UGC NET examination-2013: preparing for political science

It could be a matter of pride for any youth to become an assistant professor in a university or a college. It is necessary for a post graduate student to be a pass out from of the national eligibility test. This article prepares you well for the political science questions to be asked from you in the 2013 test of NET. A proper study could only get you success.

The number of students appearing at the NET examination is continually rising. Here is the format of question papers.

Question papers

The NET examination comprises of three question papers. The first question is from education and research aptitude and the second and the third question papers come from the related subjects. In the 2nd and 3rd question papers, about 50 and 75 questions are asked respectively.

How to prepare

Due to multi-optional nature of questions, only those students succeed who prepare by making in-depth studies. The participants need a thorough knowledge of facts and trends. The candidates need to pay equal attention on each section of syllabus. Here the questions asked are mostly related to principles and thoughts of politics, comparative politics and political analysis, public administration, and international relations.

Nature of political science

The nature of political science is different. This is a subject of political principles, thoughts, analyses, administration and international relations. Here facts play a role to reach up to the depth of a question. It is therefore essential to have the knowledge of varied aspects of questions.

In the section of political thoughts and principles, studies of ancient Indian, Unani, European and modern political thoughts will have to be done. Opinions of chief political thinkers will have to be understood.

What questions from which sections

There are plenty of questions asked from the political thoughts of:
  • Kautilya
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Machiavelli
  • Hobbes
  • Locke
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • J S Mill
  • Hegel
  • Marx
  • Green
  • Lenin
  • Mao
  • Gramsci
  • John Rawls
  • Robert Nozick and
  • The political thoughts of other community thinkers

Questions are also asked from the sections of
  • Middle period political thought
  • Religion-state relations
  • Behaviorism and counter behaviorism
  • Political principles
  • Democracy
  • Freedom and equality

Questions are certain to be asked from the modern political thinkers also like Gandhi, MN Roy, Arvind Ghosh, Ambedkar, and Sarwarkar. Several books have to be studied here. Books to be read should comprise as follows:
  • Political Science by Gyan Singh Sindhu and A D Ashirvadan
  • The history of Political Thoughts by J P Sood
  • Western political thinking
  • Outline of Political Principles by O P Gaba
  • History of Indian Political Thoughts by Indian thinker V R Mehta and
  • Modern Political Principles

Comparative politics and political analysis section

Questions from this sections asked consist on:
  • Constitution,
  • Types of administration and its different arms,
  • Party system and election arrangements,
  • Bureaucracy,
  • Political culture,
  • Separation of power,
  • Rule of law,
  • Power and administration,
  • Executive, judiciary and legislatures with particular reference to India, America, England and Switzerland.

Recommended books for preparation:
  • Framework of Comparative politics by O P Gaba and
  • comparative Politics and political institutions by C B Gena.

From the section of Indian administration and politics

Numerous questions are asked from the Indian administration and politics. The creation of the Indian Constitution, fundamental rights and duty, policy directing principles, parliament, Supreme Court, Indian federalism and states, local administration, political parties, and election etc.

Books for preparing this section:
  1. Indian Constitution by Subhash Kashyap,
  2. The Parliament by Subhash Kashyap
  3. Indian Administration and politics by B L Pandya
  4. Questions are asked from principle of organization, administration, developmental plans in India, Panchayati Raj, administrative culture and challenges etc. The books for this section that are recommended are the books on public administration by Avasthi and Maheshwari ot Mohit Bhattacharya.

Section of international relations

For preparing questions to be asked from this section, studying books apart from magazines and papers are also essential. Questions that are generally asked are from the areas of:
  • Principles of international relations
  • outlook, changing assumptions of national security
  • End of the era of cold war
  • Nonalignment
  • World trade organization
  • SARC
  • OPEC
  • UNO
  • Role of India in the matter of international issues and relationship with the neighboring nations.

Books recommended for preparing on this section are:
    International politics by U R Ghai
  • Foreign policy of India by J N Dixit
  • Intrnational organizations by Pushpesh Pant.

Apart from the tips provided above, it would be necessary to read ‘The Hindi’, ‘The Frontline’, ‘Civil Services Chronicle’, ‘Pratyogita Darpan’ etc.

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