(Download) UPSC IAS Mains 2013 : Public Administration Paper - II
Subject : Public Administration
Paper : II
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:: Section - A ::
Q. 1. Attempt the following in about 150 words each:
(a) “The Charter Act of 1853 marked the beginning of
parliamentary system in India.” Explain.
(b) “Civil services neutrality is founded on the application of the principles
of Rule of Law”. Comment.
(c) “The second generation reforms in the Panchayati Raj institutions have
changed Panchayats from the agency of development at local level into a
political institution.” Discuss.
(d) “Finance Commission in India performs the job of statics aggregation.”
(e) “Planning enables comprehensive and scientific understanding of problems.”
Examine the statements in the context of planning methodology.
(a) “Bureaucratic agencies, characterized by established
procedures, specialization, leadership, clear objective, are not ideal to handle
disaster management.” Examine with reference to the need for administrative
flexibility in managing disaster. (in about 250 words)
(b) “The liberal-democratic ideology of the West influenced the shaping of value
premises of the India Constitution.” Discuss. (In about 250 words)
(c) “Autonomy to public sector understating is a myth.” Analysis in the context
of the use of government expenditure by politicians who control government at
different levels. (In about 150 words).
(a) “Laws are enacted without involving the police in the
conception stage, with the result implementation of these laws leaves much to be
desired.” Examine the role of police in protection of children. (In about 250
(b) “Central Secretariat is the nodal agency for administering the Union
subjects and establishing coordination among the various activities of the
government.” Discuss. (In about 250 words)
(c) Is there a need to dispense with the office of the Governor? Examine the
context of coalition governments. (In about 150 words) 10
(a) “There is a tendency of centralism in Indian federalism, but
it is not because of its institutional framework but because of its socialist
goals and centrally devised plan development.” Explain the statement in the
context of Union-State relationship. (In about 250 words) 20
(b) “Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in
Panchayat’s functions enhances efficiency, transparency and accountability and
also induces mass ICT culture.” Examine. (In about 250 words) 20
(c) “Judicial review of administrative tribunal’s decisions
defeats the very objective of establishing tribunals.” Comment with reference to
Central Administrative Tribunal. (In about 150 words)
:: Section - B ::
Q. 5. Attempt the following is not more than 150 words each:
(a) “Public Administration today tends to be less public
quantitative terms, but more responsive to public needs than before in
qualitative terms.” Examine with reference to citizen-centric administration.
(b) “Performance budgeting failed because it was applied to sectors/programmes
where quantitative evaluation was not feasible.” Examine the principles
underlying performance budgeting techniques.
(c) “The design of the Indian Polices was to subjugate the Indian People in the
aftermath of 1857.” Aalyse in the context of the Indian Police Act of 1861.
(d) “Reducing the size (geographical area) of the district will provide relief
to the overburdened and overworked collector.” Comment.
(e) “The concept of social audit is more comprehensive than that of traditional
(a) “Gandhian model of decentralization is similar to the
process of reinventing governance. “ Analyze in the context of good governance.
(In about 250 words) 20
(b) “According is the essence of producing promptly and clearly the facts
relating to financial condition and operations that are required as a basis of
management.” Substantiate the statement in the context of accounting methods and
techniques in government. (In about 250 words) 20
(c) Explain the important recommendation of V.T. Krishnamachary Committee (1962)
on Indian and State Administrative Services and problems of District
Administration. (In about 150 words) 10
(a) “The 73rd Amendment, it is felt, may accentuate fiscal
indiscipline by establishing between State and Local Governments a system of
transfers similar to the one in the place between the Central and State
Governments.” (World Bank) Comment. (In about 250 words) 20
(b) “Municipal Administration in India faces both structural and operational
challenges.” Examine in the context of post-74th Amendment Act. (In about 250
(c) “Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have contributed to a change in the role of rural
women in development — from symbolic participation to empowerment.” Discuss. (In
about 150 words) 10
(a) “There is both criminalization of politics and
politicization of criminals in India.” Examine and identify the challenges they
cause for law and order administration. (In about 250 words)20
(b) “The basic ethical problem for an administrator is to determine how he/she
values.” Comment with reference to corruption in administration. (In about 250
(c) Justify the constructional provision to treat certain expenditure as charged
upon the Consolidated Fund of India. (In about 150 words)