Syllabus for CUSAT Entrance Test

Students from Medical, Non-Medical, Commerce and Arts are eligible


General Studies Syllabus

  • Science and Society
  • Contemporary Problems of Indian Society
  • Cultural Heritage of India
  • India’s Freedom Struggle
  • Constitutional Values
  • Human Rights

Sociology Syllabus

  • Introducing Indian Society 
    • Colonialism, Nationalism, Class and Community
  • Demographic Structure and Indian Society
    • Rural-Urban Linkages and Divisions
  • Social Institutions: Continuity and Change
    • Family and Kinship
    • The Caste System
  • Market as a Social Institution
    • Market as a Social Institution
  • Pattern of Social Inquality and Exclusion
    • Caste Prejudice, Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes
    • Marginalization of Tribal Communities
    • The Struggle for Women‟s Equality
    • The Protection of Religious Minorities
    • Caring for the Differently Abled
  • The Challenges of Cultural Diversity
    • Problems of Communalism, Regionalism, Casteism and Patriarchy
    • Role of the State in a Plural and Unequal Society
    • What We Share
  • Structural Change 
    • Colonialism, Industrialization, Urbanization
  • Cultural Change 
    • Modernization, Westernization, Sanskritisation, Secularization
    • Social Reform Movements and Laws
  • The Story of Democracy 
    • The Constitution as an instrument of Social Change
    • Parties, Pressure Groups and Democratic Politics
    • Panchayati Raj and the Challenges of Social Transformation
  • Change and Development in Rural Society 
    • Land Reforms, Green Revolution and Agrarian Society
  • Change and Development in Industrial Society 
    • From Planned Industrialization to Liberalization
    • Changes in the Class Structure
  • Globalisation and Social Change
  • Mass Media and Communication Process 
  • Social Movements 
    • Class-Based Movements: Workers, Peasants
    • Caste-Based Movements: Dalit Movement, Backward Castes, Trends in Upper Caste
    • Responses
    • Women‟s Movements in Independent India
    • Tribal Movements
    • Environmental Movements

Political Science Syllabus

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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'.

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.

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

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)