Important Books for Political Science Optional for UPSC Mains

UPSC has released the notification for UPSC 2019 IAS Exam recently. UPSC IAS Exam which is the toughest exam in the country is conducted in three stages- Prelims, mains, and interview. Optional subjects are considered as the significant part of  UPSC IAS Mains exam. This article gives you a list of Political Science and International Relations UPSC books.

Political science as an optional subject for IAS Mains Exam

The Political science optional subject is a General studies friendly subject. It is a decent optional subject with around 50-60% syllabus coordinating with the General Studies Paper. It is a very dynamic and constantly evolving subject. Candidates seeking to choose political science, ought to be  more aware of the paradigm shift in core area than in the changes in the revised syllabus. In fact, the revision of Political science has paved a way for scoring more marks in this particular optional. The Paper I of political science paper I deals with the Political Theory and Indian Politics. The Paper II deals with Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics.

BYJU’s has already come up with the UPSC syllabus for Political Science. Now we have compiled important books for Political Science optional for UPSC IAS Exam/Political science book for UPSC exam.

Books for Political Science optional for UPSC IAS Mains

Books for Political Science Paper I

  • An introduction to constitution- DD Basu
  • An introduction to political theory-  O.P Gauba
  • Fifty major political thinkers- Ian Adams and R W Dyson
  • A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy
  • An Oxford companion to politics in India-Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  • Foundations of Indian political thought- V.R Mehta
  • A new look at modern Indian history-  B.L Grover and Alka Yagnik
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia

Books for Political Science Paper II

  • India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt
  • International organisations- Spectrum Books Publication
  • International Relations -Khanna
  • Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy- Rajiv Sikri
  • Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy- David M. Malone
  • Global politics- Andrew Heywood
  • MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends by Expert Panel of GPH

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