KAS: Political & International Relation Syllabus

KAS 2013 Political Relations Syllabus
KPSC KAS 2013 Examination syllabus for 'Political Science and International Relations' Subject is as given below. It comprises of different sections and topics related to it. Go through the following details.


Section-A: Political Theory

1. Main features of ancient Indian Political thought; Manu and Kautilya; Ancient Greek thought; plato, Artistotle; General Characteristics of European medieval political thought: St. Thomas Aquinas, Marsiglio of padua; Machiavelli; Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousnenu, Eenthan, J.S. Kill T.H. Green Hegal, Mark, Lenin and MaoTse-Tung.

2. Nature and scope of Political science; Growth of Political Science as a discipline. Traditional Vs. Con-temporary approaches; Behaviouralism and Post-Behavioural developments; Systems theory and other recent approaches to political analysis, Marxist approach political analysis.

3. The emergence and nature of the modern State; Sovereignty; Monistic and Pluralistic analysis of sovereignty; Power, Authority and Legitimacy.

4. Political obligation : Resistance and Revolution; Rights, Liberty, Equality, Justice.

5. Theory of Democracy.

6. Liberalism, Evolutionary Socialism (Democratic and Fabian) Marxian-Socialism;


Section - B : Government and Politics

1. Approaches to the study of Comparative Politics; Traditional and structural Functional approach.

2. Political Institutions: The Legislature, Executive and Judiciary; Parties and Pressure-Groups, Theories of Party system; Lenin Michels and Duverger; Electoral system.Bureaucracy - Weber's views and modern critics of wever.

3. Political Process; Political Socialization, modernization and Communication, the nature of the non-Western political process; A general study of the Constitutional and Political problems affecting Afro-Asian Societies.

4. Indian Political System

(a) The Roots; Colonialism and Nationalism in India; A general study of modern Indian social and political thought; Raja Rammohan Roy, Dadabhai Nauroji, Gokhale, Tilak, Sri Aurobindo, Iqbal, Jinnah, Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy and Nehru,

b) The structure : Indian Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles; Union Government; Parliament, Cabinet, Supreme Court and Judicial Review; Indian Federalism Centre-State relations; State Government role of the Governor; Panchayath Raj.

c) The functioning - Class and Caste in Indian Politics, Politics of regionalism, linguism and Communalism, problems, of secularization of the policy and national integration Political Participation; Planning and Developmental Admlnstration Socio-economic changes and its impact on Indian democracy.



  1. The nature and functioning of the Soverign nation state system
  2. Concepts of International Politics; Power; National interest; Balance of Power ‘Power Vaccum',
  3. Theories of International Polities; The Realist theory; Systems theory; Decision making.
  4. Determinations of foreign policy; national interest; Ideology; elements of National Power (including nature of domestic socio Political institution).
  5. Foreign Policy choices - Imperialism; Balance of Power; Allegiances; Isolationalism; Nationalistic Universalism (Pax-Britiannica, Pax Americana - Pax - Sovietica); The "Middle Kingdom" Complex of China; Non-Alignment.
  6. The Cold War; Origin, evolution and its impact on international relations; Defence and its impact; a new Cold War?
  7. Non-alignment, Meaning-Bases (National and international) the non-aligned Movement and its role in International relations.
  8. De-colonization and expansion of the international community; Neo-colonialism and racialism, their impact on international relations; Asian-African resurgence.
  9. The present International economic order; Aid trade and economic development; the struggle for the New International Economic Order; Sovereignty over natural resources; the crisis in energy resources.
  10. The Role of international law in international relations; the International Court of Justice.
  11. Origin and Development of International Organisations; the United Nations and specialized Agencies; their role in international relations.
  12. Regional Organisation : OAS, OAU, the Arab league, the ASEAN, the EEC, their role in international relations.
  13. Arms race disarmament and arms control; Conventional and nuclear arms, the Arms, Trade, its impact on Third World role in international relations.
  14. Diplomatic theory and practice.
  15. External intervention : ideological, Political and Economic, "Cultural imperialism" Covert intervention by the major powers.

Part - II

  1. The uses and mis used of nuclear energy; the impact of nuclear weapons on international relations; the Partial Test-Ban Treaty; the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), peaceful Nuclear explosions (PNE).
  2. The problems and prospects of the Indian Ocean being made a peace-zone.
  3. The conflict situation in West Asia
  4. Conflict and Co-operation in South Asia.
  5. The (Post-War) Foreign policies of the major powers; United States, Soviet Union, China.
  6. The third world in international relations; the North-South "Dialogue" in the United nation as and outside.
  7. India's foreign policy and relations; India and the Super Powers; India and its neighbour; India and South East Asia; Indian and African problems; India's economic diplomacy; India and the question of nuclear weapons.

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