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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: Timetable for Public Administration Answer writing challenge for UPSC MAINS 2016

 

 


PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Timetable for Public Administration Answer writing challenge for UPSC MAINS 2016


(This is a contribution being made by Amazing Peter Parker, one of Insightians. If other Insightians come forward and contribute for other optional subjects, it will be of great help)

Note: We are coming up with similar plan for Geography and Anthropology

 

This is an effort to make best use of Insights for Public administration students. This plan is fully aligned with the Insights mains test series schedule. Let us learn and contribute at the same time.

Entire schedule is divided into three parts.

Part 1– Entire syllabus in baby steps; 4-5 questions each day according to the schedule;

Part 2– Entire Syllabus in giant steps; 4-5 questions each day according to the schedule;

Part 3- Questions from the entire syllabus; 5-6 questions each day.

No questions will be asked on Sundays. 10 questions will be asked on Special days according to the Insights plan.

People say Pub Ad is tough. And it is. But with proper practice one can easily score 250+ in Pub Ad. I scored 39 in my second paper thanks to too much of philosophy in 2013; I learned from that debacle and scored 250/500 in 2014 after scribbling for at least 100 marks. The problem was – Lack of writing practice!

 

Last four years taught me following four things.

  1. Get Aribam – Its the best. We don’t need to read any other book; Revise; Revise;
  2. Draw ample number of diagrams. Connect with the contemporary events;
  3. Simple language; No abstraction; Full substantiation;
  4. Nothing beats ample writing practice;

Make best use of this initiative.

Regards,

Amazing Peter Parker.

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Date Topics
Aug 17th – Aug 19th 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.

Aug 20th – Aug 24th  

2. Administrative Thought:

Scientific Management and Scientific Management movement; Classical Theory; Webers 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); Simons decisionmaking theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor).

Aug 25th – 26th  

3. Administrative Behaviour:

Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation Theories content, process and contemporary; Theories of Leadership: Traditional and Modern.

Aug 27th Insights Optional test 1- 10 Questions; From the Above 3 topics
Aug 28th – 29th  

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.

Aug 30th – Sept 1st 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; Citizens Charters; Right to Information; Social audit.

Sept 2nd – Sep 4th 6. Administrative Law:

Meaning, scope and significance; Dicey on Administrative law; Delegated legislation; Administrative Tribunals.

Sep 5th – 7th  

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.

Sep 8th – 9th  

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.

Sept 10th; Insights Optional Test -2; 10 questions from all the above 8 topics;
Sep 11th-12th  

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.

Sep 13th-14th  

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.

Sep 15th-16th  

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.

Sep 17th-18th  

12. Financial Administration:

Monetary and fiscal policies; Public borrowings and public debt Budgets   types and forms; Budgetary process; Financial accountability; Accounts and audit.

Sep 19th       Full Revision Test – 10 Questions; Will cover all the Paper 1 Topics
Sep 20th – 21st  

1. Evolution of Indian Administration:

Kautilyas Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in politics and administration – Indianization of public services, revenue administration, district administration, local self-government.

Sept 22nd – 23rd 2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government:

Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture; Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development.

Sept 24th Insights Optional Test – 3; Questions will be asked from all the above covered topics;
Sept 25th-26th  

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.

Sept 27th-28th 4. Union Government and Administration:

Executive, Parliament, Judiciary – structure, functions, work processes; Recent trends; Intragovernmental relations; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Ministers Office; Central Secretariat; Ministries and Departments; Boards; Commissions; Attached offices; Field organizations.

Sept 29th-30th 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.

Oct 1st Insights Optional Test – 4; 10 questions; Questions will be asked from all the above covered topics;
Oct 3rd 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.

Oct 4th-5th 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.

Oct 6th-7th  

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.

Oct 8th Insights Optional Test – 5; 10 questions; Questions will be asked from all the above covered topics;
Oct 9th-10th  

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.

Oct 11th – 12th  

10. Administrative Reforms since Independence:

Major concerns; Important Committees and Commissions; Reforms in financial management and human resource development; Problems of implementation.

Oct 13th – 14th  

11. Rural Development:

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

Oct 15th – 16th  

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.

Oct 18th  

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.

Oct 19th 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.

Oct 20th Total Revision test – 10 questions; 5 questions from Paper 1; 5 Questions from Paper 2
Oct 21st – 26th 1. Introduction:

Meaning, scope and significance of Public Administration; Wilsons 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; Webers 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); Simons decisionmaking theory; Participative Management (R. Likert, C. Argyris, D. McGregor).

 

3. Administrative Behaviour:

Process and techniques of decision-making; Communication; Morale; Motivation Theories 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.

Oct 27th – 28th 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; Citizens 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.

Oct 29th Insights Optional Test – 6; 10 questions; Full syllabus;
Oct 30th – Nov 4th 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.

Nov 5th – 9th 1. Evolution of Indian Administration:

Kautilyas Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule in politics and administration – Indianization of public services, revenue administration, district administration, local self-government.

 

2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of 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 Ministers 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.

Nov 10th – 14th 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.

Nov 15 – 18th 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.

Nov 19th Insights Optional Test – 7; 10 questions; Full syllabus;
Nov 20th – Dec 2nd Each day 5-6 questions; From the Entire syllabus;

 

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