Books for Political and International Relations UPSC

The Political science is the optional subject is a General study subject.

It is a good and reasonable optional subject with about 50-60% syllabus organizing with the General Studies Paper.

It is an actual self-motivated and repetitively developing subject.

Applicants in quest of selecting political science must be conscious of the example change in essential area than in the vagaries in the studied syllabus.

Actually, the revision of Political science has paved a way for scoring more marks in this particular optional.

The Paper 1 of political science paper manages the Political Theory and Indian Politics.

The Paper 2 includes Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics.

International Relations is a vital topic for UPSC Civil Services Mains (written) examination in General Studies Paper II.

The international relatives subject encompasses foreign policy of India, bilateral relations, regional cooperation, etc.

Books for Political Science Paper I 


  • An introduction to the constitution- DD Basu
  • An introduction to political theory-  O.P Gauba
  • Fifty major political thinkers- Ian Adams and R W Dyson
  • A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy
  • An Oxford companion to politics in India-Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  • Foundations of Indian political thought- V. R Mehta
  • A new look at modern Indian history-  B.L Grover and Alka Yagnik
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia

 Books for Political Science Paper II


  • India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt
  • International organizations- Spectrum Books Publication
  • International Relations -Khanna
  • Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy- Rajiv Sikri
  • Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy- David M. Malone
  • Global politics- Andrew Heywood
  • MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends by Expert Panel of GPH

NCERT Polity books for UPSC


  • Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
  • Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics
  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence

Best book for International Relations for UPSC: 


  • International Relations (4th Rev. & Enl. Edn.)by Vinay Kumar Malhotra
  • International Relations: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides)by Terry O’Callaghan, Martin Griffiths, Steven C. Roach
  • International Relations in the 21st Century by Pant
  • Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  • International Relations & Organisations for UPSC and State Civil Services Main Examination