Advantages of Political Science Optional for UPSC Mains Exam

Political science is one of the optional subjects offered by the UPSC in the mains exam. It is a popular optional subject and one that many toppers have taken. Some people say that the UPSC syllabus for this optional is very vast and they desist from taking political science as the optional subject. However, there are many benefits of taking political science and international relations as the IAS optional subject. Political science is one of the most informative and necessary subjects for any civil servant looking forward to getting into the government as a civil servant. Any civil servant who wants to work and serve in the bureaucracy of the government must be great with the fundamentals of Political science and must be well read about the political climate around him/her. Read on for more on the advantages of political science optional in UPSC mains exam. You will also get an answer to the question, ‘is political science a scoring subject in IAS?’

Check out the UPSC Syllabus for Political Science and International Relations

Is Political Science a good optional for IAS exam? Read on to get the answer.

Inherent advantages of taking political science and international relations optional in UPSC mains exam:

  • Indian polity is a crucial segment of the UPSC Prelims syllabus.
  • If you take political science as your optional subject, you will study for this optional along with the prelims section thus saving time for other topics. This way you can integrate the UPSC prelims and mains preparation.
  • Even if you don’t have political science as your background, you can easily comprehend and study this subject as it is not too technical. The concepts are general and anyone who reads newspapers on a regular basis would be able to understand and prepare for it.
  • In the new revised syllabus, the factual parts have been omitted thus an understanding of the concepts is only required to write better answers in this paper.
  • The notion that the syllabus for political science is vast is only partially true. In fact, a lot of the topics are repeated like Marxism, Marx, Marxist notions of state, Gramsci, etc.
  • Many topics are interrelated like thoughts of Mill, Bentham and Liberal notions of state, justice and democracy and so on.
  • Topics such as liberalism, feminism, ideas of Marxism, issues like democracy, human rights, environment, etc. are covered in both Paper I and Paper II.
  • Knowing a lot of content in this subject can also help in your current affairs preparation.
  • In the interview round a good knowledge of topics in polity such as governance, international relations, etc. can be very handy.

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