UPSC political science optional syllabus

UPSC political science optional syllabus: Political science optional syllabus for the civil service preparation aspirants. Candidates that are preparing for the upsc examinations should first thoroughly read the entire syllabus to choose the subjects according.

Political science section is a very important subject that is also used even after clearing the exam to handle working in government organisations and a better understanding of the subject is must to work properly. There are numerous books and study material available to cover the political science syllabus but it is very critical to choose the best one out of hundreds.

UPSC political science optional syllabus

So, to help the students in choosing the right subjects here we have covered the detailed syllabus of upsc political science optional. Along with political science, here you can find a complete syllabus of upsc subjects in detail.


Political science optional syllabus PAPER- I

Political Theory and Indian Politics :

  1. Political Theory
  2. Theories of state
  3. Justice
  4. Equality
  5. Rights
  6. Democracy
  7. Concept of power
  8. Political Ideologies
  9. Indian Political Thought
  10. Western Political Thought

Indian Government and Politics

  1. Indian Nationalism :

(a) Political Strategies of India’s Freedom Struggle
(b) Perspectives on Indian National Movement; Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical Humanist and Dalit.

  1. Making of the Indian Constitution
  2. Salient Features of the Indian Constitution
  3. (a) Principal Organs of the Union Government
    (b) Principal Organs of the State Government
  4. Grassroots Democracy
  5. Statutory Institutions/Commissions
  6. Federalism
  7. Planning and Economic development
  8. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
  9. Party System
  10. Social Movement

UPSC political science optional syllabus PAPER-II

Comparative Politics and International Relations
Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics :

  1. Comparative Politics
  2. State in Comparative Perspective
  3. Politics of Representation and Participation
  4. Globalisation
  5. Approaches to the Study of International Relations
  6. Key Concepts in International Relations
  7. Changing International Political Order :
    (a) Rise of superpowers; 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.
  1. Evolution of the International Economic System
  1. United Nations
  2. Regionalisation of World Politics : EU, ASEAN, APEC, AARC, NAFTA.
  3. Contemporary Global Concerns

India and the World

  1. Indian Foreign Policy
  2. India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement Different phases; Current role.
  3. India and South Asia :

(a) Regional Cooperation
(b) South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
(c) India’s “Look East” policy.
(d) Impediments to regional co-operation

  1. India and the Global South
  2. India and the Global Centres of Power : USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
  3. India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; Demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
  4. India and the Nuclear Question
  5. Recent developments in Indian Foreign Policy

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