UPSC Mains 2023 Public Administration Optional Categorized Analysis (Paper-2)

 UPSC Mains 2023 Public Administration Optional Categorized Analysis (Paper-2)

  • Exam Name: UPSC IAS Mains Public Administration (Paper-II)
  • Marks: 250
  • Time Allowed: 3 Hours


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

(a) "Kautilya's Arthashastra is a theoretical work on the State and Statecraft." Comment. 10 (Evolution of Indian Administration)
(b) Critics, sometimes, argue that bureaucracy is an impediment to a nation's development.Analyse. 10 (Philosophical and Constitutional Framework of Government)
(c) The Ninety-First Constitutional Amendment Act successfully right-sized the Council of Ministers both at Union and State levels. Comment. 10(Union Government and Administration)
(d) Is it true that the Finance Commission has been lending financial strength to the local bodies in India? Argue in favour of your response. 10 (Union Government and Administration)
(e) "Parliamentary democracy in India envisages elected head as the real executive of a State."Discuss. 10(Philosophical and Constitutional Framework of Government)
2. (a) "Indian Prime Minister is more empowered than his British counterpart in the Westminster model of democracy." Elucidate. 20(Union Government and Administration)
(b) Post-amendment period Panchayats have become a platform of competitive politics, but could not emerge as an agency of planning and service delivery. Examine. 20 (Plans and Priorities)
(c) Former Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra observed : "An efficient judiciary is the hallmark of a great nation." Comment. 10(Union Government and Administration)
3. (a) India has significantly advanced in its development goals, increased efficiency in the public sector and unlocked innovation in private sector by adopting the approach of building Digital Public Infrastructure. Elucidate. 20 (Public Sector Undertakings)
(b) "Attempts to prepare unified and holistic plans for the country are complex and full of challenges." Discuss. 20 (Plans and Priorities)
(c) "Excessive political interference in development process has become a cause of concern in achieving national goals." Examine. 10(Plans and Priorities)
4. (a) "There shall be Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions, except .... ." This constitutional provision is being intensively debated nowadays. Elucidate. 20(State Government and Administration)
(b) There is a need to redefine and realign the functions of the Deputy Conmissioner/District Collector. Elaborate. 20(District Administration Since Independence)
(c) Examine Project Bharatmala - Road to Prosperity - launched in 2017. 10 (Urban Local Government)


5:- Answer the following in about 150 words. (10 x 5 = 50)

(a) The district training component of Induction Training of IAS officers requires to be revisited. Examine. 10(District Administration Since Independence)
(b) "Mission Antyodaya strives to realize the vision of poverty-free India." Examine. 10 (Rural Development)
(c) The dynamics of coalitions vary with the nature of leadership, political parties and contemporary political conditions. Analyze. 10 (Union Government and Administration)
(d) Computerization of treasuries has revolutionized the accounting and budget planning process. Comment. 10 (Financial Management)
(e) Do you agree that code of ethics and code of conduct for ministers would help in upholding higher standards of their constitutional and ethical conduct? Explain. 10 (Civil Services)
6.(a) "Civil Service Reforms along with a transparent transfer policy will go a long way in insulating civil servants from undesired political pulls and pressures." Discuss. 20 (Administrative Reforms Since Independence)
(b) "The withdrawal of AFSPA from Tripura has sent a positive signal across the State and NorthEastern Region." Do you think that now it is an appropriate time to take a more rational policy decision in this matter. 20 (Law and Order Administration)
(c) The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is by far the most significant cleanliness campaign by the Government of India. Comment. 10  (Union Government and Administration)
7.(a) Accountability of the Executive to the Parliament in the domain of financial administration is secured through CAG reports. Discuss. 20 (Financial Management)
(b) The government response to the Supreme Court's judgement on Police Reforms has been lackadaisical. The reasons are multiple and multidimensional. Discuss. 20(Law and Order Administration)

(c) Disasters can push the world's poorest deeper into poverty. Do you think that a comprehensive strategy to deal with such vulnerabilities is required? 10 (Significant Issues in Indian Administration)
8.(a) In the context of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission recommendations, evaluate Public-Private Partnership (PPP) as a preferred mode of implementing infrastructural projects.20(Administrative Reforms Since Independence)
(b) In 2011, India ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Evaluate the existing legal framework for fulfilling this commitment. 20(Significant Issues in Indian Administration)
(c) Shyama Prasad Mukherji Urban Mission is a cluster-based approach of converging rural development efforts of different departments of the government. Comment. 10 (Rural Development)


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