What is the meaning of International Relations ? What is its relevance in the UPSC Exam? Is it a part of UPSC mains? Lets deep dive below to seek answers for these questions.
UPSC CIVIL Services conducts 9 papers (7+2). In which General studies paper(GS 1-GS 4) Carries plethora of topics from history ,geography ,polity ,women empowerment . One such topic is International relations. International relations is the study of the relations of states with each other and with international organizations and certain subnational entities (e.g., bureaucracies, political parties, and interest groups). This subject also finds its place in one of the optional subjects of UPSC civil services . Questions from the topic are mostly asked in GS 2 paper of the mains. However, GS 2 covers topics mainly from governance and polity ,but questions worth 100 mark’s are asked from International relations. This subject finds its relevance in current affairs and government foreign policies . Topics from this subject are an inevitable part of GS Preparation.
What is the defined syllabus for International Relations?
India & Neighbouring Countries
India – Nepal Relations
India and Bhutan
Indo-Afghan Bilateral Relations
India-Sri Lanka Relations
South China Sea Dispute
Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region
India & Asian Nation Relations
CIS Countries of Central Asia
India – UAE Relations
India – IRAN
India – ISRAEL
India – Saudi Arabia
India-South East Asia
Indo-Japan Bilateral Relationship
India – South Korea
India & Other Nations & Organizations
India and Africa
The World Trade Organization
International Monetary Fund
Nuclear Security Summit
Relevance of Non-Alignment in present India
India-ASEAN Economic Cooperation
What is the booklist for the exam ? Are NCERT books enough to prepare? Do we have to refer to advanced books? Is newspaper reading essential for this topic?
International relations is a very vast and dynamic subject .Due to correlation with current topics of national and international development newspaper reading for the same becomes important . However you must always study NCERT first to form the base and demand of the subject. Below is the booklist for the subject one would refer while preparing for ease of understanding
- India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence by V.P. Dutt
- Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor
- Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajeev Sikri
- India’s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World – Muchkund Dubey
What should be the strategy for the subject? How to make notes ? How much time should we devote to the subject?
- Mind map the syllabus : Syllabus is the backbone for any subject of UPSC preparation . One must always keep a copy of the syllabus handy. Due to its complex and dynamic nature, studying it topic wise becomes important ,as it saves much of our time and also saves us from unnecessary information.
- Read Ncert : Importance of Ncert cannot be undermined. Ncert is not only for this subject but for the whole preparation of civil services. You should always finish off with the information first to have a crisp knowledge of the subject.
- Make precise and accurate notes: Note making for the subject is essential as it eases out our last minute hassle . Make your note after understanding the subject . Don’t make notes on your very first reading . Give yourself time to read and understand the demand.
- Solve previous year paper: Regularly solving previous year papers. Now, the most important part is to expect the questions you may get in the exam and prepare the answers accordingly. This comes with solving the previous year’s papers. It will allow you to have a first-hand understanding of how the questions are asked. Thus, you’ll be able to better prepare the answers that may be asked from this topic.