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IAS Mains Previous Year Paper Political Science (2002)

IAS Mains Previous Year Paper Political Science (2002)

Sub Date: 10/8/2009

IAS Mains Previous Year Paper Political Science (2002)

Paper-I- Political Science-2002 (Mains)


1. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) "The polis exists by nature and that it is prior to the individual". (Aristotle)

(b) "The true source of light is duty. If we all discharge our duties, rights will not be far to see." (M.K. Gandhi)

(c) "In so far as national events are decided, the 'power elite' are those who decide them." (C.Wright Mills)

(d) "Will, not force, is the basis of the state." (T.H. Green)

2. Examine the arguments in 'the Normative vs. Empirical debate' in the study of political theory.

3. Discuss the evaluation of the theories of human rights from natural rights to collective and environmental rights.

4. Analyze M.N Roy's ideational journey from Marxism to Radical Humanism.


5. Comment on any THREE of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) 'Dyarchy' under Montague-Chelmsord Reforms

(b) Comptroller and Auditor General of India

(c) Tribal people' movement in the North-East

(d) New Economic Policy (1991).

6. Examine the salient features of the Indian Independence Act (1947) relating to the transfer of power. What specific provisions did this Act make for the lapse of paramount?

7. It is generally believed that federalism suffers in the system of centralized planning. Do you agree with this point of view? Would you advocate 'decentralized governance' for India in the context of liberalization since 1991?

8. Bring out the common and unique features of the 73rd and the 74th amendments to the Constitution of India. Do you think that these amendments would contribute to the achievement of 'gender' and 'social' justice at the grass root level?

Paper-II- Political Science-2002 (Mains)


1. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) Marxist approach to international politics.

(b) Changing nature and dynamics of national security.

(c) Human rights and humanitarian intervention.

(d) "ASEAN' as third would model of regional cooperation.

2. Critically examine the roots of Afghan Civil War. What role the Soviet Union and the United States played in it?

3. Discuss various elements and limitations of national power.

4. How far the existing international economic order is unjust and hegemonic towards developing countries?


5. Comment on any THREE of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) "Look Eat" policy of India.

(b) Role and consequences of IPKF in Sri Lanka.

(c) India and European Union.

(d) India's claim for permanents seat in the UN Security Council.

6. Critical examine India's objectives to CTBT and NPT.

7. Examine the recent developments in Sino-Indian relations.

8. Discuss India's contribution to the growth and development of the Non-Aligned Movement.

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