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(PAPER-I)   (Optional)

Time Allowed : Three Hours

| Maximum Marks : 250

There are EIGHT questions divided in two Sections and printed both in HINDI and


Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all,

Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be

attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.





Comment on the following in about 150 words each:

a)Feminist critique of the State

b)Affirmative action

c)Equality of outcome as a political idea

d) “Political ideology is primarily concerned with the allocation and utilization of

Power.   Comment


a)Do you think that the Buddhist Traditions have lent greater ethical foundation

to the ancient Indian political thought? Give your arguments.

b)Marx’s concept of ‘alienation’ is an essential part of the reality in capitalism.


c)”Free and fair deliberation is key to the foundation. Explain 


a)”Constitutionally reconciling the Fundamental Rights with the Directive

Principles of State Policy has led to frequent amendments of the Constitution

and judicial interventions.” Comment.

b) The role of the President of India becomes more significant during a minority

government and a coalition government. Explain.

c) Do you think that despite having significant limitations the Panchayati Raj

Institutions have strengthened the process of democratic decentralization?

Give your views.


a)”The Indian party system is shaped by a complex interaction of the country’s

federal structure, electoral system and social cleavages.” Explain.


b)Do you think that there has been a gradual shift in the basis on which the

demands for the creation of new States have been raised in different regions of

India? Explain.

c) What explains India’s modest improvements in social development outcomes

even as the rate of growth has accelerated since the initiation of economic



a) “The success of electoral democracy can partly be attributed to the status and

role of the Election Commission of India.” Explain.

b)Examine the evolution of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of India as a

c) Explain how caste as a social category is also becoming a political category in

the democratic politics of India.