STRATEGY FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MAINS EXAMS

Political Science is one optional which is famous and many aspirants opt for it. In Pol.science one should have different approach in the optional as well as quality material .

Paper I 

Part 1

We can divide this section into four parts: 

  • Political Theory,
  • Indian Political Thought,
  • Western Political Thought
  • Political Ideologies.

 

For Political Theory, We must refer to Andrew Heywood’s “Political Theory” for conceptual clarity in all fundamental topics

O.P.Gauba “Political Theory“has as complicated style of writing, but it fills the gaps in Andrew Heywood

For Political Ideologies, Political Ideologies by Andrew Heywood is most useful.

For Western Political Thought, the book by Brian Nelson is very good.

For Indian Political Thought, V.R.Mehta’s book is a decentsource. Ambedkar and Syed Ahmed Khan are missing in this book which can be covered in IGNOU

 

Part II                  

Indian Government and Politics:             

The basic texts for this section are

B.L.Fadia,

Spectrum’s Indian Polity,

Indian Polity

 

 

RamachandraGuha

Subhashkashyap: Indian Constitution conflicts and controversies

MadhavKhosla: The Indian Constitution

Bipan Chandra.

This is a current affairs oriented section and Spectrum’s Indian Polity is very useful as they update it every year but we must not ignore the pages of a good newspaper.

Answers in these sections must have contemporary examples and can quote good authors.

Paper II 

Part I 

Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics:

 

This can be divided into two sections: 

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations.

 

Comparative Politics section was covered by IGNOU

For International Relations one can refer to V.K.Malhotra’s “International Relations”

International organisations, conferences and treaties by spectrum is very good source

International Organisations,Conferences and Treaties

 

”Frontline” is a good Indian magazine to cover international events

 

Part II

 

For Indian foreign Policy, you can refer to David Malone’s book.

Gaps in this book can be filled by reading ShashiTharoor OR Rajiv Sikri selectively.

This section can be mastered if you follow The Hindu and good columnists regularly. Some expert foreign policy commentators include C.Rajamohan, Brahma Challaney ,SuhasiniHaidar and SrinathRaghavan.

 

Our answers for PSIR should

  • Introduce the statement in the question, analyse the viewpoints associated with it and conclude it.
  • It is important to ensure our answers have a closure to it.
  • We must not write like students appearing for graduation exam.Rather, we must write like a bureaucrat submitting a report to a higher official.
  • Our answers should have contemporary examples.
  • We can quote authors and columnists in answers. It adds to the intellectual weight of our viewpoints.

List of books and Resources for IAS Exam preparation

Some good books and Resources  for IAS Exam preparation

 

Indian History

A Brief History Of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir

Modern India

India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

India’s Ancient Past by R.S.Sharma

Art & Culture

Indian Culture by Spectrum+ NIOS

Indian Culture

 

The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Bhasham

Indian Geography

Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)

Geography of India by Spectrum

Spectrum’s Geography of India

 

Geography  by Spectrum

Spectrum’s Geography

 

 

Indian Polity

Indian Polity by Spectrum

Indian Polity

 

Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D.Basu

Science and Technology

Science Reporter

Spectrum

Science and Technology

 

Indian Economy

Indian Economy Book by Ramesh Singh/ or  Mishra and Puri

Indian Economy: Performance and Policies: by Uma Kapila

Environment

Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains and Other Competitive Examinations Paperback by D R Khullar, J A C S Rao

Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure Book by R. Rajagopalan

 ShankarIAS+ Current from The Hindu

General Studies

Handbook of General Studies by Spectrum

Spectrum Handbook for General Studies Paper-1 Edition 2018

SPECTRUM’S Handbook for GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-II 2018

 

India 2018 – Publication Division.

Manorama Year Book 2018

Current Affairs- Hindu + InsightsonIndia

Rajya sabha TV discussions

Some selective reading of Kurukshetra/Yojana/EPW

Social Issues: Ram Ahuja.

 



If you are a post-graduate with good general knowledge, are fluent in the language—English/Hindi—and are of a scholarly bent of mind, we may have an opening for you in our editorial section.

Ability to translate from English to Hindi is necessary for those wishing to work in the Hindi section.

Indicate clearly which section you are interested in – English or Hindi.

Mail your CV to spectrumbooksonline1@gmail.com

List of Books for Hindi Medium UPSC Aspirants

History

Prarambhik Bharat Ka Parichay – Ram Sharan Sharma

Bharat Ka Rashtria Aandolan – Bipan Chandra

Adhunik Bharat Ka Etihas – Rajeev Ahir (Spectrum)

A Brief History of Modern India (Hindi)

Bharatiya Sanskriti : Spectrum

Indian Culture (Hindi)

Bharat: Gandhi Ke Baad – Ramchandra Guha

Samkaleen Vishwa Ka Itihas 1890 – 2008 – Arjun Dev

Indian Polity

Bharatiya Rajvyavastha – Spectrum

Indian Polity (Hindi)

 

Bharat Ka Samvidhan: Ek Parichaya – D D Basu

Hamari Sansad – Kashyap S

Bharat Ki Videsh Niti – V.N. Khanna

Geography

Bharat Ka Bhugol – Spectrum

Orient Blackswan Vishwa Atlas Laghu Sanskaran

Indian Society

Samajik Samasyayein – Ram Ahuja

Economy

Bhartiya Arthvyavastha – By Ramesh Singh

Environment

Paryavaran Evam Paristhitiki: Civil Sewa Pariksha Hetu – Majid Husain

Science and Technology

Vigyan Avum Prodhogyki – Spectrum

Science and Technology (Hindi)

GS

Samanya Adhyayan:  Paper I 2018 (Hindi Edition) –Spectrum

General Studies Paper-I (Hindi)

 

Samanya Adhyayan: Paper II 2018 (Hindi Edition) – Spectrum.

स्पेक्ट्रम सामान्य अध्ययन पेपर-2 (General Studies Paper II)

 

Bharat 2017 – Publication Division.

Manorama Year Book 2017 – Hindi Edition.

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