Public Administration for UPSC Mains 2019

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Public Administration Strategy by Abhilash Mishra

UPSC Topper Abhilash Mishra (AIR 5) shares his preparation strategy for Mains answer writing. In this video, Abhilash shares his knowledge of Public Administration optional.

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Salamuddin Ansari is the founder of Lukmann IAS. He is a multi-talented teacher and teaches Public administration, Ethics and Aptitude, Polity, Governance and Internal security.

Demo Lecture By Pavan Kumar

UPSC Mains Public Administration Optional Course by Pavan Kumar Sir's free Demo Lecture. His toppers include Suman Sourav Mohanty (AIR 9), Prabash Kumar (AIR 30), Shivam Pratap Singh (AIR 52) and many more.

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Prabha Institute of Civil Services was founded by Mr. Atul Lohiya. He is not only well versed with the subject but also have good experience in civil services exam. He has always been a source of inspiration for hundred of students enrolled at the institute.

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What is the Syllabus of Public Administration - Paper I?

1. Introduction: Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration; Wilson s vision of Public Administration; Evolution of the discipline and its present status; New Public Administration; Public Choice approach; Challenges of liberalization, Privatisation, Globalisation; Good Governance: concept and application; New Public Management.

2. Administrative Thought: Scientific Management and Scientific Management movement; Classical Theory; Weber s bureaucratic model its critique and post-Weberian Developments; Dynamic Administration (Mary Parker Follett); Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others); Functions of the Executive (C.I. Barnard); Simon s decision-making theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor).

3. Administrative Behaviour: Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation Theories content, process and contemporary; Theories of Leadership: Traditional and Modern.

4. Organisations: Theories systems, contingency; Structure and forms: Ministries and Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and advisory bodies; Headquarters and Field relationships; Regulatory Authorities; Public - Private Partnerships.

5. Accountability and control: Concepts of accountability and control; Legislative, Executive and Judicial control over administration; Citizen and Administration; Role of media, interest groups, voluntary organizations; Civil society; Citizen s Charters; Right to Information; Social audit.

6. Administrative Law: Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law; Delegated legislation; Administrative Tribunals.

7. Comparative Public Administration: Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems; Administration and politics in different countries; Current status of Comparative Public Administration; Ecology and administration; Riggsian models and their critique.

8. Development Dynamics: Concept of development; Changing profile of development administration; Antidevelopment thesis ; Bureaucracy and development; Strong state versus the market debate; Impact of liberalisation on administration in developing countries; Women and development - the self-help group movement.

9. Personnel Administration: Importance of human resource development; Recruitment, training, career advancement, position classification, discipline, performance appraisal, promotion, pay and service conditions; employer-employee relations, grievance redressal mechanism; Code of conduct; Administrative ethics.

10. Public Policy: Models of policy-making and their critique; Processes of conceptualisation, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and their limitations; State theories and public policy formulation.

11. Techniques of Administrative Improvement: Organisation and methods, Work study and work management; e-governance and information technology; Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, PERT, CPM.

12. Financial Administration: Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets - types and forms; Budgetary process; Financial accountability; Accounts and audit.

What is the Syllabus of Public Administration - Paper II?

Indian Administration

1. Evolution of Indian Administration: Kautilya s Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in politics and administration - Indianization of public services, revenue administration, district administration, local self-government.

2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture; Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development.

3. Public Sector Undertakings: Public sector in modern India; Forms of Public Sector Undertakings; Problems of autonomy, accountability and control; Impact of liberalization and privatization.

4. Union Government and Administration: Executive, Parliament, Judiciary - structure, functions, work processes; Recent trends; Intragovernmental relations; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister s Office; Central Secretariat; Ministries and Departments; Boards; Commissions; Attached offices; Field organizations.

5. Plans and Priorities: Machinery of planning; Role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and the National Development Council; Indicative planning; Process of plan formulation at Union and State levels; Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized planning for economic development and social justice.

6. State Government and Administration: Union-State administrative, legislative and financial relations; Role of the Finance Commission; Governor; Chief Minister; Council of Ministers; Chief Secretary; State Secretariat; Directorates.

7. District Administration since Independence: Changing role of the Collector; Unionstate-local relations; Imperatives of development management and law and order administration; District administration and democratic decentralization.

8. Civil Services: Constitutional position; Structure, recruitment, training and capacity-building; Good governance initiatives; Code of conduct and discipline; Staff associations; Political rights; Grievance redressal mechanism; Civil service neutrality; Civil service activism.

9. Financial Management: Budget as a political instrument; Parliamentary control of public expenditure; Role of finance ministry in monetary and fiscal area; Accounting techniques; Audit; Role of Controller General of Accounts and Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

10. Administrative Reforms since Independence: Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial management and human resource development; Problems of implementation.

11. Rural Development: Institutions and agencies since independence; Rural development programmes: foci and strategies; Decentralization and Panchayati Raj; 73rd Constitutional amendment.

12. Urban Local Government: Municipal governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas; 74th Constitutional Amendment; Globallocal debate; New localism; Development dynamics, politics and administration with special reference to city management.

13. Law and Order Administration: British legacy; National Police Commission; Investigative agencies; Role of central and state agencies including paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgency and terrorism; Criminalisation of politics and administration; Police-public relations; Reforms in Police.

14. Significant issues in Indian Administration: Values in public service; Regulatory Commissions; National Human Rights Commission; Problems of administration in coalition regimes; Citizen-administration interface; Corruption and administration; Disaster management.

What are the recommended books for Paper-I?

1. Sharma and Sadana
2. Prasad and Prasad
3. Ramesh K Arora Comparative Public Administration
4. Aribam (Public Administration paper-I)
5. Mohit Bhattacharya titled- Social Theory & Development Administration
6. IGNOU BA and MA Public Policy (MPA-15)

What are the recommended books for Paper-II?

1. Rajini Goyal and Arora (Indian Public Administration )
2. D.D. Basu (Introduction to the constitution of India)
3. Fadia and Fadia (Public Administration in India)
4. Second ARC reports
5. Sharma and Sadana
6. Yojana and Kurukshetra articles

Why is Public Administration popular among aspirants?

1. No other optional subject is as similar to the work profile of IAS as Public Administration. So, knowledge of Public Administration immensely helps in one s understanding about the exact nature of the job.

2. New General Studies syllabus has taken out bits and pieces from many optional subjects, but Public Administration syllabus has disproportionate overlapping with General Studies syllabus.

3. Easy availability of material and coaching & test series. The syllabus of Public Administration is easy to understand for self-studies.

4. Take 3-4 months to finish the syllabus. It takes less time in comparison to few other optional.

What are the challenges of Public Administration?

1. Uncertainty in paper, biggest negative of Public Administration has become the uncertainty and inherent unpredictability in terms of types of questions asked, answer writing skills and the number of marks given in the exam.

2. Gone are the day when mere rote learning would fetch you good marks in Public Administration. Now, UPSC demands conceptual understanding in Public Administration in a far more refined manner and superficiality will not work anymore.

3. Maximum marks still not comparable to science and literature optional subjects.

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