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

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

1. Comment on any Three of the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60 Marks
(a) Comment: “The Arthashastra is India’s oldest complete text on Public Administration”.
(b) Comment: “Kautilya’s Arthashastra has significant relevance to the contemporary Indian administration”.
(c) Comment: ‘The Mughal Administrative system was a military rule by nature and was centralized despotism”.
(d) Comment: “The period of British rule generated most of the structural and behavioral values of Indian Administration not by imitation but through interaction”.

2. Indian federalism is described as federal in form but unitary in spirit”.Discuss. 60 Marks

3. ‘The Indian Constitution considerably influences the nature, role and structure of Indian administration”. Elucidate. 60 Marks

4. “The Central Secretariat is a policy formulating coordinating and supervisory agency besides being the principal executive agency of the government”. Explain. 60 Marks

5. Comment on any Three of the following questions in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3=60 Marks
(a) Comment: “The use of the word `Socialist” in the Indian Constitution has become redundant in the context of the liberalized economy”.
(b) Comment: “In India, Prime Minister carries de facto powers of the Union Government.”
(c) Comment: “ In India, President has some special powers where he has to act upon his discretion”.
(d) Comment: “ Indian Constitution conferred supreme power to the President”.

6. “The Secretariat system of work has lent balance, consistency and continuity to the administration and serves as a nucleus for the total machinery of a ministry. The concept of Secretariat and Directorate method of working revived the hidden differences between Generalist Vs Specialist” .Explain. 60 Marks

7. “Rather than describing the Prime Minister’s position through phrases, it is better to examine how the office of the Prime Minister has actually evolved over time “. Explain 60 Marks

8. (a) The Planning Commission should reinvent itself a systems reforms commission in the backdrop of changed global domestic scenarios. Discuss 30 Marks
(b) “The essential purpose of Cabinet Committee is to relieve the cabinet of some burden of work”. Discuss. 30 Marks

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