M.A. in Politics is a Post Graduate course in politics and related study. The course is divided into four semesters spanning over 2-year duration during which students are taught about subject specialization.
Some of the popular colleges/universities that are offering the M.A. in Politics course are:
- Rajiv Gandhi University
- Jaiprakash University
- Indraprastha College for Women
- Bangalore University
- Acharya Nagarjuna University
- Agra College
- Savitribai Phule University
- Andhra University
The fee for the course varies from INR 8,000 to 35,000 across various colleges and universities across the country. The variation in the fee is based on the location and type of university that is private/deemed or government.
Admissions to M.A. in Politics are based on both entrance test based admission mechanism as well as a merit-based selection that is based on the marks obtained by the candidate in Under Graduate (UG) program. The procedure varies from college to college.
A Post Graduate in a Political study can have a variety of options to choose from in terms of his/her career. He/she can make a career as Journalist, Political Scientist, Civil Servant, Campaign organizer etc. A fresh Post Graduate can expect a starting salary of anywhere between INR 12,000 to 20,000 per month. The average salary range across the country is almost same with a little variation here and there.
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M.A. in Politics: Course Highlight Table
|Course Type||Post Graduate (PG)|
|Duration of Course||2 Years|
|Admission process||Merit-based (Based on UG percentage)/ Entrance Test based|
|Structure of Course||Semester-Wise|
|Eligibility||Graduation from any college/university with a minimum of 50% (relaxable for reserved category candidates) marks at UG level.|
|Top recruiting areas||Civil Services, Campaign organization, Teacher, Political scientist.|
|Job Profiles||Civil servant, Political Scientist, Campaign organizer, Teacher.|
|Course Fee||INR 8,000 to 35,000|
|Average starting salary||INR 12,000 to 20,000|
M.A. in Politics: What is it about?
M.A. in Politics is aimed at equipping the students with the specialized knowledge to the student. Politics is a subject that involves both philosophical study of theories as well as a practical study of political models that are operating across the world such as democratic, monarchical, dictatorship, one party rule etc.
The structure of the course is designed in a manner so as to provide students a holistic overview and insight into the subject so that they are able to apply their knowledge base when they enter the job market. The two-year duration of M.A. in Politics course provides this knowledge in a gradual manner through a semester-based system to the students.
Since politics is an important area of any country’s functioning it is important that PG and UG level students who are studying it as a subject and are designated to take up various responsibilities in this domain in the coming future should be equipped properly both in terms of knowledge and its applicability. M.A. in Politics course aims at fulfilling this purpose through its academic curriculum and syllabus.
M.A. in Politics: Top Institutes
For your reference, we have tabled down a list of various colleges/universities that are offering this course in India.
|Rajiv Gandhi University||Pampum Pare||INR 8,000|
|Jaiprakash University||Chapra||INR 3, 846|
|Indraprastha College for Women||Delhi||INR 10, 500|
|Jamia Millia Islamia University||New Delhi||INR 7,500|
|Bangalore University||Banglore||INR 10, 170|
|Acharya Nagarjuna University||Guntur||INR 5,000|
|Agra College||Agra||INR 3,062|
|Savitribai Phule University||Pune||INR 5,200|
|Andhra University||Visakhapatnam||INR 10,500|
|Abdul Razak degree college||Amroha||INR 6,000|
Interested candidates can make an application for admission in M.A. in Politics language course in the above-mentioned Universities and colleges. Students can also search for an option in face of institutes offering the course in their local region/region of residence in case they are not willing to relocate for the purpose of their graduation.
M.A. in Politics: Eligibility
Candidate must have passed the UG or equivalent examination from a recognized state/private/deemed or central University with at least 55% marks.
- Relaxation of 5% to 10% is given to reserved categories.
- He/She shall not be having any backlog or compartment in any of the subject/Subjects at UG level that is yet to be cleared at the time of taking admissions.
Apart from the above-mentioned eligibility criteria’s various colleges and institutes may have their own additional criteria’s which the students would have to satisfy in order to take admission. The eligibility criteria’s mentioned above are common to most of the universities and colleges across the country that are offering this course to the students.
M.A. in Politics: Admission Process
Admission to M.A. Politics involves both merit-based selection procedure and a common entrance test based admission process (as seen across various Universities and colleges in the country).
- Students have to qualify these exams (for which they should be eligible to appear) in order to get admission in the course.
- After the conduct of the test, a merit list of finally qualified candidates is prepared and candidates are invited for counseling cum admission process by the respective university or college.
- After admission process final allotment of seats to the candidate takes place and the candidate is asked to deposit the fee for the course and register for the respective academic year.
However, in most of the colleges, the admission process would be a straightforward task which would involve college displaying cut-off for the course two to three times (or more till the seats are filled) and candidates satisfying the cut-off percentage visiting the college and getting admissions.
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M.A. in Politics: Syllabus and Course description
|Semester I||Semester II|
|Western Political Thoughts from Plato to Hegel||Political Sociology|
|Contemporary Political Theory||Political Thinking since Karl Marx|
|Research Methodology||Comparative Politics|
|Ancient Indian Political Thought||Indian Constitutional system|
|Practical work||Exercise /Practical work|
|Semester III||Semester IV|
|Public Administration||Concept and Issue in Political Science|
|International Politics||Post-Cold war International Relations|
|Politics in India||State politics|
|Modern Indian Political Thought||Indian Administration|
|Practical work||Dissertation and Viva voce|
MA in Politics: Who Should Opt?
- Students who have interest in the domain of politics.
- Those who have a career in civil services in mind can also try their hands at this course.
- Those who are looking for a career in the field of Teaching.
- Those aiming at a career as a political researcher can also opt for the course.
MA in Politics: Career Prospects
M.A. in Politics degree holders has plenty of options to choose from in terms of their career. One can choose from areas like civil services, political researcher, teaching, poll campaign organization etc.
To provide you a holistic view of the career prospects of the course we have tabled certain areas and the respective roles attached to the same.
|Job Profile||Job Description||Average Salary (in INR)|
|Civil Servant||Working in civil services involves implementation, formulation, and execution of government’s policy in public domain.||INR 7-8 Lacs|
|Sephologist||A Sephologist is involved in analyzing poll prediction such as exit polls to predict the chances of parties winning in a particular election.||INR 2- 2.4 Lacs|
|Poll Campaign Organizer||Working in this domain involves organizing and structuring of a campaign for any political party and portraying their agenda in front of the public in a better way.||INR 1.8 – 2.0 Lacs|
|Political Researcher||A political researcher is involved in a variety of works like budget analysis, political situation analysis, understanding of global geopolitics and international relations. They can work with a news agency or organization as well as indulge in freelancing assignments.||INR 2.0-2.2 Lacs|
|Teacher||This would involve regular teaching job of teaching the subject to school or college level students. There are plenty of options in private sector as well government sector but the candidate has to go for B.Ed degree in the long run.||INR 1.8- 2 Lacs|