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Total Number of MAINS Tests: 10

  1. Sectional (PAPER I & II ): 8
  2. Full Syllabus (PAPER I & II): 2

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1.      

12.07.2020

Section A

Western political thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, J S Mill, Locke And Marx, Gramsci, and Hannah Arendt.

Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.

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

2.      

26.07.2020

Section A

Political Theory: meaning and approaches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.      

09.08.2020

Section B

1.      Indian Nationalism (a) Political strategies of Indian freedom struggle: From constitutionalism to Mass Satyagraha, Non Co-operation, Civil disobedience; Militant and Revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements. (b) Perspectives on the nationalist 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; federalism, 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; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments. Grass root movements.

4.      

23.08.2020

Section B

6.      Statutory institutions/commissions– Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for women; National Commission for Scheduled castes, National Human Rights Commission; Minorities Commission, National Backward Classes Commission.

7.      Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.

8.      Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalisation and economic reforms.

9.      Caste, religion and ethnicity in Indian politics

10.  Party system: National and Regional political parties; ideological and social base of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups; trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio-economic profile of legislators.

11.   Social movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women’s movements; environmentalist movements.

5.      

06.09.2020

Section A – Comparative Politics & International Relations

6.   Approaches to the study of International politics Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems Theory. 

7.   Key Concepts in International relations: National interest, Security and Power, balance of power and deterrence, trans-national actors and collective security; world capitalist economy and globalization.

8.   Changing international political order (a) Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological bipolarity, arms race and cold war; nuclear threat. (b) Non-aligned movement: aims and objectives. (c) Collapse of the Soviet Union; unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non alignment in the contemporary world.

9.   Evolution of the international economic system– From Bretton woods 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.

6.      

11.10.2020

Section A – Comparative Politics & International Relations

1.   Approaches to the study of comparative politics: traditional approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.

2.   Comparative politics: Nature and Major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.

3.   State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the state in capitalist and socialist economies and advanced industrial and developing societies.

4.   Politics of representation and participation: Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.

5.   Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.

10.  United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialised UN agencies- aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.

11. Regionalisation of world politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC,  SAARC, NAFTA

12. Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, Human Rights, Environment, Gender Justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.

7.      

25.10.2020

Section B- India & World

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

2. India’s contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases and current role. 

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 power (1998).

4. 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.

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

8.      

08.11.2020

Section B- India & World

6. India and the Global centres of power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.

7. India and the UN System: India’s role in UN Peace Keeping; demand for permanent seat in the Security Council.

8. India and the nuclear question: Changing perceptions and policy.

9. 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; vision of new world order.

9.      

27.12.2020 (FN)

MOCK TEST 1 – Paper 1
10.   

27.12.2020 (AN)

MOCK TEST 1  – Paper 2
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