Political Science and International Relations or PSIR as an optional paper for UPSC Civil Service Exam is a very interesting subject or paper. A student with their absolute focus and dedication can score good marks on PSIR optional paper as well as it will be also helpful to other GS Papers of UPSC.

Which book is best for PSIR optional Upsc?

There is no single source for studying the whole vast subject as Political Science and International Relations. An aspirant should approach the following books for the depth of understanding – First, for Political Thought, Ideologies, Indian and Western Political Thought – O.P. Gauba for Political Thought and Theories, Brian Nelson for Western Political Thought, V.R. MehtaIGNOU for Indian Political Thought. Second, for Indian National Movement, Indian Govt and Politics – Laxmi Kant, Bipin Chandra, and Spectrum are the recommended options. Third, for Comparative Politics – IGNOU MA Modules (selectively, topic-wise from syllabus), Global Politics – Andrew Heywood for in-depth conceptual understanding. Lastly, for International Relations – Challenges and Strategies – Rajiv Sikri
Does the Elephant Dance – David Malone

We brought here complete study materials and Notes of Political Science based on the syllabus provided by UPSC on their official website.

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Political Theory and Indian Politics

  • Political Theory: Meaning and Approaches
  • Theories of the state: Liberal
    Theories of the state: Neoliberal
    Theories of the state: Marxist
    Theories of the state: Pluralist
    Theories of the state: Post-Colonial
    Theories of the state: Feminist
  • Justice: Conceptions of Justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of Justice and its Communitarian Critiques
  • Equality: Social, political and economic; the relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action
  • Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; the concept of Human Rights
  • Democracy: Classical and Contemporary Theories
  • Political Ideologies: Liberalism
    Political Ideologies: Socialism
    Political Ideologies: Fascism
    Political Ideologies: Gandhism
    Political Ideologies: Feminism
  • Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra
    Indian Political Thought: Arthashastra
    Indian Political Thought: Buddhist Traditions
    Indian Political Thought: Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
    Indian Political Thought: Sri Aurobindo
    Indian Political Thought: M.K. Gandhi
    Indian Political Thought: B.R. Ambedkar
    Indian Political Thought: M.N. Roy
  • Western Political Thought: Plato
    Western Political Thought: Aristotle
    Western Political Thought: Machiavelli
    Western Political Thought: Hobbes
    Western Political Thought: John Locke
    Western Political Thought: John Stuart Mill
    Western Political Thought: Karl Marx
    Western Political Thought: Antonio Gramsci
    Western Political Thought: Hannah Arendt
  • Indian Government and Politics
  • Indian Nationalism-
    Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Constitutionalism to mass strategies
    Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Non-Cooperation
    Political strategies of India’s freedom struggle: Civil Disobedience; Militant and Revolutionary Movements, Peasants and Workers Movements.
  • Perspectives on Indian National Movements:
    Liberal Perspective
    Socialist Perspective
    Marxist Perspective; Radical Humanist and Dalits
  • Making of the Indian constitution:
    Legacies of the British rule
    Different social and political perspectives
  • Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
    The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure Doctrine.
  • Principal Organs of the Union Government:
    Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislative, and Supreme Court
  • Principal Organs of the State Government:
    Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature, and High Court.
  • Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government, the Significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot Movements
  • Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Election Commission
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Comptroller and Auditor General
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Finance Commission
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Union Public Service Commission
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Scheduled Castes
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Women
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Human Rights Commission
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Commission for Minorities
    Statutory Institutions/Commissions: National Backward Classes Commission
  • Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian Perspectives
    Planning and Economic Development: Role of Planning and Private Sector
    Planning and Economic Development: Green Revolution
    Planning and Economic Development: Land Reforms and Agrarian Relations
    Planning and Economic Development: Liberalization and Economic reforms
  • Caste, Religion, and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
  • Party System: National and Regional Parties
    Party System: Ideological and Social Bases of parties
    Party System: Pattern of Coalition Politics
    Party System: Pressure Groups
    Party System: Trends in Electoral Behaviour
    Party System: Changing Socio-economic profile of legislators
  • Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements
    Social Movements: Environmental movement
    Social Movements: women’s movements

Comparative Politics and International Relations, Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics

  • Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches.
  • Comparative Politics: political economy and political sociology perspectives
  • Comparative Politics: limitations of the comparative method
  • State in Comparative Perspective: Characteristics and the changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies
  • State in Comparative Perspective: Advanced Industrial and Developing societies
  • Politics of representation and participation: Political Parties
  • Politics of representation and participation: Pressure Groups and Social Movements in advanced industrial and developing societies
  • Globalisation: Responses from Developed and Developing societies
  • Approaches to the study of International Relations: Idealist
  • Approaches to the study of International Relations: Realist
  • Approaches to the study of International Relations: Marxist
  • Approaches to the study of International Relations: Functionalist and System Theory
  • Key Concepts in International Relations: National Interest
  • Key Concepts in International Relations: Security and Power
  • Key Concepts in International Relations: Balance of Power and deterrence
  • Key Concepts in International Relations: Transnational actors and collective security
  • Key Concepts in International Relations: World capitalist economy and globalisation
  • Changing International Political Order: Rise of superpowers; strategic and ideological bipolarity, arms race and cold war; Nuclear threat
  • Changing International Political Order: Non-Aligned Movements; aims and achievements
  • Changing International Political Order: Collapse of the Soviet Union; unipolarity and American hegemony; Relevance of Non-Alignment in the Contemporary World

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