Strategy for Studying Public Administration

Date: April 19, 2015

Public Administration is very compact, relevant and very interesting subject for UPSC mains exam.It is very easy to understand the subject but somewhat tricky to score in UPSC.The secret of success for writing good answers in Public Administration lies in understanding the questions. Most of the students fail to write good answers simply because of their failure to understand the questions. In the last two years, UPSC has deliberately increased the difficulty levels of question paper as they are more interested in those students who have conceptual clarity and ability to write those concepts in a simple manner.

 

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 The very first question that comes in the minds of students is  the list of books that are required. So you can refer following books for public administration optional. The reference books are provided paper wise and topic wise.

Papre-I:

1. Introduction: –  Paradigms of Public Administration by Nicholas Henry, New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya  & Restructuring Public Administration A New Look by Mohit Bhattacharya
2. Administrative Thought :- Aministrative Thinkers- Prasad & Prasad, New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya .
3. Administrative Behaviour :- Prasad & Prasad, New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya . Organization Behaviour by Stephen robbins.
5. Accountability and control :- New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya, 2nd ARC report. Public Administration Fadia & Fadia 
6. Administrative Law :- Fadia & Fadia
7. Comparative Public Administration :- Prasad and Prasad (Riggs) ,CPA by Ramesh K Arora, Fadia & Fadia
8. Development Dynamics :- Social Theory and Development Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya, Fadia &Fadia
9. Personnel Administration :– New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya, 2nd ARC
10. Public Policy: –  Mohit Bhattacharya, Prasad n Prasad (Dror) ,
11. Techniques of Administrative Improvement:- Fadia & Fadia, Mohit Bhattacharya
12. Financial Administration :-  2nd ARC

Paper- II :- For this paper 2nd ARC is the most important study source also news related to administrative problems and reforms are also very very useful.
1. Evolution of Indian Administration- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora.
2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora.
3. Public Sector Undertakings-Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora
4. Union Government and Administration- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. 2nd ARC.
5. Plans and Priorities– Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. 12th plan approach paper of Planning Commission .
6. State Government and Administration- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. Punchi commission report, 2nd ARC Report.
7. District Administration since Independence- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora , Punchi commission report, 2nd ARC Report.
8. Civil Services- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora, 2nd ARC Report.
9. Financial Management- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora, 2nd ARC Report.
10. Administrative Reforms since Independence- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. Punchi commission report, 2nd ARC Report.
11. Rural Development- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora, 2nd ARC Report.
12. Urban Local Government- Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. 2nd ARC Report.
13. Law and Order Administration :- 2nd ARC and Punchi Commission report.
14. Significant issues in Indian Administration- 2nd ARC , Internet , Current affairs related to polity and governance provided in www.prepareias.in

Simply you should go through folloing books-

New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya

Aministrative Thinkers- Prasad & Prasad

Paradigms of Public Administration by Nicholas Henry

Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora.

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Just follow our website for all required study material.

How to prepare Public Administration for UPSC/ IAS:-

 

1- The most important thing in public administration is conceptual clarity. For this you need to study some basic books so that you develop good understanding of the subject. Books can vary from person to person.. there are many books on pub-ad .. all of them are equally good but whichever book you are studying , study it well .. study it multiple times.

2- Answer writing is very important in public administration. Use more quotes from thinkers/personalities/your own in ‘certify’ your stand in the answer. Use ‘analytical’ keywords to link paragraphs and to give the answer a logical flow. It comes through practice and proper feedback.

3- Always prepare a model structure/synopsis of the answer before you start writing it.

4- Write very relevant introduction by using the keywords asked in the question and always write a futuristic and positve conclusion too.

5- Finally and most importantly, solve last 10 year previous year questions. Read a question. Imagine the answer sheet in your mind. Then, start thinking about the structure of the answer in each page. Think about the ‘thinkers’ concepts to be used and the quotes relevant for the answer. Just think and get a good structure. Then, write it down in a note book below the question. This is the effective preparation.

 

Best of Luck


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