Introduction to International Relations Past Papers & MCQs


Subject: Introduction to International Relations

Time Allowed: 15 Minutes

Max Marks: 10

NOTE: Attempt this Paper on this Question Sheet only. Please encircle the correct option. Division of marks is given in front of each question. This Paper will be collected back after expiry of time limit mentioned above.


Part-I  Answer the following Questions, cutting and overwriting are not allowed. (10)

Realists believe that

a) States are the most important actors in IR

b) States act like rational individuals in pursuing national interests

c) States act in an international system characterized by anarchy

d) Human nature is selfish

e) All of the above

2. Non-state actors are

a) Groups and interests within states that influence a state’s foreign policy

b) Actors that operate below the state level as well as across state borders

c) Groups like Amnesty International and the United Fruit Company

d) Actors like sub-state actors and multinational corporations

e) All of the above

“The national interest is defined as the acquisition of power.” The speaker is a(n)

a) Pluralist b) idealist

c) Structuralist d) Globailist

e) Realist

A collective goods problem is

a) More serious in less-developed countries, which do not have the industrial Capacity to produce surplus goods

b) More serious in developed countries, which have the industrial capacity to produce surplus goods

c) The problem of how to provide something that benefits all members of a group regardless of what each member contributes to it

d) The problem of two countries producing the same good and competing on world markets for exports

e) Solved by arbitration or mediation by the International Court of Justice


a) Stress the importance of international institutions in reducing conflict in the international system

b) Are pessimistic about international cooperation

c) Agree with realists that states are unitary actors

d) View reciprocity as an ineffective strategy for achieving cooperation

e) A and C



Subject: Introduction to International Relations

Time Allowed: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Max Marks: 50



Part-II  Give Short Answers, Each question carries equal marks. (20)

Q#1: Why Study International Relations? Give at least three reasons mentioned in Joshua’s book.

Q#2: Write a short note on the salient features of Realism.

Q#3: What do you understand by the term ‘Anarchy?’

Q#4: Write the names of only three books on IR with their author’s names.

Q#5: What are different levels of analysis to understand International Relations?


Part-III  Give Long Answers, Each question carries equal marks. (30)

Q#1: Compare and contrast realist and liberal theories of International Relations. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each theory?

Q#2: Write a brief note on the concept of ‘Power’ explaining the difference between tangible and intangible elements of it.

Q#3: Define International Relations including the major actors in this discipline.