The UPSC allows a choice of optional subjects out of a list of 48 subjects. Of these, a few optional subjects have a large overlap with the syllabus for General Studies. One such subject is Political Science and International Relations. In this article, we will provide the detailed syllabus of this subject for the optional paper.
PSIR, as it is commonly known, is one subject for which a huge amount of study material is available. The syllabus consists of topics related to the freedom struggle and Indian politics, the Constitution of India, the international economic system and trade, international organisations, India’s foreign policy and peacekeeping among others. These topics are also part of the General Studies syllabus.
Syllabus of Political Science for UPSC
Political Science Optional consists of 2 papers (paper I and paper II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. Find below the IAS Political Science syllabus:
UPSC Political Science Optional Syllabus Paper I:
UPSC Political Science Optional Syllabus Paper II:
The PSIR syllabus is very useful even after clearing the IAS exam as a large number of concepts can be used while working in the government. Apart from this, many candidates would find political science very interesting. The optional paper is suitable for candidates from varied backgrounds ranging from international trade specialists, management consultants, teachers and so on. IAS aspirants should integrate their preparation for PSIR with General Studies to be able to grasp all the concepts and secure a high rank in the UPSC exam.
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