FAQs About Public Administration
Q1. What is the basic reason for Public Administration
becoming so popular among the aspirants of Civil Services and State Services ?
Ans. Public Administration is pragmatic in nature dealing also with Indian
Administrative System, which facilitates the success of candidates at each and
every stage of examination, that is, Preliminary, Mains and Interview. As
compared to other social sciences, humanities, Public Administration is more
dependable and manageable within a specified time period subject to the
condition that a systematic approach is adopted during the course of preparation
to meet the requirements of the examination.
Q.2. What is the best way to understand the contributions
of the thinkers in a right perspective?
Ans. Learn basic theories and techniques of Managements relevant to the
subject matter of Public Administration. This is important because most of the
thinkers have been primarily concerned with developing theories to improve the
management of private sector. First of all, try to understand the essential
ingredients of any theory and also understand the contemporary
socio-eco-political conditions prevailing at the time of the crystallization of
the theories.After this, the second step should be to understand the
contributions of respective thinkers under specific theories.
Q.3. What specific suggestions you can offer to prepare
the Mains with Public Administration?
Ans. (a) The syllabus comprises of two papers, but it is never desirable to
prepare the two papers separately. The integrated approach to the completion of
syllabus is always desirable. This saves time and provides in-depth
understanding of the subject matter in a realistic manner.
(b) The main examination is generally considered to be highly subjective in
nature. But through objective preparation the zone of subjectivity can be
reduced to a great extent.
(c) Conceptual topics, like Theories of Administration, Administrative Behaviour,
Comparative and Development Administration, require extra effort but are scoring
at the same time.
(d) Comments, statements and observations by eminent thinkers, scholars and
administrators should be analysed with due emphasis to grasp their substantive
Q.4. What should be the best way to present answers in the
Ans. On completion of the textual readings, writing practice is must. Try to
attempt the answers in an orderly, effective and exact expression, combined with
due economy of words. In comment type questions your attempt should be to answer
well within the prescribed limits. For medium and long questions the answers
should be written in about 300 and 500–700 words respectively. To conclude, it
can be suggested that the consultation of authentic standard reference books is
crucial in the success-oriented preparation of Public Administration.
Q.5. I do not have any background in Public Administration
(henceforth PA). Will I be able to cope?
Ans. PA is the only subject in which almost all the students choosing it as
an optional subject are without any formal background whatsoever. It attracts
students of backgrounds as diverse as Engineering, MBBS, MBA, pure science
students as well as social science ones..
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