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CBSE 12th Political Science Sample Paper

Board Central Board of Secondary Education
Subject   Political Science
 Maximum marks (Theory) 80 
Time allocated 3 hours
 Official website containing CBSE sample papers
Prescribed textbooks 
  • Contemporary World Politics Class-XII, Published by NCERT 
  • Politics in India since Independence Class-XII, Published by NCERT
  • Other related books and manuals brought out by NCERT (including multimedia)

CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12th Political Science

Political science is a field of social science which deals with systems of governance, analysis of political activities, political thoughts, associated behaviour. The syllabus of class 12 Political Science comprises two books i.e.,

  • Contemporary World Politics 
  • Politics in India Since Independence.

Solving the sample paper of Political Science is crucial for success in the final examinations. CBSE releases the sample paper for all the subjects of class 10 and 12 every year on the official website. The board releases one sample paper for each subject as per the latest exam pattern and syllabus. Marking Scheme is also released by CBSE every year along with the sample papers. It contains the stepwise marking for each answer.

Preparation tips for Class 12 Political Science Exam

  • No skipping topics: While preparing for exams, students should ensure that they don't skip any topic. They need to make sure that they study the entire syllabus before confronting the exam.
  • Preparation of own study schedule: Students must prepare their own study schedule and ensure that they devote the right time for each topic.
  • Noting important points: Students can prepare their own booklet of important questions. It would help them during revision.

Question paper design for Class XII Political Science

Typology of questions  Learning outcomes and testing skills  Very short answer  Very Short answer 1 short answer 2 Long answer  Map question  Long answer 2  Marks 
1 mark 2 marks 4 marks 5 marks 5 marks  6 marks
Memory - knowledge based Reasoning and analytical skills ( Critical thinking ) 6 1 - - 18
Comprehension 2 - 1 1 - 1 17
Application 7 1 - 1 - 1 20
Higher-order thinking skills (Analysis and synthesis) 4 1 1 1 - - 15
Evaluation 1 - 1 - 1 - 10
Total    20 6 16 15 5 18 80

Class 12 Political Science Exam Pattern

 Unit   Subjects Marks
Part A  Contemporary World Politics 
  Cold War Era 12
  The End of bipolarity
  US Hegemony in World Politics 12
  Alternative centres of power
  Contemporary South Asia
  International Organizations 8
  Security in Contemporary World
  Environment and Natural Resources 8
  Total 40
Part B Politics in India since Independence
  Challenges of Nation Building 12
  End of One-Party Dominance
  Politics of Planned Development
  India’s External Relations 6
  Challenges to the congress system 10
  Crisis of the Democratic Order
  Rise of popular movements 12
  Regional aspirations
  Recent developments in Indian Politics
  Total  40

Theory consists of 40+ 40 = 80 marks.

The project comprises 20 marks. 

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