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PSIR 1A: Political Theory.

1] Political Theory: meaning and approaches
     Political Theory: meaning and approaches

2] Theories of state : Liberal, Neo-liberal, Marxist, Pluralist, post-colonial and Feminist
     1) Theories of State: Introduction
     2) Liberal theory of State
     3) Neo-liberal theory of State
     4) Marxist theory of State
     5) Pluralist theory of State
     6) Postcolonial theory of State
     7) Feminist theory of State

3] Justice : Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques
     Rawls’ theory of justice and its communitarian critique

4] Equality : Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action
     Equality, Freedom and Affirmative Action

5] Rights : Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; Concept of Human Rights
     1) Theories of Rights & Human Rights
     2) Responsibility to Protect
     You can also read Human Rights chapter from Paper 2A.

6] Democracy : Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy—representative, participatory and deliberative
     Theories and Models of Democracy
     Parallely you can also study Politics of Participation and Representation from Paper 2A



7] Concept of power : hegemony, ideology and legitimacy
     Theories of Power

8] Political Ideologies : Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism
     1) Ideology
     2) Liberalism
     3) Socialism
     4) Marxism
     5) Fascism
     6) Feminism
     7) Postmodernism
     8) Gandhism
     9) End of Ideology

9] Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist Traditions; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M. K. Gandhi, B. R. Ambedkar, M. N. Roy
     1) Dharmashastra tradition
     2) Arthashastra (Kautilya’s political thought)
     3) Buddhist thought
     4) Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
     5) Sri Aurobindo
     6) M.K. Gandhi
     7) B.R. Ambedkar
     8) M.N. Roy

10] Western Political Thought : Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt
     1) Socrates
     2) Plato
     3) Aristotle
     4) Machiavelli
     5) Thomas Hobbes
     6) John Locke
     7) Rousseau
     8) J.S. Mill
     9) Karl Marx
     10) Gramsci
     11) Hannah Arendt

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what are the challenges to ideology in 21st century?
how to approach this question anyone pls help..


Where is QnA section on the site?


Can you give me proper guidance for how to start to study


Start with NCERT of Class 6-12 for Political Science (you will feel that some things are out of place but trust me just go through it once).
After Ncerts you can start with the Topics present here.

First Start Western Political Thought
Second Political Ideologies.

I can go on but how about you do these things first and then i will tell you the rest.
P.S. all the things i mentioned above will take you more than a month of two.



Can you please lower the cost of the pdf notes please ??????


I think the free content has pretty great standard too.


Hello sir, from where i can get these notes in pdf? Is that free of cost?

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i want pdf !! where i will get pdf please provide pdf


I am a beginner…. I find this material really comfortable…. but
Is this material enough for UPSC PSIR optional or should I also go through extra books…. Because lot of books are being recommended.. I am confused with that books

Last edited 11 months ago by Saranya

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What is the difference between the content on the site & in the pdf notes?


Great job ? keep doing

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if you add MCQ to all parts , it will be great help


your content is very good . but it seeks some updation …
in Indian political thought = Sri Aurobindo add what is views on cultural
nationalism and his views on swarajya .
Topic Rights = add what is three generation of rights and doctrine of
rights as trumps and what is cultural nationalism.
TOPIC Theory of Justice = add what is social justice , political justice , economic justice , legal justice , what is rule of law , also add Distributive justice + substantive justice + procedural justice