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B.A. Political Science (B.A. Political Science)

Updated By Diksha Sharma on 25 Nov, 2020

Average Duration
3 years
Average Fee
10 K-30 K INR annual
Exams Accepted
Study Mode
Regular,Distance Learning

About B.A. Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science or B.A Political Science is a three-year programme which is taught at the undergraduate level in various Universities and Institutions. In the B.A Political Science programme, the students learn various things related to politics such as political behaviour, description & analysis of the political system and theory and practice of politics in both the international and national political system. 

Throughout the entire duration of the programme, students learn plenty of things about public affairs & international relations, governmental procedures & policies, public administration, modern & historical political systems. 

B.A. Political Science Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed their 10+2 exam from a recognised Board or equivalent exam are eligible to apply for the B.A Political Science programme offered at different Indian Universities and Institutions.

B.A Political Science Admission Process

B.A. Political Science admission process is a completely merit-based admission process where the marks secured by the applicants at the qualifying level is considered. Based on the qualifying level marks, a cutoff list is prepared and allocation of seats or final admission is done.

B.A. Political Science Syllabus



Semester - I (Indian Constitution)

  • Judiciary - Judicial Activism, Judicial Review, High Courts, Supreme Court
  • Union Legislature - Basic Features & 73rd Amendment, History of Panchayati Raj Institutions, State Legislature (Vidhan Sabha), Speaker of Lok Sabha Amendment Process, Composition & Functions of Parliament
  • Union Executive - Chief Minister & Council of Ministers, State Executive (Governor), Council of Ministers, Prime Minister, President, Vice-President
  • Indian Constitution - Fundamental Duties & Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Rights, Preamble, Sources & Features of Indian Constitution

Semester - I (Principles of Politics)

  • Theory & Practice of Government - Pressure Groups & Bureaucracy, Operational Dynamics (Political Parties), Organs of Government & their Relationship
  • Sovereignty - Rights & Justice, Equality, Liberty, Concept of Welfare State, Monist & Pluralist
  • State - Definition, Theories of the Origin of State, Relations with Other Organizations, Elements
  • Political Science - Political Science Study (traditional approaches), Relationship b/w Political Science and Social Sciences, Definition, Scope & Nature

Semester - II (Indian Politics)

  • Language, Religion, Role of Caste, Politics of Reservation, Regionalism in India, Emerging Trends and Challenges Before Indian Political System
  • Party System in India - Interest & Pressure Groups, National & regional Political Parties
  • Election Commission, Problem of Defection, Electoral Reforms, Electoral Process, Defects and Voting Behaviour
  • Emerging Trends in Indian Federalism, Demand for State Autonomy, Federalism and its working with Reference to Centre-State Relations

Semester - II (Contemporary Political Science)

  • RTI & Consumer Welfare, Environmentalism, Feminism, Post-Modernism
  • Ideology & End of Ideology, Political Culture, Political Socialization
  • Political Theory - Decline & Resurgence of Political Theory, Characteristics, Nature, Scope and Definition 
  • Behaviourism & Post-Behaviourism, Modern Concerns of Political Science

Semester - III (Western Political Thinkers I)

  • Bentham & John Stuart Mill
  • Hobbs, Locke and Rousseau
  • St. Augustine and Nicollo Machiavelli
  • Plato & Aristotle

Semester - III (Indian Political Thinkers I)

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak & Lala Lajpat Rai
  • Swami Vivekananda & Aurobindo Ghosh
  • Gopal Krishna Gokhale & Dada Bhai Naorojee
  • Swami Dayanand & Raja Rammohan Roy

Semester - IV (Western Political Thinkers II)

  • John Rowls & Robert Nozik
  • GDH Cole & Harold Laski
  • Vladimir Lenin & Mao-Tse-Tung
  • Karl Marx & Hegel

Semester - IV (Indian Political Thinkers II)

  • Subhash Chandra Bose & Bhagat Singh
  • B.R Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru
  • M.N Roy and Mahatma Gandhi
  • Ram Manohar Lohia and J.P Narayan

Semester - V (Comparative Politics)

  • Constitutional Structure - Formal (Executive, Legislation & Judiciary), Informal (Political Parties & Pressure Groups)
  • Constitutionalism - Type, Nature, History and Problem in Modern Times
  • Approaches to the Study of Comparative Politics - Political Culture (G Almond), Political Development (Lucian W Pye), Structural (Function by G Almond) and Input (Out by David Easton)
  • Comparative Politics - Scope, Definition, Comparative Methods, Traditional & Modern Concerns

Semester - V (International Theory)

  • Major Concepts - Environmentalism & Globalisation, Collective Security, Balance of Power
  • National Power - Elements, Definition, Assessment, International Morality & World Public Opinion, International Law, Limitation of Power
  • Approaches to the Study of International Relations - System & Marxist-Leninist, Realist, Idealist
  • Autonomy Debate regarding International Relations, Definition, Scope, Nature and Development of the International Relations

Semester - VI (Comparative Constitutions of USA & UK)

  • Bureaucracy and Recent Trends of the Working of the Systems of USA & UK, Voting Behaviour, Electoral Processes
  • Comparative Studies of Structures Functions and Roles of Pressure Groups and Political Parties of USA & UK
  • Comparative Study of Executive, Legislation and Judiciary System of USA & UK Socioeconomic Basis of Constitutions of USA & UK, Legacies, Conventions, Evolution and Basic Features & Legacies of Constitution of USA & UK 

Semester - VI (International Organisation)

  • Assessment of UN, Democratization of UN & India’s Claim for Permanent Seat, UN & Disarmament
  • Working of UN Towards Peace - Peace Enforcement, Peace Making, Peace Keeping and Peace Building
  • Organs of the United Nations
  • Evolution and Growth of International Organization - Comparison between League and UN Systems, UN System and League

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B.A. Political Science Career Options and Job Prospects

A Political Science graduate can aim for one of the following job opportunities - 

  • State Legislator
  • Political Commentator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Coordinator
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Corporate Advisor
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • International Research Specialist
  • Campaign Organiser

Questions Related to B.A. Political Science Course

What is the eligibility criteria to apply for BA Political Science (Hons) admission at P K Roy Memorial College, Dhanbad for students from Commerce background?

-AryanUpdated on January 04, 2021 05:08 PM
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Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, candidates who are class XII/Intermediate/10+2 System/Equivalent qualified from any recognized Board from Commerce stream ...


Am I eligible for BA Political Science (Hons) admission at Motilal Nehru College New Delhi with a qualifying exam aggregate of 86.8%?

-AnonymousUpdated on December 17, 2020 01:57 PM
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Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, Motilal Nehru College New Delhi has released the eighth cutoff list for admission into various UG programmes for ...


Can I pursue BA in Political Science from correspondence mode?

-Asawari YadavUpdated on December 16, 2020 02:59 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, yes, you can pursue your BA in Political Science studies from distance mode from any reputed open university ...


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I want admission in B.A. Political Science. Do I have to clear any exams for that ?

Delhi University Science , Delhi University Entrance Exam , Andhra Pradesh Residential Degree Colleges Common Entranc Test , Banaras Hindu University Undergraduate Entrance Test , Maharshi Dayanand University Common Entrance Exam are some of the exams that you can appear for to get admission in B.A. Political Science courses.

What are the top colleges offering B.A. Political Science courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Arts and Humanities courses : Kishinchand Chellaram Law College (Mumbai) , Miranda House University College for Women (Delhi) , College of Social Work (Mumbai) , Madras Christian College (Chennai) , Ramjas College (New Delhi). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer B.A. Political Science or not.

What is the average fee for the course B.A. Political Science ?

The average fee for B.A. Political Science is INR 8000 per year.

What are the popular specializations related to B.A. Political Science ?

Some of the popular specializations for B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) are : Jewellery & Accessory Design , Civil Service , Environmental Education , Journalism and Mass Communication , Sports.

What is the duration of the course B.A. Political Science ?

B.A. Political Science is a 2 year course.

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