UPSC Political Science Syllabus 2020 for Civil Services Exam (IAS, IPS, IRS) Exam

UPSC Political Science and International Relations Syllabus 2020 for IAS Exam is provided by UPSC through the Civil Service Exam Notification. Political Science and International Relations is one of the many optional subjects that can be opted for the UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam.

Political Science and International Relations Syllabus 2020 for UPSC Mains Exam consists of two papers for 250 marks each. Therefore, making a total of 500 marks. The detailed UPSC syllabus for political science and international relation is given in the article below. 


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UPSC Political Science Syllabus 2020: Paper I 

A. Political Theory and Indian Politics

1. Political Theory: meaning and approaches.

2. Theories of the State: Liberal, Neo-liberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.

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

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

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

6. Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy representative, participatory and deliberative.

7. Concept of power, hegemony, ideology, and legitimacy.

8. Political Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism, and Feminism.

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

10. Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt.

B. Indian Government and Politics:

1. Indian Nationalism:

(a) Political Strategies of India s Freedom Employment News 23 - 29 May 2015 www.employmentnews.gov.in 73 Struggle: Constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience; Militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers movements.

(b) Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.

2. Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.

3. 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.

4. (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: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; the significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.

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

7. Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of center-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes. 8. Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; the role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalization and economic reforms. 9. Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics. 10. Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behavior; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators. 11. Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women s movements; environmentalist movements.

UPSC Political Science Syllabus 2020 - Paper II 

A. Comparative Politics and International Relations

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

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: Political parties, pressure groups, and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.

4. Globalization: Responses from developed and developing societies.

5. Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.

6. Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalization.

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.

8. Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy.

9. United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agency's aims and functioning; the need for UN reforms.

10. Regionalization of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.

11. Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.

B. India and the World

1. Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.

2. India s Contribution to the NonAlignment Movement: Different phases; current role.

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; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.

4. India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.

5. India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.

6. India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.

7. India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.

8. Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; a vision of new world order.

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