[Download] Political Science & IR Mains 2013 Paper 1 & Paper 2 for UPSC Civil Service IAS IPS Exam Optional Subject Paper

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  1. Instruction
  2. Political Science Paper 1 Section A
  3. Political Science Paper I Section B
  4. Political Science Paper II: Section-A
  5. Political Science Paper 2: Section-B


  • In paper I, they’ve not mentioned wordlimit for each question, but in paper II: 15 marks = 200 words and 20 marks=also 200 words.
  • skeleton remains same as earlier: two sections, attempt five out of eight questions, question #1 and #5 compulsory
  • And out of the remaining, any three are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.
  • 250 marks, 3 hours for each paper.

Political Science Paper 1 Section A

Q.1 Comment on the following in approximately 150 words each, 10 marks each

  1. “Personal is political”
  2. “Original position”
  3. “Covenants without swords are but words, and of no strength to secure a man at all.”
  4. Sri Aurobindo’s “idea of freedom”
  5. Sri Ahmed Khan as modernizer


  1. Discuss the communitarian critique of liberalism. 20
  2. Examine Ambedkar’s critique of Marxism. 15
  3. Explain, as per Gramsci, the distinction between hegemony and domination. 15


  1. Analyze the relationship between natural rights and human rights. 20
  2. Examine the significance of Dharma in Ancient Indian political thought. 15
  3. Discuss in what sense Max’s understanding of state can be considered as materialistic. 15


  1. Explain Berlin’s notion of value pluralism. 20
  2. Analyse,as per Kautilya,the Saptanga theory of the state. 15
  3. Comment on the Assertion of Laslett that Filmer and not Hobbes was the main antagonist of Locke. 15

Political Science Paper I Section B

Q.5 Comment on the following in approximately 150 words each, 10 marks each

  1. Marxist understanding of India’s freedom movement
  2. Significance of the Preamble
  3. Decline of Indian Parliament
  4. Gandhian perspective of development and its contemporary relevance.
  5. Compare and contrast Chipko Movement with Narmada Bachao Andolan.


  1. Explain the phenomenon of ethnic politics in India in recent times.
  2. Analyse the significance of Article 32 of the Indian Constitution.
  3. Examine the role of Supreme Court as the final interpreter of the Indian Constitution.


  1. “Cooperative federalism produces a strong central, or general government, yet it does not necessarily result in weak provincial governments that are largely administrative agencies for central policies. Indian federation has demonstrated this.”(Granville Austin) Examine the uniqueness of Indian federalism in the light of the above statement. 20m
  2. Explain to what extent the concept of “one-party dominance”(W.H.Morris-Jones)model is relevant in Indian policy today. 20m
  3. Analyze the position of the Prime Minister of India in a coalition regime. 20m


  1. Examine the significance of the verdicts of the Supreme Court in the Golaknath and Keshavananda Bharati cases for an understanding of the scope of Article 368 in regard to Fundamental Rights.
  2. Point out and comment on the historic importance of the document “Towards Equality(1974),for women’s movement in India.”
  3. Examine the changing structure of Panchayati Raj instituions with special reference to the 73rd Constituiton Amendment Act.

Political Science Paper II: Section-A

Q1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each x 10 mark each

  1. Identify the elements of change in India’s foreign policy.
  2. Sketch the leadership role of India in WTO negotiations.
  3. Examine the recent developments in India-Japan relationship.
  4. Bring out the objectives of India seeking permanent seat in Security Council
  5. Is India’s Nuclear doctrine a viable one?

Q2 Answer the following questions in about 200 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. Compare and contrast social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.
  2. Give reasons for Regionalism of world politics.
  3. Compare and Contrast Sin-India approaches to global Environmental concerns.

Q3 Answer the following questions in about 200 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. What roles do norms, taboos and epistemic play in the context of nuclear proliferation?
  2. Substitantiate APEC as a regional economic and trade arrangement.
  3. Identify the major changes in the International Political economy in post Cold War period.

Q4 Answer the following questions in about 200 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. Is the rise of social movement a sign of opening up of popular space in political process or decline of representative politics?Examine.
  2. Highlight the major features of Non-alignment 2.0 document
  3. Identify the role and place of Gender in the global economy.

Political Science Paper 2: Section-B

Q5. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each x 10 marks each

  1. Identify the challenges to American hegemony in post Soviet world.
  2. What does the pace of nuclear proliferation in post Cold War suggest?
  3. State the place of Gender Justice in global agenda.
  4. “Global commons belong to global society and requires global attention”.Comment.
  5. Sketch the journey of global political economy from Washington consensus to the present.

Q6. Answer the following questions in about 200 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. Examine major principles of State centric world views.
  2. How does Marxist approcah explain contemporary International Relations?
  3. ‘National Interests are Dynamic’. Identify the dynamic nature of National Interests in the contemporary world polities with suitable examples.

Q7. Answer the following questions in about 200 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. ‘The economic content of India’s foreign trade is increasingly growing’. Substantiate the statement with economic diplomatic engagements of India in the last decade.
  2. Write a note on Intellectual precursors of Realism.
  3. ‘Building ‘peace by pieces’ is the basis of functionalism’. Elaborate.

Q8 Answer the following questions in about 250 words each (20+15+15=50m)

  1. ‘Transnational actors have become driving forces of global politics’. Elaborate.
  2. ‘A minimal State ensures maximum of Individual Liberty’. Examine the concept of Minimal State.
  3. ‘Collective Security and Collective Defense are the institutional and State mechanism to sustain the domination of powers that be in International politics’. Elaborate.

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39 Comments on “[Download] Political Science & IR Mains 2013 Paper 1 & Paper 2 for UPSC Civil Service IAS IPS Exam Optional Subject Paper”

  1. Sir,Plz post electrical Paper or atleast put the scanned paper in server….I am in dilemma of geography and EE as optional…When i saw this is geography paper,there are less straight questions…i am not getting answer what ever i read in materials….

    1. take it frm a friend—-please for gad sake do not take geography its a bogus subject

    2. I think u have not seen electrical engineering paper 2013..it seems easy from home…almost all the candidates at my centre…were crying tht y they took electrical as an optional…

      thanks god i took geography…

    3. u can download it from UPSC website…..upsc.gov.in
      All IAS mains papers 2013 have been uploaded on it.

  2. i think questions are doable but it all depends on the way you write answers.
    i am opting pol. science for 2014.seniors please suggest something so that i could improve my understanding with theory part.

  3. Sir please upload UPSC mains 2013 Psychology optional papers. Thank You!

  4. Sir please upload sociology paper

  5. Plz upload gujarati literature paper

  6. i read
    “Analyze the position of the Prime Minister of India in a coalition regime. 20m”


    “Analyze the position of the Prime Minister of India in a coalgate regime. 20m”

  7. mrunal sir…my optional subject is history…plz upload questions from history also

  8. sir, just provide a small link to download optional mechanical engineering paper, i will be satisfied, no analysis is required, even anyone else who has it can post the link to download it here, my sincere thanks

  9. Sir could you suggest important&compulsory reading regarding to political science optional…..


  10. Good paper……ish baar Pol Sc vaale to maza laa denge…very balance paper..

  11. very recent and current questions were asked like WTO Indo-Japan and shift in foreign policy.
    mixed with conventional questions a balanced paper.

  12. mrunal please post zoology optional papers also.

  13. how many questions we have to attend in each section / paper ? Is ther any choice ?

    1. U just need to attempt no. 1 n 5th complusory rest ur choice…this paper seems like easiest one among all optional paper

  14. Paper II section A q1(d): this ques had different meaning in Hindi. It was objections against India in UNSC. Though I wrote both the answers. Y such discrepancy b/w English and Hindi translations? What will UPSC do in this ques.

  15. Sir,

    2014 is my first and last attempt,but i believe in myself. I am in dilemma of choosing optional GEOGRAPHY / PUB AD. I have language constraint.please help me and also suggest me
    regarding GEOGRAPHY optional(approach & strategy, coaching centre ). awaiting your reply and thankful to you sir.

  16. when will RBI Grade B – Mains – result will come??

  17. thanks for the upload.

  18. is the pol science best sub for mains exam in Hindi medium plz tell me because I m new

  19. How much have people scored in Pol. Sc. ? any idea ?

  20. yaar koi to batao pol. science ke marks iss baar ke..

    1. it is already mentioned on mrunal .therefore you need to zip through the site thoroughly,

  21. upar walo neeche walo ki help kro kuch to batao

  22. Please tell me about political science and internation relationship for mains exam how to prepare this subject?Can this subject obtain good marks in mains exam?

  23. 60 and 61 with one month’s study(not more than 2 hours a day)… So I assume the subject is scorable if you study properly.

  24. Political Science is very beneficial for current syllabus, thanks for uploading

  25. Please suggest me a good book of Political Science for civil services….

  26. Sir, please give 2013-14 question bank. thnak you!

  27. राजनीतिक विज्ञान कैसे बैंकिंग में फायदेमंद है

  28. i am prepiring in hindi language which book have benifit to me in upsc pri & main , optional also…..

  29. hi friends,
    here by i want to inform you that the syllabus prescribed by upse is gathered on the site .the beginner can start with the mentioned ,thax

  30. Dear sir_
    Pease give 2014-15 IPS EXAM PAPER post in my Gmail address.

    Thank you

  31. I am 26 age .I want to become a civil servant. but I have only 2 education. can I take a graduation in political science via distance education ? how can I achieve this?

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