UGC NET Political Science syllabus 2018

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UGC NET Political Science syllabus 2018


There will be two question papers, Paper -II and Paper —III (Part – A & B). Paper -II will cover 50 Objective Type Questions (Multiple choice, Matching type, True/False, Assertion-Reasoning type) carrying 100 marks. Paper – III will have two Parts – A and B; Paper — 111(A) will have 10 Short Essay Type Questions (300 words) carrying 16 marks each. In it there will be one question with internal choice from each unit (i.e., 10 questions from 10 units; Total marks will be 160). Paper — 111(B) will be compulsory and there will be three questions from any unit I to X. The candidate will attempt only one question only in 800 words; carrying 40 marks. Total marks of Paper — III will be 200.

UGC NET Political Science syllabus 2018

UGC NET Political Science syllabus 2018


Code No. : 02



1. Political Theory and Thought

Ancient Indian Political Thought: Kautilya and Shanti Parva.
Greek Political Thought: Plato and Aristotle.
European Thought
I: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau.
European Thought -11: Bentham,
J. S. Mill, HegeL Marx ani Green.
Contemporary Political Thought
I: Lenin, Mao, Gramscj.
Contemporary Political Thought -II: Rawis, Nozic and Communitarians.
Modem Indian Thought: Gandhi, M. N. Roy, Aurobinclo Ghosh, Joy Prakash
Ambedkar, Savarkar.

Concepts and Issue I: Medieval Political Thought : Church State Relationship
and Theory of Two Swords.
Concepts and Issue —II: Behaviouralism and Post-Behaviouralism, Decline and
Resurgence of Political Theory.
Democracy, Liberty and Equality.

2. Comparative Politics and Political Analysis



Evolution of Comparative Politics as a discipline; nature and scope.
Approaches to the study of comparative politics : Traditional, Structural- Functional, Systems and Marxist.
Constitutionalism : Concepts, Problems and Limitations.
Forms of Government: Unitary
Federal, Parliamentary Presidential.
Organs of Government: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary
their interrelationship in comparative perspective.
Party Systems and Pressure Groups; Electoral Systems.
types and roles.
Political Development and Political Modernization:
Political Culture, Political Socialization and Political Communication.
Political Elite; Elitist theory of Democracy.
Power, Authority and Legitimacy.
Revolution : Theories and Types.
Dependency : Development and Under Development.

3. Indian Government and Politics

National Movement, Constitutional Developments and the Making of Indian
Ideological Bases of the Indian Constitution, Preamble, Fundamental Rights and
Duties, and Directive Principles.
Constitution as Instrument of Socio-Economic Change, Constitutional
Amendments and Review.
Structure and Process
I: President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers, Working
of the Parliamentary System.
Structure and Process
II : Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, State
Panchayati Raj Institutions : Rural and Urban, their working.
Federalism: Theory and Practice in India; Demands of Autonomy and Separatist Movements; Emerging trends in Centre-State Relations.
Judiciary : Supreme Court, High Courts, Judicial Review, Judicial Activism including Public Interest Litigation cases, Judicial Reforms.
Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Public Opinion, Media; Subaltern and Peasant
Elections, Electoral Behaviour, Election Commission and Electoral Reforms.

4. Public Administration

Development of Public Administration as a discipline; Approaches to the study of
Public Administration : Decision-making, Ecological and Systems; Development
Theories of organization.

Principles of organization: Line and staff, unity of command, hierarchy, span of control, centralization and decentralization, Types of organization formal and informal; Forms of organization; department, public corporation and board.
Chief Executive: Types, functions and roles.
Personnel administration: Recruitment, Training, Promotion, Discipline, Morale;
Employee-Employer Relations.
Bureaucracy : Theories, Types and Roles; Max Weber and his critics. Civil servant
Minister relationship.
Leadership, its role in decision-making; Communication.
Financial Administration : Budget, Audit, Control over Finance with special reference to India and UK.
Good Governance; Problems of Administrative Corruption; Transparency and Accountability; Right to Information.
Grievance Redressal Institutions: Ombudsman, Lokpal and Lokayukta.

5. International Relations

Contending Theories and Approaches to the study of International Relations; Idealist, Realist, Systems, Game, Communication and Decision-making.
Power, Interest and Ideology in International Relations; Elements of Power
Acquisition, use and limitations of power, Perception, Formulation and Promotion
of National interest, Meaning, Role and Relevance of Ideology in International
Arms and Wars : Nature, causes and types of wars/conflicts including ethnic disputes; conventional, Nudear/bio-chemjcal wars; deterrence, Arms race, Arms control and Disarmament.
Peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict resolution, Diplomacy, World-order and Peace studies.
Cold war, Alliances, Non-alignment, End of Cold war, Globalisation.
Rights and Duties of states in international law, intervention, Treaty law, prevention and abolition of war.
Political Economy of International Relations; New international Economic Order, North-South Dialogue, South-South Cooperation, WTO, Neo-colonialjsm and Dependency.
Regional and sub-regional organisations especially SAARC, ASEAN, OPEC, OAS.
United Nations : Aims, Objectives, Structure and Evaluation of the working of
UN; Peace and Development perspectives; Charter Revision; Power-struggle and
Diplomacy within UN, Financing and Peace-keeping operations.
India’s Role in International affairs : India’s relations with its neighbours, wars, security concerns and pacts, Mediatory Role, distinguishing features of Ihdian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.




Political Theory
Nature of Political Theory, its
main concerns, decline and res.itgence since
Liberalism and Marxism
Individual and Social Justice
Role of Ideology
Theories of change : Lenin, Mao, Gandhi


Political Thought
Plato and Aristotle
Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and
J. S. Mill
Karl Marx
Gandhi, M. N. Roy, Aurobindo Ghosh


Comparative Politics and Political Analysis
Approaches to the study of comparative Politics
Constitutionalism in theory and practice
Executive, Legislature and Judiciary with special reference to India, USA,
UK and Switzerland
Party system and role of opposition. Electoral Process
Separation of Powers, Rule of Law and Judicial Review


Political Development
Political Modernization
Political Socialisation and Political Culture
Power and Authority
Political Elite


Making of the Indian Constitution
FundamentaiRights and Duties, and Directive Principles
Union Executive, Parliament
Supreme Court, Judicial Activim
Indian Federalism: Theory, Practice and Problems

Unit 6

Dynamics of state politics
Local Governments : Rural and Urban
Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Public Opinion
Elections, Electoral Reforms
Class, Caste, Gender, Dalit and Regional Issues, Problems of Nation-Building and


Growth of Public Administration as a discipline; and New Public Administration
Theories of Organisation (Classical, Scientific, Human Relations); Principles of
Chief Executive
Control over Administration Judicial and Legislative


Development Planning and Administration in India
Bureaucracy and Challenges of Development
Administrative Culture; Administrative Corruption, and Administrative Reforms.
Panchayati Raj
Impact of Liberalization on Public Administration


Theories of InternationaL Relations
Ideology, Power and Interest
Conflicts and Conflict-Resolution
Changing concept of National Security and Challenges to the Nation-State System
Arms and Arms-control


End of Cold War, Globalisation and Political Economy of International Relations
in the Contemporary World.
Determinants and Compulsions of Indias Foreign Policy; Indiaís Nuclear Policy.
India’s Relations with Neighbours and USA.
India’s Role in the UN.
India and Regional Organizations (SAARC, ASEAN), Indian Ocean.

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