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Best Political Science Books for Competitive Exams
1. A History of Political Thought: Plato to Marx by Subrata Ramaswamy
It is one of the best political science books for competitive exams. In this book you will get to know the evolution of the history of political thought through the works of thirteen great political thinkers from Plato to Aristotle to Machiavelli to Hegel to Kant to Marx.
This book emphasis on the recent interpretations of the classical texts, for example- feasibility of the ideal State in Plato, the radicalism of Locke, civic humanism and republicanism in Machiavelli, and the contributions to the woman’s cause by J. S. Mill.
The new edition of this book also includes two important liberal thinkers, Mary Wollstonecraft, who is the founder of liberal feminism and the other, Immanuel Kant, a de-ontological liberal; along with an Appendix on John Rawls.
2. Administrative Theory by M. Laxmikanth
This is a must have book for the candidates who want to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination in the Public Administration optional subject – paper I.
It is also helpful for the aspirants of the state civil service exams and various other competitive examinations. In addition, the book is also usefull for research scholars, post-graduates, academicians and other students who are interested in the subject of Administrative Theory.
3. Public Administration by M Laxmikanth
The main purpose of this book is to help students preparing for Civil Service Examinations. This book starts from the most basic concept of public administration and goes on to explain the most complicated concepts in an easy to understand language.
Apart from this,different theories related to public administration are written in a clear, easy to understand language which is going to help you understand these theories very clearly.
It is also useful in providing insights into the Civil Services at different levels such as State and District Administration and the Local Government.
This book is helpful for not only Civil Services exam aspirants but also valuable for candidates appearing for competitive exams, researchers, students, and academic professionals to expand their knowledge.
4. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra is the best book for an in-depth overview of the Indian independence movement.
A lot has been written and said about the Indian freedom struggle, but there still remains a gap. Therefore Bipin Chandra tries to fill this gap by providing a detailed and complete picture of Indian freedom movement. It also provides a narration on the impact this movement on the Indian people.
India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra is a well-documented history of India’s freedom struggle against the British rule.
It maps the first war of independence that started with Mangal Pandey’s mutiny and witnessed the gallant effort of Sri Rani Laxmi Bai.
Many of the chapters of this book are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation and the civil disobedience movements. It includes a detailed description of Subash Chandra Bose’s weapon heavy tactics and his charisma.
The best thing about this book is that it contains all the independence movements and fights, irrespective of their size and impact.
This book contains oral and written narratives from different parts of the country, making this book historically rich and diverse. The book captures the evolution of Indian independence struggle in full detail and leaves no chapter of this story untouched.
This book is a good read for the students of Indian modern history and especially for students who are preparing for UPSC examination and have taken History as their subject.
5. Indian Polity 5th Edition by M. Laxmikanth
McGraw Hill is proud to present the fifth edition of Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth. The book itself needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular and comprehensive books on the subject and has been a consistent bestseller for many years.
It has become a must-read book for aspirants appearing in various competitive examinations, especially the civil services examinations. The wide range and scope of issues that it covers also makes it valuable to postgraduates, research scholars, academics and general readers who are interested in the country’s political, civil and constitutional issues.
This new, fifth edition, has seven new chapters added, along with four new appendices. The extant chapters have been completely revised and updated with recent developments.
6. Global Politics by Andrew Heywood
Written with outstanding clarity and drawing on an exceptionally wide range of theoretical perspectives throughout, each chapter is packed with innovative features to aid study and reinforce learning.
To complement this textbook, there is a companion website with resources for both lecturers and students. Exam questions, PowerPoint slides, online-only case-studies, self-test questions, and more, can be found at https://he.palgrave.com/companion/Heywood-Global-Politics/
7. Political Theory: An Introduction by Rajeev Bhargava
Political Theory: An Introduction is a pioneering political theory book to make students evolve an Indian political theory, a theory born out of reflection on and engagement with Indian social and political practices.
It embeds Indian cases and contexts in the theoretical discussions and involves students in applying theories to current issues. Some of its special features include cross-referencing of important terms, points for discussion and a detailed reading list.
Best Books To Clear NET/SET And Other Competitive Examination in Political Science
1. Indian Polity and Governance – Pratiyogita Darpan
This book covers up the following topics.