Class 11 Political Science

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Class 11 Political Science

Political Science is an essential part of everyone’s life, irrespective of the continent, country, or state of an individual. Whether one makes a Career in Political Science or not, it impacts all of us to a great extent in our day to day life. However, its importance increases for those who signup for Humanities and has Political Science courses as one of the major subjects in the curriculum. CBSE Class 11 political science book is designed in a comprehensive way that provides understanding to the students on the working of the Indian Constitution. The textbook focuses on how government institutions were shaped in the past and how are they currently functioning. The blog will provide you with a deep understanding of the Political Science syllabus.

Class 11 Political Science Syllabus CBSE 2021- 2022

Tabulated below is the class 11 Political Science syllabus by CBSE-

Units and Chapters  Marks
Part A: Indian Constitution at Work 40 Marks
Chapter 1: Constitution: Why and How, Philosophy of the Constitution, Constitution as a living document
Chapter 2: Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution 
16
Chapter 3: Election and Representation
Chapter 4: The Executive
8
Chapter 5: The Legislature
Chapter 6: The Judiciary
8
Chapter 7: Federalism
Chapter 8: Local Governments
8
Part B: Political Theory  40 Marks 
Chapter 1: Political Theory: An Introduction
Chapter 2: Freedom
8
Chapter 3: Equality
Chapter 4: Social Justice
8
Chapter 5: Rights
Chapter 6: Citizenship
8
Chapter 7: Nationalism
Chapter 8:Secularism
8
Chapter 9: Peace
Chapter 10: Development
8

Political Science Chapters

The curriculum designed for Class 11 Political Science throws light on concepts related to the working of our government and constitution. The course curriculum is divided into 2 parts, students get to learn about the Constitution as well as Political Theory. Given below is the list of chapters in Class 11 Political Science Syllabus:

Part A: Indian Constitution at work
Units Chapters
1 Constitution: Why and How, Philosophy of the Constitution, Constitution as a living document
2 Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution
3 Election and Representation
4 The Executive
5 The Legislature
6 The Judiciary
7 Federalism
8 Local Governments
Part B: Political Theory
Units Chapters
9 Political Theory: An Introduction
10 Freedom
11 Equality
12 Justice with special reference to Social Justice
13 Right
14 Citizenship
15 Nationalism
16 Secularism
17 Peace
18 Development

Note: The total weightage of Class 11 Political Science is of 100 Marks (Theory 80 + Project Work 20)

Important Chapters in Class 11 Political Science: PART A 

While all the units of the class 11 Political Science are equally important, some chapters are more important in terms of weightage and concepts. Given below is a brief summary of such Political Science chapters: 

Constitution Why and How and Philosophy of the Constitution
In this chapter, you will study the Constitution and how it was made, the Constituent Assembly, Constitution as a Living Document, Procedural achievements and Philosophy of the Constitution, and Basic Structure and Evolution of the Constitution.

Rights and Duties in the Indian Constitution
Under this unit of class 11 Political Science, you will learn about the importance of Fundamental Rights in the Indian Constitution, Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles and Directive Principles of State Policy.

Election and Representation
This chapter of Political Science explains about Elections and Democracy, Election System in India, Free and Fair Elections, Reservation of Constituencies and Electoral Reforms.

Legislature
In the chapter ‘Legislature’, you will study the need, Functions, Power and the 2 houses of Parliament. Furthermore, you will also read about the process of control over Executive, Legislative functions, Self-regulation, and Parliamentary committees.

Executive 
Under this unit of class 11 Political Science, you will learn about the Different Types of Executive, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Permanent Executive: Bureaucracy and Parliamentary Executive in India.

Judiciary
This unit is related to Why do we need an Independent Judiciary?, Judiciary and Parliament, the structure of the Judiciary, Judiciary and Rights and Judicial Activism.

Federalism
Under this unit of Class 11 Political Science, students study about What is Federalism?,  Federalism in the Indian Constitution, conflicts in India’s federal system, Federalism with a strong Central Government and Special Provisions.

Local Governments
This chapter of Class 11 Political Science, explains about Why do we need Local Governments?, Growth of Local Government in India, 73rd and 74th Amendments and implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendments.

Class 11 Political Science: PART B

The part B of class 11th Political Science elucidates the important concepts pertaining to Political Theory. Political Theory is the study of various facets of government including, but not limited to, rights, equality, freedom, social justice, citizenship, etc while keeping peace and development in mind.

Political Theory: An Introduction
This section of Class 11 Political Science explains about What is Politics?, What do we study in Political Theory?, Why should we study Political Theory?, and Putting Political Theory to practice.

Freedom
Freedom chapter explains about The Ideal of Freedom, What is Freedom?, Harm principle, Why do we need constraints?, and Negative and Positive Liberty.

Equality
Equality unit explains What is Equality?, Various dimensions of Equality, Significance of Equality and How can we promote Equality? in-depth.

Justice with special reference to Social Justice
Under this unit of Class 11 Political Science explains topics such as What is Justice?, Pursuing Social Justice, Just Distribution, and Justice as fairness.

Rights 
This chapter explains to a student about What are Rights?, Legal Rights and the State, Where do Rights come from?, Rights and Responsibilities and Kinds of Rights in depth.

Citizenship
This segment of Class 11 Political Science explains What is citizenship?, Universal Citizenship, Citizen and Nation and Global Citizenship to students.

Nationalism
Nationalism chapter provides detail to students on Nations and Nationalism, Nationalism and Pluralism and National Self-determination in depth.

Secularism
In the chapter ‘Secularism’, students study in brief on What is Secularism?, The Western and the Indian approaches to Secularism, What is Secular State?, and Criticisms and Rationale of Indian Secularism.

Peace
This segment of Class 11 Political Science, students learn about What is Peace?,  Peace and the State, Can violence ever promote peace?, Contemporary challenges to peace and Different Approaches to the pursuit of peace.

Development
This section of Class 11 Political Science describes What is development?, Dominant, development Model and alternative conceptions of development.

Deleted Syllabus of Class 11 Political Science

Within the syllabus of Political Science class 11, you may exempt the following topics-

Books  Chapters
Book I: Indian Constitution at Work -Federalism (Completely Deleted)
-Local Governments (These topics are deleted from this unit: Why do we need Local Governments? Growth of Local Government in India.
Book II: Political Theory -Citizenship (Completely Deleted)
-Nationalism (Completely Deleted)
-Secularism (Completely Deleted)

Political Science NCERT Book PDF

For all the students who are starting to pursue or are preparing for class 11th political science exams, it is important to first complete the chapter from the NCERT books and then move on to help books. Thus, to help you with the same, we have attached below the PDFs for book 1 and 2-

Class 11 Political Science 2021 West Bengal Board Syllabus

For the students pursuing class 11 under the West Bengal board, here is the syllabus of Political Science for them-

SNo.  Topic MCQ (1 mark) SA (1 mark) DA (8 marks) Total
1 Political Science: The subject and its evolution 8×1 = 8 08
2 State 1 x 2= 2 8×1 = 8 10
3 Nationality, Nation and State 1 x 4= 4 1 x 4= 4 08
4 Fundamental concepts of Modem Politics 1 x 4= 4 1 x 4= 4 08
5 Citizenship 1 x 2= 2 1 x 2= 2 04
6 Constitution 8×1 = 8 08
7 Forms of Government 1 x 2= 2 8×1 = 8 10
8 Fundamental Rights and Duties 1 x 2= 2 8×1 = 8 10
9 Political Party and Pressure Grouos 1 x 6= 6 1 x 2= 2 08
10 Universal Adult Franchise 1 x 4= 4 1 x 2= 2 06
Total 80

Class 11 Political Science Syllabus 2020-21 HBSE

Here is the PDF from which you can download the class 11 Political Science syllabus

FAQs

How many chapters are there in political science class 11?

Total chapters in class 11 Political Science syllabus are-

Part A: Indian Constitution at Work 
Philosophy of the Constitution
Rights of the Indian Constitution
Election and Representation
Executive
Legislature
Judiciary
Federalism
Local Governments
Constitution as a Living Document
Part B: Political Theory
Political Theory: An Introduction
Freedom
Equality
Social Justice
Rights
Citizenship
Nationalism
Secularism
Peace
Development

Is syllabus of Class 11 changed?

Every year the syllabus keeps on changing. For the academic session 2020-2021, the syllabus got reduced by 30% in order to support students in the difficult times.

Is there any change in syllabus of class 11 CBSE 2020 21?

Yes, the syllabus has bee cut short by 30%.

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