PSIR Mentorship Program by IAS Delhi Institute


  1. Students will get daily study targets of specific topics as per the day-wise table mentioned below.
  2. These daily targets need only 3 hours for PSIR study. That means prelims related preparation won’t be affected.
  3. Based on daily study targets, students will receive two questions (10M/15M/20M) in the daily evening.
  4. Student needs to write the answer to the given question and send us by using telegram/WhatsApp/mail.
  5. Submitted answers will be evaluated by experienced faculty (faculty has a long experience of working with Subhra ma’am) and feedback will be provided on a daily basis. Here the student has an opportunity to be in touch with the faculty on a daily basis.
  6. Students will be provided weekly performance card based upon different parameters of the study.
  7. Students can resolve their doubts related to PSIR optional.
  8. Due to Covid-19 outbreak, the offline facility (classroom) is not available. However, students need to write answers in an offline mode only i.e. on blank papers available with him/her. After attempting questions, he/she need to scan the answers using cam scanner/adobe scan mobile app and send us for evaluation and feedback.
  9. Syllabus of Paper-I of PSIR optional will be covered through this program only in 33 days and Syllabus of Paper-II only in 32 days. Total only 65 days program. 
  10. Total 130 questions answer writing practice will be done through this program.
  11. Only 20 students will be admitted to the course to ensure quality evaluation, feedback and personal attention.
  12. The program will commence on 27th May 2020.
  13. This mentoring program is so flexible that student can start with either Paper-I syllabus or paper-II syllabus as per his/her choice.


Objectives of the course :

  1. To keep the student motivated for study in the current Covid-19 lockdown.
  2. Use the buffer time effectively, received due to deferment of Prelims examination.
  3. Get the confidence and lead in mains preparation.
  4. Answer writing practice on a daily basis.
  5. Help students to get 300+ marks in PSIR optional.
  6. Help students in notes making and revising PSIR study material.


Fees :
Only Paper-I : ₹ 2,500/-

Only Paper-II : ₹ 2,500/-

Both Paper-I and Paper-II : ₹ 5,000/-

Note : 2 or more students taking admission simultaneously will be given a discount of Rs. 500 per student)


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Schedule of Paper I : Section (A) – Political Theory and Thought

Day Syllabus Subtopic References
Day 1 Political theory Meaning and Approaches
Day 2
Western Political Thought

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. “A History of Political Thought: Plato to Marx” by Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy (Selective Reading)

3. “Western Political Thought: From Socrates to the Age of Ideology” by Brian. R. Nelson (Selective Reading)

Day 3 Aristotle
Day 4 Machiavelli
Day 5 Hobbes
Day 6 Locke
Day 7 John S. Mill
Day 8 Marx
Day 9 Gramsci
Day 10 Hannah Arendt
Day 11
Political Ideologies
Day 12 Socialism
Day 13 Marxism
Day 14 Fascism
Day 15 Gandhism
Day 16 Feminism
Day 17 Power Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.
Day 18 Theories of State Liberal, Neoliberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.
Day 19
Political Concepts
Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques.
Day 20 Equality: Social, political and economic relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action
Day 21 Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; the concept of Human Rights
Day 22 Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy’ representative, participatory and deliberative.
Day 23 Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. “Modern Indian Political Thought: Text and Context” by Bidyut Chakrabarty and Rajendra Kumar Pandey (Selective Reading)

3. IGNOU BOOKLET MPSE-004 Social and Political Thought in Modern India (Selective Reading)

Day 24 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Sri Aurobindo Ghosh
Day 25 M.K. Gandhi
Day 26 B.R. Ambedkar
Day 27 M.N. Roy



Schedule of Paper I : Section (B) – Indian Government and Politics

Day 28 Indian Nationalism and Making of the Indian Constitution: a. Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle: constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience; militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.

b. Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.

Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. “India’s Struggle for Independence” by Bipin Chandra (Selective Reading)

Day 29 Salient Features of the Indian Constitution
Organs of the state

The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.

a. Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
b. Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. “Introduction to the Constitution of India” by Dr Durga Das Basu.

3. “Indian Government and Politics” by A.S.Narang, Geetanjali Publication (Selective Reading)

4. “The Oxford Companion to Politics in India” by Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Selective Reading)

5. Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia (Selective Reading)

6. 4. The Hindu and Indian Express along with Selective issues of World Focus Magazine

Day 30 Grassroots Democracy
Statutory Institutions/Commissions
Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; the significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.

Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.

Day 31 Federalism
Planning and Economic Development
Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.

Planning and Economic Development: Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; the role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalization and economic reforms.

Day 32 Identity issues in Indian Politics Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics
Day 33 Party System
Social Movements
Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio-economic profile of Legislators.
Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women’s movements; environmentalist movements

Schedule of Paper-II : Section (A) – Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics

Day 34 Comparative Politics Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. “The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations” by John Baylis, Steve Smith

3. “Global Politics” by Andrew Heywood.

Day 35
Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist and Realist
Day 36 Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.
Day 37
Key concepts in International Relations:
Key concepts in International Relations: National interest and Security and power
Day 38 Balance of power and deterrence
Day 39 Key concepts in International Relations: Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.
Day 40 State in comparative perspective State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.
Day 41
Changing International Political Order:
a. Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
Day 42 b. Non-aligned movement : Aims and achievements; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world
Day 42 c. Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony.
Day 43 Evolution of the International Economic System: Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy.
Day 44 Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.
Day 45 United Nations: United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.
Day 46
Regionalisation of World Politics:
Day 47 ASEAN and SAARC
Day 49 Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.


Schedule of Paper-II : Section (B) – India and the World

Day 50 Indian Foreign Policy: Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.

1. Shubhra Ranjan Mam Notes

2. Does the Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy- David M. Malone

3. India’s foreign policy in a changing world (1999) – V.P. Dutt

4. The Hindu and Indian Express along with Selective issues of World Focus Magazine

Day 51 India and Non-Alignment Movement India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role
Day 52
India and South Asia:
Regional Co-operation: SAARC’ past performance and future prospects.

South Asia as a Free Trade Area

Day 53 Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
Day 54 India’s “Look East” policy
Day 55 India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
Day 56
India and the Global Centres of Power:
India and USA
Day 57 India and EU
Day 58 India and Japan, India and Russia.
Day 59 India and China
Day 60 India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
Day 61 India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.
Day 62
Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy:
India’s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan and Iraq
Day 63 India and West Asia
Day 64 India’s growing relations with US and Israel;
Day 65 India’s vision of a new world order.