Is Educational qualification necessary for Politicians?

subash chandra bose

 In Favor:-

  • There should be a minimum education to the politicians because a politician is a representative of the people of society from where he is been elected and he must have all sort of knowledge related to the problem being faced by his voters.
  • Without any proper education how can a politician address the problems of the society and how he can carry out development in any aspect?
  • If a politician is not well educated he will not have the right to voice for education for others.
  • Education is a viable and most important aspect in our current world scenario. We look upon the politician as an able person who can guide us and make proper and appropriate decisions. But if the politicians do not have proper academic background what impact he will have at local or national or international level.
  • Low qualified politicians cannot cope up with global changes and will not able to understand the diplomatic situations with other countries of the world.


  • It could be a misconception that only educated one can develop the country. Because education is not an ultimate source for gaining knowledge.
  • Making it mandatory to have educational qualification for eligibility for contesting elections , in a country like India ,where about 40% of the population is illiterate may have a negative effect on democracy.
  • Around 60% of Indian population resides in villages where literacy rate is very low which may become hindrance to the local citizens to participate in elections.
  • Political knowledge matters a lot rather attaining academic one. The intelligence of someone doesn’t depend on degrees but on his political achievements.
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Situation in India:-

  • There is no education required to become an MP or MLA in our country. The Constitution while mentioning the various eligibility conditions does not mention anything about educational qualification.
  • Rajasthan‘ is the first State to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Situation in other countries:-

  • Most of the Chinese politicians are have engineering degrees similarly majority of politicians in Asian countries like South Korea, Malaysia, even Taiwan have well qualified politicians.
  • The presidents of U.S.A. and Russia Obama and Putin were among the world’s most educated political leaders.


There is no relation between the commitment and education. But in the modern world, education definitely helps in understanding about the world and society. But we cannot say that only formal education will fulfill the purpose.

Afterwords :- What are your views on this topic? Express your opinion in the comment section below.

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  1. Hi friends , in my opinion education is very essential for politician, may be education is different and politics is different but education gives us knowledge of light , without education people cannot justify them , which is right and which is wrong , education teach us how to behave, how to talk and definitely maintain the etiquette. Yes I can’t say all educated people would be the good politician. Actually people wants to any work education can smooth the work. All the people cannot leader , some of the peoples are there they can make the leadership. Illiterate peoples they are thinking is different but educated people they can manage if there is any problem. So according to me atleast minimum education is very essential for the politician.

  2. Hello dear friends,
    I am here to discuss my view towards this topic.
    In my opinion education definitely changes the situation of our country because if leaders are more educated than they creates new ideas for developing the country .
    I am not saying that uneducated leaders cant give good performance.
    experience also matters .

    1. Right! Work experience is itself education. And education before starting the work helps a lot in working efficiently.

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