, IMF, IBRD,
10. India and the question
of nuclear weapons: NPT and CTBT.