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UGC NET Important Topics for Political Science

Abhik Das
Abhik DasUpdated On: February 28, 2020 01:41 pm IST | UGC NET

The important Political Science topics for UGC NET 2020 exam will help the candidates make sure that they have all their bases covered for the exam to be conducted on 15 June 2020. 

Important Topics for UGC NET Political Science 2020

The UGC NET 2020 is going to be conducted on the 15th of June and in this article, we will deal with the important topics for Political Science which will help the Political Science aspirants of UGC NET 2020 in their final preparatory stages. But, before we provide the aspirants with all the important Political Science topics for the upcoming UGC NET exam, we will briefly discuss what is UGC NET.

UGC NET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine the eligibility of the applicants for the posts of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Assistant Professor in R&D Organisations and Indian Colleges.

Along with the important topics for 2020 UGC NET Political Science, we will share the marking scheme and exam pattern.

UGC NET Political Science Important Topics for 2020

Check out the important topics for UGC NET 2020 Political Science paper from the table provided below. The entire syllabus of Political Science for UGC NET 2020 is divided into 10 Units namely - Political Theory, Political Thought, Indian Political Thought, Comparative Political Analysis, International Relations, India’s Foreign Policy, Political Institutions in India, Political Processes in India, Public Administration and Governance and Public Policy in India. Here are some important topics from these units -

Unit Name

Important Topics

Political Theory

  • Political Traditions (Postmodernism, Multiculturalism, Ecologism, Feminism, Marxism, Socialism, Conservatism, Liberalism)

  • Concepts (Citizenship, Power, Democracy, Rights, Justice, Equality, Liberty)

Political Thought

  • John Rawls

  • Mao Zedong

  • Frantz Fanon

  • Hannah Arendt

  • Gramsci

  • Karl Marx

  • John Stuart Mill

  • Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Hegel

  • Rousseau

  • Locke

  • Hobbes

  • Machiavelli

  • Aristotle

  • Plato

  • Confucius

Indian Political Thought

  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

  • Jaya Prakash Narayan

  • Ram Manohar Lohia

  • Jawahar Lal Nehru

  • Dr B R Ambedkar

  • V D Savarkar

  • Manabendra Nath Roy

  • Muhammad Iqbal

  • Periyar E V Ramasamy

  • Sri Aurobindo

  • M K Gandhi

  • Rabindranath Tagore

  • Swami Vivekananda

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak

  • Pandita Ramabai

  • Kabir

  • Barani

  • Aggannasutta

  • Kautilya

  • Dharamshashtra

Comparative Political Analysis

  • Actor and Processes (Revolutions, NGOs and Civil Society Campaigns, New Social Movements, Social Movements, Interest Groups, Political Parties and Party System, Electoral Systems)

  • Structures of Power (Democratic Elitism, Power Elites, Ruling Class)

  • Development (Development and Democracy, World Systems Theory, Modernization, Dependency, Underdevelopment)

  • Democratisation (Consolidation and Democratic Transition)

  • Constitutions and Constitutionalism (Emergency Powers and Crisis of Constitutionalism, Judicial Independence and Liberal Constitutionalism, Rule of Law, Forms of Constitutions

  • Political Regimes (Non-Democratic Regimes - Fascism, Totalitarianism, Military Dictatorship, Bureaucratic Authoritarianism, Patrimonialism), (Democratic Regimes - Electoral, Liberal and Majoritarian & Participatory)

  • State Theory (Globalisation and Nation-States, Welfare State, Post-Colonial State, debate over the nature of the state in capitalist and socialist societies)

  • Nationalism (European and Non-European)

  • Colonialism and Decolonization (Anti-Colonial Struggles and Decolonization, Forms of Colonialism)

  • Approaches (Comparative Methods, Political Economy and New Institutionalism, Political Culture, Institutional)

International Relations

  • Contemporary Challenges (Culture and Identity Politics, Role of Religion, Poverty and Development, Migration and Refugees, Human Rights, Climate Changes and Environmental Concerns, International Terrorism)

  • Regional Organisations (ASEAN, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, African Union, European Union)

  • Political Economy of IR (BRICS, G-20, WTO, North-South Dialogue, Global Governance and Bretton Woods System, Globalisation)

  • United Nations (Aims, Objectives, International Criminal Court, International Law, Humanitarian Intervention, Peace and Development Perspectives, Structure and Evaluation of the Working of UN)

  • Conflict and Peace (Conflict Transformation, Conflict Resolution, Deterrence, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Changing Nature of Warfare)

  • Concepts (Security - Traditional and Non-Traditional, Sovereignty, Power, State System and Non-State Actors, State)

  • Approaches to the Study of International Relations (Postmodernism, Feminism, Critical International Theory, Social Constructivism, Neorealism, Neoliberalism, Structural Marxism, Realism, Idealism

India’s Foreign Policy

  • Contemporary Challenges

  • India’s Negotiation Strategies in International Regimes

  • India’s Relations with Neighbourhood

  • India’s Engagement with Multipolar World

  • India’s Relations with Major Powers

  • Continuity and Change in India’s Foreign Policy

  • Perspectives on India’s Foreign Policy

Political Institutions in India

  • Constitutional and Statutory Bodies

  • Local Government Institutions

  • Electoral Process and Electoral Commission of India

  • Federalism in India

  • Executive and Legislature in the States

  • Judiciary

  • Union Parliament

  • Union Executive

  • Constitutionalism in India

  • Philosophy of Constitution

  • Constituent Assembly

  • Making of the Indian Constitution

Political Processes in India

  • Electoral Politics

  • Ideology and Social Basis of Political Parties

  • Gender and Politics in India

  • Regionalisation of Indian Politics

  • Civil Society Groups

  • Social Movements

  • Identity Politics

  • Process of Globalisation

  • State, Economy and Development

Public Administration

  • Management by Objectives - Peter Drucker

  • Managing Conflict in the Organisation - Mary Parker Follett

  • Organisational Communication

  • Managing the Organisation

  • Theories and Principles of Organisation

  • Public Administration and Theories and Concepts

  • Public Administration

Governance and Public Policy in India

  • Planning and Development

  • Grassroots Governance

  • Institutional Mechanisms for Good Governance

  • Accountability and Control

The aspirants can click on the link below for detailed information regarding the important topics for Political Science paper of UGC NET 2020.

Topics and Sub-Topics of Political Science for UGC-NET 2020

The aspirants can also click on the following links for other aspects of the 2020 UGC NET -

UGC NET 2020 Important Dates

UGC NET Syllabus for 2020 (All Subjects)

How to Prepare for UGC NET (3-month and 1-month Preparation Strategy)

UGC NET Mock Test Link 2020 - Click Here

Best Books for UGC NET Preparation

Previous Year UGC NET Papers

UGC NET Marking Scheme and Exam Pattern--


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