A Student who has done with his 12th standard is rarely given an advice to join into the stream of Political Science and explore the career opportunities in that stream.
The main reason being there are lot of myths surrounding this course, like there is no scope in Political Science and only politicians do this course etc but the prime reason is people lack proper knowledge and awareness about this course, so today let’s burst all the myths and know all the career opportunities and scope after completing MA (Master of Arts) in Political Science.
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Political Science, rarely also called as Politology, is the study of Politics. It helps us learn Government Policies and Governance system. Political Science also helps us understand political activities, political strategies, political know-how which are in use by National and International Political Parties to keep themselves afloat.
Political Science can be studied on three core subjects like Comparative Politics, International Behavior, and Political Theory. Political Science traditionally helps in obtaining in-depth knowledge from other social science subjects like economics, law, sociology, philosophy, journalism, social policy.
Career Scope after MA in Political Science
Above we have seen complete objectives to study MA Political Science and now let’s see the career prospects and scope after MA in Political Science. As the political science is a complete specialization of core subjects it gives wide career opportunities in different sectors like state and central government, educational institution, social service, and Journalism.
Without a delay let’s look into one by one,
Teaching being one of the career that can be chosen after MA, as you have core knowledge about every subject you could become expert and start teaching.. And the people who are passionate of teaching and want to design a bright future for upcoming generations can select this career route. The Salary paid in this profession would differ from the Institute to institute and to which grade you are teaching.
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Journalism is also one more profession post completion of Political Science, you could become editor or reporter in the NEWS channels or papers as you have complete knowledge about the Political thoughts, Policies by the government and also the International policies that are framed by government.
There are many people who after completing their LLB Graduation for 3 years they tend to pursue MA in political science which could help them in handy whenever they want to know more about the articles and framework of constitution.
#4 Civil Services
The person who wants to clear Civil Services exam and become a IAS Officer MA political science will be crucial subject as the government official needs to understand the policies much better and also needs to have research methodology to frame new policies to the people.
#5 Political Consultant
The Elections in India have seen in the rise of Political strategies to win the election. Political Consultant has become a crucial integration into the parties to suggest them whom to field and who can win the election based on the heavy ground research.
#6 Public Relations Specialist
Public Relations are very crucial for any organization to run its business or to any political party to run its party when opposition is always waiting to malign its image. The person in this role have to give lot of press releases, write lot of articles and blogs and bring positive impact about the company.
Skill set to excel in this career:
As above mentioned job roles are more inclined towards the people and their livelihood, the person willing to have his career in this area should be more empathetic in nature when he takes any decisions through above mentioned roles.
- Communication Skills
- Reasoning Skills
- Analytical Skills
- Public Response Management
- Public Policy
Studies after MA Political Science:
Political Science is a vast subject and has huge scope to learn more and more, after completion of MA people can also choose to do other advanced courses like,
- M.Phil in Political Science – This Subject gives you opportunity to learn about public administration, International politics, and Political sociology etc.
- Ph.D in Political Science – This doctorate program which is for 3 years helps you learn more techniques of research methodology to elaborately understand the Theory based topics learned during your graduation and post graduation. This will help you give speeches and seminars to other students.
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NOW, that you’ve gone through career scope after MA politics, lets look how to do your MA politics after 12th.
Route to MA Political Science After 12th
Now let’s know the qualification and eligibility for pursuing Political Science course after his/her 12th standard.
- Student should complete his 12th grade in any of the core subjects with 50% of marks.
- Student should graduate with BA (Bachelor of Arts ) in Political Science or any related subject. Humanities will also be preferred in Graduation.
BA (Bachelor of Arts ) in Political Science:
This is a 3 year undergraduate offered by many recognized universities in India and eligibility for this course is 10+2 with 55% of marks. Graduated student learns how to govern the country and will be able to evaluate the political and democratic process.
BA Political Science includes the certain syllabus in there semester programs;
- Constitution of India
- Principles of Political Science
- Theory of welfare, liberty, equality, Rights & Justice.
- Indian Political Thinkers like Raja Ram mohan roy, Swami Dayanand, Swami Vivekanand, Lal Lajpat Rai, Bala Gangadhar Tilak.
- Indian Political Thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi, JP Narayana, Jawahar lal Nehru.
- Public Administration
- International Affairs and World Outlook.
- Comparative Politics- Definitions, Framework etc
- Constitutionalism – History, Type, Structure
These are some of the core theories that are taught to the students over the 6 semesters which helps student to attain an depth knowledge about the Political decisions taken over the time.
The course fees for BA Political science costs you depending on the college you get placed into and the Average college fees for the course is 5,000 to 40,000 per year.
Colleges Offering BA Political Science Course:
- Loyola College Chennai
- Chandigarh University Chandigarh
- St Xavier College Mumbai
- Christ University Bangalore
- Presidency University Kolkata
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MA (Master of Arts) Political Science:
MA Political Science is an advanced 2 year post graduation course which provides more in depth knowledge about Political Science. MA Political Science covers public affairs, historical and modern Political agenda, international policy, Government system.
Person who wants to pursue MA in Political Science has to complete his Graduation in BA Political Science or should have completed any degree from the recognized university in any stream and also Humanities will be the most preferred.
You should attain a minimum a 50% of Marks in their graduation.
Entrance Exams for MA are:
- BHU PET – Banaras Hindu University
- JNUEE – Jawaharlal Nehru University
- DUET – Dravidian University
- IPU CET – Guru Gobind Indraprastha University
These are some of the entrance exams which could lead you into some of the top colleges offering the course. Entrance exam isn’t mandatory for many of the private colleges, admission into them would be based on first come first serve.
MA political science course would cost you around 20,000-80,000/- per year.
Can we do as Distance Education?
Students who are working professional and want to pursue MA Political Science can also complete it through distance education. There are many universities which provide this course as distance learning. Nalanda University is one such university which provides distance education. Tamilnadu Open University, Osmania University, Dr. B.R Ambedkar University are also some of the colleges offering this course.
Cost of such course is also less; it is around 15,000 to 30,000 per year.
Colleges offering Regular MA Political Science course:
- Hindu College, Delhi
- Presidency college, Chennai
- St Xavier’s College, Kolkata
- Lady Shri Ram college Delhi
Core topics of MA Political Science:
- Ancient Indian Political Thoughts
- Research Methodology
- Contemporary Political Thought
- Western Politics Thought
- Indian Constitution
- Political Thinking like Marx
- Political Sociology
- Politics in India
- Public Administration
- Indian Administration
- Post-cold war International Relations
Hence the MA in Political science has wide range of career prospects and also help you learn a extensive knowledge about the public relations, policy making, constitution of India and there impact in lives of Indians. And we have seen the qualification criteria to get into this course and also prestigious colleges offering the course.
Hope you have enough knowledge about the scope after MA politics that could help you excel in your career. Also we discussed about the process of getting admission in BA and MA politics.