#37 Public Administration: Syllabus and Booklist

What is the meaning of  public administration?

Public administration is the implementation of government policy and also an academic discipline that studies this implementation and prepares civil employees for working in the public service.

What is the syllabus of public administration?

Paper I (Administrative Theory)

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; 
  • Motivation Theories content, 
  • process and contemporary; 
  • Theories of Leadership: 
  • Traditional and Modem:


  • 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
  • ‘Anti-development thesis
  • Bureaucracy and development
  • Strong state versus the market debate
  • Impact of liberalization on administration in developing countries 
  • Women and development of the self-help group movement.

9.Personnel Administration :

  • Importance of human resource development; Recruitment
  • training
  • career advancement
  • position classification
  • discipline, performance appraisal, 
  • promotion, pray 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 conceptualization, 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, 

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 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; Intra-governmental relations
  • Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister’s Office
  • Central Secretariat 
  • Ministries and Departments
  • Boards; Commissions 
  • Attached offices
  • Field organizations.

5.Plans and Priorities:

  • The 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
  • Union-State-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 Commission 
  • 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
  • Global-local 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
  • Criminalization 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.

What is the booklist for public administration ?

The booklist for the public administration ,you must be very selective while reading them and keep your syllabus in hand.

  1. Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad
  2. Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal
  3. New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
  4. Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia
  5. Public Administration In India 1st Edition – Maheshwari
  6. Public Administration In India – B L Fadia
  7. Public Administration – Laxmikant
  8. Public Administration and Public Affairs 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
  9. Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour 10th Edition – Robbins, Sanghi and Judge
  10. Pub Ad A new look- Mohit Bhattacharya
  11. Public Administration: Concepts and Theories- Basu Rumki

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