[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Political Science Optional Paper 1 & 2, including Hindi medium PDF

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  1. Instructions for UPSC Mains Political Science Optional Paper
  2. Political Science Paper 1: SECTION-A
  3. Political Science Paper 1: SECTION-B
  4. Political Science Paper 2: SECTION-A
  5. Political Science Paper 2: SECTION-B
  6. Original Scan for Hindi medium

Instructions for UPSC Mains Political Science Optional Paper

  • For each paper: Time Allowed : Three Hours Maximum Marks : 250
  • There are EIGHT questions divided in two Sections and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
  • Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
  • Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.
  • The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
  • Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in medium other than the authorized one.
  • Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
  • Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off.

Political Science Paper 1: SECTION-A

Q1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50

  1. ” … political theory is not an escape mechanism but an arduous calling.” ( John Plamanetz)
  2. “All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.” (J. S. Mill)
  3. “Nationalism is not a mere political programme but a way of life like religion.” (Aurobindo Ghose)
  4. “India has thrown up a form of judicial democracy that has no parallel anywhere else, and has nurtured a kind of civil society that is uniquely its own.” (Bhikhu Parekh)
  5. “Power is never the property of an individual; it belongs to a group and remains in existence only so long as the group keeps together.” ( Hannah Arendt)

Q2. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Comment on the view that socialism in the 21st century may be reborn as anti-capitalism. 20 marks
  2. Examine the conditions that are required for the maintenance of legitimacy in modern societies. 15 marks
  3. Evaluate the contributions of Buddhist tradition to Indian political thought. 15 marks

Q3. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Explicate the conception of justice in the critiques of communitarian theorists. 20 marks
  2. Examine the conception of the State in the ideologies of Fascism and Marxism. 15 marks
  3. How is liberty a precondition for equality? Explicate the relationship between equality and liberty. 15 marks

Q4. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Explain how Machiavelli’s application of empirical method to human affairs marks an important stage in the evolution of political science. 20 marks
  2. Central to Aristotle’s political thought is his classification of the different types of political constitutions in the Politics. Evaluate. 15 marks
  3. Explicate the features of deliberative democracy. 15 marks

Political Science Paper 1: SECTION-B

Q5. Comment on the following in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50

  1. The dilemmas of the human rights movements in India
  2. Relation between ethnicity and democracy in India
  3. Increasingly higher focus on Directive Principles of State Policy
  4. Marginalization of the left ideology in India
  5. The role of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in promoting good governance

Q6. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Discuss the working of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to curb violence against Dalits. 20 marks
  2. Examine the scope and limitations of women’s movements in India. 15 marks
  3. Explain how peasant movements promoted nationalist ideas during the struggle for Indian independence. 15 marks

Q7. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Discuss the nature of reforms of the electoral process in India and explain the further scope for reforms. 20 marks
  2. Examine the debates on the appointment procedure of judges to the higher judiciary in India. 15 marks
  3. Explain how the participation of women impacted the functioning of rural local bodies in India. 15 marks

Q8. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Explain how pressure groups have been influencing public policy-making with suitable illustrations. 20 marks
  2. What are the provisions for constitutional protection of right to freedom of religion and how far have they succeeded in promoting secularism in India? 15 marks
  3. Account for the changes in the socio-economic profile of legislators during last one decade in India. 15 marks

Political Science Paper 2: SECTION-A

Q1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50

  1. Party system in India is neither western nor indigenous. Explain.
  2. In what respect is the new social movement new in nature? Discuss.
  3. Do you agree that the U.N. has failed to contain transnational terrorism? Elaborate your answer with examples.
  4. “The Feminist approach to international politics is biased.” Comment.
  5. “Ukraine crisis is a product of power politics and geo-politics.” Comment.

Q2. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. “Despite so many agreed areas of cooperation, innumerable institutional mechanisms and a permanent secretariat, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has not taken off as a meaningful regional grouping.” Discuss. 20 marks
  2. Critically evaluate the approaches of global south towards addressing environment concerns. 15 marks
  3. Critically assess the changing nature of the concept of national security. 15

Q3. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Argue a case for U.N. reform in the context of changing global milieu. 20 marks
  2. Who was Mr. ‘X’ in international politics? Elaborate his approach to foreign policy. 15 marks
  3. “Morton A. Kaplan’s system theory is contrary to the fundamental precepts of systems approach.” Comment. 15 marks

Q4. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. How do you explain the growing importance of multi-national corporations (MNCs) and civil society in contemporary international politics? 20 marks
  2. What is ‘global village’? Elaborate its main characteristics and also the factors that contributed to its growth. 15 marks
  3. Discuss the main factors that have contributed to the gradual transformation of the world from ‘Billiard Ball Model’ to ‘Cobweb Model’. 15

Political Science Paper 2: SECTION-B

Q5. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each : 10 marksx5=50

  1. Is India’s quest for a permanent seat in the Security Council a possibility or just a pipedream? Elaborate with reasons.
  2. “Afghanistan is a litmus test for India’s ascendance as a regional and global power.” Discuss.
  3. “EU – India relations have a long way to go before they can purposely be termed strategic.” Discuss.
  4. Do you agree with the view that the USA is of late willing to treat India as a partner rather than merely a camp-follower? Give reasons for your answer.
  5. Discuss the grounds for India’s opposition to NPT.

Q6. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Evaluate the recent changes in Indo – Japan relations. 20 marks
  2. “Federal units are critical in the making of India’s foreign policy.” Examine this statement with reference to the role of West Bengal vis-à-vis Bangladesh. 15 marks
  3. “India’s policy of non-alignment has been guided by the genius of the Indian people and their interests.” Explain. 15 marks

Q7. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. Analyse the drivers of Indo – Russian relations in the post-Cold-War era. 20 marks
  2. Examine the implications of turmoil in Iraq and West Asia for India’s security and foreign policy concerns. 15 marks
  3. Evaluate India’s participation in United Nations peace-keeping operations over the years. 15 marks

Q8. Answer following (20+15+15 marks)

  1. The Ministry of External Affairs is losing its importance in the making of India’s foreign policy with the parallel rise of the P.M.O. Explain. 20 marks
  2. “Some of the major changes that occurred in India’s foreign policy after the Sino – India war in 1962 were within the larger framework of continuity.” Discuss. 15 marks
  3. In the history of foreign policy, seldom have relations between any two nations blossomed as fast as they have in the case of India and Israel. Discuss. 15 marks

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81 Comments on “[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Political Science Optional Paper 1 & 2, including Hindi medium PDF”

  1. Hello frnds if you have comman discussion for PSIR plz add me in your groop it will tace diffrent ideas and diffrent vew and it will help us

  2. I am 4th year B.A.LL.B.(Hon.) student. I have studied Political Science and obviously studying law. I have interest in political science but can take Law as an optional too. Please guide which subject is more scoring and is more suited for GS studies.

  3. Please help me how to make a good and suitable strategy for political science for my mains.. Which books to follow and how to make notes? Any study material?

  4. hai sir i am nee prepare in ias exam plz help me for read in study metirial.

  5. Where i download previous year’s paper of upsc political science?

  6. political science vs hindi literature..
    Is POLITICAL SCIENCE better than Hindi Literature as a Hindi medium optional subject in upsc civil service exam? I am comfortable in both. Pls provide your guidance and suggestion over this issue. I have analyzed a lot. In last years hindi literature has given toppers on the other hand pol sci is helpful in GS. What should i choose for? I am from Hindi medium.. please help

  7. how prepared in this exam

  8. Sir my medium is hindi and my optional paper is political science and right now i am confuse.because some people says pol sci is not good for hindi medium students.its good only for english medium.then main change karne ka sonch rha hu..and hidi litreture rakhne ka sonch rha hu ….plz suggestion me sir…

  9. How can I download the question papers????

  10. @Ruchi Shree…. Both subject are good. It’s depends on you, if u comfortable in both then you decide, in which sub. You feel better and also your interest. For my example, I feel better in pol. Science and my interest also. Pol. Science is helped in not only in pre. & mains (gs1:this year asked qstn south China Sea + gs 2 & 3 probably whole and also in gs4) but also in interview (lots of qstn asked related to ir) so I suggest pol. Science.

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