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Polictical Science – 323 
 
Politics in India Since Independence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. The era of One-Party Dominance: First three general elections, nature of Congress 
dominance at the national level, uneven dominance at the state level, coalitional nature 
of Congress. Major opposition parties. 
2. Nation-Building and Its Problems: Nehru’s approach to nation-building: Legacy of 
partition: the challenge of ‘refugee’ resettlement, the Kashmir problem. Organization 
and reorganization of states; Political conflicts over language. 
3. Politics of Planned Development: Five- year plans, expansion of state sector, and 
the rise of new economic interests. Famine and suspension of five-year plans. Green 
revolution and its political fallouts. 
4. India’s External Relations: Nehru’s foreign policy. Sino-Indian war of 1962, Indo-Pak 
war of 1965 and 1971. India’s nuclear programme and shifting alliances in world 
politics. 
5. Challenge to and Restoration of Congress System: Political succession after Nehru. Non-
Congressism and electoral upset of 1967, Congress split and reconstitution, Congress’ 
victory in 1971 elections, politics of ‘garibi hatao’. 
6. Crisis of the Constitutional Order: Search for ‘committed’ bureaucracy and judiciary. 
Navnirman movement in Gujarat and the Bihar movement. Emergency: context, 
constitutional and extra-constitutional dimensions, resistance to emergency. 1977 elections 
and the formation of the Janata Party. Rise of civil liberties organizations. 
7. Regional Aspirations and Conflicts: Rise of regional parties. Punjab crisis and the anti-
Sikh riots of 1984. The Kashmir situation. Challenges and responses in the North East. 
8. Rise of New Social Movements: Farmers’ movements, Women’s movement, 
Environment, and Development-affected people’s movements. Implementation of 
Mandal Commission report and its aftermath. 
9. Democratic Upsurge and Coalition Politics: Participatory upsurge in the 1990s. Rise of 
the JD and the BJP. The increasing role of regional parties and coalition politics. UF 
and NDA governments. Elections 2004 and UPA government. 
10. Recent Issues and Challenges: Challenge of and responses to globalization: new 
economic policy and its opposition. Rise of OBCs in North Indian politics. Dalit politics 
in the electoral and non-electoral arena. Challenge of communalism: Ayodhya dispute, 
Gujarat riots. 
Note:  
There will be one Question Paper which will have 50 questions out of which 40 questions need to be attempted. 
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Polictical Science – 323 
 
Politics in India Since Independence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. The era of One-Party Dominance: First three general elections, nature of Congress 
dominance at the national level, uneven dominance at the state level, coalitional nature 
of Congress. Major opposition parties. 
2. Nation-Building and Its Problems: Nehru’s approach to nation-building: Legacy of 
partition: the challenge of ‘refugee’ resettlement, the Kashmir problem. Organization 
and reorganization of states; Political conflicts over language. 
3. Politics of Planned Development: Five- year plans, expansion of state sector, and 
the rise of new economic interests. Famine and suspension of five-year plans. Green 
revolution and its political fallouts. 
4. India’s External Relations: Nehru’s foreign policy. Sino-Indian war of 1962, Indo-Pak 
war of 1965 and 1971. India’s nuclear programme and shifting alliances in world 
politics. 
5. Challenge to and Restoration of Congress System: Political succession after Nehru. Non-
Congressism and electoral upset of 1967, Congress split and reconstitution, Congress’ 
victory in 1971 elections, politics of ‘garibi hatao’. 
6. Crisis of the Constitutional Order: Search for ‘committed’ bureaucracy and judiciary. 
Navnirman movement in Gujarat and the Bihar movement. Emergency: context, 
constitutional and extra-constitutional dimensions, resistance to emergency. 1977 elections 
and the formation of the Janata Party. Rise of civil liberties organizations. 
7. Regional Aspirations and Conflicts: Rise of regional parties. Punjab crisis and the anti-
Sikh riots of 1984. The Kashmir situation. Challenges and responses in the North East. 
8. Rise of New Social Movements: Farmers’ movements, Women’s movement, 
Environment, and Development-affected people’s movements. Implementation of 
Mandal Commission report and its aftermath. 
9. Democratic Upsurge and Coalition Politics: Participatory upsurge in the 1990s. Rise of 
the JD and the BJP. The increasing role of regional parties and coalition politics. UF 
and NDA governments. Elections 2004 and UPA government. 
10. Recent Issues and Challenges: Challenge of and responses to globalization: new 
economic policy and its opposition. Rise of OBCs in North Indian politics. Dalit politics 
in the electoral and non-electoral arena. Challenge of communalism: Ayodhya dispute, 
Gujarat riots. 
Note:  
There will be one Question Paper which will have 50 questions out of which 40 questions need to be attempted. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Contemporary World Politics 
 
1. Cold War Era in World Politics: Emergence of two power blocs after the second world 
war. Arenas of the cold war. Challenges to Bipolarity: Non-Aligned Movement, the 
quest for new international economic order. India and the cold war. 
2. Disintegration of the ‘Second World’ and the Collapse of Bipolarity: New entities in 
world politics: Russia, Balkan states, and, Central Asian states, Introduction of democratic 
politics and capitalism in post-communist regimes. India’s relations with Russia and other 
post-communist countries. 
3. US Dominance in World Politics: Growth of unilateralism: Afghanistan, first Gulf War, 
response to 9/11 and attack on Iraq. Dominance and challenge to the US in economy 
and ideology. India’s renegotiation of its relationship with the USA. 
4. Alternative Centres of Economic and Political Power: Rise of China as an economic 
power in post- Mao era, creation, and expansion of European Union, ASEAN. India’s 
changing relations with China. 
5. South Asia in the Post-Cold War Era: Democratisation and its reversals in Pakistan and 
Nepal. Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Impact of economic globalization on the region. 
Conflicts and efforts for peace in South Asia. India’s relations with its neighbours. 
6. International Organisations in a Unipolar World: Restructuring and the future of the UN. 
India’s position in the restructured UN. Rise of new international actors: new international 
economic organizations, NGOs. How democratic and accountable are the new institutions 
of global governance? 
7. Security in Contemporary World: Traditional concerns of security and politics of 
disarmament. Non-traditional or human security: global poverty, health, and education. 
Issues of human rights and migration. 
8. Environment and Natural Resources in Global Politics: Environment movement and 
evolution of global environmental norms. Conflicts over traditional and common property 
resources. Rights of indigenous people. India’s stand-in global environmental debates. 
9. Globalisation and Its Critics: Economic, cultural and political manifestations. Debates on 
the nature of consequences of globalization. Anti-globalization movements. India as an 
arena of globalization and struggles against it. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FAQs on CUET Exam Syllabus for Political Science - Important Updates & Notifications for CUET

1. What is the exam syllabus for Political Science at CUET?
Ans. The exam syllabus for Political Science at CUET includes topics such as Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Indian Government and Politics, Public Administration, and Political Ideologies. Students are expected to have a comprehensive understanding of these subjects to excel in the exam.
2. How can I prepare for the Political Science exam at CUET?
Ans. To prepare for the Political Science exam at CUET, it is crucial to study the prescribed syllabus thoroughly. Make sure to read textbooks, reference books, and study materials recommended by the university. Additionally, practicing sample papers, solving previous years' question papers, and participating in group discussions can greatly enhance your preparation.
3. What are the important topics to focus on for the Political Science exam at CUET?
Ans. While all topics mentioned in the syllabus hold significance, some key areas to focus on for the Political Science exam at CUET are Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. These topics form the core of the subject and carry substantial weightage in the exam. It is advisable to allocate sufficient time for in-depth study and revision of these areas.
4. Are there any recommended books for the Political Science exam at CUET?
Ans. Yes, there are several recommended books for the Political Science exam at CUET. Some popular ones include "Political Theory: An Introduction" by Andrew Heywood, "Comparative Politics: A Global Introduction" by Michael J. Sodaro, and "International Relations" by Joshua S. Goldstein and Jon C. Pevehouse. It is advisable to consult with your professors or seniors for specific book recommendations based on the syllabus.
5. How can I improve my essay writing skills for the Political Science exam at CUET?
Ans. Essay writing is an essential component of the Political Science exam at CUET. To improve your essay writing skills, practice regularly by writing essays on different topics related to Political Science. Pay attention to structuring your essays, organizing your thoughts, and presenting arguments effectively. Seek feedback from professors or peers to identify areas for improvement and work on them accordingly. Additionally, reading essays written by renowned political scientists can provide valuable insights into effective writing techniques.
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