Public Administration Test Series for IAS Mains Exam "Test - 1"

Public Administration Test Series IAS-Mains

Public Administration Test Series for IAS Mains Exam

Test - 1

Test No: Test - 1

Maximum Marks: 250

Time Allotted: Three Hours

Important Instructions:

  1. There are EIGHT questions divided in two SECTIONS and printed in ENGLISH.

  2. Answers must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the Question – cum – Answer sheet in the space provided for the purpose.

  3. Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.

  4. The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of each question

  5. Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.

  6. Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.



Section A

Q.1. Answer the following questions in not more than 150 words each: 10x5=50

  1. A theory of public administration means in our time a theory of politics also. Comment. 10
  2. Discuss the themes developed at 2008 MINNOWBROOK conference (40 years after the first conference) . 10
  3. “….The paradigms of public administration may be understood in terms of locus and focus.” — Golembiewski . 10
  4. Weber’s ideas of impersonal detachment and esprit de corps are incompatible. Explain.10
  5. In Follett’s view, “authority belongs to the job and stays with the job.” Explain.10

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  1. Human relations approach has enlarged the role of social ethics in management philosophy. Discuss. 25
  2. Define the term ‘civil society’. How does civil society influence the public policy? 25

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Section B


(a) Read the following instances carefully and suggest what specific perspectives on organizational psychology of motivation would help the concerned organization to reconcile the needs of the following four persons with the needs of the organization: 30

  1. Mr. A comes to his office with clocklike punctuality; does his work with impeccable honesty and integrity; takes order from above gladly; responds well to overtures by peers; but neither mixes with anyone himself nor seeks anyone's company. What is more, he seems quite happy in his isolation.
  2. Mr. B is an efficient charge-hand at the welding shop. He is very outgoing and makes friends fast , but falls out with them very fast too. He is however easily pacified when anyone asks him to calm down in the name of the organization.
  3. Dr. C is completely happy and absorbed when he is teaching in the classes, and does not at all mind when his workload gets heavier and covers new areas. But he gets angry when the finance section raises objections about his medical bills; and is furious that the higher administration is yet to give him full tenure.
  4. Mr. D is a metallurgist in the forge shop of the steel plant, and has received honours for his innovativeness in modifying conventional alloys. He also paints well and values his painting skills far more than his metallurgy and is extremely unhappy that the company house journal did not finally carry his water sketch on its front cover.

(b) Suppose the Government of India is thinking of constructing a dam in a mountain valley girded by forests and inhabited by ethnic communities. What rational techniques of policy analysis should it resort to for coping with likely uncertainties and unforeseen contingencies? 20

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  1. Indicate the milestones in the story of development from the Nehruvian Model to the Liberalisation Model. 20
  2. Comment : An attack has been made on the “top down” character of the kind of implementation studies and an alternative ‘bottom up’ ‘approach has been developed.’ 15
  3. Explain the ‘Peter Principle’ in respect of promotion policy in a hierarchical organization. 15

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