The Centre for Political Studies at present admits around 110 students (excluding direct foreign admissions) to the M.A. programme each year. The M.A. programme is a four semester programme.
The students are required to earn 64 credits (14 courses with each course of 4 credits) to be eligible for Master's degree. Out of these 64 credits, minimum 40 credits must be earned from 10 compulsory courses. Remaining credits must be earned from optional courses. The students are required to do at least two optional courses offered by the Centre.
The ten compulsory courses and other optional courses are defined around following broad rubrics:
(1) Political Theory and Philosophy
(2) Indian Government and Politics
(3) Comparative Politics
(4) International Relations
(5) Research Methods
The list of courses that the Centre offers in each semester is updated in the beginning of every semester on the website and Centre's notice board.
Under the semester system followed in the University, students are required to register at the beginning of each semester for the courses, that they wish to offer in that particular semester. The Centre may appoint a faculty adviser for each student who advises each student on the courses to be taken. No student is allowed to attend a course without registration and is also not entitled to any credits unless he/she has been formally registered for the course by the scheduled date.
Within the M.A. programme, four of the ten compulsory courses belong to the stream of Indian Politics and cover a wide canvas, ranging from modern Indian political thought, development policy, political institutions to political processes, and public policies. The large majority of optional courses also belong to this stream, and provide students with the opportunity for a more intensive study of political parties, pressure groups, regional politics, social movements, centre-state relations, development policy and administration.
The compulsory courses on political theory revolve around a body of concepts and themes. In Methods in Social Science, the field work component is seen as necessary so that students are exposed to a systematic and critical exploration of empirical reality. Courses in comparative politics and international relations provide remaining part of the M.A. syllabus.