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PSIR - Strategy, resources & discussion

Hi peeps. Let’s do this!

1. Previous papers from 2009 (both papers are in the same PDF):here

2. Topic-wise PYQs: here 

3. Look for PDFs of books here: b-ok.cchttp://libgen.rs/archive.org

4. Model answers from SR:here 

5. OnlyIAS notes, if you need extra matter for a few topics:here 

6. SR notes, typed:politicsforindia.com

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Hey people, could you share toppers’ mocks that you find useful? I found mocks of Megha Arora and Trupti Dhodmise but can’t seem to find anymore.
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Hey people, could you share toppers’ mocks that you find useful? I found mocks of Megha Arora and Trupti Dhodmise but can’t seem to find anymore.

https://iasscore.in/toppers-copy/304

In this above link, select exam year on top right of page.

Scroll down after GS copies you will get political science copies.

You can find copies of Dinesh Kumar RANK 6 in 2016 and AMRITPAL KAUR (RANK: 44) in 2018 which are useful.

There are copies of other toppers too from which you may select.@whatonly 


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@whatonly  https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1oE5I_iB6KQAXVXalsGcIou9UWpZlA2ou
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Thank you both! :) 

@Caesar could you tell me whose those are?

Hitman2021,
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Thank you both! :) 

@Caesar could you tell me whose those are?

I think they are of Pooja Ranawat ma'am.

She got 319 marks in psir in 2017 exam.

You can find her strategy here :

https://poojaranawat.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/political-science_ideal-vs-real-approach/

In this link only you will get her copies google drive link.

( I think her strategy is very helpful for us)

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Thank you both! :) 

@Caesar could you tell me whose those are?

I think they are of Pooja Ranawat ma'am.

She got 319 marks in psir in 2017 exam.

You can find her strategy here :

https://poojaranawat.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/political-science_ideal-vs-real-approach/

In this link only you will get her copies google drive link.

( I think her strategy is very helpful for us)

Thank you so much! Her strategy is brilliant.

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If anyone has read the book "The India Way" by S Jaishankar, provide the review and suggest whether one has to read the book for Paper 2 section B preparation
whatonly,
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If anyone has read the book "The India Way" by S Jaishankar, provide the review and suggest whether one has to read the book for Paper 2 section B preparation

+1. Amazon reviews are very confusing.

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Same I wanted to ask. They say it's mostly a compilation of his speeches.  Maybe good for 'India's vision of new world order'. But then, would require too much time & energy for one topic
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@Olive Ridley @whatonly checked index. Face value pe toh could not find much u to utility. Although it does have a chapter on post covid scenario


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@Caesar It is indeed just that (compilation of his lectures) but is not limited to that topic alone. Deals with USA, Japan and power dynamics in Asia with ASEAN and all, China and Indian Defence, India’s role in Pacific and Maritime Outlook, Eurocentrism in IR, Shortcomings of Indian Foreign Policy etc. Epilogue touches upon repercussion of Pandemic.

Is it essential? Probably not since lack of content is hardly the problem we face in PSIR. But definitely some good points to quote which may provide an edge (who knows). Also not a lengthy read. Hardly 180 pages of actual content - can be read over the weekend. And, PDF is already there on the Internet.  
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@Villanelle  Thanks :). And you're right, content is not the prob, so much is floating over internet.  Will skim through for quotes and any imp points. I'm still hung up on Malone for bilaterals which is a decade old.



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@Olive Ridley before reading the book, you can go through several reviews covered by scholars/former diplomats in the newspapers. They would cover the broad gist of the contents. I took relevant lines from those. Before the release, I think some newspapers even published excerpts. Since it's a short book, one can read it 30 min a day and hope to finish in a week or so. There are nice quotes at the beginning of the chapters. I've myself had just one reading session as of now, so can't comment how useful it would be overall. I'm particularly interested in the Mahabharat topic, probably not from exam perspective. Amitabh Matoo wrote a brilliant editorial in the Hindu couple of weeks ago, building further on that. 


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Anyone already joined SR test series ? Is it good? 
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also which TS is better ? SR or Piyush ?
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Have heard a lot about one pagers for every topic of optional syllabus to revise in the end.

Can you guys help with one or two pics of those notes so that we understand how to prepare those notes after basic reading.

Esp. friends who have given mains with PSIR already.

Will b really helpful.


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If anyone has read the book "The India Way" by S Jaishankar, provide the review and suggest whether one has to read the book for Paper 2 section B preparation

I am reading it and it's worth read.

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@Villanelle Thanks for the answer. I think it all depends on how much time one has and prioritising things accordingly.


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Friends, 

apart from SR ma'am's notes, which book to rely on for the part of Western Political Thoughts from Socrates to Hanna Arrendt ? 

Regards & thanks :) 

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