political science 2005 mains question paper

Posted: July 17, 2010 in 01 - 09_years-papers


1. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60

(a) “The State is Individual Writ Large.” (Plato)

(b) “Of those (officers) the ways of embezzlement are forty.” (Kautilya)

(c) “The discovery of Sovereign in a federal state is an impossible adventure.” (Laski)

(d) “The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self protection.” (J.S. Mill)

2. Do you agree with the view that liberal theories are based on ‘atomism’, whereas communitarians have a ‘social thesis’ ? Present your line of argument. 60

3. “Democratic theory presupposes self-determination, human rights and social justice.” Discuss this with particular reference to M.K. Gandhi. 60

4. “The root of politics, according to Marx, does not lie in the state; it lies in the social conditions underlying this institution, that is, in the material conditions of life as reflected through the mode of production.” Comment. 60


5. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60

(a) Views of Jaya Prakash Narayan on ‘Total Revolution’

(b) Fundamental Duties under Article 51A of the Constitution of India .

(c) Coalition Governments in India at the Centre since 1998

(d) Role of Gram Sabha under the Constitution (Seventy third-Amendment) Act,1992.

6. Explain the ‘federal scheme’ under the Government of India Act, 1935. Why could this scheme not be implemented? 60

7. Do you agree with the view that Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy Constitute the ‘Core and Conscience’ of the Indian Constitution? Comment on the emerging trends in their interrelationship. 60

8. Make an assessment of the composition, functioning and the role of the Election Commission of India in the conduct of free and fair elections. 60


1. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60

(a) Game Theory for the study of International Politics and its limitations

(b) Sustainable Development

(c) Basic issues in movements for Gender Justice

(d) Relevance of Non-Alignment in Post-Cold war era

2. Analyse the basic goals of Third World movement for global justice. What is the importance of South-South co-operation to achieve these? 60

3. Critically evaluate the nature of capitalist model of development and its usefulness and limitations for developing countries. 60

4. Describe and assess the role and importance of Geopolitical and Geo-economic factors in the determination of foreign policy of a country 60


5. Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each: 20×3=60

(a) India’s interest in ASEAN

(b) India’s claim for acceptance as a nuclear power

(c) India as leader of Non-Aligned movement

(d) Emerging areas of co-operation between India and Japan

6. Explain the importance and limitations of recent Confidence Building Measures in Indo-Pak relations. 60

7. Evaluate the role India has played in U.N. Peace-keeping activities and the cause of global disarmament. 60

8. How far institutions like WTO and IMF have influenced India’s political and economic sovereignty? What has been India’s response to these? 60


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