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CBSE class 11 Political Science New Syllabus 2018-19

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CBSE class 11 Political Science New Syllabus 2018-19 in PDF format for free download. Political Science New syllabus for 2018 2019 class 11 CBSE is now available in myCBSEguide app. The curriculum for March 2019 exams is designed by CBSE, New Delhi as per NCERT text books for the session 2018-19.

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CBSE class 11 Political Science New Syllabus 2018-19


At the senior secondary level students who opt Political Science are given an opportunity to get introduced to the diverse concerns of a Political Scientist. At this level there is a need to enable students to engage with political processes that surround them and provide them with an understanding of the historical context that has shaped the present. The different courses introduce the students to the various streams of the discipline of Political Science: Political Theory, Indian Politics and International Politics. Concerns of the other two streams – Comparative Politics and Public Administration- are accommodated at different places in these courses. In introducing these streams, special care has been taken not to burden the students with the current jargon of the discipline. The basic idea here is to lay the foundations for a serious engagement with the discipline at the under graduation stage.


Indian Constitution at Work

  • Enable students to understand the historical processes and the circumstances in which the Constitution was drafted.
  • Provide opportunity for students to become familiar with the diverse visions that guided the makers of the Indian Constitution.
  • Enable students to identify certain key features of the Constitution and compare these to other constitutions in the world.
  • Analyse the ways in which the provisions of the Constitution have worked in real political life.

Political Theory

  • Develop the skills for logical reasoning and abstraction.
  • Inculcate attention to and respect for viewpoints other than one’s own.
  • Introduce students to the different political thinkers in relation to a concept and in everyday social life.
  • Enable students to meaningfully participate in and develop internal concerns of the political life that surrounds them.
  • Encourage the students to analyse any unexamined prejudices that one may have inherited.

Contemporary World Politics

  • Enable the students to expand their horizons beyond India and make sense of the political map of contemporary world.
  • Familiarise the students with some of the key political events and processes in the post cold war era.
  • Equip students to be conscious of the way in which global events and processes shape our everyday lives.
  • Strengthen their capacity for political analysis by thinking of contemporary developments in a historical perspective.

Politics in India after Independence

  • Enable students to become familiar with some of the key political events and figures in the postindependence period.
  • Develop skills of political analysis through an understanding of events and processes of recent history.
  • Develop their capacity to link macro processes with micro situations and their own life.
  • Encourage the students to take a historical perspective of making sense of contemporary India.

CBSE class 11 Political Science New Syllabus 2018-19
Class XI, 2018-19

One Paper Max Marks : 100
Time: 3 hrs.

UnitsPeriods: 220Marks: 100
Part A: Indian Constitutions at work
1Constitution Why and How and Philosophy of the Constitution1712
2Rights in the Indian Constitution16
3Election and Representation1110
4The Executive11
5The Legislature1110
6The Judiciary11
8Local Governments11
9Constitution as a living document118
Part B: Political Theory
10Political Theory: An Introduction1010
13Social Justice12


Part A: Indian Constitution at Work

  1. Constitution Why and How and Philosophy of the Constitution 17 Periods
    Consitution: Why and How, The making of the Constitution, the Constituent Assembly, Procedural achievements and Philosophy of the Constitution.
  2. Rights in the Indian Constitution 16 Periods
    The importance of Rights, Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution, Directive Principles of State Policy, Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles
  3. Election and Representation 11 Periods
    Elections and Democracy, Election System in India, Reservation of Constituencies, Free and Fair Elections, Electoral Reforms
  4. Legislature 11 Periods
    Why do we need a Parliament? Two Houses of Parliament. Functions and Power of the Parliament, Legislative functions, control over Executive. Parliamentary committees. Self-regulation.
  5. Executive 11 Periods
    What is an Executive? Different Types of Executive. Parliamentary Executive in India, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. Permanent Executive: Bureaucracy.
  6. Judiciary 11 Periods
    Why do we need an Independent Judiciary? Structure of the Judiciary, Judicial Activism, Judiciary and Rights, Judiciary and Parliament.
  7. Federalism 11 Periods
    What is Federalism? Federalism in the Indian Constitution, Federalism with a strong Central Government, conflicts in India’s federal system, Special Provisions.
  8. Local Governments 11 Periods
    Why do we need Local Governments? Growth of Local Government in India, 73rd and 74th Amendments, implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments.
  9. Constitution as a Living Document 11 Periods
    Are Constitutions static? The procedure to amend the Constitution. Why have there been so many amendments? Basic Structure and Evolution of the Constitution. Constitution as a Living Document.

Part B: Political Theory

  1. Political Theory: An Introduction 10 Periods
    What is Politics? What do we study in Political Theory? Putting Political Theory to practice. Why should we study Politial Theory?
  2. Freedom 11 Periods
    The Ideal of Freedom. What is Freedom? Why do we need constraints? Harm principle. Negative and Positive Liberty.
  3. Equality 11 Periods
    Significance of Equality. What is Equality? Various dimensions of Equality. How can we promote Equality?
  4. Social Justice 12 Periods
    What is Justice? Just Distribution. Justice as fairness. Pursuing Social Justice.
  5. Rights 11 Periods
    What are Rights? Where do Rights come from? Legal Rights and the State. Kinds of Rights. Rights and Responsibilities.
  6. Citizenship 11 Periods
    What is citizenship? Citizen and Nation, Universal Citizenship, Global Citizenship
  7. Nationalism 11 Periods
    Nations and Nationalism, National Self-determination, Nationalism and Pluralism
  8. Secularism 11 Periods
    What is Secularism? What is Secular State? The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism. Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.
  9. Peace 11 Periods
    What is Peace? Can violence ever promote peace? Peace and the State. Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace. Contemporary challenges to peace.
  10. Development 11 Periods
    What is development? Dominant, development Model and alternative conceptions of development.

Prescribed Books:

  1. Indian Constitution at work, Class XI, Published by NCERT
  2. Political Theory, Class XI, Published by NCERT

Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi and Urdu versions.

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