The Political science optional subject has been giving good results in the recent years. The subject has many success stories to its credit like Tina Dabi. In this article Team JV has provided a detailed strategy for Political Science & International Relations. This booklist has been compiled after thoroughly reseraching the blogs and success strategies for scoring above 270 marks  in Political Science. Besides it's own scorability as an optional, Political science also helps in UPSC CSE G.S. Mains Paper-1 (Thinkers and their philosophy); Essay (philosophical essay topics in UPSC are increasing of-late); G.S. Mains Paper-2 (Polity & Governance)

Books For Political Science Paper I

  • An Introduction To Constitution (for Basic Polity section)- DD Basu
  • An Introduction To Political Theory (for basic grounding in thinkers section) - O.P Gauba
  • Fifty Major Political Thinkers- Ian Adams And R W Dyson
  • A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Subrata Mukherjee And Sushila Ramaswamy
  • An Oxford Companion To Politics In India-niraja Gopal Jayal And Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  • Foundations Of Indian Political Thought- V.R Mehta
  • A New Look At Modern Indian History- B.L Grover And Alka Mehta
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Government And Politics – B L Fadia

Books For Political Science Paper-II: Paper-2 of Political Science is more dynamic and interesting. After gaining the information on basics like NAM, North-South Divide, United Nations and its evolution, a sincere aspirant should read more about dynamic topics like NAM 2.0, Quad and its relevance for India, RCEP, India and its neighbourhood, India and P-5 members, expansion of UNSC etc. Remember, there is no such book which will suffice the requirement for this section. All the books mentioned below are only for solid foundation. For fetching marks, exposing yourself to emerging challenges will be the key. 

  • India’s Foreign Policy – V P Dutt
  • International Organisations- Spectrum Books Publication
  • International Relations – V N Khanna
  • Challenge And Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy- Rajiv Sikri
  • Does The Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy- David M. Malone
  • Global Politics- Andrew Heywood
  • MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues And Trends By Expert Panel Of GPH
  • Indian Express articles of C.Raja Mohan
  • The Hindu editorials by M.K. Narayanan.