UPSC Mains 2017 Public Administration Optional Categorised Analysis (Paper-2)

 UPSC Mains 2017 Public Administration Optional Categorised Analysis (Paper-2)


Q1. Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10×5=50

  1. “Constitutionalism is the foundation of the administrative edifice e in India.” Discuss  (Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government)
  2. “The status and functioning of the Cabinet Secretariat face a stiff challenge from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).” Argue both in favour and against the contention. (Union Government and Administration)
  3. “Effectiveness of local-self government institutions is hampered due to the lack of capacity building of the elected representative s.” Elaborate (Rural Development)
  4. “Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India face tough competition from the private enterprises and Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) . “ Explain (Public Sector Undertakings)
  5. Do you agree that “All India Judicial Service (AIJS) would contribute to timely delivery of justice to the citizens? Argue your case (Union Government and Administration)

Q2. 20+15+15 marks

  1. “The market reforms have not infringed the basic structure of the Constitution of India, but have largely compromised the realization of the ideals of social and economic justice.” Comment (Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government)
  2. “The idea of lateral entry into the Civil Services would energies Indian administration.” What are its possible advantages and limitations?    (Civil Services)
  3. “Pro-Active Governance and Timely implementation (PRAGATI) is an innovative project of the Union Government.” Discuss its features and modalities  (Union Government and Administration)

Q3. 20+ 15+ 15 marks

  1. “The position of council of ministers in a state is reduced to that of a body of a secretaries in the presence of a domineering of chief minister.” Critically analyse with examples (State Government and Administration)
  2. “Indianisation of Public Services is a slow but steady process.” Explain ( Evolution of Indian Administration)
  3. "Digitalization of land records is a necessary but not sufficient precondition for ensuring transparent district administration.” Explain (District Administration since Independence)

Q4. 20+15+15 marks

  1. “Bureaucracy has to make a balance the need for environmental sustainability and developmental imperatives .” Discuss (Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government)
  2. “The chief secretary is often termed as the alter ego of the Chief Minister.” Discuss, with examples, the dynamics of their relationship in State administration. (State Government and Administration)
  3. District Planning Committee (DPC) has been the weakest structure in the local self-government mechanism in India .” Analyze with examples (District Administration since Independence)

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Section - B

Q5). Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10×5=50

  1.  “The institution of Gram Sabha has very little connection with the Gandhian spirit of direct democracy.” Critically examine  (Rural Development)
  2. “There is a need for greater inclusion of technocrats in bureaucracy to ensure effective governance in India.” Do you agree” Elucidate ( Civil Services)
  3. “Civil servants should avoid airing grievances in the media.” In the context , discuss the grievance redressal mechanisms available to the Civil Servants in India. (Civil Services)
  4. Do you think k that Public Service Guarantee Acts passed by various State Governments are an extension to the Citizen Charter? Give reasons (Civil Services)
  5. “The office of Comptroller General of Accounts (CGA) is expected to strengthen public financial management in India”. Discuss its mandate. (Financial Management)

Q6). 20+15+15 marks

  1. “The Prime Ministers awards for Excellence in Public Administration encourage good governance initiatives. “ Discuss some such initiatives by the Civil Servants in this context. (Civil Services)
  2. “Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has led to a paradigm shift in the Centre-State relations , both financially and politically .” Analyze with examples  (State Government and Administration)
  3. “The Right to Information (RTI) has started its journey but is far from its destination.” Comment (Significant issues in Indian Administration)

Q7. 20+15+15 marks

  1. “Disaster preparedness and management has become an important component of district administration in India.” Discuss with suitable illustrations (Significant issues in Indian Administration)
  2. In view of the contemporary internal scenario should “law and order” be made a part of the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India? Justify your opinion (Law and Order Administration)
  3. ”The image of Indian Police can be improved if its structure and orientations are transformed radically.” Do you agree? Elaborate (Law and Order Administration)

Q8). 20+15+15 marks

  1. Discuss, with sustainable examples, the emerging challenges faced by the Regulatory Commissions as to the arbitrary agents between the State and the market forces (Significant issues in Indian Administration)
  2. “The ‘policy of non-action’ regarding the institutional mechanisms and legal provisions to eradicate corruption is a feature of Indian Administration.” Critically examine (Significant issues in Indian Administration)
  3. “The Second Administrative Reform Commission (ARC) makes a strong case for the principle of subsidiary .”Elaborate (Administrative Reforms since Independence)
    Paper – 2       No. of Qs   Total Marks
    Evolution of Indian Administration 01 20
    Philosophical and Constitutional 03 50
    framework of government    
    Public Sector Undertakings 01 10
    Union Government and Administration    03 30
    Plans and Priorities 00 00
    State Government and Administration 03 60
    District Administration since Independence 02 20
    Civil Services 05 70
    Financial Management 01 10
    Administrative Reforms since Independence  01 10
    Rural Development 02 20
    Urban Local Government 00 00
    Law and Order Administration 02 30
    Significant issues in Indian Administration 04 70

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