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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SYLLABUS
PAPER – I
Introduction: Meaning, significance and scope of Public Administration; Evolution of the discipline and its present status, Wilson’s vision of Public Administration; New Public Administration; Public Choice approach; Challenges of Privatisation, liberalisation, Globalization; Good Governance: concept and application; New Public Management.
Administrative Thought: Scientific Management movement and Scientific Management, Classical Theory; Weber’s bureaucratic model – its critique and post-Weberian Developments; Dynamic Administration and Mary Parker Follett; Human Relations School and Elton Mayo and others; Functions of the Executive and C.I. Barnard; Simon’s decision-making theory; Participative Management and R. Likert, D. McGregor, C. Argyris.
Administrative Behaviour: Process of decision-making and techniques used; Communication; Morale and Motivation Theories – process, Organizations content and contemporary; Theories of Leadership both Traditional and modern.
Organisations Theories – concept of systems, contingency theories; Structure and forms: Ministries and Departments, , Companies, Corporations, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and advisory bodies; Regulatory Authorities, Headquarters and Field relationships; Public – Private Partnerships.
Accountability and Control: Concepts of accountability and control; , Executive, Legislative and Judicial control over administration; Citizen and Administration; Role of interest groups, media, voluntary organizations; Civil society; Right to Information; Citizen’s Charters, Social audit.
Administrative Law: Meaning, significance and scope ; Dicey on Administrative law; Administrative Tribunals, Delegated legislation.
Comparative Public Administration: Sociological and Historical factors affecting administrative systems; Administration and politics in different countries of the world; status of Comparative Public Administration; Riggsian models and their critique, Ecology and administration.
Development Dynamics: Concept of development; ‘ Antidevelopment thesis’, Changing profile of development administration; Bureaucracy and development; Strong state vs the market debate; Women and development – the self-help group movement, Impact of liberalization on administration in developing countries.
Personnel Administration: Importance of HRD ; Recruitment, career advancement , training, , position classification, discipline, performance appraisal, pay and service conditions, promotion; employer- employee relations, Code of conduct, grievance redressal machinery , Administrative ethics.
Public Policy: Models of policy-making and their critique; Processes of conceptualization, planning, monitoring, implementation, evaluation and review and limitations; State theories and public policy formulation.
Techniques of Administrative Improvement: Organization and methods, Work Management and Work study ; e-governance and information technology; Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, CPM, PERT.
Financial Administration: Fiscal and Monetary policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets – types and forms; ; Financial accountability, Budgetary process; Accounts and audit.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SYLLABUS
PAPER – 2
Evolution of Indian Administration: Kautilya and his Arthashastra; Details of Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in administration and politics – Indianization of public services, district administration, revenue administration, local self-government.
Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government: Salient features and its value premises; Constitutionalism; Bureaucracy and democracy, Political culture; Bureaucracy and development.
Public Sector Undertakings: Public sector and modern India; Types of Public Sector Undertakings; Problems of accountability, autonomy, and control; Impact of liberalization and privatization.
Union Government and Administration: Parliament, Executive, , Judiciary – structure, functions, work processes; Recent trends; ; Cabinet Secretariat, Intra governmental relations; Prime Minister’s Office; Ministries and Departments, Central Secretariat; Boards; Field organizations, Commissions; Attached offices.
Plans and Priorities: Planning Machinery, role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and ‘Indicative’ planning , the National Development Council; Process of plan formulation at Union and State levels; Constitutional Amendments of 1992 and decentralized planning and economic development and social justice.
State Government and Administration: Union-State administrative, Role of the Finance Commission; legislative and financial relations; Governor; Chief Minister; Chief Secretary, Council of Ministers; State Secretariat; Directorates.
District Administration since 1947 : Changing role of the Collector; Union state- local relations; Imperatives of development management , law and order administration; Democratic decentralization and District administration.
Civil Services: Constitutional position; recruitment, Structure, training and capacity-building; Good governance initiatives; Staff associations; Code of conduct and discipline; Political rights; Grievance redressal machinery ; Civil service neutrality; Civil service activism.
Financial Management: Parliamentary control of public expenditure; Budget as a political instrument; Role of finance ministry in fiscal and monetary area; Accounting techniques; Audit, Role of Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Role of Controller General of Accounts.
Administrative Reforms since Independence: Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial management and HRD , Problems of implementation.
Rural Development: Agencies and Institutions since independence; Rural development programmes: strategies; 73rd Constitutional amendment, Decentralization and Panchayati Raj.
Urban Local Government: Municipal governance: structures, main features, finance and problem areas; 74th Constitutional Amendment; Global local debate; New localism; politics and administration with special reference to city management, Development dynamics.
Law and Order Administration: British legacy; Investigative agencies; National Police Commission; Role of state and central agencies including paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgency and terrorism; Police-public relations; Reforms in Police,Criminalization of politics and administration;
Significant issues in Indian Administration: Regulatory Commissions ,Values in public service;; National Human Rights Commission; Problems of administration in coalition regimes; Corruption and administration ,Citizen-administration interface; Disaster management.
In the public administration syllabus, first paper is about basics and theories of administration. Second paper covers the Indian administration.