SSB Odisha Political Science Syllabus PDF with Model Questions [Updated]

Political Science Syllabus for SSB Odisha 

Unit – I
Political Theory : Section - A


Nature of Political Theory, Evolution and Growth, Behaviouralism, Decline and Resurgence, Contemporary Trends, Post Modernism. Law, Liberty, Equality, Justice and Rights. Political Ideology : Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Feminism and Communitarianism. Democracy: Perspective and Prospects. Civil Society.

Political Sociology: Section - B


Authority, Legitimacy, Social Stratification, Political Socialization, Political Modernization, Political Participation, Political Culture.

Unit – II Political Thought : Section - A

  1. Plato: Ideal State, Justice, Communism. 
  2. Aristotle : State and Revolution
  3. Machiavelli : State, Religion and Morality
  4. Social Contractualists : Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau
  5. Karl Marx: Dialectical Materialism, Class Struggle, Surplus Value
  6. John Rawls- Distributive Justice & 
  7. Robert Nozick- Violence

Indian Political Tradition : Section - B

  1. Kautilya : Arthasastra, Theory of Government and Statecraft
  2. Raja Rammohun Roy : The Indian Renaissance and Nationalism, Social Reform
  3. Swami Vivekananda : Nationalism, Internationalism and Enlightened Humanism
  4. G.K. Gokhale : Idealism and Swadeshi – Goals & Techniques
  5. B.G. Tilak : Swaraj & Education – Goals & Techniques
  6. Aurobindo : Political Goals & Techniques, Spiritual Nationalism and Universalism
  7. Gandhi : Satyagraha, Trusteeship and Sarvodaya, Truth & Non-Violence, Ends & means Relationship
  8. B.R. Ambedkar: Equity and Social Justice.

Unit – III : Public Administration Section - A


  1. Nature, Scope and Significance of Public Administration and New Public Administration. 
  2. Theories and Principles of Organisation. 
  3. Personnel Administration : Recruitment, Training, Promotion, Morale, Employer-Employee Relations. 
  4. Public Policy : Policy Formulation and Implementation. Relationship between Permanent and Political Executive. 
  5. Financial Administration: Budget, Audit, CAG, PAC, E.C., Good Governance, RTI, Right to Education, Bureaucracy & Development
  6. Administration in India – Problems and Prospects.

Administrative Thinkers: Section – B

  1. Henry Fayol, F.W. Taylor – Scientific Management. 
  2. Max Weber – Bureaucracy. 
  3. Elton Mayo – Human Relations Approach. 
  4. Herbert Simon – Decision Making Approach. 
  5. F.W. Riggs – Ecologimal Approach. Lateral Entry into Public Science: Problems and Prospects.

Unit – IV International Politics : Section - A


Approaches to the Study of International Politics : Idealism and Realism,System Theory, Decision—Making and Game Theory.National Power, Balance of Power and Collective Security, Disarmament,Human Rights, International Terrorism, Gender in I.R.India’s Role in World Affairs: India and her neighbours, India and the United States, India and Russia, India and China.India’s Foreign Policy: Determinants.

  1. India’s Foreign Policy : Determinants, Problems and Prospects, Act East Policy. 
  2. Globalisation: Problems and Prospects. 
  3. Role & Relevance of Nuclear Age, Nuclear Deterrence. 
  4. Uni – Polar World: Problems & Prospects.

Comparative Government and Politics : Section - B


Comparative Politics: Meaning and Approaches. British Political System: Conventions and Rule of Law.Parliamentary Government: Crown, Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament.U.S. Political System: Separation of Powers, Checks and Balance.President, Congress-Senate and House of Representatives, Supreme Court and Judicial Review.Swiss Political System : Direct Democracy, Federal Council, Federal Assembly and Federal Tribunal.Chinese Political System : Democratic Centralism, National People’s Congress, President of People’s Republic of China, State Council.Party System in UK, USA and China

Unit – V Indian Government and Politics : Section - A


Political Parties, Pressure Groups, Politics of Defection and Coalition Politics in India, Political Ideological Bases of the Indian Constitution, Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties & Amendments. Structure and Process : President, Prime Minister, Parliament and the Working of the Parliamentary System.Theory and Practice of Federalism in India, Centre – States Relations.Supreme Court, Judicial Review and Judicial Activism, PIL, LOK Adalat. Political Parties and Pressure Groups. Issues and Trends: Regionalism, Secularism, Caste & Politics. Criminalisation of Politics : Elections and Electoral Reforms, National Government : Problems and Prospects, Party less Democracy : Myth or Reality.Role of Media in Indian Democracy.


State and Local Government in Odisha : Section - B


Politics of Defection and Coalition Politics in Odisha Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, State Legislative Assembly, High Court and Subordinate Courts.Politics of Defection and Coalition Politics in India & Odisha. Elections and Voting Behaviour since 1952.Rural Local Government and Urban Local Government, 73rd and 74th Amendment.




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