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HOW TO MAKE POLITICAL SCIENCE A HIGH SCORING SUBJECT (CSS/PMS)

  • KIPS Bureau
  • Sep, 2018
  • 457
  • CSS

Division and Tackling of the papers of Political Science 

Paper i

BASIC CONCEPTS

PHILOSOPHERS

Forms of Government

HANDLING CORE TOPICS

Basic terminologies

How to Handle:

Understand the basic concepts and use them in various contexts.

Memorize definitions from well known philosophers.

Make short notes of most repeated concepts.

Western and Muslim Philosophers

How to Handle:

Understand the philosophies of various philosophers and differentiate the philosophies as per the era of the philosophers

Focus on philosophers from past papers

Forms of Government

How to Handle:

Learn various forms of government; differences, merits and demerits.

Attempt questions from past paper.

CORE TOPICS

Paper ii

CONSTITUTIONS
COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Constitution of PAKISTAN

How to Handle:

Have a brief overview of 1956 and 1962 constitutions and detailed overview of 1973 constitution.

History of PAKISTAN

How to Handle:

Overlaps with compulsory Pakistan affairs paper.

Prepare most repeated questions

Political System of PAKISTAN

How to Handle:

Understand comprehensively the legislative, judicial and executive system of Pakistan.

Make notes in bullets and prepare for analytical questions.

Attempt questions from past papers.

Political System of USA, UK, INDIA, CHINA

How to Handle:

Prepare comprehensive notes on the constitutions of the countries.

Attempt questions from various aspects

Compare various constitutions

International Organizations; UNO, SAARC, EU, ECO

How to Handle:

Basic functioning of the organizations, cover the achievements and failures.

Overlapping the compulsory subjects of Pakistan Affairs and Current Affairs.

Suggested Material

Recommended Books by FPSC (or PPSC for PMS)

Handouts and Notes provided by resource person at KIPS CSS

For follow up and updated information; KIPS Monthly Magazine (Global Age), Newspaper, Latest Economic Survey of PAKISTAN

QUESTIONS FROM PAST PAPERS

Question Type: Descriptive

Q: Discuss the upward and downward development of state, rulers and ruled in the socio-political thought of Ibn Khaldun.

(Paper i-2017)

Question Type: Contemporary Issue

Q: What is the Islamic concept of state? Identify issues and challenges to the Islamic concept of state in the modern times.

(Paper i- 2017)

Question Type: Analysis

Q: To what extent is it true that the President of the United States is more powerful than the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK)? Justify your answer with comparative analysis.

(Paper ii-2017)

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