APSC Mains – Political Science

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Unit I :

  • (a) Nature and Scope of Political Science, Its relationship with other social science. Approaches to the study of Political Science.
  • (b) Origin of the State – Functions of the State, Laissez Faire and Socialistic Theories, Concept of welfare state.
  • (c) Forms of Government – Democracy, Dictatorship, Presidential and Parliamentary Forms – Unitary and Federal Forms.
  • (d) Organs of Government – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary – Separation of powers.
  • (e) Sovereignty – Monistic and pluralistic, Analysis of Sovereignty.
    (f) Justice – Liberty – Equality, Power Authority Law.

Unit II :

  • Political Philosophy of Plato – Aristotle, Gandhi, Marx.


  1. A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy
  2. Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba
  3. Politial Theory – Rajeev Bhargava
  4. Internet/Wikipedia – for concept clarification/ further details

Unit I :

  • (a) Constitution of India : Framing of the constitution of India — Fundamental Rights and Duties- Directive Principles of the State Policy, Citizenship.
  • (b)Union Government, Legislature, Executive, Judicial.
  • (c) State Government, Legislature, Executive, Judiciary.
  • (d) Centre-State Relations.
  • (e) Value of Local Government in a Democracy, Local Self Government in Assam.
  • (f) Bureaucracy and role of the Civil Service in India.

Unit II :

  • Constitutions of the U.S.A. the U.K.

Unit III :

  • United Nations – Objective and Principles, Organs Specialised Agencies – ILO, UNESCO, IMF.


  1. Indian Polity by Laxmikant – for basic coverage
  2. Our Constitution – Subhash Kashyap
  3. Politics in India – Rajni Kothari
  4. ikipedia.org -for International Organisations

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