[Download] UPSC Mains-2015: Political Science Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2

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  1. Political Science: Instruction
  2. Paper1: Section-A
  3. Paper1: Section-B
  4. Paper2: Section-A
  5. Paper2: Section-B

Political Science: Instruction

  1. Time Allowed: Three Hours Maximum Marks: 250
  2. There are EIGHT questions divided in TWO SECTIONS and printed both in HINDI arid in ENGLISH.
  3. Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
  4. Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remitting, any THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.
  5. The number of marks carried by a question part is indicated against it.
  6. Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly WI the Miler of this Question-cum-Answer-QC., Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one. Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to
  7. Attempts of questions shall be counted in sequential 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

Paper1: Section-A

Q1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each-10 x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Idea of Natural Rights
  2. Aristotle’s conception of Equality
  3. ‘Difference Principe’ in Rawls’Theory of Justice
  4. Difference between Participatory and deliberative Demography
  5. Gandhi’s views on state

Q2. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Examine the challenges to sovereignty of the state in the contemporary world.
  2. Discuss the key features of pre Marxist socialist theory.
  3. Compare and contrast the views of Kautilya and Machiavelli on Statecraft.

Q3. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. “Plato was an enemy of the open society” (Popper) comment.
  2. Discuss the relationship between base and superstructure in Marxist theory.
  3. Distinguish between Power and Authority.

Q4. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Discuss the ‘crisis of legitimacy’ in capitalist societies. (Habermas)
  2. Discuss Gramsci’s notion of ‘organic intellectuals’.
  3. Discuss David Easton’s model of system analysis.

Paper1: Section-B

Q5. Comment on the following in about 150 words each:-10 x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Secularism in the Indian Constitution
  2. Satyagraha as a Strategy in the Indian National Movement
  3. 99th Amendment of the Indian Constitution.
  4. Structure and Function of NITI Ayog.
  5. Cooperative Federalism in India

Q6. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Discuss the efficacy of judicial review in india.
  2. Critically analyze the discretionary powers granted to the Governor by the Indian constitution.
  3. ‘Identity politics has trumped development politics in india ’ Comment.

Q7. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. In the light of neo-economic policies adopted since 1991,examine the relevance of the term ‘socialist ’ in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.
  2. Identify the contested areas i8n centre state relation in india.
  3. Discuss the ‘Right to Education ’ and the concerns raised by it.

Q8. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Examine the role of Panchayati Raj Institution and Urban Local Bodies in deepening of democracy in India.
  2. compare the Nehruvian and Gandhian models of development.
  3. Account for the rise of regional political parties and assess their role in contemporary India.

Paper2: Section-A

Q1. Answer following in 150 words each. 10 x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Which are the major approaches of comparative politics? Explain in brief, the political economy approach to the study of comparative inquiry.
  2. Do you subscribe to the view that the modern constructs of the State and politics are pre-eminently Eurocentric and not indigenous an appropriate for the analysis of non-western societies?
  3. Identify the major differences between the classical realism of Hans J. Morgenthau and the neorealism of Kenneth Waltz. Which approach is the best suited for analysing international relations after the Cold War?
  4. Is globalization essentially a process of ‘Universalisation ’ of capitalist modernity?
  5. What is the difference between interest Groups and Pressure Groups? Are the Pressure Groups in India in a position to fully protect or promote the interests of their members?

Q2. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. ‘The struggle for democracy has been marked by bitter strife and tribulations’ Examine the statement, illustrating the cases of Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar.
  2. Discuss the theory of Nuclear Deterrence. Did Nuclear Deterrence prevent a superpower war?
  3. What are the real objectives of Millennium Development Goals (MDG)? Do you think that millennium development goals have been able to achieve the desired goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development?

Q3. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Do you endorse that the conventional discourse on human rights has failed to include women’s rights? Explain in the context of feminist theories?
  2. How far are the world governance mechanisms, dominated by IMF and world bank, legitimate and relevant? What measures do you suggest to improve their effectiveness in global governance?
  3. Discuss the collapse of the Soviet Union and its impact on international politics

Q4. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Has the reform of the economic and social arrangements of the United Nations been effective?
  2. ‘The European Union has become, the most politically influential, economically powerful and demographically diverse regional entity in the world’ Discuss.
  3. How is it that economic and neo-liberal globalization is being interrogated from inside even in developed countries? What are the economic consequences of such globalisation?

Paper2: Section-B

Q5. Answer following 150 words each: 10 x 5 = 50 marks

  1. The social structure of a country influences its foreign policy-making. How does the social structure of India impact the course and direction of its foreign policy?
  2. ‘Non-alignment’ has been the basic principle of india’s foreign policy since independence. Discuss its relevance in the contemporary context.
  3. Identify the constraints / challenges to the regional cooperation in South Asia.
  4. Ethic conflicts and insurgencies in North-East india can be better managed by improving relations with the neighbouring countries. Substantiate the statement with suitable examples.
  5. How does the Parliament determine and influence the making of india’s foreign policy?

Q6. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Before the year 2000, the indo-US relationship has been marked more with estrangement than cordiality. Why?
  2. ‘Economic interest has emerged as the main component of india’s foreign policy’. Discuss the statement in the light of india’s initiatives to improve relations with China, Japan and the Central Asian republics.
  3. In 1998, India declared itself as a nuclear weapon state. India refuses to sign NPT and CTBT. What would be the implications for india’s nuclear policy in case it signs both the treaties?

Q7. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. Vision of a new world order has emerged as the major objective of india’s foreign policy. Discuss the policy initiative taken by india in this regard and challenges faced by it.
  2. Discuss the factors for the decline of india’s presence in Latin America.
  3. River water disputes are emerging as a major source of conflicts an suggest the remedial measures.

Q8. 20 + 15 + 15 marks

  1. The United Nations completes 70 years of its establishment in 2015. What reforms is india asking for to strengthen the global institutions of governance and why?
  2. Discuss the realistic foreign policy initiatives taken by India to balance its relations between Israel and the Arab world.
  3. Discuss the humanitarian role played by india in the crisis-stricken Gulf countries like Yemen and Iraq.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha


So far 35 Comments posted

  1. Anubhav Pandey

    paper 2 is comparatively tough…while paper 1 is good….Mrunal Sir may you please give some standard answer for qus 2(b) in first paper????

  2. Abhijit

    pub ad 2014 tough 2015 tough
    history 2014 tough 2015 tough
    geography 2014 easy 2015 tough
    pol science 2014 easy 2015 easy

    dekhna ye hai ki pol science ka katl hone me kitne saal lagte hai!

    1. Anubhav Pandey

      easy?????paper 1 is fine but i dont think paper 2 is easy/…..

    2. gopal kr bhagat

      i want to see question of public administration

    3. rita

      Hi friends I need ur help my caste in central list is obc where as in the state list its sc what shall I write in the upsc form ples help

      1. DC

        CENTRAL LIST i.e. OBC

        1. rita

          Thanks a lot I was worried a lot .God bless u

  3. Pratham

    Is this easy, I don’t think so.

  4. Amt

    What are the expected range of marks. Guys please post your marks here. I am expecting

    Paper 1 > 110
    Paper 2 > 120

    1. aditya

      then if you perform well in GS and Essay, and interview your name will be in the list.

    2. silver

      amitt… whats ur mail id… ?? m new in pol sci… want to clear some queries n if u can review my answers too.. ty 🙂

  5. Megha

    Sir, kindly upload law optional papers too. Thanks in advance.

  6. arvind

    out of all optionals.
    this is easiest paper.
    highly unfair to other optionals!!!.
    And I have political science as optional.

  7. Patare Tukaram Sopan

    sir,please analissis opitional paper pol. science 1 and 2

  8. raj

    hllo everybody….. hope your mains examination went well and i wish most of you would get your interview calls. . i am also preparing for this year…. would please anyone suggest me the essential book list for pol sc optional…..kindly answer as soon as possible; i am solely preparing at my own and have no one in contact whom i can take guidance me?

    1. Pratham

      same with me hope someone helps

    2. Aashutosh Kumar Verma

      same with me too. but i’m a hindi medium student.

  9. Anil samaprabha

    Hi .. I choose pol science as optional any guys were also taking pol science as optinal pls add me to what’s up 9844552677 pls am from medical background interested I n pol science need help pls

  10. कपिल सिंह चारण

    Hello Raj u should read first IGNOU books for political science …..den go for subha ranjan mam notes….essential for paper 1…..for paper 2nd …..the hindu paper nd BL fariya book of international relations is must

  11. Aashutosh Kumar Verma

    Hello sir, i am preparing political science optional paper by self study with hindi medium. please please please tell me ki kya kisi teacher ke class notes, jo hindi medium me ho, market me available hai? sir mujhe class notes ki bahut sakht zarurat hai. kis teacher ke notes behtar rahenge? please help me.

  12. ajay yadav

    Any body having idea about management as optional subjec.

  13. Rajesh Kumar

    Sir,
    May I know the books name for political science in Hindi medium for my optional subject ?

  14. sandip

    Anybody is here preparing polscience in Marathi…?

    1. Rahul Patil

      I had planned for it(but changed later due to lack of resources available in marathi)….now preferred Sociology in English

  15. krishan

    I am unable to download upsc topper notes. Please suggest me.

  16. HARISH SINGH MAHARA

    murnal sir what startegy i should for uttrakhand FRO exam on march?any idea about what types questions from environment n eco give me hint please……!!!!

  17. Honglem

    if question 1 & 5 are mandatory do we have to write all those 3 questions within it?

  18. Gulandhar chaudhary

    sir,
    About upsc all book list

  19. yogeshwar sharma

    sir,
    about upsc all book list.

  20. Santosh Kumar Pandey

    Sir, please give me suggestions on to qualify NET with political science.
    Also recommend some books and articles.
    Thanks
    Santosh

  21. Santosh Kumar Pandey

    NET all books. Political science
    Thanks

  22. Vikrant

    Sir. ,I have gone through your Modern India & Economics lectures & I have understood each & every aspect of it. Can u prepare optionals for Political Science? Is it possible? If it is possible for you then it will be tremendous help for aspirants like me.

  23. Rohit anand

    Sir m a civil services aspirant from history and law background (MA,LLB) .plz guide me for selection of subjects and prepartion (study marerials) for civil services as well as civil judge junior devision.

  24. sid

    sir, I think the ques asked in pol sc. optional IR and GS paper-2 IR are bit of diff. kinds…is m ri8 ??

  25. dhairyasheel londhe

    Thanks

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