IAS Mains Political Science Paper-II 2011

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 questions selecting at least one question from each Section.

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


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

    1. “Either terrorism triumphs or civilization triumphs.” Comment on the above statement. 20

    2. What is New Social Movement (NSM)? Explain the main challenges of the NSM in the developing countries. 8 + 12 = 20

    3. Examine the nature and dynamics of contemporary globalization. 20

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. What is comprehensive approach to national security? 20

    2. Do you agree with the view that over-widening of the concept of ‘national security’ has made it a more amorphous concept? Discuss. 40

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. “Structural-functional approach to political analysis focuses more on status quoism, and less on change.” Elucidate. 30

    2. Expplain the uses of systems approach in international relations and examine the relevance of Kaplan's system analysis. 10 + 20 = 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. How for the efforts to maintain international order in the post-Cold War period by the UN have been successful? 30

    2. What are the major impediments to UN Security Council reform? 30


  1. Answer the following in about 200 words each: 20 × 30 = 60

    1. Explain the role of the Parliament in the shaping of 123 Agreement between India and the US on Civil-nuclear Cooperation.

    2. Do you think that India should sign a treaty with China on water-sharing of Brahmaputra River, similar to what she did with Nepal and other neighboring states?

    3. “While India opposes NPT as discriminatory, it opposes CTBT on the ground of ineffectiveness.” Comment.

  2. Explain the following statements and elucidate their implications: 30 + 30 = 60

    1. “India's policy of non-alignment was based on both idealist and realist calculations.”

    2. “India's policy in post-Cold War era is tilted towards pragmatism and wisdom.”

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. Explain the major flaws in India's ‘Look East Policy’ Is it possible to steer and implement the policy successfully in views of China's emergence as a high-tech power in Asia-Pacific? 20 + 10 = 30

    2. To what extent is multi-lateralism a reality with regard to India's constructive strategic partnership with Central Asian states? 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. Explain the impact of coalition politics on India's Foreign Policy since late 1990s. 30

    2. Discuss the implications of ethnicity and nation-building in South Asia, and their impact in the relations of states within South Asia. 30