Syllabus of UGC NET JRF Political Science

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1. Political Theory and Thought

  • Ancient Indian Political Thought : Kautilya and Shanti Parva.
  • Greek Political Thought : Plato and Aristotle.
  • European Thought-I : Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau.
  • European Thought-II : Bentham, J.S Milli, Hegel, Marx and Green Contemporary political Thought-I : Lenin, Mao, Gramsci.
  • Contemporary Political Thought-II : Rawls, Nozic and Communications.
  • Modern Indian Thought : Gandhi, M.N. Roy, Aurobindo Ghosh, Joy Prakash Ambedkar, Savarkar.
  • Concepts and Issue-I : Medieval Political Thought, Church State Relationship and Theory of Two Swords.
  • Concepts and Issue-II : Behaviouralism and Post-Behaviouralism, Decline and Resurgence of Political Theory.
 

2. Comparative Politics and Political

  • Analysis Evolution of Comparative Politics as a discipline : Nature and scope.
  • Approaches to the study of comparative politics : Traditional, Structural-Funtional Systems and Marxist.
  • Constitutionalism : Concepts, Problems and Limitations.
  • Forms of Government : Unitary- Federal, Parliamentary-Presidential.
  • Organs of Government : Executive, Legislature, Judiciary Interrelationship in comparative perspective.
  • Party Systems and Pressure Groups : Electoral Systems.
  • Bureaucracy : Types and roles.
  • Political Culture Political Socialization and Political Communication
  • Political Elite : Elitist theory of Democracy.
  • Power, Authority and Legitimacy.
  • Revolution: Theories and Types.
  • Dependency: Development and Under Development.
 

3. Indian Governments and Politics

  • National Movement, Constitutional Developments.
  • Making of India Constitution.
  • Ideological Bases of the Indian Constitution.
  • Preamble Fundamental Rights Duties and Directive Principles.
  • Constitution as an Instrument of Socio-Economic Change Constitutional Amendments and Review.
  • Structure and Processs-I : President, Prime Minister Council of Ministers
  • Working of the Parliamentary System
  • Structure and Process-II : Govern, Chief Minister, Council of Minister State Legislature.
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions : Rural and Urban.
  • Federalism : Theory and Practice in India; Demands of Autonomy and Separatist Movements Emerging trends in Centre-State Relations.
  • Judiciary : Supreme Court, High Courts, Judicial Review Judicial Activism including Public Interest Litigation cases Judicial Reforms.
  • Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Public Opinion, Meida; Subaltern and Peasant Movements.
  • Elections, Electoral-Behaviour Election Commission and Electoral Reforms.
 

4. Public Administration

  • Development of Public Administration as a discipline
  • Approaches to the study of Public Administration
  • Decision-making, Ecological and Systems
  • Development Administration.
  • Theories of organization.
  • Principles of organization.
  • Line and Staff, unity of command
  • Hierarchy, span of control, centralization and decentralization
  • Types of organization-formal and informal
  • Forms of organization
  • Department
  • Public corporation and board.
  • Chief Executive: Types, functions and roles.
  • Personnel administration
  • Recruitment, Training, Promotion, Discipline, Morale Employer Relations.
  • Bureaucracy: Theories, Types and Roles; Max Weber and his critics.
  • Civil servant-Minister relationship
  • Leadership, its role in decision-making;
  • Communication
  • Financial Administration: Budget, Audit, Control over Finance.
  • Good Governance
  • Problems of Administrative Corruption
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Right to Information.
  • Grievance Redressal Institutions
  • Ombudsman
  • Lokpal and Lokayukta
 

5. International Relations

  • Contending theories
  • Approaches to the study of International Relations;
  • Idealist, Realist, Systems, Game, Communication and Decision-making
  • Power, Interest and ideology in International Relations;
  • Elements of Power;
  • Acquisition, use and limitations of power.
  • Perception, formulation and Promotion of National Interest
  • Meaning, Role and Relevant of Ideology in
  • International Relations.
  • Arms and Wars: Nature, causes and types of wars/conflicts including ethnic disputes; conventional, Nuclear/ bio-chemical wars
  • Deterrence, Arms race, Arms control and disarmament.
  • Peaceful settlement of disputes
  • Conflict resolution, Diplomacy, World-order and Peace studies.
  • Color war, Alliances, Non-alignment, End of Cold war, Globalisation.
  • Rights and Duties of States in international law
  • Treaty law
  • Prevention and abolition of war.
  • Political economy of International Relations;
  • New International Economic Order,
  • North-South dialogue,
  • South-South Cooperation
  • WTO, Neo-colonialism and Dependency.
  • Regional and sub-regional organizations
  • SAARC, ASEAN, OPEC, OAS.
  • United Nations : Aims, Objectives, Structure Evaluation of the working of UN;
  • Peace and Development Perspectives;
  • Charter Revision;
  • Power-Struggle
  • Diplomacy within UN
  • Financing and Peace-keeping operations.
  • India's Role in International affairs:
  • India's relations with its neighbors
  • Wars, security concerns and pacts,
  • Mediatory Role.
  • Distinguishing features of Indian Foreign policy and
  • Diplomacy
 

Disclaimer: Serious effort and consideration were used in formulating the syllabus of NET, however some miscellaneous topics may be left which will be covered during the class. Also, this syllabus is tentative and may be subject to change.