Best Books To Clear NET/SET And Other Competitive Examination in Political Science

1. A History of Political Thought: Plato to Marx by Subrata Ramaswamy 

This book in its second edition continues to examine in detail the fascinating evolution of the history of political thought – rich and diverse – through the works of thirteen key political thinkers (from Plato to Aristotle to Machiavelli to Hegel to Kant to Marx). 

It focuses on the recent interpretations of the classical texts, for instance feasibility of the ideal State in Plato; civic humanism and republicanism in Machiavelli; the radicalism of Locke, and the contributions to the woman’s cause by John Stuart Mill. 

The new edition includes two important liberal thinkers, Mary Wollstonecraft, 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 book has been written to meet the growing requirements of the candidates appearing for the Civil Services Main Examination in the Public Administration optional subject – paper I. 

It is also useful for the aspirants of the state services and various other competitive examinations. In addition, the book is valuable to post-graduates, research scholars, academicians and other readers who are interested in the subject of Administrative Theory.

3. Public Administration by M Laxmikanth  

This book has been created in order to help students preparing for Civil Service Examinations. This book starts from the most basic concept and goes on to explain the most complicated terms in an easy to understand language. 

Different theories related to civil administration in this book are written in a clear, easy to understand and simple method so as to help you understand concepts clearly.

Apart from this, the book is also helpful in providing insights into the Civil Services at different levels namely, State and District Administration and the Local Government. 

This book is useful for not only Civil Services exam aspirants but also useful for candidates appearing for competitive exams, students, researchers, academic professionals among many others so as to improve their knowledge

4. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra is your go-to book for an in-depth and detailed overview of the Indian independence movement. Indian freedom struggle is one of the most important parts of its history. 

A lot has been written and said about it, but there still remains a gap. Rarely do we get to hear accounts of the independence from the entire country and not just one region at one place? 

This book fits in perfectly in this gap and also provides a narration on the impact this movement had on the people. Bipin Chandra’s book is a well-documented history of India’s freedom struggle against the British rule.

 It is one of the most accurate books which have been painstakingly written after thorough research based on legal and valid verbal and written sources. 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 pages of this book are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation and the civil disobedience movements. It contains a detailed description of Subash Chandra Bose’s weapon heavy tactics and his charisma. 

This book includes all the independence movements and fights, irrespective of their size and impact, covering India in its entirety. Although these movements varied in means and ideas, but they shared a common goal of independence. 

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 

In this extensively revised new edition of Global Politics, internationally renowned author Andrew Heywood provides a systematic and integrated analysis of the theory and practice of contemporary international relations.

This edition is fully updated to cover key developments, from the Arab Spring to the global financial crisis, and provides enhanced coverage of current issues like international migration. An entirely new chapter on the importance and impact of theory at the end of the book revisits key perspectives and addresses deeper questions about the nature and purpose of theory in global politics.

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


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.


8. An Introduction to Political Theory by O.P. Gauba


Best Books To Clear NET/SET And Other Competitive Examination in Political Science

1. Indian Polity and Governance – Pratiyogita Darpan 

Indian Polity and Governance by Pratiyogita Darpan is the best book to prepare Indian Polity and Governance section for NET examination. This book alone covers up 60 topics. Check it in the following picture.

10. Public Administration-Pratiyogita Darpan Extra Issue

This book is one of the standard books for the preparation of UPSC, STATE PCS, SSC-CGL  Exam. It is equally useful   for preparing SSC CGL, RAILWAYS & OTHER EXAMS. This book consists of all type of problems specially designed for union public service Commission, SSC Combined Graduate Level exam RAILWAYS & OTHER EXAMS.








This book covers up the following topics.

11. Pratiyogita Darpan Extra Issue Series 22 – Optional Subject Political Science

This book covers up topic like political ideologies, political parties, forms of government, social movement ect. Check it out


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