(Syllabus) Indian Public Administration - Optional
Public Administration Syllabus for
1. Introduction : Meaning, scope and significance. Evolution and status
of the discipline. Comparative Public Administration and Development
Administration. Public and Private Administration: State versus market debate.
New Pubic Administration. New Public Management perspective.
2. Basic concepts and principles : Organisation, hierarchy, Unity of
command, Span of control, Authority and Responsibility, Co-ordination,
Centralization and Decentralization, Delegation, Supervision, Line and Staff.
3. Theories of Administration : Scientific Management (Taylor and the
Scientific Managment Movement), Classical Theory (Fayol, Urwick, Gulick and
others) Bureaucratic Theory (Weber and his critics). Ideas of Mary Parker
Follett and C.I. Barnard; Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others).
Behavioral Approach, Systems approach.
4. Administrative Behaviour : Decision making with special reference to
H. Simon, communication and control, leadership theories. Theories of motivation
(Maslow and Herzberg)
5. Accountability and Control : The concepts of Accountability and
control : Legislative, executive and judicial control. Citizen and
Administration: Role of civil society, people's participation and Right to
6. Administrative Systems : Comparative administrative features of USA,
Great Britain, France and Japan.
7. Personnel Administration : Role of Civil Service in developing
societies; position classification, Recuritment, Training, Promotion, Pay and
Service conditions. Relations with the Political Executive; Administrative
8. Financial Administration : Budget: Concepts and forms. Formulation and
execution of budget, deficit financing and public debt, Accounts and Audit.
9. Union Government and Administration in India. British legacy :
Constitutional context of Indian Administration; The President, Prime Minister
and the Council of Ministers; Central Secretariat; Cabinet Secretariat, Prime
Minister's Office, Planning Commission; Finance Commission; Election Commission;
Comptroller and Auditor-General of India. Public enterprises: Patterns, role
performance and impact of liberalization.
10. Civil Services in India : Recruitment to All India and Central
Services. Union Public Service Commission; Training of Civil Servants.
Generalists and Specialists. Minister-Civil Servant relationship.
11. State and District Administration : Governor, Chief Minister,
Secretariat, Chief Secretary, Directorates, District Collector: changing role.
12. Local Government : Panchayati Raj and Urban local Government: Main
features, structures, finances and problem areas. 73rd and 74th Constitutional
Public Administration Syllabus for Main
I Introduction : Meaning, scope and significance of Public
Administration, Public and Private Administration, Wilson's vision of Public
Administration, Evolution of the discipline and its present status. New Public
Administration. Public choice approach and New Public Management perspective.
Features of Entrepreneurial Government, Good Governance : concept and
II Theories of Administration : Nature and typologies; Scientific
Management (Taylor and the Scientific Management Movement), Classical Theory (Fayol,
Urwick, Gulick and others), Bureaucratic Theory. (Marxist view, Weber's model
and its critique, post-Weberian developments.) Ideas of Mary Parker Follett and
(C.I. Barnard) Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and and others). Behavioral
Approach to Organizational Analysis. Participative Management; (McGregor, Likert
and others). The Systems Approach; Open and closed systems.
III Structure of public organisations : Typologies of Political Executive
and their functions. Forms of public organizations : Ministries and Departments
: Corporations; Companies, Boards and Commissions; Ad hoc and Advisory bodies.
Headquarters and field relationships.
IV Administrative Behaviour : Decision making with special reference to
Herbert Simon, Theories of Leadership, Communication, Morale, Motivation (Maslow
V Accountability and Control : Concepts of Accountability and Control;
Legislative Executive and Judicial Control over Administration. Citizen and
Administration, Role of civil society, people's participation, Right to
information. Administrative corruption, machinery for redressal of citizens'
grievances. Citizens Charter.
VI Administrative Law : Meaning and significance. Delegated Legislation :
Types, Advantages, Limitations, Safeguards, Administrative Tribunals :
limitations and methods of ensuring effectiveness.
VII Administrative Reforms : Meaning, process and obstacles. Techniques
of administrative improvement : O and M; Work Study and Work Management,
VIII Comparative Public Administration : Meaning, nature and scope.
Models of Comparative Public Administration : Bureaucratic and ecological.
IX Development Administration : Origin and purpose, Rigg's Prismatic-Sala
Model; Bureaucracy and Development; Changing profile of Development
Administration; new directions in people's self development and empowerment.
X Public Policy : Relevance of Policy making in Public Administration.
Model of Policy-making Sectoral policies (e.g. Energy, Industries Education and
Transport Policies) Process of Policy formulation, problems of implementation,
feed-back and evaluation.
XI Personnel Administration : Objectives of Personnel Administration.
Importance of human resource development. Recruitment, training, career
development, position classification, discipline, Performance Appraisal,
Promotion, Pay and Service Conditions; employer- employee relations, grievance
redressal mechanism integrity and code of conduct.
XII Financial administration : Monetary and fiscal policies. Resource
mobilisation : tax and non-tax sources. Public borrowings and public debt.
Concepts and types of budget. Preparation and execution of the budget. Deficit
financing Performance budgeting. Legislative control, Accounts and Audit.
1. Evolution of Indian Administration Kautilya, Mughal period, British legacy.
2. Constitutional framework value premises of the Constitution, Parliamentary
democracy, federalism, Planning. Human Rights : National Human Rights
3. Union Government and Administration President Prime Minister, Council of
Ministers, Cabinet committees, Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office,
Central Secretariat, Ministries and Departments, Advisory Bodies, Boards and
Commissions, Field Organizations.
4. State Government and AdministrationÃ¢â‚¬â€œGovernor, Chief Minsiter, Council of
Ministers, Chief Secretary, State Secretariat Directorates.
5. District Administration Changing role of the District Collector : Law and
Order and Development Management. Relationship with functional departments.
District administration and the Panchayati Raj institutions. Role and functions
of the Sub-Divisional Officer.
6. Local Government : Panchayati Raj and Urban Local Government. Structures,
Functions, finances. Main features of 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendements :
Problems of implementation. Major rural and urban development programmes and
7. Public Sector : Forms of public undertakings. Their contribution to the
economy; problems of autonomy and accountability. Changing role of the Public
Sector in the context of liberalisation.
8 Public Services : All India Services Constitutional position , role and
functions. Central Services : nature and functions. Union Public Service
Commission. State Services and the State Public Service Commissions. Training in
the changing context of governance.
9. Control of Public Expenditure. Parliamentary control Estimates Committee,
Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Public Undertakings, Office of the
Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Role of the Finance Ministry in
monetary and fiscal policy area, co-ordination and economy in expenditure.
10. Administrative Reforms : Reforms since independence. Reports of the
Administrative Reforms Commission, Problems of implementation.
11. Machinery for Planning : Role, composition and review of functions of the
Planning Commission; Role of the National Development Council. Process of Plan
formulation at Union and State levels. Decentralized planning.
12. Administration of Law and Order : Role of Central and State Agencies in
maintenance of law and order. Criminalisation of politics and administration.
13. Welfare Administration : Machinery for welfare administration at the
national and state levels. Central Social Welfare Board and the State, Social
Welfare Boards. Special organizations for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes
and Scheduled Tribes. Welfare Programmes for women and children. Problems of
child labour. Role of civil society.
14. Major issues in Indian Administration : problems of Centre-State Relations;
Relationship between political and permanent Executives. Values in Public
Service and Administrative Culture. Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas. Development and
environmental issues. Impact of information Technology on Public Administration.
Indian Administration and Globalisation.
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