(Download) IAS (Main) Public Administration Optional Paper-I : 2011

Union Public Service Commission
IAS Main
Public Administration Optional Paper - I

1. Comment on any Three of the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60 Marks
(a) A theory of public administration means in our time a theory of politics also. Comment.
(b) “Public and Private Administrations are two species of the same genus, but they also have special values and techniques of their own.”Comment.
(c) Politics-Administration dichotomy may be acceptable in theory but may not be acceptable in practice. Comment with reference to Wilson’s view.
(d) Scientific Management theory has no space for human aspects. Comment.

2. Describe the evolution of the discipline of public administration with special emphasis on post-1970 developments. What are the possible trends in its growth in the first decade of 21st Century? 60 Marks

3. “The themes developed at MINNOWBROOK conferences I, II & III largely focus on the current and future visions in the field of public administration.” Elucidate. 60 Marks

4. Bring out the core values, approaches and assumptions of traditional public administration, New Public Management and digital era of governance and how new has attempted to change or retain old, and to what extent. 60 Marks

5. Comment on any Three of the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60 Marks
(a) “In the science of administration, whether public or private, the basic ‘good’ is efficiency.” Comment.
(b) “Calling Woodrow Wilson, the father of Public Administration is doing injustice to equally or even more eminent contributions made prior to him.” Comment.
(c) “Once fully established, bureaucracy is among those social structures which are the hardest to destroy.” Comment.
(d) The Classical Science of Administration with special reference to its criticism by Dwight Waldo and Robert Dahl. Comment

6. Discuss the Classical theory of Administration with special reference to Fayol,Gullick & Urwick. 60 Marks

7. Max Weber tried his level best to ensure social acceptance of bureaucracy. Do you agree? Discuss. 60 Marks

8. (a) “Once fully established, bureaucracy is among those social structures which are the hardest to destroy.” Discuss. 30 Marks
(b) “The failure of classical theory of administration lies in its capacity to confront theory with evidence.” Discuss. 30 Marks

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