How to Prepare Political Science and International Relations for UPSC

How to Prepare Political Science and International Relations for UPSC

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How to prepare political science and international relations for UPSC


In this guide you will get political Science and International Relations Paper preparation tips & strategies. You should look for the syllabus and pattern and then you should buy some good books that help get command over the topics.

Theory of International Relation – PSIR Optional

Paper 1 (Part A):

This is static and theoretical part but you have to devote lot of time to master on it. You should work on the basics. There are 4 groups that cover the entire content.


The four important sections include:

  • Political Theory
  • Indian Political Thought
  • Western Political Thought
  • Political Ideologies


You should look for best books that help you get conceptual clarity in important topics such as democracy, liberty, power, rights and equality. You can Go for Andrew Heywood’s “Political Theory” and once you are done with it, you should go for O.P.Gauba which helps covers lots of topics.

Political Ideologies by Andrew Heywood have covered all the concepts and you should go for it.

the book by Brian Nelson is quite helpful for Western Political Thought. It covers important topics and ideologies as well.

V.R.Mehta’s book  is useful for preparing For Indian Political Thought. This , is really a good source to study.

Part A is mostly theoretical and static in nature and one can master this section by understanding the basics thoroughly. Contents can be sub divided into 4 groups:


Western Political ThoughtIndian Political ThoughtPolitical Ideologies:Political Theory:
  • Western Political Thought – OP Gauba


  • Foundations of Indian Political Thought – VP Verma


  • Political Ideologies – Andrew Heywood


  • Introduction to political theory – OP Gauba


  • IGNOU Material


  • Political Theory – Rajeev Bhargava


  • Political Theory – Rajeev Bhargava


  • IGNOU material on Political theories


  • IGNOU Material on Political theories



Paper I – Part B


It covers Indian government and politics and this is a dynamic part. This is associated with polity portion of GS and history. This is current affair section that can be covered with magazines or good newspapers. You should read good magazines and spend few hours during weekends in exploring good news websites.


Nationalism and Making of Indian ConstitutionSalient Features of the Indian ConstitutionPlanning and Economic Development

  • Bipin Chandra – Indian struggle of independence


  • Newspapers – Hindu, Indian Express


  • Indian politics student edition


  • Indian Polity – Laxmikanth



  • IGNOU material



Paper II – Part A

It is associated with comparative politics & international relations. You should look for following methods and study material for the preparation.

  • Global politics – Andrew Heywood
  • Comparative Politics – J.C Johari

Newspaper, IGNOU material and magazines will also do.


Paper II – Part B


This is a dynamic section that is associated with India, world and foreign policies.

  • Does the Elephant Dance – David Malone
  • MEA Website, IDSA
  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor
  • Yojana
  • Newspapers – Hindu, Indian Express
  • Indian Foreign Policy – Rajeev Sikri


Prepare Important Topics

You should start preparation for mains with prelim preparation. There are so much to cover. you should focus on all the sections of subject and devote equal time to all sections. notes should be organized so that you can remember them easily.


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