IAS Mains Political Science 2009


Section A

  1. Comments on any THREE of the following statements in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Political Theory is, quite simply, mans attempt to consciously understand and solve the problems of his group life and organization. It is the disciplined investigation of political problems. Not only to show what a political practice is, but also to show what it means. In showing what a practice means, or what it ought to mean, political theory can alter what it is (Sabine).

    2. Women has always been mans dependent, If not his slave; the two sexes have never shared the world in equality (Simone de Beauvoir).

    3. Western thought, one might say, has been either platonic or anti platonic but hardly ever non-platonic (Popper).

    4. Socialism is a much used hat, whose original shape no one can define (C E M Joad).

  2. Answer the questions below

    1. Compare and contrast Kautilya and Machiavalli on statecraft. 20

    2. Explain as to why Jeremy Bentham dismisses the theory of natural right as nonsense upon stilts. 20

    3. Comment on the proposition that liberal constitutionalism precedes liberal democracy. 20

  3. Examine in detail Marxs prescription for ending alienation and reaching the stage of de-alienation. 60

  4. Critically examine Hamza Alavis Formulation of the over developed state. 60

Section B

  1. Comments on any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Inter State Committee.

    2. Radical Humanism

    3. The Functions, duties and powers of the appropriate National Commission as laid down in clauses (5) (8), and (9) of Articles-338 of the constitution.

    4. Implication of the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) on electoral politics.

  2. Answer the questions below

    1. Critically examine the arguments being advanced for review of the present system of appointment of judges to the higher judiciary of the country. 30

    2. Bring out the changing educational profile of the members of the Lok Sabha over the years, up to the present (15th) Lok Sabha.

  3. The OBC politics has challenged the nature of dominant caste politics in the states. Critically examine this statement and bring out your conclusion. 60

  4. The environmental movements have challenged the policy and pattern of economic development in post independent India. Analyze with examples. 60

Paper II

Section A

  1. Answer on any THREE of the following in about 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Is it necessary to evolve a distinct theoretical framework for analysis emergent politics in the developing world?

    2. What is the significance of the increasing global diffusion of nuclear and long range delivery vehicle technology?

    3. What are the major critiques of liberal internationalization?

    4. Comment on the contribution of global feminism to the consolidation of global society.

  2. Explain how far Deutschs model explains the framework international interdependence. Do you think that the processes of interdependence and integration have grown steadily in the post Cold War Globlisation trajectory? 60

  3. Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. 60

  4. Examine the comparative advantages of democracy and autocracy in restraining political violence. Do you think that autocratic societies are more prone to political violence? Illustrate your answer with a comparative study of a few societies. 60

Section B

  1. Answer on any THREE of the following in about 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Do you think that Indias Look East policy would help a common Asian market, unlike European common market

    2. In the context of developments on the nuclear weapons front in the neighbourhood, do you think that any change in India s defence strategy is indicated?

    3. Identify Indias contributions and assistance in the process of nation-building in South Africa.

    4. To what extent is Indias policy in regard to Afghanistan dictated by a vision of Global South, rather than compulsions?

  2. Examine Indias role in strategic terms with regard to the land-locked countries in South Asia. With regard to Nepal, to what extent has the involvement of major posers such as China, the US and the EU impacted India s strategic interests. 60

  3. Analyze the basic causes of insurgency and terrorism in two majors areas that are affected in the country. In this regard, to what extent have state policies to counter terrorism been effective in these areas? 60

  4. Domestic problems and Historic legacies, apart from other factors, constitute major strains on Indian foreign policy. Discuss this statement with suitable examples. 60