Public Administration Papers Topic : Civil Services


Public Administration Papers Topic : Civil Services


  • Do State Services suffer in comparison with the All - India and Central Services? Suggest measures for enhancing the role, competence and impact of State Services.(30 marks 2009)
  • 'Training of civil servants for capacity ( building should be in consonance with the needs of the socio - economic and technological development of the country.' Explain.(30 marks 2008)
  • "A well - designed module-based training for Civil Servants is the best way to achieve the goals of good governance." Analyse. (20 marks 2007)
  • 'Performance Appraisal Systems' with special reference to the Performance Management and Evaluation System (PMES) are expected to transform the bureaucratic culture of Indian administration. Do you agree ? Give reasons. (30 marks 2011)
  • Comment on the following . statements :- (30 marks 2010)
  • (i) "The more developed an administrative system became the greater the likelihood that it would have developmental effects."
  • (ii) "The thrust of development administration failed to energise the Indian bureaucracy."
  •  Discuss the relationship between governance and development in anyone Indian Stater giving illustrations.(30 marks 2009)
  • "Social (Welfare) Administration in India is witnessing specialization and faster expansion of its administrative agencies," Evaluate.(20 marks 2007)
  • "Grievance redressal system is perhaps the weakest link in India's Civil service management." Comment. (15 marks 2011)
  • "The weakest aspect of Indian administration is the grievance redressal machinery." Discuss. (20 marks 2009)
  • "Civil service neutrality is a fiction. How can any thinking person be neutral ?" Comment. (20 marks 2010)
  • "There is no basic contradiction between Civil Service neutrality and Civil Service activism." Comment. (20 marks 2009)
  • 'Good governance is closely aligned with effective democratic governance.' Elaborate. (12 marks 2012)
  • Indian administration is yet to fully appreciate and adopt the benefits of Information Technology. Elucidate. (15 marks 2012)
  • “Civil services neutrality is founded on the application of the principles of Rule of Law”. Comment. (10 marks 2013)
  • “Judicial review of administrative tribunal’s decisions defeats the very objective of establishing tribunals.” Comment with reference to Central Administrative Tribunal. (10 marks 2013)
  • “The concept of social audit is more comprehensive than that of traditional audit.” Comment. (10 marks 2013)
  • Assess the role of honest and upright civil servants in regulatory and development administration in India. Give examples to substantiate your arguments. (20 marks 2014)
  • Elaborate the features of the grievances redressal mechanism of the civil services in India. Does this mechanism satisfy the objective of its creation? (10 marks 2014)
  • Discuss the need for civil services neutrality in development administration. Suggest some measures for achieving and strengthening it in practice.(20 marks 2014)
  • “Information Communication Technology (ICT) improves the quality of public service delivery, but fails to check bribery.” Comment. (10 marks 2015)
  • Discuss the major highlights of the reforms introduced from time-to-time in Central Civil Services Conduct Rules and add your own comments. (10 marks 2015)
  • “Autonomy granted to higher civil servants tends to increase their creativity and productivity.” Argue the case to make the civil service more accountable as well as innovative. (10 marks 2016)
  • “In a democratic polity, any conception of ethics and integrity in public life must encompass not only politicians and civil servants but also citizens.” Discuss. (20 marks 2016)
  • “The idea of lateral entry into the Civil Services would energies Indian administration.”What are its possible advantages and limitations? (20 marks 2017)
  • “There is a need for greater inclusion of technocrats in bureaucracy to ensure effective governance in India.” Do you agree” Elucidate(10 marks 2017)
  • “Civil servants should avoid airing grievances in the media.” In the context , discuss the grievance redressal mechanisms available to the Civil Servants in India. (10 marks 2017)
  • Do you think  that Public Service Guarantee Acts passed by various State Governments are an extension to the Citizen Charter? Give reasons(10 marks 2017)
  • “The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration encourage good governance initiatives. “ Discuss some such initiatives by the Civil Servants in this context. (20 marks 2017)
  • It is apprehended that lateral entry will lead to politicisation of bureaucracy. Do you agree? Justify(10 marks 2018)
  • “The 'enablers' and 'facilitators' are yet to replace the inspectors' and “controllers' in the civil service in India. Do you agree? Justify. (10 marks 2018)
  • "Competency mapping is important for effective allocation of responsibilities to administrators.” Do you think that a generalist administrator can handle all issues as effectively as a specialist Discuss. (20 marks 2018)
  • "Effective public grievance redressal requires administrative commitment. But process reengineering can help prevent some grievances.” Discuss. (20 marks 2018)
  • Emerging developmental aspirations of the society necessitate the constitutional amendment to change the present safeguards available to the civil servants. Evaluate the pros and cons of such an amendment. (10 Marks 2019)
  • Capacity issues relating to employees have hampered the implementation of several government programmes. Trace the reasons in the context of the provisions of the National Training Policy, 2012. (20 Marks 2019)
  • Effective ‘Performance Management System’ needs to precede ‘taking deadwood out’ from bureaucracy. Comment. (10 Marks )
  • ‘Sevottam Scheme’ had great potential to reform service delivery, but opportunity is frittered away. Comment. (10 Marks 2019)
  • Political neutrality of civil servants has been regarded as one of the cardinal principles in democrntic governments. Is its sanctity being maintained in practice in India? Elucidate.(10 Marks 2020)
  • Civil servants are trained to follow rules and procedures so much that they become bureaucrazy. Do you agree? Justify. (10 Marks 2020)

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