Civil service dreams, aspirations for higher studies abroad and specialised subjects of contemporary relevance — these are among factors that could explain the surge in popularity of Political Science as a discipline for Delhi University entrants.
The Indian Express had reported how, despite rocketing cut-offs, admissions to Political Science honours has closed in most top colleges, with many admitting far more students than the number of seats available.
Political Science teachers said a large role is played by various specialised courses students can opt for within the programme, which serve as bridges to various fields after graduation.
“There are specialised courses which have a lot of contemporary relevance. One of these is public policy — most IIMs and upcoming private universities have masters in public policy and studying political science in undergraduation provides a direct link. Other such courses are gender studies and international relations, all of which are very relevant, particularly for those interested in higher studies,” said Dr Tanvir Aejiz, who teaches at Ramjas College.