MA in International Relations

Department of International Relations

A wide range of themes germane to the study of International Relations come within the purview of the Department of International Relations. Broadly, these encompass both mainstream theories and critical approaches to the study of International Relations (IR), disciplinary histories of IR, global political economy concerns and international normative political theory. Specifically, teaching and research is carried out by engaging in academic debates relating to security and strategic studies, peace and conflict resolution approaches, the study of regional and international organizations, and identity politics. While we are not an Area Studies Department, we share a special and abiding curiosity with regard to all facets that have a bearing on the overall texture of politics in South Asia and we encourage our M.A. candidates to think through a South Asian perspective in their research. Popular culture in South Asia as relates to cinema, music, cuisine, dress, and languages also falls within the Department’s ambit of interest.

MA in International Relations

MA International Relations is a two year (four semester) academic programme.

For the Master’s degree which is a two year (four semester) academic programme students are required to complete eleven compulsory courses: International Relations Theory, History of International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Security Studies, the Global Economy, Introduction to Conflict Transformation and Peace-building, International Relations of South Asia, Research Methods and International Organisations. In addition to these courses, students are also required to attend a two credit course on Academic Reading and Writing spread over the first and second semesters (one credit per semester) of the Master’s programme to equip them to conduct research effectively. Students are also expected to write a dissertation during their Master’s. Course descriptions may be accessed from the following website:

Minimum Eligibility

12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the government of any of the SAARC countries, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate or an equivalent grade. Candidates who have a 4 year Bachelor’s degree or 2 year Bachelor’s degree and have cleared the first year of the Master’s programme are also eligible.

Format of the Entrance Test Paper

Eligible candidates have to appear for an Entrance Test which will be of 3 hours duration. The question paper will have three parts:

Part A tests the applicant’s general awareness about South Asia and will consist of 20 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each. All questions are compulsory in this section.

Part B will test the applicant’s understanding of the Social Sciences in general and Political Science/International Relations in particular of the undergraduate level. It will have 20 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each. All questions are compulsory in this section.

Part C will test the applicants on their ability to (i) comprehend the subject knowledge (Political Science/International Relations) analytically and critically; (ii) structure a short essay logically; (iii) and write grammatically correct English. It will require the applicant to write 3 short essays of 20 marks each (selected from 6 questions).

Negative Marks for Wrong Answers

If the answer given to any of the Multiple Choice Questions is wrong, ¼ of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

MA International Relations Entrance Test Paper for the year 2016


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