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MPSC Main - Political Science and International Relations Syllabus

Updated on: Mar 20, 2013

Paper I

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours


Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.


Section - A(Marks : 50)
1) Political Science - A Discipline :

01) Political Science as adiscipline: Natureand Scope and its relations
with other Social Sciences

02) Approaches to the studyof Political Science : Historical, Normative, Empirical and Behavioral
2) State :

01) Theories of Origin of State : Divine, SocialContract, Evolutionary

02) Theories of State : Liberal,Neo-liberal, Welfare state, Marxist
3) Political Concepts :

01) Law, Sovereignty : Monistic andPluralistic

02) Liberty, Equality,Justice

03) Authority, Legitimacy and Political Obligation
Section - B(Marks : 50)
4) Political Ideologies :

01) Liberalism and Democracy

02) Marxism and Neo-Marxism

03) Fascism

04) Environmentalism

05) Feminism
5) Western Political Thought :

01) Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli

02) Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau

03) Hegel, Marx, Lenin, Mao

04) JSMill, IBerlin, John Rawls
6) Indian Political Thought with specialreference to Maharashtra :

01) Kautilya

02) Ranade, Agarkar, Tilak, Aurobindo

03) Jyotiba Phule, Shahu Maharaj, Ambedkar

04) Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Nehru and AKAzad

05) Sawarkar, MAJinnah
Section - C(Marks : 50)
7) Background and Structure of IndianConstitution :

01) Impact of British Rule on Constitutionaldevelopment in India; Constituent Assembly

02) Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, DirectivePrinciples of State Policy, Citizenship

03) Constitutional Provisions for the upliftment of the weakersections of society

04) Federalism; Center - State Relations
8) Union Government :

01) Legislature : Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,Parliamentary Committees

02) Executive : President, Prime Minister, Council ofMinisters

03) Judiciary : Supreme Court and Judicial Review and Activism

04) Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, PlanningCommission and National Human Rights Commission
9) State Government :

01) Legislature : Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad; Legislative Committees

02) Executive : Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers

03) Judiciary : High Court andSubordinate courts
10) Political Parties and Pressure Groups in India :

01) Political Parties : Ideologies and Programmes

02) Political Parties : National and Regional; Politics of Coalition

03) Pressure Groups and Interest Groups
Section -D (Marks : 50)
11) Democratic Decentralisation : (With reference to Maharashtra)

01) Balwant Rai MehtaCommittee and constitutional provisions

02) Local Self-Government(Rural) : Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and ZillaParishad

03) Local Self-Government(Urban) : Nagar Palikas, Municipalities and MunicipalCorporations, Cantonment Boards

04) Importance of 73rd and 74th Amendments in IndianConstitution; Empowerment of Women and Backward Classes
12) Issues in Indian Politics :

01) Caste, Class, Religion, Language

02) Peasant and Dalit Movements withreference to Maharashtra

03) Regionalism, Sub-regionalism, Demand forState Autonomy; Border and river disputes with special reference to Maharashtra

04) Terrorism, Insurgencyand Naxalite Movement
13) Politics in Maharashtra :

01) Formation of Maharashtra; Politics of Development

02) Regional Imbalances and Role of StatutoryDevelopment Boards

03) Co-operative Movement: Problems and Prospects

04) Political Parties andLeadership


Paper II

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours


Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.


Section - A(Marks : 50)
1) Comparative Politics and Government :

01 Definition, Nature and Scope ofComparative Politics

02 Approaches to theStudy of Comparative Politics : Traditional, Systems,Structural-functional and World System theory approach
2) Political Development, Modernisation and Culture :

01) Political Development and Modernisation

02) Political Socialisation

03) Political Culture and Communication
3) Constitutionalism and Federalism :

01) Constitutionalism in USA, UK, France and Switzerland

02) Federalism in USA, UK, France and Switzerland

03) Challenges before Federalism in moderntimes
4) Comparative Government With reference to USA, UK, France and Switzerland :

01) Executive - Composition, Powers andFunctions

02) Legislature - Composition, Powers andFunctions

03) Judiciary - Composition, Powers andFunctions; Judicial Review
Section - B(Marks : 50)
5)  International Politics :

01) Meaning, Nature and Scope

02) Theories andApproaches : Idealist, Realist, Systems, Game Theory,Decision-Making approach
6) Key Concepts of International Politics :

01) National Interest, NationalSecurity,  Collective Security

02) Balance of Power, Cold War, Post-Cold warand Unipolar World

03) Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution

04) Foreign Policy and Diplomacy,International Law
7) Contemporary Issues in World Politics :

01) Arab-Israel dispute,Oil Crisis and Gulf War

02) Disintegration of Soviet Union, Civil War in Afghanistan, Nuclear Proliferation in Asia

03) Terrorism : State Sponsored, Cross Border and International Terrorism

04) HumanitarianInterventions, Environment, Human Rights, Gender Justice, Globalisation
8) International and Regional Organisations:

01) United Nations and its specialisedagencies - ICJ, ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNCHR

02) Regional Organisations: EU, APEC, ASEAN, OPEC, OAU, SAARC
Section - C(Marks : 50)
9) Foreign Policy of India :

01) Evolution, Philosophy and Determinants ofIndia’s Foreign Policy

02) Foreign Policy makingInstitutions  : Legislature, Executive and Bureaucracy

03) Foreign Policy makingProcess : Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Media andPublic opinion
10) India and South Asia :

01) Bilateral relationswith Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives

02) India and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation)
11) India and South East Asia :

01) Bilateral Relations with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Phillipines and Indonesia

02) India and ASEAN ( Association of South East Asian Nations)



Section - D (Marks : 50)
12) India in World Affairs :

01) India’s Relations with USA and Russia

02) India’s Relations with China and Japan

03) India and Indian Ocean
13) India’s Nuclear Policy :

01) Determinants of Nuclear Policy

02) Importance of Pokharan I and II

03) India’s stand on NPT and CTBT
14) India and International Organisations :

01) India’s participation in the UN Activities

02) India and EU (European Union)

03) India and WTO (World Trade Orgnisation)
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