Political Science Book List for UPSC Mains

Books for Political Science Optional in UPSC CSE


Political science and International Relations

Paper 1

Section A: Political Theory

Essential Readings:

  • “An Introduction to Political Theory” by O.P Gauba.7TH EDITION, Mayur Publication
  • “Political Theory: An Introduction” by Rajeev Bhargava and Ashok Acharya, 2nd edition, Pearson.
  • “A History of Political Thought: Plato to Marx” by Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy.
  • “Western Political Thought: From Socrates to the Age of Ideology” by Brian. R. Nelson.
  • IGNOU BOOKLET MPSE-004 Social and Political Thought in Modern India
  • “Modern Indian Political Thought: Text and Context” by Bidyut Chakrabarty and Rajendra Kumar Pandey.

Additional Readings:

  • “Politics” by Andrew Heywood.
  • “Political Theory: An Introduction” by Andrew Heywood.
  • “Key Concepts in Politics” by Andrew Heywood.
  • “Political Ideologies: An Introduction” by Andrew Heywood.
  • “Western Political Thought: From Plato to Marx” by Shefali Jha.
  • “Indian Political Thought: Themes and Thinkers” by M. P. Singh and Himanshu Roy.

Section B: Indian Government and Politics

Essential Readings:

  • “India’s Struggle for Independence” by Bipin Chandra.
  • “Introduction to the Constitution of India” by Dr Durga Das Basu.
  • “Indian Government and Politics” by A.S.Narang, Geetanjali Publication
  • “The Oxford Companion to Politics in India” by Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta.

Additional Readings:

  • “Politics in India” by Rajni Kothari.
  • “Our Parliament: An Introduction to Parliament of India” by Subhash C. Kashyap.
  • “Our Constitution: An Introduction to India’s Constitution and Constitutional Law” by Subhash C. Kashyap.

Paper 2

Section A: Comparative Politics and International Relations

Essential Readings:

  • “The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations” by John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens.
  • “Global Politics” by Andrew Heywood.
  • “Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered” by Ronald H. Chilcote.
  • IGNOU notes on Comparative Politics.

Additional Readings:

  • “Theories of International Relations” by Palgrave publications.
  • “The Oxford Handbook of International Relations” by Christian Reus-Smit and Duncan Snidal.
  • “Understanding International Relations” by Chris Brown and Kirsten Ainley.
  • “Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches” by Georg Sorenson and Robert Jackson.

Section B: India and the World

Essential Readings:

  • Indian Foreign Policy: An Overview  by Harsh Pant
  • International Relations- Mcgraw Hill education
  • “IDSA website should be followed for articles.
  • MEA website should be regularly followed for updates and articles.
  • IR editorials should be followed in The Hindu and TheIndian Express.

Additional Readings:

  • The Oxford Handbook of Indian Foreign Policy” by David M. Malone, C Raja Mohan and Srinath Raghvan.
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