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Political Science is a branch of social science which teaches a student about the state, global politics and government. Not only in India, but this course is one of the most opted courses around the globe as well. Political Science deals with the working of the state, government, various agencies, and how one can use the theoretical knowledge about one’s country in the real or practical world for the betterment of the same.

Greek Philosopher Aristotle defined political science as “It is the course that deals with the study of the state.” The way politics is changing around the globe, people need someone who can tell them what is going on around them? We need people who can question every stage of politics and where it’s leading our country. Political scientists have become so important today that they can be seen participating in every political debate on every news channel.

Unlike, other courses like medical or engineering, a student from any academic background can learn the depths and insights of this subject.

Eligibility Criteria for Political Science

There are several universities, colleges and institutes in India that offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in political science. However, before applying for admission in the top universities in the nation, candidates need to meet the basic eligibility criteria which is generally set by the university offering the programme. The basic requirement to enroll in this course that a student should have done their class XII from a recognised board and should have secured a minimum of 60%. 

Some top colleges for political science in India who offer this course are:

There are some colleges that offer distance learning in Political Science for students or working professionals who want to continue their studies.

Remember, the eligibility criteria vary from college to college. For instance, if a student wishes to take admission in a college which is under the DU - Delhi University,  the criteria would be based on the cut-offs. 

Political Science Course Duration and Fees

Undergraduate or B.A (Hons.) in Political Science is a three-year programme. After completing graduation you can go for further studies like Masters or post-graduation in political science course and after that M.Phil and Ph.D.

Fees- The average fees for this course is between INR 5,000- INR 80,000 (depends on the college you are applying to).

Courses Offered

In Political Science, subjects cover the general news you hear on the news, be it national and international. Subjects in BA in Political Science includes cover topics such as Indian Politics, Major Governments of the World, Public Administration, Nationalism in India, International Relations, International Politics and the list is endless. As one takes up higher studies, one gets to understand a wider perspective on the theoretical part and also be a part of various activities as well such as campaigns and MUNs.

Career Options and Jobs for Political Science Graduates

After graduating one can look for jobs in both government (public) and private sector. In the public sector one can look for jobs in the fields of:

Career Options for Political Science Graduates

Civil Services (Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Services)

Bank Manager/Clerk

Journalism

Political Scientist

Secretary to various government departments and agencies

Election and Campaign Manager

Political content developer

Teacher

NGO

Policy Analyst

Legislative Assistant

Public Relations Specialist

Social Media Manager

Marketing Research Analyst

Political Consultant

Attorney

Intelligence Analyst

Public Opinion Analyst

Communications Director

Corporate Manager

Survey Analyst

Foreign Service Officer

Human Rights Activists

Legal Adviser to Political Parties

You can always go for a Masters in Political Science after that you are eligible to sit for the NET exam which opens other opportunities like Assistant Professor in colleges.

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Political Science Salary Packages 

Salary depends upon the career you choose after finishing your graduation or post-graduation.

Career

Average Starting Salary (in INR LPA)

Median Salary (in INR LPA)

Maximum Salary (in INR LPA)

Journalism

1.5

3

15 

Teacher

1.2

2.5

8

IAS and IFS

6.2

15 

22

Bank Manager

3

6.6

8.4

Important FAQs related to Political Science

Q: Why study political science?

A: Studying Political science enables one to deepen his/her understanding of policies and laws of the land. Apart from the fact that a political science degree holder has a lot of opportunities in terms of employment, they can also pursue a bright career if they opt for higher studies.

Q: What are the major topics in political science?

A: Political science has many branches and sub-branches; majorly it includes topics like state politics, political economy, comparative politics, political philosophy and international relations.

Q: Is being a political science graduate enough to land a job in the concerned field?

A: There are job opportunities for Political science graduate in different government offices and in private sector organizations as well. However, it is advised to go for higher studies as it brightens the chances of getting jobs.

Q: Which are the top colleges that offer a bachelor degree in political science in India?

Q: What are the fields where political science degree holders can apply for jobs?

A: Demand for political science experts are high in multiple fields. They can go on to pursue careers in journalism, education, law, communications, government, business, politics, etc.

Q. Is pursuing a career in political science a good option?

A. Politics is one such topic which can supersede any other subject at the moment. The need for professional analysts, social media managers, campaigners and the need for creativity in this field is required the most. A career in political science is not only highly rewarding, but the salaries offered is the bonus people go in for.

Q. What is the scope of Political Science in India?

A. India has the world’s largest democracy according to the UN. There are countless numbers of political parties, be it national or state wise. Other than political parties, government services and various agencies require many hands on deck. There are various job opportunities for people who have pursued a course in political science or even have a master’s degree as well. The career opportunities are endless in the field of political science.

Q. Is studying political science hard?

A. If you have a genuine interest in politics and its works, political science will be highly interesting to study. The study of political science is not that hard as the basics are taught in school. In bachelor courses, candidates learn a wider version of what is taught in school.

Q. What can I do after BA in Political Science?

A. After pursuing your Bachelor’s in Political Science, you can either continue your studies and go in for your Master’s and specialize in a course, or you can apply for jobs around. However, in the field of political science, having a master’s degree is more rewarding than being with just a Bachelor’s degree.

Q. Which are the popular books to read to prepare for political science?

A. You can go through the following books which are highly rated in the nation:

Book

Author

Nationalism

Rabindranath Tagore

The 48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx

The Republic

Plato

Political Theory

Andrew Heywood

Modern Indian Political Thought

Bidyut Chakrabarty and Rajendra Kumar Pandey

Comparative Government and Politics

Martin Harrop and Rod Hague

Public Administration: A Reader

Bidyut Chakrabarty

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5 days ago

The fee structure at Government College, Nattakom for MA in Political Science is Rs 1,935 (1st Year Fees). The fee of the college is very low which can be affordable for every student.
Hope it helps.
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Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized) and/or are OCI/PIO card holders will be treated as foreign nationals. Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying ABROAD at 10+2 level or equivalent at the time of registration for JEE (Advanced) 2022, are not req...Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized) and/or are OCI/PIO card holders will be treated as foreign nationals. Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying ABROAD at 10+2 level or equivalent at the time of registration for JEE (Advanced) 2022, are not required to write JEE (Main) 2022 and may register for JEE (Advanced) 2022 directly subject to fulfilment of other eligibility criteria mentioned below. Foreign national candidates who have studied or are studying in INDIA at 10+2 level or equivalent are required to write JEE (Main) 2022 and qualify for JEE (Advanced) 2022 under the OPEN category. All eligibility criteria (1 to 5) also apply to such candidates [see Clause 11. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR INDIAN NATIONALS FOR APPEARING FOR JEE (ADVANCED) 2022 of the Information Brochure 2022]. All foreign national candidates will be considered in addition to, and not as a part of the 2,50,000 Indian national candidates who qualify for appearing in JEE (Advanced) 2022. All the seats allotted to the foreign national candidates will be supernumerary with a cap of 10% of a total number of seats in every course. These candidates are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST, and PwD categories/sub-categories as specified in the Information Brochure of JEE (Advanced) 2022. There are no separate supernumerary seats or sub-categories for females in the foreign national supernumerary seats.

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IGNOU admission 2022 for the July session will begin on June 11. Candidates seeking admission will be able to apply online on the official website. The admission criteria for the UG and PG courses will be based on marks in the qualifying exam (Merit-based). Hope this helps. Good luck.

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You are eligible to apply for admission to B.A. Political Science provided you must score thr minimum percentage of marks specified by the institute. The eligibility criteria is set by the institute, the prospective students must fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to apply for admission.

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According to the latest guidelines issued by the university, from the academic year 2022-23, there will be no cutoffs to get admission in DU.UG courses admission will be based on the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores. CUET 2022 registrations have started on April 6 and will continue t...According to the latest guidelines issued by the university, from the academic year 2022-23, there will be no cutoffs to get admission in DU.
UG courses admission will be based on the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores. CUET 2022 registrations have started on April 6 and will continue till May 6, 2022.

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Hi Glad to meet you!Top Political Science Degree Colleges in Tamil Nadu 20221. Presidency College, Chennai. 2. Government Arts College, Coimbatore. 3. Rajeswari Vedachalam Government Arts College, Chengalpattu. 4. MCC Chennai - Madras Christian College5. Government Arts College, Tiruchirappalli. ...Hi
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Top Political Science Degree Colleges in Tamil Nadu 2022
1. Presidency College, Chennai.
2. Government Arts College, Coimbatore.
3. Rajeswari Vedachalam Government Arts College, Chengalpattu.
4. MCC Chennai - Madras Christian College
5. Government Arts College, Tiruchirappalli.
6. Government Arts College, Salem.

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Top B.A. Political Science Honours Colleges in India
1. Hindu College, Delhi University.
2. Miranda House, Delhi University.
3. Lady Shriram College, [LSR] New Delhi.
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5. Ramjas College, Delhi University.
6. Indraprastha College for Women, New Delhi.
7. ATMA Ram Sanatan Dharma College, New Delhi. Thank you.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science at DU SOL.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for M.A. in Politics (International Studies) at JNU Delhi.

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At Delhi university for post-graduation, the student has to give the entrance test so you can opt for your domain subjects and that is positive to do M.A. of your chosen subject.

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I want to know about the fee structure at Government Arts College, Bangalore for B.A. (History, Economics, Political Science).

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BA Colleges Fees in Bangalore are-The fee structure of arts for private colleges ranges from INR 4 Lakhs per Annum to INR 5 Lakhs Per Annum for the entire course duration, whereas for government colleges, it goes around from INR 14000 to INR 45,000 per year.refer link; https://www.shiksha.com/col...BA Colleges Fees in Bangalore are-
The fee structure of arts for private colleges ranges from INR 4 Lakhs per Annum to INR 5 Lakhs Per Annum for the entire course duration, whereas for government colleges, it goes around from INR 14000 to INR 45,000 per year.
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