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CBSE Class 12 Political Science Syllabus 2017 - 2018

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    CBSE Class 12 Political Science Syllabus 2017-18 is available here for download in PDF format. Besides course structure, it also contains important details like Class 12 Political Science question paper design, prescribed textbook etc. You can download this syllabus in PDF format with the help of download link given at the end of this article.

    Important portions of the CBSE Class 12 Political Science Syllabus 2017-18 are given below

    Details of Units and their weightage in CBSE 12th Political Science board exam 2017 – 18

    Unit No.

    Name of Units (Periods)


    Part A: Contemporary World Politics



    Cold War Era (14)



    The End of bipolarity (13)


    US Hegemony in World Politics (13)



    Alternative centres of Power (11)


    Contemporary South Asia (13)


    International Organizations (13)



    Security in Contemporary World (11)


    Environment and Natural Resources (11)



    Globalisation (11)


    Total (110)


    Part B: Politics in India since Independence



    Challenges of Nation-Building (13)



    Era of One-party Dominance (12)


    Politics of Planned Development (11)


    India's External relations (13)



    Challenges to the Congress System (13)



    Crisis of the Democratic Order (13)


    Rise of Popular Movements (11)



    Regional aspirations (11)


    Recent Developments in Indian Politics (13)


    Total (110 Periods)


    Course Contents

    Part A: Contemporary World Politics

    1. Cold War Era

    Emergence of two power blocs after the second world war. Arenas of the cold war.

    Challenges to Bipolarity: Non Aligned Movement, quest for new international economic order.

    India and the cold war.

    2. The End of Bipolarity

    New entities in world politics: Russia, Balkan states and Central Asian states, Introduction of democratic politics and capitalism in post-communist regimes. India's relations with Russia and other post-communist countries.

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    3. US Hegemony in World Politics

    Growth of unilateralism: Afghanistan, first Gulf War, response to 9/11 and attack on Iraq. Dominance and challenge to the US in economy and ideology. India's renegotiation of its relationship with the USA.

    4. Alternative Centres of Power

    Rise of China as an economic power in post-Maoera, creation and expansion of European Union, ASEAN. India's changing relations with China.

    5. Contemporary South Asia in the Post-Cold War Era

    Democratisation in Pakistan and Nepal. Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, Impact of economic globalization on the region. Conflicts and efforts for peace in South Asia. India's relations with its neighbours.

    6. International Organizations

    Restructuring and the future of the UN. India's position in the restructured UN. Rise of new international actors: new international economic organisations, NGOs. How democratic and accountable are the new institutions of global governance?

    7. Security in Contemporary World

    Traditional concerns of security and politics of disarmament. Non-traditional or human security: global poverty, health and education. Issues of human rights and migration.

    8. Environment and Natural Resources

    Environment movement and evolution of global environmental norms. Conflicts over traditional and common property resources. Rights of indigenous people. India's stand in global environmental debates.

    9. Globalisation

    Economic, cultural and political manifestations. Debates on the nature of consequences of globalisation. Anti-globalisation movements. India as an arena of globalization and struggle against it.

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    Part B: Politics in India since Independence

    10. Challenges of Nation- Building

    Nehru's approach to nation-building; Legacy of partition: challenge of 'refugee' resettlement, the Kashmir problem. Organisation and reorganization of states; Political conflicts over language.

    11. Era of One-Party Dominance

    First three general elections, nature of Congress dominance at the national level, uneven dominance at the state level, coalitional nature of Congress. Major opposition parties.

    12. Politics of Planned Development

    Five year plans, expansion of state sector and the rise of new economic interest. Famine and suspension of five year plans. Green revolution and its political fallouts.

    13. India's External Relations

    Nehru's foreign policy. Sino-Indian war of 1962, Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971. India's nuclear programme. Shifting alliance in world politics.

    14. Challenges to the Congress System

    Political succession after Nehru. Non-Congressism and electoral upset of 1967, Congress split and reconstitution, Congress' victory in 1971 elections, politics of 'garibi hatao'.

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    15. Crisis of the Democratic Order

    Search for 'committed' bureaucracy and judiciary. Navnirman movement in Gujarat and the Bihar movement. Emergency: context, constitutional and extra-constitutional dimensions, resistance to emergency. 1977 elections and the formation of Janata Party. Rise of civil liberties organisations.

    16. Popular Movements in India

    Farmers' movements, Women's movement, Environment and Development-affected people's movements. Implementation of Mandal Commission report and its aftermath.

    17. Regional Aspirations

    Rise of regional parties. Punjab crisis and the anti Sikh riots of 1984. The Kashmir situation. Challenges and responses in the North East.

    18. Recent Developments in Indian politics

    Participatory upsurge in1990s. Rise of the JD and the BJP. Increasing role of regional parties and coalition politics. Coalition governments:

    NDA (1998 - 2004)

    UPA (2004 - 2014)

    NDA (2014 onwards)

    Prescribed Books:

    (1) Contemporary World Politics, Class XII, Published by NCERT

    (2) Politics in India since Independence, Class XII, Published by NCERT

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

    Other important details such as CBSE class 12 Political Science question paper design, weightage or the distribution of marks over the different dimensions paper are available in PDF of the syllabus.

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