Introduction to Political Science and International Relations as optional subject for Civil Services Exam Presented by Mayank Purohit
Choosing an Optional Subject Very important as the 500 marks are strategically important for getting a good rank of variation an edge . UPSC awards similar marks in GS papers but in optionals there is a lot . So with good command over optional subject, an aspirant can have This makes choosing the right optional critical
Political Science as an Optional It is a popular choice among aspirants. . Subject is interesting and dynamic One can study it and score good marks even without any prior background in subject. . However like every choice in life, it has pros and cons
Cons of Political Science Like the name of the subject, syllabus is also long and vast There is no single set of books and you have to consult multiple sources Dynamic nature of subject can be problematic for some . Being a subject of liberal arts, it suffers from the disadvantage that there can't be a single correct answer to any question. Marks you get in exam will depend on how good your approach is.
Pros of choosing Political Science optional Easy to understand and many topics related to our daily happenings Heavy linkage with GS papers Studying history portion of GS paper 1 helps in Political Science too Covers GS paper 2 almost entirely Studying thinkers can help in Ethics paper (GS paper 4) Dynamic nature of subject makes it easier for a candidate who is abreast of latest happenings One can have integrated preparation for entire civil services exam
Conclusion . Detailed analysis of syllabus .Books to follow How to approach the subject All this will follow in subsequent presentations Thank You
Qualified CA. Gave CSE interview in 2013. Interested in political science and international relations.