The syllabus consists of 16 units divided into two parts: (A) Contemporary World Politics, and (B) Politics in India Since Independence. The theory paper is of 80 marks and three hours duration.
Part A: Contemporary World Politics
|1||Cold War Era and Non-aligned Movement||12|
|2||The End of Bipolarity|
|3||New Centers of Power||12|
|4||South Asia and the Contemporary World|
|5||United Nations and its Organizations||8|
|6||Security in Contemporary World|
|7||Environment and Natural Resources||8|
Part B: Politics in India Since Independence
|9||Challenges of Nation-Building||12|
|10||Planning and Development|
|11||India's Foreign Policy||6|
|12||Parties and the Party Systems in India||10|
|14||Social and New Social Movements in India||12|
|16||Indian Politics: Trends and Developments|
1. Cold War and Non-aligned Movement
Emergence of two power blocs/Bipolarity, Non-aligned Movement (NAM).
2. The End of Bipolarity
Disintegration of Soviet Union, Unipolar World, Middle East Crisis - Afghanistan, Gulf War, Democratic Politics and Democratization - CIS and the 21st Century (Arab Spring).
3. New Centres of Power
Organizations: European Union, ASEAN, SAARC, BRICS.
Nations: Russia, China, Israel, India.
4. South Asia and the Contemporary World
Conflicts and efforts for Peace and Democratization in South Asia: Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives.
5. United Nations and its Organizations
Principle Organs, Key Agencies: UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, ILO, Security Council and the Need for its Expansion.
6. Security in Contemporary World
Security: Meaning and Types; Terrorism.
7. Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Movements, Global Warming and Climate Change, Conservation of Natural Resources.
Globalization: Meaning, Manifestations and Debates.
9. Challenges of Nation-Building
10. Planning and Development
11. India's Foreign Policy
12. Parties and the Party Systems in India
13. Democratic Resurgence
14. Social and New Social Movements in India
15. Regional Aspirations
16. Indian Politics: Trends and Developments
Era of Coalitions: National Front, United Front, United Progressive Alliance [UPA] - I & II, National Democratic Alliance [NDA] - I, II, III & IV, Issues of Development and Governance.