Public Administration for UPSC IAS Mains Exam
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Public Administration for UPSC IAS Mains Exam

Comprehensive course for IAS Aspirants | Thorough Practice | Includes study notes & online coaching

31 Weeks

Course Start Date: 3 Oct 2012

This course runs for 31 Weeks



live classes

Special care has been taken to conduct and prepare this course as per the UPSC Public Administration syllabus. The course comprises of a judicious mix of- LIVE instruction + Assignments +Doubt Clearing Sessions.

We do understand that practice is what makes one perfect. So, after every class, Homework assignments would be given to help you understand the question-type you can expect from the topic covered during the session.

Emphasis will be given on answer writing skills. Initially ‘model answers’ would be given to help you understand the structure required for the same.

Note: Some unique tricks would be taught to leverage illustrations and current affairs to score more marks.

Course Deliverables:
  •  40 LIVE classes
  •  50+ recorded classes of previous batch
  •  Course Duration: 4 months
  •  Model answers + Take home assignments
  • Monthly feed of Relevant topics on GK; Current Affairs for IAS Mains Paper II


NOTE: 12 tests (with model answers) available at extra charges
Class timings:
Weekdays: 6 AM to 7:30 AM or 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Weekends: 3 PM to 4:30 PM or 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Course Outline:

Paper I:

1. Introduction:
  • Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration
  • Wilson’s vision of Public Administration
  • Evolution of the discipline and its present status
  • New Public Administration
  • Public Choice approach
  • Challenges of Liberalization, Privatisation, Globalisation
  • Good Governance: concept and application
  • New Public Management

2. Administrative Thought:
  • Scientific Management and Scientific Management movement
  • Classical Theory
  • Weber’s bureaucratic model – its critique and post-Weberian Developments
  • Dynamic Administration (Mary Parker Follett)
  • Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others)
  • Functions of the Executive (C.I. Barnard)
  • Simon’s decision-making theory;
  • Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor)

3. Administrative Behaviour:
  • Process and techniques of decision-making
  • Communication
  • Morale
  • MotivationTheories – content, process and contemporary
  • Theories of Leadership: Traditional and Modern

4. Organisations:
  • Theories – systems, contingency
  • Structure and forms: Ministries and Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards and Commissions
  • Ad hoc and advisory bodies
  • Headquarters and Field relationships
  • Regulatory Authorities; Public – Private Partnerships

5. Accountability and control:
  • Concepts of accountability and control
  • Legislative, Executive and Judicial control over administration
  • Citizen and Administration
  • Role of media, interest groups, voluntary organizations
  • Civil society
  • Citizen’s Charters
  • Right to Information
  • Social audit

6. Administrative Law:
  • Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law
  • Delegated legislation
  • Administrative Tribunals

7. Comparative Public Administration:
  • Historical and sociological factors affecting administrative systems
  • Administration and politics in different countries
  • Current status of Comparative Public Administration
  • Ecology and administration
  • Riggsian models and their critique

8. Development Dynamics:
  • Concept of development
  • Changing profile of development administration
  • ‘Antidevelopment thesis’
  • Bureaucracy and development
  • Strong state versus the market debate
  • Impact of liberalisation on administration in developing countries
  • Women and development - the self-help group movement

9. Personnel Administration:
  • Importance of human resource development
  • Recruitment, training, career advancement, position classification, discipline, performance appraisal, promotion, pay and service conditions
  • Employer-employee relations, grievance redressal mechanism
  • Code of conduct
  • Administrative ethics

10. Public Policy:
  • Models of policy-making and their critique
  • Processes of conceptualisation, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and their limitations
  • State theories and public policy formulation

11. Techniques of Administrative Improvement:
  • Organisation and methods, Work study and work management
  • e-governance and information technology
  • Management aid tools like network analysis, MIS, PERT, CPM

12. Financial Administration:
  • Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets – types and forms
  • Budgetary process
  • Financial accountability; Accounts and audit


Paper II : Indian Administration

1. Evolution of Indian Administration:
  • Kautilya’s Arthashastra; Mughal administration
  • Legacy of British rule in politics andadministration - Indianization of public services
  • Revenue administration
  • District administration
  • Local self-government

2. Philosophical and Constitutional frameworkof government:
  • Salient features and value premises
  • Constitutionalism
  • Political culture
  • Bureaucracy and democracy
  • Bureaucracy and development

3. Public Sector Undertakings:
  • Public sector in modern India
  • Forms of Public Sector Undertakings
  • Problems of autonomy, accountability and control
  • Impact of liberalization and privatization

4. Union Government and Administration:
  • Executive, Parliament, Judiciary - structure, functions, work processes
  • Recent trends
  • Intragovernmental relations
  • Cabinet Secretariat
  • Prime Minister’s Office
  • Central Secretariat
  • Ministries and Departments;
  • Boards
  • Commissions
  • Attached offices
  • Field organizations

5. Plans and Priorities:
  • Machinery of planning
  • Role, composition and functions of the Planning Commission and the National Development Council
  • ‘Indicative’ planning
  • Process of plan formulation at Union and State levels
  • Constitutional Amendments (1992) and decentralized planning for economic development and social justice

6. State Government and Administration:
  • Union-State administrative, legislative and financial relations
  • Role of the Finance Commission;
  • Governor
  • Chief Minister
  • Council of Ministers
  • Chief Secretary
  • State Secretariat
  • Directorates

7. District Administration since Independence:
  • Changing role of the Collector
  • Unionstate- local relations;
  • Imperatives of development management and law and order administration
  • District administration and democratic decentralization

8. Civil Services:
  • Constitutional position
  • Structure, recruitment, training and capacity-building
  • Good governance initiatives
  • Code of conduct and discipline
  • Staff associations
  • Political rights
  • Grievance redressal mechanism
  • Civil service neutrality
  • Civil service activism

9. Financial Management:
  • Budget as a political instrument
  • Parliamentary control of public expenditure
  • Role of finance ministry in monetary and fiscal area
  • Accounting techniques
  • Audit
  • Role of Controller General of Accounts and Comptroller and Auditor General of India

10. Administrative Reforms since Independence:
  • Major concerns
  • Important Committees and Commissions
  • Reforms in financial management and human resource development
  • Problems of implementation

11. Rural Development:
  • Institutions and agencies since independence
  • Rural development programmes: foci and strategies
  • Decentralization and Panchayati Raj
  • 73rd Constitutional amendment

12. Urban Local Government:
  • Municipal governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas
  • 74th Constitutional Amendment
  • Globallocal debate
  • New localism
  • Development dynamics
  • politics and administration with special reference to city management

13. Law and Order Administration:
  • British legacy
  • National Police Commission
  • Investigative agencies
  • Role of central and state agencies including paramilitary forces in maintenance of law and order and countering insurgency and terrorism
  • Criminalisation of politics and administration
  • Police- public relations; Reforms in Police

14. Significant issues in Indian Administration:
  • Values in public service
  • Regulatory Commissions
  • National Human Rights Commission
  • Problems of administration in coalition regimes
  • Citizen-administration interface
  • Corruption and administration
  • Disaster management


After Successful Completion of 3 Batches, read what our students have to say about us!

"The Public Administration classes were very helpful, easy, precise, and also the teachers were very cooperative and knowledgeable. I am really grateful to WizIQ for coming up with the idea of such wonderful online learning platform that saves both time and money. I am looking forward to apply for some more courses." - Samardeep Singh.

"Shweta Ma’am is a very supportive teacher and highly knowledgeable. She is always ready to help students. A very professional teacher, who ensures that every student learns in her class.. Moreover her teaching style is amazing. She has a unique way of connecting with any student. I can say she is a complete teacher. Always ready to reply never ending queries of students with enthusiasm."- Deepti Bhola.

Language of instruction: English

About the instructor
Online Academy of IAS Coaching

Hyderabad , India

We teach students and aspirants of Indian Administrative Services and Architecture exams. We specialize in CSAT, General Studies for IAS Prelims and Mains, Public Administration for IAS Mains, Political Science for IAS Mains and Anthropology for IAS Mains. The faculty has qualifications from NITs and IIMs. We are a young Institute and go the extra mile and try harder for your success.


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