12 Years Topic-Wise Solution Of Previous Papers Political Science & International Relations IAS Mains Q & A 2023
In view of the overwhelming response received from our readers with respect to the first edition, we have come up with the second edition of Political Science & International Relations – IAS Mains Q & A (2023). It covers topic-wise solutions to previous 12 years’ papers (2011-2022) as per the latest syllabus.
Answer writing in this Book: We have put forth answers to each question as per the demand of the question. We have adopted an elaborate approach while writing these answers to arm you with relevant knowledge related to all aspects of a particular topic. In most of the answers, we have provided additional information, not necessarily adhering to the prescribed word limit but covering all dimensions to that question. This will enrich you with in-depth knowledge on that topic and help in writing better answers in future.
How to use this Book: This book will assist you in answer writing practice in two ways – use this book as a source of reference for the topics and write answers in your own unique way or alternatively, you may write previous years’ answers and compare them with the standard answers provided in this book.
Importance of Political Science & International Relations as an Optional: Political Science is not a very technical subject hence a candidate can master this subject without any prior knowledge. Due to the overlapping nature of Political Science with the general studies papers, especially GS Paper II (many topics in this optional are related to current affairs), it helps in integrated study for prelims and mains preparation and saves a lot of time during the preparation process.
Further, knowledge about polity and international relations helps in the UPSC interview. This is because of the strong linkage of polity and IR with current affairs. An understanding of political theories also helps candidates present their views better and in a more convincing manner.
Optional subjects have become the deciding factor in getting an interview call. Though UPSC has introduced four GS papers to give a level playing field to all, the dynamic and unpredictable questions of GS papers defeated the purpose and made Optional paper the magic wand. The toppers’ score also tells it loudly that optional subjects play a defining role in determining the selection of the candidates.
So, overall this book is an ideal companion for you going to appear for the Mains examination. To help the aspirants to get acclaimed with the pattern and trend of the exam, this book is a valuable gift to our readers.
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