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Result CSE 2016 (Pol. Science)

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

Rank: 02

K. Dinesh Kumar

Rank: 06

Sidharth B

Rank: 15

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Pol. Science Test Series

  • Test Starts: 10th November, 2017
  • Number of Tests: 12
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Test 1: 10th November, 2017

Political Theory and Indian Politics

  1. What is Political Theory?
    • What is Theory?
    • Political Theory: Implications
    • Political Theory: Contents
  2. Nature of Political Theory
    • Political Theory as History
    • Political Theory as Philosophy
    • Political Theory as Science
    • Political Theory: Growth and Evolution
    • Classical Political Theory
    • Modern Political Theory
    • Contemporary Political Theory
  3. Why Study Political Theory?
    • Significance of Political Theory
  4. Normative vs Empirical theory of politics
  5. Behavioural and Post-Behavioural approach

Theories of the state

  1. Liberal-
    • Basic features
    • Classical liberal theory of state
    • Medieval Liberal theory of state
    • Modern liberal theory
    • Contemporary Neo-Liberal model
    • Critical evaluation
  2. Neoliberal
  3. Marxist-
    • Classical Marxist view of state( Marx and Engels)
    • Lenin’s view
    • Stalin’s view
    • Mao’s view
    • Post -Marxists (Gramsci, Raymond Willams, TheodorAdorno)
    • Neo-Marxist ( RalphMiliband, NicosPoulantzas)
  4. Pluralist--
    • MEANING OF PLURALISM
    • DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLURALISTIC THEORY of State
    • FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLURALISM:
    • CRITICISM OF PLURALISM
    • IMPORTANCE OR VALUE OF PLURALISM
  5. Post-colonial--
    • POST-COLONIAL STATE: MAIN FEATURES
    • THE POST-COLONIAL STATE: THE PRINCIPLE ACTOR OF CHANGE IN THIRD WORLD.
    • HamzaAlavi’s view (Overdeveloped state)
  6. Feminist--
    • Main features
    • Different perspectives--
    • Liberal feminist
    • Social feminist
    • Radical feminist
    • Post- modernist
    • Critical Evaluation

Justice

  • Conceptualising Justice
  • Distributive Justice: John Rawls
  • Justice as Entitlement: Robert Nozick
  • Communitaman perspective of justice: michael walzer, michael sandel, charles taylor, macintyre.
  • Capability approach- Amartya sen.
  • Marxist critique- habermas’s ‘communicative action’
  • Feminist conceptions of justice: iris marion young, susan moller okin
  • Understanding rawls from feminist perspective
  • Okin’s theory of justice
  • Global justice
  • Approaches to global justice
  • Cosmopolitan approach to global justice
  • Thomas pogge’s theory of global justice

Equality

  • Substantive Equality
  • Metaphysical Equality
  • Complex Equality
  • Debates on Equality
  • Debate on Equality of Opportunity
  • Ideal Equality of Opportunity
  • Competitive Equality of Opportunity
  • Non-Competitive Equality of Opportunity
  • Debate on Equality of Welfare
  • Success Theory of Welfare
  • Conscious State Theory
  • Objective Theory
  • Debate on Equality Of Resources
  • Debate on Equality of Capabilities
  • Equality, Priority and Sufficiency
  • Scheffler’s Notion of Equality
  • Priority View of Derek Parfit
  • Deontological Egalitarianism
  • Teleological Egalitarianism
  • Doctrine of Sufficiency’ of Harry Frankfurt
  • Luck Egalitarianism
  • Elizabeth Anderson’s Critique of Luck Egalitarianism
  • Relationship Between Equality And Freedom
  • Affirmative Action.

Rights

  • Definition and meaning
  • Rights, Claims and Duty
  • Natural Vs Legal right
  • Theories Of Right:
  • Historial theory
  • Social theory
  • Marxist theory
  • Laski’s theory of right
  • Rights As Trumps-Ronald Dworkin
  • Right To Equality Of Concern and Respect
  • Right to Abortion
  • Right to Liberty
  • General Rights: Views of H.L.A Hart
  • Dworkin/Hart Controversy
  • Choice Theory of Rights
  • Interest Theory of Rights and Conflicting Rights
  • Multicultural Rights : Will Kymlicka and Joseph Raz
  • Its critics: Amy Gutmann
  • Relationship between Globalization and Human Rights: The Larger Debate
  • The Globalization of Human Rights
  • Globalization, State and Human Rights
  • Globalization, The Right yo Development and the Human Rights Debate
  • Globalization and The Human Rights Debate in India

Democracy

  • Definition and meaning
  • Democracy: Procedural and Substantive
  • Types of Democracy:
  • Representative Democracy and its Critics,
  • Participatory Democracy
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Social Democracy
  • Cosmopolitan Democracy

Concept of Power

  • Power: Basic Definitions
  • Approaches And Types Of Power
  • Political Power: Transitive and Intransitive Power
  • Power and Authority
  • Perception of Power: Hannah Arendt
  • Perception of Power: Michel Foucault

Authority

  • Authority : Definition
  • Weber’s classification
  • Joseph Raz’s Views On Political Authority

Legitimacy

  • Legitimacy: Definition
  • Relationship Of Power, Legitimacy And Authority
  • Theories of Legitimacy: The Liberal Theory of Legitimacy
  • Theories of Legitimacy: The Discourse Theory Of Legitimacy
  • Theories of Legitimacy: The Agonal Theory Of Legitimacy
  • David Beetham’s Views On Political Legitimacy
  • Habermas And The Legitimation Crisis

Test 2: 17th November, 2017

Liberalism

  • What is Liberalism?
  • Characteristics of Liberalism
  • Rise of Liberalism
  • Ideology of Classical Liberalism -Views on Man, Society, Economy and State
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Evolution of Positive Liberalism
  • Liberal Democratic Welfare State
  • Welfare State is a Positive State
  • Welfare State is Democratic
  • Welfare State Relieves in a Mixed Economy
  • Welfare State is a Permanent Institution of Society and a Neutral Agency
  • Justification of the Welfare State
  • State and the Market
  • Individualist
  • Enhances Individual Liberty
  • Equality
  • Rights
  • Citizenshiip
  • Justice
  • Welfare State: Contemporary Debate
  • Crisis in tile Welfare State :An Assessment
  • Evolution of Neoliberalism
  • Definiton
  • Basic features
  • Views by- Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick, Hayek
  • Contemporary debate
  • Critical evaluation

Socialism

  • Introduction
  • The Doctrine of Social Progress, individualism and Capitalism
  • Socialism: Meaning and Early Strands
  • Karl Marx and Socialism
  • Critiques of Marxism and Democratic Socialism

Marxism

  • Classic Marxism- Definition, nature and its basic features
  • Marx- His theory on state, revolution, surplus labour, socialism
  • Marxian Perception of Alienation
  • Concept of one Dimensinal Man
  • Seeman’s Reference of Alienation
  • Forms of Alienation
  • Mass Society and Alienation
  • Lenin- On State, ideology, revolution
  • Stalin- On revolution
  • Mao- On state, revolution
  • Post- Marxist’s view on State: The Gramscian Perspective
  • Conceptualising Neo Marxism
  • Neo-Marxist’s view on State: Main Features
  • Neo-Marxist’s view on State: Nicos Poulantzas
  • Neo-Marxism and Class
  • Neo-Marxism and Deconstructionism
  • Neo-Marxists and The New Social Movements
  • Neo-Marxists and ‘Social Pluralism’

Fascism

  • Fascism - Meaning and an Ideational Profile
  • The Fascist Worldview
  • Core ldea
  • The Operational Dynamics
  • Fascism and Challenges to Contemporary Life
  • Fascism - An Evaluation

Gandhism

  • Gandhism
  • Pacifism
  • Nan-violence and Power
  • Believers vs. Pacifists
  • The Non-Violent Society
  • The Government
  • The Power of Non-Violence
  • The Technique of Non-violent Action
  • The Relevance of Pacifism

Feminism

  • Feminism: Nature And Evolution
  • The Public/Private Divide
  • Patriarchy
  • Sex And Gender
  • Equality And Difference
  • Liberal Feminism: Salient Features
  • Radical Criticisms Of Liberal Feminism
  • Socialist Feminism: Salient Features
  • Radical Feminism
  • Post Modern/ Post Structural Feminism
  • Black Feminism
  • Gender Identity Interface
  • Challenges Being Faced By Feminism
  • THEORETICAL DEBATES ON FEMINISM
  • Women in Development (WID)
  • Women and Development (WAD)
  • Gender and Development (GAD) and
  • Women and Environment and Development (WED)

Indian Political Thought

  • Buddhist traditions
  • Dharamshastra,
  • Arthashastra
  • Sir Syed Ahmed Khan-
  • His political Thought
  • His Contributions towards Educational Revolution-Contribution to Modern Education
  • His Views on Status of Women
  • Hindu Muslim Unity
  • Sri Aurobindo
  • Preparatory Phase
  • Phase of Political Activism
  • Later Phase:1910 Onwards
  • PHILOPOPHICAL INSPIRATION
  • POLITICAL THOUGHT:EARLY PHASE
  • aims and objectives
  • its composition
  • motives of the leaders
  • ON THE NATURE OF BRITISH RULE-
  • Concept of Nation and Theory of Spiritual Nationalism
  • Final Goal – Swaraj
  • Positive Programme of Political Action-
  • Programme of Action
  • Methods o f Passive Resistance
  • THE SECOND STAGE: FROM 1910 ONWARDS
  • Evolution of Human Society
  • Nature of Human Unity
  • CRITICAL EVALUATION
  • K. Gandhi-
  • INFLUENCES OVER GANDHI
  • GANDHIAN CONCEPTION OF SWARAJ
  • On Parliamentary Democracy
  • SARVODAYA: SWARAJ AS SELF-REALISATION THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICE
  • Theory of Trusteeship
  • SATYAGRAHA VERSUS PASSIVE RESISTANCE
  • Principles and Methods of Satyagraha
  • Critical Evaluation of Satyagraha
  • GANDHI ON ENVIRONMENT
  • GANDHI’S CRITIQUE OF MODERN CIVILISATION
  • GANDHI SOCIAL PROGRAMMES
  • REMOVAL OF UNTOUCHABILITY
  • Temple Entry
  • CASTE SYSTEM
  • COMMUNAL PROBLEMS
  • DIGNITY OF WOMANHOOD
  • SOCIAL EQUALITY
  • AMBEDKAR GANDHI DEBATE ON CASTE
  • R. Ambedkar--
  • Life Sketch
  • His Writings
  • R. Ambedkar’s Thought and Ideas
  • 3.1 Ideological Orientation
  • 3.2 Reason and Rights
  • 3.3 Religion
  • 3.4 Caste
  • 3.5 Ilntouchability
  • 3.6 ConstitutionalDetnocrucy
  • 4 Social Justice and Supportive Polity
  • His Views on Socialism
  • Ambedkar’s views on Marxism
  • Ambedkar’s criticism of Marxism in Indian Context
  • AMBEDKAR AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE OF THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION
  • N. Roy--
  • N. Roy’s differences with the Comintern over the Colonial Question
  • Critique of Marxism
  • RADICAL HUMANISM: Humanist Model of Politics
  • Party less Democracy

Test 3: 24th November, 2017

Western Political Thought

  • Plato
    • Life of Plato: Early life and books written
    • His Influences
    • His Methods
    • Theory of Justice
    • Theory of an Ideal State
    • Plato as Totalitarian
    • Theory of Education
    • His idea of communism
    • His theory of state in Laws
    • Critical commentaries
  • Aristotle
    • Life and his Books
    • Features of Aristotlean state
    • Slavery system
    • Logic of property
    • Idea of Citizenship
    • Theory of Justice
    • classification of constitutions
    • Idea of Revolution
    • Comparison of Plato and Aristotle
  • Machiavelli
  • Hobbes
    • The life and Times of Hobbes
    • His Scientific Materialism
    • View on Human Nature
    • His theory of State
    • On Sovereignty
    • Criticism of theory
    • Critical evaluation
  • Locke
    • His life and works
    • On Human Nature
    • His social contract theory
    • His Theory of State
    • Critical commentaries
  • Rousseau
    • His life and works
    • His idea of Nature
    • His Social Contract theory
    • Theory of General Will
    • Influences of Political thought
    • Critical Evaluation
  • John S. Mill
  • JEREMY BENAHM
    • His life and works
    • Basic principle of Utilitarianism
    • Its criticism
  • Marx
  • Gramsci
  • Hannah Arendt

Test 4: 8th December, 2017

  • Comparative Politics and International Relations
  • Comparative Politics:
  • Nature and major approaches; political economy and
  • Political sociology pers-pectives; limitations of the comparative method
  • State in comparative perspective:
  • Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.
  • Problems of state-centric approach
  • Anarchy in IR
  • Contemporary Global Concerns:
  • Democracy
  • Environment
  • Gender justice
  • Terrorism:
  • Theoretical approach- Instrumental approach, Organisational approach
  • Terrorism as political communication
  • Role of identity
  • Nuclear proliferation:
  • Nuclear detterance theory: State survival theory, National prestige theory, Great power status theory
  • Flaws in nuclear deterrence theory
  • human rights:
  • RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GLOBALISATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE LARGER DEBATE
  • THE GLOBALISATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • Universalism VS cultural relativism
  • GLODALISATION, STATE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
  • GLOBALISATION, THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
  • GLOBALISATION, TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
  • GLOBALISATION AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE IN INDIA
  • Responses from developed and developing world

Test 5: 15th December, 2017

  • Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
  • Idealist
  • Liberalism in IR: Kantian ‘perpetual peace’ theory
  • Functionalist, Neo-functionalist
  • Realist:
  • Classical, Neo-realist, Hegemonic Stability theory
  • Its critics- Subaltern Realism, Peripheral Realism , Functional Critiques of Realism, Feminist Critique of Realist Theory, Post-modernist critique of Realist Theory, Scholarly Critiques of Realist Theory
  • Marxist:
  • Classical marxist concept, Lenin’s Imperialism, Nkrumah’s Neo-colonialism, Dependency school, World system theory, Gramscian interpretation by Robert Cox and Andrew Linklater.
  • Systems theory: Mortankaplan, James Roseneu, Stanley hoffmann, Raymond Aron
  • Social Constructivists: Alexander Wendt
  • Feminism in IR:
  • Feminism in International Relations: Basic Features
  • Reconstructing IR – The State, Power and Security
  • Engaging with Feminist IR Theory
  • Feminist Critique of Rationality
  • Feminist understanding of State
  • Feminist understanding of Power
  • Key concepts in International Relations:
  • National interest, National Security and power;
  • Security dilemma
  • Balance of power and deterrence;
  • Transnational actors in world politics
  • collective security and collective defence
  • World capitalist economy and globalisation.

Test 6: 22nd December, 2017

  • Changing International Political Order:
  • Rise of super powers
  • strategic and ideological Bipolarity
  • arms race and Cold War
  • nuclear threat
  • Non-alligned movement: Aims and achievements; relevance in the contemporary world
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • Unipolarity and American hegemony
  • Evolution of the International Economic System:
  • From Brettonwoods to WTO
  • Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance)
  • Third World demand for new international economic order
  • Globalisation of the world economy.
  • United Nations:
  • Envisaged role and actual record
  • specialized UN agencies; aims and functioning
  • Need for UN reforms.
  • Regionalisation of World Politics:
  • EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.
  • Politics of Representation and Participation:
  • Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing
  • Transnational companies as political actors
  • Non-legitimate groups and liberalisation movements as political actors
  • NGO’s as political actors
  • Globalisation:
  • Theoretical perspective on Globalisation: realist, liberal, critical, feminist
  • Other theoretical model: Hypergobalist, escapist, transformationalist
  • Responses from developed and developing societies.
  • Feminist Perspective on Globalization : Critique of the New Economic Order and Development

Test 7: 5th January, 2018

  • Indian Nationalism:
  • Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle:
  • constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience;
  • millitant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.
  • Perspectives on Indian National Movement:
  • Liberal, Socialist and Marxist;
  • Radical humanist and Dalit.
  • 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, Legislature and Supreme Court.
    • Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working
    • of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
  • Grassroots Democracy:
    • Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government;
    • significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.
  • Statutory Institutions/Commissions:
    • Election Commission, Comptroller and
    • Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission,
    • National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Comission for scheduled
    • Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission,
    • National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.
  • Federalism:
    • Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state
    • relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.

Test 8: 12th January, 2018

    • Planning and Economic Development:
      • Nehruvian and Gandhian
      • perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land
      • reforms and agrarian relations; liberalilzation and economic reforms.
    • Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
    • Party System:
      • National and regional political parties, ideological and social
      • bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics;
      • Pressure groups
      • trends in electoral behaviour
      • changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.
    • Social Movements:
      • Basic features of social movements
      • Social movements versus New social movements: How different from west.
      • Civil liberties and human rights movements
      • women’s movements : Evolution, nature, strategies and challenges
      • environmentalist movements
      • LGBT movements

Test 9: 25th January, 2018

  • Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.
  • India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role.
  • Evolution of Indian foreign Policies: LOOK EAST to ACT EAST
  • LOOK WEST, NAMA POLICY, Connect Central Asia Policy
  • India and South Asia:
  • Gujral doctrine
  • Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
  • South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
  • Sub regionalism in South Asia
  • India’s “Look East” policy.
  • Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
  • Bilateral relations and major policy initiatives
  • India-Pakistan
  • India-Afganistan
  • India-Nepal
  • India-Bhutan
  • India-Srilanka
  • India-maldives

Test 10: 2nd February, 2018

  • India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
  • India Africa Relations
  • India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
  • India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
  • India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.
  • Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India’s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.

Test-11: AFTER PRELIMS

Mock Test-1(Paper-1)

Test 12: AFTER PRELIMS

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