IAS Mains Political Science Paper-I 2011

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Time Allowed: Three Hours

Maximum Marks: 300


Each question is printed both in Hindi and in English

Answer must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-book in the space provided for the purpose. No marks will be given for the answer written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

Candidates should attempt Questions Nos. 1 and 5 which are compulsory, and any three of the remaining question from each Section.

The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question.


  1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each: 15 × 4 = 60

    1. “The State is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.” (Aristotle)

    2. “The worth of a State… Is the worth of individuals composing it.” (J. S. Mill)

    3. Hobbies as an individualist

    4. Views of Gandhi and Ambedkar on ‘social justice’

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Make an assessment of the post-colonial understanding of State. 30

    2. Examine the significance of the behavioural revolution in politics. 30

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. It is said where there is no law there is no liberty. Give your views on this statement. 30

    2. Examine the debate on the ‘End of Ideology’ 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. Attempt a Comparative examination of the views of Marx and Weber on ‘Power’ 30

    2. Examine the Participatory Model of Democracy. 30


  1. Comment on the following in about 150 words each: 15 × 4 = 60

    1. Dalit perspective on Indian National Movement

    2. Significance of the Civil Disobedience Movement

    3. Role of National Commission for Scheduled Castes

    4. Trade union as pressure group in Indian politics

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Examine the significance of the Directive Principles of State Policy in achieving the goal of socio-economic justice. 30

    2. In normal conditions, the Governor is a constitutional executive but in case of constitutional crisis, he can become a powerful and effective executive. Discuss 30

  3. Critically examine and comment on the assertions given below in about 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. It is not constitutional law but political factors that ultimately determine Centre-States relations in India.

    2. Indian politics has influenced caste and caste has influenced Indian politics.

    3. Secularism in Indian politics is a myth.

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. Make an assessment of the role of the Election Commission of India in the conduct of free and fair elections. 30

    2. Examine the changing pattern of electoral behaviour in India. 30

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