(Download) UPSC IAS Mains 2011: Public Administration (Paper -1) Optional Question Paper

(Download) UPSC IAS Mains 2011: Public Administration (Paper -1 ) Optional Question Paper

Subject: Public Administration

Exam Date: 2nd November 2011

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Paper- I

Section A

Q.1. Answer the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20×3=60
(a) ‘A crisis of credibility’ in the administrative system can be overcome only by ‘reinventing government’. Comment.
(b) ‘Media is a Parliament of citizens,’ Explain.
(c) E-governance is the final arrival of Max Weber’s ‘iron cage of rationality’. Discuss.


(a) In a evolution of the discipline of Public Administration, Minnow brook Conference I, II and III reflect the discipline’s reconceptualisation and its changing values. Elucidate. 30
(b) Critically examine conflict resolution according to M.P. Follett. Explain how McGregor took forward her ideas in the context of complex organizations. 30


(a) Whereas Down’s model is largely dependent of a theory of psychological motivation, Niskanen’s model is framed by neo-classical thinking.
In the light of the above, discuss the public choice approach to decision-making. 30
(b) The Systems Approach is relevant even today for organizational analysis. Discuss how Chester Barnard and David Easton adopted this approach in their respective areas of study.


(a) Whereas ‘value for money’ audit aims at economy and ‘performance’ audit seek efficiency, ‘social audit goes beyond both, to examine the effectiveness of a programme or activity.
Examine this statement with suitable illustrations. 30
(b) Make a critical assessment of Dicey’s understanding of the Rule of Law Droit Administratif. 15
(ii) Make out a case for Delegated Legislation. 15

Section B

Q.5. Answer the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20×3=60
(a) ‘Budget is a series of goals with price-tags attached.’ Explain.
(b) ‘Polity is being made as it is being administrated and administered as it is being.’ Comment.
(c) ‘Position Classification can be problematic. A serious complaint in its practice is that is dehumanizes the employee.’ Discuss


(a) Neither Edward Weidner nor Fred Riggs was able to describe the process of development administration adequately. Explain the drawbacks and weaknesses in their theoretical analyses. 30
(b) Indicate the milestones in the story of development from the Nehruvian Model to the Liberalisation Model. 30


(a) Civil Servants must be moralists in action, living up to Paul Appleby’s dictum that ‘responsible government is ethical government’. Examine this statement in the fight of good governance.
(b) Critically examine the following statements in the field of Policy Science.
(i) The increment list paradigm posits a conservative tendency in public policy making. 15
(ii) Dror’s Optional Model is a fusion of the economically rational model with the extra-rational model. 15


(a) (i) What are the main functions of an O and M office? 15
(ii) A system of Information ties planning and control by managers to the operational system of implementation. Elaborate. 15
(b) An administrator uses the budget as framework for communication and co-ordination, as well as for exercising administrative discipline throughout the administrative structure. Explain


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