The Centre offers two programmes of study- MA. and M.Phil and Ph.D. The teaching and research work of the Centre covers three rubrics of political studies: (1) political philosophy and history of ideas; (2) Indian government, politics and public policy; and (3) comparative politics and international relations.
Admission to Ph.D. programme
Those who wish to apply for a research degree are expected to have a strong, detailed and well developed research proposal for a thesis that can be supervised in the Centre. In addition to fulfillment of the entry requirements, they will need to approach the subject with rigor and appropriate knowledge of the field. Candidates must submit a copy of their research proposal along with their application for admission to the Ph.D. programme.
Applicants for the programme will be examined for their analytical ability in topics covered by an M.A. programme in Political Science. These would broadly include Philosophy and Methods of the Social Sciences, Traditions of Political Inquiry, Key Concepts in Political Science, Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy, Indian Politics (Institutions, Processes and Policies) Key Debates in Indian Politics, Issues in Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
Questions in the entrance test will include recent political debates. In addition questions based on the various Masters level courses will also be asked. Questions on the various quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in social science research will also feature in the entrance test. For more details about our programme and courses, please visit the website.
Admission to M.A. in Political Science
Eligibility for admission
Bachelor’s degree under 10+2+3 pattern of education with at least 50% marks in Social sciences and 55% marks for those who have Bachelor’s Degree in science and technology disciplines.
Entrance Examination details
The M.A. in Political Science continues to be distinctive in its commitment to teaching through lectures and tutorials in order to maintain high standards of excellence in the discipline. Candidates are expected to be familiar with the content of a standard B.A. course in Political Science. Applicants will be tested from areas given below:
a) Social and Political Thought of Modern India
b) Western Political Thought
c) Concepts and Approaches in Political Theory
d) Constitution and Political Institutions of India
e) State and Politics in India
f) Political Processes and Public Policies in India
g) Comparative Government and Politics
h) International Relations
Applicants will be require to show familiarity with each Unit.
As a degree in Political Science, the M.A. programme of the Centre focuses on the study of Political Theory/ Ideas, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Indian Politics and Public Policy. The programme is designed to - a) enhance theoretical understanding and develop methodological skills in these three branches of Political Science; (b) relate political processes with social structures and ideas; and (c) interpret institutions, policies and processes in a historical perspective. The Centre places special emphasis on the study of political developments in India and promotes theoretically informed analysis of social and political reality.
The M.A. programme consists of 16 courses, which are taught over four semesters. Of these 10 are compulsory and the remaining six are optional courses. Of the six optional courses, at least four should be chosen from a wide range of optional courses offered by the Centre and two may be from outside the Centre in the two years M.A. programme.
All compulsory courses offered by the students are lecture-based courses. However, they require students to write tutorials/term papers. In each case, fifty percent of the grade depends on the student’s performance in midterm assignments and the remaining fifty percent is awarded on the basis of their performance in the end semester examination.
For more details about the Centre, visit the JNU website : https://www.jnu.ac.in/sss/cps