At the University of Delhi (DU), few colleges set the admission threshold for this course at 100%. However, a close examination of the third DU cut-off list reveals that admission to the course remains open at a few colleges, especially in the reserved categories.
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Maneesha Roy, lead teacher, Department of Political Science, Gargi College, DU, says admissions to reserved categories in all subjects take time. “Even last year, we had struggled to find suitable candidates in the Economically Weak Section (EWS) category. This may be due to the difficulties encountered by several families in obtaining the SAP certificate, ”she says.
This year, for 114 places at Gargi College got 150 applications under the first cut list, adds Roy. “Post the second cut-off list, our admissions are 46 (general category) for 46 sanctioned seats, 36 (OBC) for 31 seats, 26 (SC) for 17 seats and 11 (ST) for 9 seats. Therefore, admissions were closed to those respective categories in the third cut-off list, ”she said.
However, there is a likelihood of some cancellations across all categories in the third threshold, as students would move to other colleges or courses, Roy says. “All this confirms that the popularity of the subject has only grown,” she adds.
P Muthukumar, associate professor and head of the political science department at Chennai Presidential College, says the subject is among the most popular courses at the college. “This year, we received around 4,000 applications for 90 places in the UG course,” he says.
Breaking down the myths
Roy says the subject is no longer just tackled by students looking to join the nation’s political or administrative configuration. “Today, political science graduates can find employment in government agencies, communications industries, embassies, banking, insurance and market research companies, non-governmental organizations, law firms, research organizations and many more, ”she says.
Muthukumar says the majority of students who choose the subject at the institute are from the lower middle class and are simply looking to find a job. “Here, the course is popular among students from the lower social strata. Since a UG course on the subject at the institute provides a healthy education, students get a job immediately upon completion, which fulfills their goal of being part of the course, ”he says.
Students from any stream can opt for a UG course in the subject. “In accordance with standard University procedure, if a student has not studied political science in class XII, 2.5% of the marks will be deducted from the marks obtained in the best of the four subjects,” explains Roy.
Muthukumar says the program is updated once every three years. “International relations, Western political thought, Indian political thought, political science bodies, political systems, foreign policy and public administration are among the subjects taught at the institute,” he said.
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Roy says that after completing their UG in the subject, many students go abroad to continue their studies. “The lack of infrastructure, especially in terms of research, is one of the main reasons for this,” she says.
Muthukumar says: “Law remains one of the most popular options among students who wish to pursue a major.”
“Students of the heart of Hindi still see the subject as a stepping stone to a future in public service, but the scenario has changed for others. Today, career opportunities are available in research areas such as policy analysis and conflict research, which are preferred by female candidates, ”said Roy.
Other career options available to political science graduates include working as fellows in research organizations, election analysis / surveys, bureaucrats, journalists, public policy and development experts, policy experts and advocacy professionals.