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    How the questions will be asked in Political science paper of UPSC mains exam?

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    Re: How the questions will be asked in Political science paper of UPSC mains exam?

    hello friend,

    In UPSC mains exam, Political science will contain two papers

    Paper 1 contains two sections for 300 marks(60 * 5 = 300)

    Section A - 4 questions(1 compulsory)
    section B - 4 questions(1 compulsory)

    Paper 2 contains two sections for 300 marks(60 * 5 = 300)

    Section A - 4 questions(1 compulsory)
    section B - 4 questions(1 compulsory)


    The question paper beow will give you a detailed explanation.

    Best of luck!!!

    Political Science and International Relations
    Paper-I

    Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 300

    INSTRUCTIONS
    Each question is printed both in Hindi and in English

    Answer must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No marks will be given for the answer written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

    Candidates should attempt Questions Nos. 1 and 5 which are compulsory, and any three of the remaining question from each Section.

    The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question.

    Section-A
    1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each: 15x4=60

    (a) “The State is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.”(Aristotle)
    (b) “The worth of a State... is the worth of individuals composing it.” (J.S.Mill)
    (c) Hobbies as an individualist
    (d) Views of Gandhi and Ambedkar on ‘social justice’

    2. (a) Make an assessment of the post-colonial understanding of State. 30
    (b) Examine the significance of the behavioural revolution in politics. 30

    3. (a) It is said where there is no law there is no liberty. Give your views on this statement. 30
    (b) Examine the debate on the ‘End of Ideology’. 30
    4. (a) Attempt a Comparative examination of the views of Marx and Weber on ‘Power’. 30
    (b) Examine the ‘Participatory Model of Democracy. 30

    Section-B

    5. Comment on the following in about 150 words each : 15x4=60
    (a) Dalit perspective on Indian National Movement
    (b) Significance of the Civil Disobedience Movement
    (c) Role of National Commission for Scheduled Castes
    (d) Trade union as pressure group in Indian politics
    6. (a) Examine the significance of the Directive Principles of State Policy in achieving the goal of socio-economic justice. 30
    (b) In normal conditions, the Governor is a constitutional executive but in case of constitutional crisis, he can become a powerful and effective executive.
    Discuss 30

    7. Critically examine and comment on the assertions given below in about 200 words each : 20x3=60
    (a) It is not constitutional law but political factors that ultimately determine Centre-States relations in India.
    (b) Indian politics has influenced caste and caste has influenced Indian politics.
    (c) Secularism in Indian politics is a myth.
    8. (a) Make an assessment of the role of the Election Commission of India in the conduct of free and fair elections. 30
    (b) Examine the changing pattern of electoral behaviour in India. 30





    Political Science and International Relations
    Paper-II
    Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 300

    INSTRUCTIONS

    Each question is printed both in Hindi and in English

    Answer must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No marks will be given for the answer written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

    Candidates should attempt Questions Nos. 1 and 5 which are compulsory, and any three of the remaining questions selecting at least one question from each Section.

    The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question.

    Section-A
    1. Answer the following in about 200 words each : 20x3=60

    (a) “Either terrorism triumphs or civilization triumphs.” Comment on the above statement. 20

    (b) What is ‘New Social Movement (NSM) ? Explain the main challenges of the NSM in the developing countries. 8+12=20

    (c) Examine the nature and dynamics of contemporary globalization. 20
    2. (a) What is comprehensive approach to national security? 20

    (b) Do you agree with the view that over-widening of the concept of ‘national security’ has made it a more amorphous concept? Discuss. 40
    3. (a) “Structural-functional approach to political analysis focuses more on status quoism, and less on change.” Elucidate. 30

    (b) Expplain the uses of systems approach in international relations and examine the relevance of Kaplan’s system analysis. 10+20=30
    4. (a) How for the efforts to maintain international order in the post-Cold War period by the UN have been successful? 30

    (b) What are the major impediments to UN Security Council reform ? 30

    Section-B
    5. Answer the following in about 200 words each: 20x30=60

    (a) Explain the role of the Parliament in the shaping of 123 Agreement between India and the US on Civil-nuclear Cooperation.

    (b) Do you think that India should sign a treaty with China on water-sharing of Brahmaputra River, similar to what she did with Nepal and other neighboring states?

    (c) “While India opposes NPT as discriminatory, it opposes CTBT on the ground of ineffectiveness.” Comment.
    6. Explain the following statements and elucidate their implications : 30+30=60

    (a) “India’s policy of non-alignment was based on both idealist and realist calculations.”

    (b) “India’s policy in post-Cold War era is tilted towards pragmatism and wisdom.”
    7. (a) Explain the major flaws in India’s ‘Look East Policy’. Is it possible to steer and implement the policy successfully in views of China’s emergence as a high-tech power in Asia-Pacific ? 20+10=30

    (b) To what extent is multi-lateralism a reality with regard to India’s constructive strategic partnership’ with Central Asian states? 30
    8. (a) Explain the impact of coalition politics on India’s Foreign Policy since late 1990’s. 30

    (b) Discuss the implications of ethnicity and nation-building in South Asia, and their impact in the relations of states within South Asia. 30

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