Political Science Syllabus PPSC Exam

Updated on: Mar 4, 2013
Section A

1. Theories of Power and Hegemony : Gramsci, Hannah Arendt.
2. Indian Political Thought : Manu, Kautilya, M.N. Roy, Gandhi and Ambedkar.
3. Western Political Thought : Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, J.S. Mill, Hegel, Marx and Lenin.

Section B

1. Indian Nationalism : Dadabhai Naoroji, Tilak Savarkar, Jaya Prakash Narain, Nehru, Subhas Bose and Ram Manohar Lohia.
2. Salient Features of the Indian Constitution : The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles, Federalism, Parliamentary System; Amending Procedures and Judicial Review.
3. Statutory Institutions/Commission : Public Service Commissions, Election Commission, Backward Classes Commission, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission; Minorities Commission.

Section C

1. Political Parties - Ideology and Social Base, Fragmentation and Regionalisation. Patterns of Coalition Politics. Trends in Electoral Behaviour. Pressure Groups.
2. Class, Caste, Ethnicity and Gender in Indian Politics. Politics of Regionalism and Communalism. Backward Class, Dalit and Tribal Movements.
3. Planning and Economic Development. Role of the Planning Commission. Planning in the Era of Liberalisation. Political Dimensions of Economic Reforms.
4. Impact of Green Revolution, Regionalist Tendencies and Emerging Issues in Punjab.

Section D

1. Concepts of International Politics : Power, National Interest, Balance of Power, National Power and Collective Security.
2. Determinants of Foreign Policy.
3. Nature of World Order in the Post Cold War era.
4. The Evolution of the International Economic System from Bretton Woods to WTO. The North-South Divide.
5. Indian Foreign Policy - Continuity and Change.
6. Conflict and Cooperation in South Asia. India and the SAARC.
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