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Live Classes Starts From 02nd Aug 2021
Course duration 6 Months
All the Classes will be live & Interactive
Detailed coverage of both Paper I & II for UPSC mains exam (Live Lectures)
Current Affairs updated teaching for dynamic sections of Political Science and International Relations.
Regular Doubt Clearing Sessions.
Strengthen the foundation of the aspirants by regular UPSC previous year question discussion
Explanation of the interlinks between PSIR and GS papers
Guest Lectures by Previous year’s Selected Officers
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POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
It deals with political and foreign affairs around the world.
In UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination, Political Science Optional consists of 2 papers (Paper I and Paper II).
Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks
Why Choose PSIR as Optional?
It overlaps with almost the entire GENERAL STUDIES 2 syllabus.
Relevant Study Material and Guidance available.
Political Science integrates your prelims and mains preparation. Thus, saving time for other topics.
Trend of Scores in Political Science and International Relations
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NOTE: YOP- Year of Passing, PI- PaperI(250 marks), PII- PaperII(250 marks), Total- Total Marks(500)
Why Join PSIR Optional Course at UPSC GUIDE?
Course fee at very affordable price with excellent Quality
Detailed coverage of both political science paper I & II for UPSC mains exam
Complete Coverage of Static + Dynamic Content
Online Coaching with access to Live and recorded lectures
Additional Answer Writing Tests with periodic guidance
Lecture Notes in PDF Format
Faculty : Mr. Arvind Singh Rajpurohit
6+ Years of Teaching Experience in Various UPSC CSE Top Institutes at Pune and Delhi
UPSC Prelims score in 2019 [143.34]
Groomed and Mentored 10,000+ Civil Services Aspirants.
Listed in Top 30 Faculty at Unacademy.
Core Subjects- Polity , International Relations , Current Affairs and Optional - PSIR
POLITICAL THEORY AND INDIAN POLITICS
Political Theory: Meaning and approaches
Theories of the state:
Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques.
Social, political and economic;
Relationship between equality and freedom;
Meaning and theories
Different kinds of rights;
Concept of Human Rights.
Classical and contemporary theories;
Different models of democracy – representative, participatory and deliberative.
Concept of :
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan,
B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy.
John S. Mill,
INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha,
Militant and revolutionary movements,
Peasant and workers’ movements.
Socialist and Marxist;
Radical humanist and
Legacies of the British rule.
Different social and political perspectives.
Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
Fundamental Rights and Duties,
Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures;
Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.
Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government;
Significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments;
Grass root movements.
Comptroller and Auditor General,
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.
Changing nature of centre-state relations;
Integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations;
Planning and Economic Development:
Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives;
Role of planning and public sector;
Land reforms and agrarian relations;
Liberalization and economic reforms.
Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties;
Patterns of coalition politics;
Trends in electoral behavior;
Changing sociology- economic profile of Legislators.
Civil liberties and human rights movements;
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Nature and major approaches
Political economy and political sociology perspectives
Limitations of the comparative method.
State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.
Politics of Representation and Participation:
Pressure groups and
Social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.
Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.
Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
Key concepts in International Relations:
Security and power;
Balance of power and deterrence;
Transnational actors and collective security;
World capitalist economy and globalisation.
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 achievements;
(c) Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
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.
Envisaged role and actual record;
Specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning;
Need for UN reforms.
Regionalisation of World Politics:
Contemporary Global Concerns:
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 Non-Alignment Movement:
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;
POLITICAL THOUGHT IN MODERN INDIA: PANTHAM & DEUTCH (SAGE PUBLICATION)
INDIAN GOVT. AND POLITICS: FADIA & FADIA (SAHITYA BHAWAN)
COMPARATIVE POLITICS: J.C. JOHARI
A HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT- PLATO TO MARX (MUKHERJEE & RAMASWAMY)
AN INTRODUCTION TO POLTICAL THEORY: O.P. GAUBA
THE GLOBALIZATION OF WORLD POLITICS: BAYLIS, SMITH & OWENS (OXFORD)
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