IAS Mains Political Science Subject Most Expected Questions

IAS Mains Political Science Subject Most Expected Questions

IAS Mains Political Science Subject Most Expected Questions: Millions of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Examination every year. The IAS mains examination is scheduled on 28th October 2017.

All the UPSC IAS aspirants are now preparing for IAS Mains. The problem is that no matter how good & knowledgeable we think we are or how good we feel we have written the paper there is always a certain level of uncertainty. This is especially true for optional subjects. In this article, we will be sharing the most expected questions for IAS Mains Political Science optional subject.


IAS Mains Political Science Subject Most Expected Questions

Over here, we are listing some important questions for IAS Mains Political Science subject. Candidates are advised to go through these questions to prepare efficiently for the upcoming IAS Mains Political Science examination.

  1. “Nationalism is not a mere political programme but a way of life like religion.” (Aurobindo Ghose)
  2. Comment on the Assertion of Laslett that Filmer and not Hobbes was the main antagonist of Locke.
  3. “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.
  4. Explain to what extent the concept of “one-party dominance”(W.H.Morris-Jones) model is relevant in Indian policy today.
  5. 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.
  6. Point out and comment on the historic importance of the document “Towards Equality (1974), for women’s movement in India.”
  7. Examine the changing structure of Panchayati Raj instituions with special reference to the 73rd Constituiton Amendment Act.
  8. Is the rise of social movement a sign of opening up of popular space in political process or decline of representative politics? Examine.
  9. ‘National Interests are Dynamic’. Identify the dynamic nature of National Interests in the contemporary world polities with suitable examples.
  10. ‘The economic content of India’s foreign trade is increasingly growing’. Substantiate the statement with economic diplomatic engagements of India in the last decade.
  11. ‘Collective Security and Collective Defense are the institutional and State mechanism to sustain the domination of powers that be in International politics’. Elaborate.
  12. Examine the conditions that are required for the maintenance of legitimacy in modern societies.
  13. Explain how Machiavelli’s application of empirical method to human affairs marks an important stage in the evolution of political science.
  14. Central to Aristotle’s political thought is his classification of the different types of political constitutions in the Politics. Evaluate.
  15. Discuss the working of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to curb violence against Dalits
  16. Explain how peasant movements promoted nationalist ideas during the struggle for Indian independence.
  17. Discuss the nature of reforms of the electoral process in India and explain the further scope for reforms.
  18. What are the provisions for constitutional protection of right to freedom of religion and how far have they succeeded in promoting secularism in India?
  19. Do you agree that the U.N. has failed to contain transnational terrorism? Elaborate your answer with examples.
  20. “Both the community of property and the community of families.-tend to make them truly guardians.” (PLATO)
  21. “Since then some men are slaves is advantageous to any one, then it is just to mike him a slave.” (ARISTOTLE)
  22. “…and in the actions of men and especially of princes, from which there is co appeal the end justifies the means.” (MACHIAVBLLI)
  23. “The only freedom that deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way.” (J. S. MILL) .  
  24. The world would be a much better place if the concept of national sovereignty is given up. Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.
  25. Attempt a critique of the right to resist the State and bring out the place of revolution in a democratic State.
  26. “Liberty and Equality are the two contradictory concepts equally dear to the human mind. Comment.
  27. “There is no theory of Democracy; it is at best a workable compromise between competing and conflicting interests.” Elucidate.
  28. Make a critical and comparative assessment of the structural-functional approach and the Marxian approach.
  29. ”Political socialization is the process of induction into Political Culture.” Elucidate and bring out the role played by the modern State in the process.
  30. “The Indian federation is a heavily-centered one; but the States are not mere provinces.” Comment
  31. “The Indian bureaucracy still exhibits British orientations in it’s though, action and behaviour.” Justify the statement
  32. “Over the decades, the primary objective of India’s foreign policy has been the creation of a stable inner balance on the subcontinent in which India, as the Principal Power, would play an integrative role.” Examine the statement.
  33. “After the Chinese aggression (1962) some of the most significant changes in Indian foreign policy took place. However, they were changes within the overall framework of continuity.” Elucidate.
  34. Discuss the chief characteristics of the systems approach with special reference to Kaplan and explain its impact on the development of International Relations.
  35. “National interest is the key concept in foreign policy. In essence, it amounts to the sum total of all national value” (Frankel) Explain.
  36. The balance of power and policies aiming at its preservation are not only inevitable but are an essential stabilizing factor in a society of sovereign nations.” (Morgenthau). Comment.
  37. “International law undoubtedly functions as a regulatory and limiting mechanism in international politics but only in an intermittent and partially effective fashion- it large measure this incomplete effect is due to certain key characteristics of international law as a legal system.” Examine this statement.
  38. “The non-aligned movement has made fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of international relations, and considerably modified the character of both.” Discuss.  
  39. ” We believe that as a matter of principle each member of society has an inviolability founded on justice.” ( Rawls ) Comment.
  40. Critically analyze the Gandhian model of development. How it differs from the Neharuvian model of development?
  41. ” In spite of the gains of the Green Revolution, Indian agriculture lags behind” Do you agree with this statement. Give reasons in support of your answer.
  42. Bring out the common and unique features of the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution of India. Do you think that these amendments would contribute the achievement of gender and social justice at the grass root level?  
  43. “The Parliament has declined in the contemporary times.” Do you agree with the statement? Give reasons in support of your answer.
  44. Examine the effect of caste and community in Indian politics. Do you foresee their continued relevance in country’s politics?
  45. Would it be to India’s benefit if it were to pursue a more serious relationship with South- East Asia? Critically evaluate.
  46. There is urgent need to democratize the Global Economy.” Do you agree with this view? If yes discuss various ways to democratize Global Economy.
  47. Critically examine the various controversial issues in the functioning of the WTO from the point of view of developing countries particularly India.
  48. Liberalization and Globalization are feared by the developing countries as Trojan Horses of developed countries. Elucidate.
  49. ” Few agencies of International co-operation have been more successful in tending the welfare of humanity than ILO.” Discuss the organization and activities of the ILO in the light of above statement.
  50. ” Indo-US relations in contemporary times are based on mutual trust and cooperation.” In the light of this statement analyze the prospects of Indo-US relations in the contemporary times.
  51. ” The nuclear pact with Russia goes far beyond the bounds of the 123 pact with the US.” Comment.  
  52. Do you agree that a new global south has emerged in the contemporary times? Give reasons in support of your answer. What can be India’s position in the Global South?
  53. Analyze India’s role as a protector of interests of the developing countries in the WTO negotiations.
  54. “India’s nuclear policy has been guided by national interest and supported by national consensus. “. Comment
  55. Explain the concept of “Congress System” as explained by Rajni Kothari. Can we say this is no more a relevant model to explain Indian Politics?
  56. What do you mean by “relative autonomy of the state”? Give a brief idea about the Poulantzas Miliband debate regarding this.
  57. The notion of the encumbered self is the defining aspect of the communitarian critique of liberalism. Explain.  
  58. Marx turns Hegel upside down. Comment on the basis of what Marx appropriates from Hegel and what differences Marx has with Hegel.
  59. What is the challenges Political theory faces in the present times? Suggest remedies to overcome it.
  60. What are the challenges Political theories faces in the present times? Suggest remedies to overcome it.

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