This article discusses the PSIR Booklist. The books you need while preparing for Political Science Optional in UPSC-CSE and the pros and cons for each of them.
One of the fundamental question in preparation of any topics is the preparation material. And therefore booklist plays an important role. Along with PSIR booklist, this is also an analysis of PSIR syllabus (they really cannot be separated).
1] PSIR 1A: Political Theory Booklist
2] Books for PSIR 1B: Indian Government & Politics
1) Modern Indian History
Modern Indian History – Bipin Chandra
2) Indian Constitution
Subhas Kashyap on Indian Constitution
The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution
INDIAN POLITY by M Laxmikant
3) Indian Politics
The Oxford Companion to Politics in India: Student Edition
4) Current Affairs & Scholars articles in newspaper.
NCERT Indian Economic Development.
NCERT Politics in India since independence
3] PSIR 2A: Comparative Politics & International Relations Booklist
“The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations” by John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens.
“Global Politics” by Andrew Heywood.
International Relations Key Concepts 2nd Edition By Martin Griffiths
Understanding International Relations By Chris Brown
NCERT World Politics
4] Books for PSIR 2B: India & The World
India’s Foreign Policy
India’s relations with various countries.
DOes the Elephant dance? by David Malone
Indian Foreign Policy: An Overview by Harsh Pant
The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy” by David M. Malone, C Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghvan.
MEA Public Diplomacy articles
ORF, MEA, Youtube etc.
- Stick with minimum authors for first 2 iterations of study. This avoids confusion.
- When going gets tough, tough gets going. If you are new to political science, none of the books will be easy for you – at least for the first reading. So stick with your choice.
- Have minimum resources and ‘fix’ them well before exam. Extra books can be referred only to some concepts which are not covered in your ‘fixed’ booklist.
- Alternatively, you can use PSIR notes available on our website and refer books only when you find notes inadequate for particular topic/subtopic.
- Always seek guidance if you’ve some confusion. This saves lot of time. If you feel like asking us – we are always available.
We have tried to provide a complete booklist for Political Science optional. Still, there may be some books which you find useful but are not part of this list. You can use them as long as you think it is part of PSIR Syllabus and will help you to answer questions in exam. This is the only criteria you have to worry about and the only criteria which will ensure your success.
Best of luck and best wishes.