(Download) UPSC Mains 2014 Exam Papers: Public Administration
Subject: Public Administration Paper -1
Exam Date: 19th December 2014
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:: Section – A ::
1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10 × 5 = 50
(a) What are the implications of the post-structuralism perspective on the
discrete aspects of Public Administrations, coming from its epistemological
(b) “Adaptive, problem-solving, temporary systems of diverse specialists, linked
together by coordinating executives in an organic flux – this is the original
form that will gradually replace bureaucracy.” Discuss, in the light of this
statement, the ‘end of bureaucracy’ thesis and its strengths and limitations.
(c) “Karl Marx’s interpretation of bureaucracy was rooted in the history of the
nature of the State.” Evaluate.
(d) “The conceptual division between administrative and constitutional law is
quite porous, and that along many dimensions, administrative law can be
considered more constitutional in character than the constitutions.” How would
you justify the statement?
(e) Is Peter Drucker justified in saying, “Management principles should not tell
us what to do, but only tell us what not to do”? Comment.
(a) “Governance theory and the notion of governmentality have many points of
convergence, but they run on parallel lines.” Comment. 20
(b) “Taylor’s ideas need modification in the context of post-industrial
economies in contemporary era.” Justify with reasons. 15
(c) How does the Strategic Contingencies Theory of organizational design deal
with problem arising from sub-unit centrality and non-substitutability? 15
(a) According to McGregor, “True professional help is not in playing God with
the client, but in placing professional knowledge and skill at the client’s
disposal”. In the light of the above, justify how theory Y is indicative and not
(b) “The notion of informal organization is a residual of cafeteria concept of
diverse and sprawling contents.” How does Gouldner establish the need for
understanding the interdigitations between the ‘formal’ and ‘informal’
(c) “The Right of Informal of not all about citizens’ empowerment, it
essentially redefines the concept of accountability.” Discuss. 15
(a) “New Public Management and post-New Public Management reforms initiatives
have affected the balance between managerial, political, administrative, legal,
professional and social accountability.” Analyze. 20
(b) “Delegation to independent agencies has taken place in an interdependent
process driven by emulation.” Discuss in the context of independent regulatory
agencies in the modern regulatory State. 15
(c) “Voluntary organizations have become tools of sensitization of governmental
agencies.” Comment. 15
:: Section - B ::
5. Answer the following question in about 150 words each: 10 × 5 = 50
(a) Critically examine the Riggsian concept of differentiation in the context
of post-globalization era.
(b) “The term Development Administration can be used only in a broad sense to
mark the variety of approaches and points of view.” Discuss.
(c) “The bottom line for governance is outcomes rather than the outputs of
government.” Analyze in the context of e-government and e-governance.
(d) “Policies determine politics as governments constrain.” Attempt a critique
of this statement.
(e) “Instead of reforms to budgetary process, Wildavsky process to redefine the
role of political institutional and rules by which politics leads to agreement
on budget.” Explain.
(a) “The fact that we call something performance auditing means that we imply
salient features which can distinguish it from other forms of inquiry.” Discuss
with reference to the main measures or indicators of performance measurement. 20
(b) “The Output Studies Approach to public policy analysis overstresses the
rational techniques and allocative dimension of public policy.” Analyze the
(c) “The field of MIS is not necessarily and extension of computer science, but
of management of organization theory.” Elucidate. 15
(a) “The technical and multidisciplinary nature of e-government has created
an interdependent relationship within government between policymakers, programme
administrators and technical specialists.” Analyze in the context of
generalist-specialist relationship. 20
(b) “Self-Help Groups have not only empowered women, but have also brought about
attitudinal change among all stakeholders towards women development.” Discuss.
(c) “Many Asian and African countries have inherited the colonial idea of civil
services as a privileged elite. Hence, the social status of the civil services
is an important aspect of the bureaucracy’s unsuitability for change.” Comment.
(a) Identify the main elements of Program Budgeting, Output Budgeting and
‘New’ Performance Budgeting. What do they have in common with PPBS? 20
(b) According to Y. Door, “The Science of Muddling through is essentially a
reinforcement of pro-inertia and anti-innovation ideas in policy-making”.
(c) “British philosophy of administration is based on a unification of science
of administration with ethics.” Analyze. 15