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OPSC Main Exam Syllabus : Political Science And International Relations

Updated on: May 8, 2013


Political Theory

Section - A

1. Approaches To The Study Of Political Theory : Historical, Normative And Empirical.
2. Theories Of State : Liberal, , Marxist, , Post-Colonial.
3. State Sovereignty : Monistic And Pluralistic Theories; Globalisation And The State.
4. Democracy : Democratic Theory-Classical And Contemporary
5. Human Rights : Theories Of Human Rights; Theories Of Justice, Equality And Revolution, Political Obligation;
6. Theories Of Political Culture And Political Economy.
7. Political Ideologies : Nature Of Ideology; Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism And Gandhism.
8. Theories Of Power And Hegemony : Pareto, Mosca, Mitchels, C. Wright Mills, Weber And Gramsci.
9. Indian Political Thought : Manu, Kautilya, M.N. Roy, Gandhi AndAmbedkar
10. Western Political Thought : Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes,Locke, Rousseau, J S Mill, Hegel And Marx, Lenin, And Mao Zedong.

Section - B

Indian Government And Politics

1. Indian Nationalism : Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak, Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas Bose And Ambedkar.
2. Indian Freedom Struggle : Constitutionalism, Revolutionary Movements Non Cooperation, Civil Disobedience And Quit India, Role Of Women In Freedom Struggle.
3. Constitutional Development In The Pre- Independence Era : Morley-Minto Reforms; Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms;; Government Of India Act, 1919 And 1935; And Cripps Mission.
4. Socio- Economic Dimensions Of The Nationalist Movement: The Communal Question And The Demand For Partition; Backward Caste Movements, Trade Union And Peasant Movements, Civil Rights Movement.
5. Salient Features Of The Indian Constitution: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights And Duties, Directive Principles; Federalism, Parliamentary System; Amending Procedures; Judicial Review.
6. The Executive System: President, Prime Minister And The Council Of Ministers; Governor, Chief Minister And The State Council Of Ministers. The Bureaucracy.
7. Parliament : Lok Sabha And Rajya Sabha And Parlimentary Committees.
8. Judiciary: The Supreme Court And The High Courts; Judicial Activism;
9. Statutory Institutions/ Commissions-Upsc, Election Commission, Comptroller And Auditor General, Backward Classes Commission, National Commission For Women; National Human Rights Commission; Minorities Commission.
10. Party System : Ideology And Social Base Of Parties; Fragmentation And Regionalization; Patterns Of Coalition Politics; Trends In Electoral Behaviour; Pressure Groups;
11. Class, Caste, Backward Class And Dalit Movements ; Tribal People’s Movements,Gender In Indian Politics And Women’s Movements; Ethnicity; Communalism, And Politics Of Regionalism.
12. Planning And Socio- Economic Development : Role Of The Planning Commission; Socio- Political Dimensions Of Economic Reforms.
13. Local Governance: Panchayati Raj And Municipal Government; Significance Of 73rd And 74th Amendements. Women's Empowerment.
14. State Politics In Orissa: Social Bases Of Oriya Nationalism; Freedom Movement And Praja Mandal Movements, In Orissa; Integration Of Princely States In Orissa;Coalition Politics, People’s Movement And Women’s Movement.


International Politics

Section - A

1. International System : Evolution; The Modern State And Sovereighn State System
2. Concepts Of International Politics : Power, Balance Of Power, National Interest, Collective Security.
3. Theories Of International Politics: Idealist, Realist, Systems, Decision-Making And Game Theory.
4. Determinants Of Foreign Policy : Ideology, Domestic Compulsions, Geopolitics, And Global Order.
5. Origin And Decline Of Cold War, New World Order.
6. Major Issues Of World Politics : Cuban Missile Crisis; Vietnam War, Oil Crisis, Collapse Of The Soviet Union, Yugoslav Crisis Afghan Crisis, Iraq War
7. Non-Alignment : Nonaligned Movement; Its Relevance In The Post Cold War Era.
8. Disarmament And Arms Control
9. The Evolution Of The International Economic Order-From Bretton Woods To Wto,The North-South Dimension.
10. Un And Its Specialized Agencies
11. Regional Organizations: Asean, Eu, Saarc
12. Global Concerns : Human Rights, Ecology, Gender Justice

Section - B

India And The World

1. Indian Foreign Policy : Historical Origins, Determinants; The Institutions Of Policymaking; Continuity And Change.
2. The Non-Alignment Movement : India’s Contribution To Nam; Its Contemporary Relevance.
3. India And The Major Powers : Usa, Eu, China, And Russia.
4. India And Its Neighbours : Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal.
5. Conflict And Co-Operation In South And South East Asia : Kashmir, Saarc, Asean
6. India’s Nuclear Policy : Pne, Npt,Ctbt
7. India And The Un System : India's Role In Un Peace Keeping And Global Disarmament.
8. India And The International Economic Order; Wto, Imf, Ibrd, Globalization

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