Optional plays a crucial role in UPSC Mains success, there is a wide variety of choice available for the optional subjects in UPSC. PSIR is a combination subject with major overlap possible with General Studies papers. Though It’s a vast subject but generally the preparation of Political Science as Optional can start while an aspirant is preparing for prelims itself as the syllabus gives that luxury. The analysis of social issues, policies and major comparison of world governments will be better understood with someone having PSIR as optional. International relations which is a interesting yet complicated arena for most aspirants will become more simplified with PSIR optional.
POLITICAL SCIENCE –SYLLABUS- BOOKS
O.P. Gauba for Political Thought and Theories
Brian Nelson for Western Political Thought
V.R. Mehta + IGNOU for Indian Political Thought
Fifty major political thinkers- Ian Adams and R W Dyson
Foundations of Indian political thought- V. R Mehta
An Introduction to Constitution – D D Basu
Laxmikanth for Polity basics.
Bipin Chandra and Spectrum for Indian National Movement.
B.L. Fadia – Indian Govt and Politics.
PAPER – 2
Challenges and Strategies – Rajiv Sikri
Does the Elephant Dance – David Malone
Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy- Rajiv Sikri
Mr.V N Khanna’s book on foreign policy
Global Politics – Andrew Heywood for in-depth conceptual understanding
India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt
International organizations- Spectrum Books Publication
Other added sources –
2nd ARC Recommendations – For topics like Grassroots Democracy (6th Report), Pressure Groups and NGOs (9th Report), Communalism (7th Report) and Statutory bodies (12th Report).
IGNOU MA Modules. MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends by Expert Panel of GPH