Political Science and International Relations is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC in the Civil services mains exam. It is a popular optional and one that many toppers have chosen in Civil Services Exam.
Political is good optional for UPSC and other Services Exam because of following points
Indian Polity, Indian National Movement and International Relationsare Part of both PSIR and GS syllabus in Civil services Mains Examinations and other state level examination like UPPSC.
Very Relevant and helpful in Essay – The amount of knowledge you get from the various topics of PSIR (Political Ideologies, Globalization, International Relations, Indian Society, etc) gives you a genuine edge over other candidates in Essay paper. However, one must be careful enough to avoid using too much Optional-related information and theory in Essay, since it is supposed to be a Generalist paper.
Interview – PSIR syllabus gives you a 365 degree world view which is extremely useful in answering opinion-based questions in the Interview stage.
Rewards good writers – If you have flair for writing and have the habit of being creative with your answers, PSIR is perhaps the right optional to go for. I have been a blogger and creative writer for the last 5 years, and my creative writing abilities helped me get a pretty decent score in the subject this year.
Very dynamic Paper 2 – Even though most Humanities subjects in Civil services examination now have a dynamic (current affairs based) paper, Political science stands out among the rest. In Paper 2 (Comparative Politics + International Relations), current affairs are perhaps the largest determinant of your score .
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POLITICAL SCIENCE (Book List)
Books for Political Science Optional
An introduction to constitution- DD Basu
An introduction to political theory- O.P Gauba
Fifty major political thinkers- Ian Adams and R W Dyson
A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy
An Oxford companion to politics in India-Niraj Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Foundations of Indian political thought- V.R Mehta
A new look at modern Indian history- B.L Grover and Alka Yagnik
India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra
Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia
India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt
International organisations- Spectrum Books Publication
International Relations -Khanna
Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy- Rajiv Sikri
Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy- David M. Malone
Global politics- Andrew Heywood