Political Science as an optional paper gained more popularity when Tina Dabi secured All India Rank 1 in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2015 selecting Political Science as her optional subject. In this post, we list useful books and study materials to score high for Political Science optional paper.
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Books for Political Science: Paper 1
- Fifty major political thinkers by Ian Adams and RW Dyson.
- An introduction to political theory by O.P Gauba.
- Foundations of Indian political thought by VR Mehta (read only the necessary topics ).
- A new look at modern Indian history by BL Grover and Alka Mehta.
- An introduction to the constitution by DD Basu.
- Important Judgments that Transformed India by Alex Andrews George
- An Oxford companion to politics in India (some chapters).
Books for Political Science: Paper 2
- MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends by Expert Panel of GPH (IGNOU material).
- Global politics by Andrew Heywood.
- Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
- Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy
- India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt.
- International organisations by spectrum.
Books for extra reading/reference
- Working in a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience by Austin Granville.
- Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation by Austin Granville.
- Indian Home Rule (Hind Swaraj) by MK Gandhi.
- Makers of modern India by Ramchandra Guha (chapters with respect to BR Ambedkar and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan are good).
- Panchayati Raj: Oxford India Short Introductions by Kuldeep Mathur.
Extra tips: Read ‘The Hindu’ for politics as well as IR. Use the Internet for perspectives on IR. Some sites recommended are MEA, Carnegie endowment, stagecraft and statecraft, etc.
A better read than V.P Dutt’s India’s foreign policy is perhaps Rajiv Sikri’s one or from a foreigners perspective “Does the elephant dance” by D. Malone
Thanks Azlan for the suggestions. We have updated the post with the names.
Which book is useful for general studies paper 2
Which are the important chapters from Oxford companion to politics in India?
swati Awasthi says
Sir please provide me Political Science optional books &writer’s name in Hindi medium.
I also want it.. Pls help me for optional political science book list in hindi
Priyanka Garg says
please hindi medium me provide kra dijiye
Political science is imp for upsc coaching
P k says
Modern Indian History by B L Grover and Alka “Yagnik”– a Playback Singer😂
Correct it Please… ALKA MEHTA
Oops…That’s a serious typo…Updated now. Thank you for pointing out.
Is pratiyogita darpan magazine helpful ?
Neelam Kumari says
I am a Hindi medium student. I choose polity and international relations as my upsc optional paper. So you are requested to guide me books.
Rupam mishra says
Indian polity .by m Laxmikant you can also read in in hindi .it is available.introduction to the constitution by dd basu
Ma’am if you got the books and strategy please share
Kindly tell the chapters to be read from an Oxford companion to politics for paper 1 .
Shivendra singh says
Sir can I take optional zoology if yes please provide me
Yes, why not
Optional should be on your choice that u easily understand.