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Status of "leaked" syllabus : Public Administration

edited October 2015 in Public Administration
Hello all
Many of you might be aware of the lively discussions this forum had after last years mains examination on the story of a "leaked" syllabus for public administration. Being in the midst of our optional preparation, I(many of us i presume) would like to know what is the status of that leaked syllabus. Of course I am not asking if there is any official notification or not. I would like to know what my fellow forum members think about it? Are you people serious about it? Have you analysed the said syllabus with last years question paper? And has anyone found sources to cover those extra portions?


  • Paper 1

    Unit 1: Introduction
    a. British and French philosophy of Public Administration.

    Source: The comparison of the administrative systems of various countries is given in the book: ” Pub Ad by Laxmikany”
    b. Minnowbrook 3 and its comparison with Minnowbrook 1 and 2.

    Source: Covered in the book: “Restructuring Pub Ad: A New Look by Mohit Bhattacharya”
    c. Public Administration: emerging crisis and new directions.

    Source: Covered in the book: “Restructuring Pub Ad: A New Look by Mohit Bhattacharya”

    Unit 2: Administrative Thought
    a. Karl Marx- In Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad
    b. Dwight Waldo- In New Horizons of Pub Ad by Mohit Bhattacharya
    c. Yehezkel Dror. – In Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad and IGNOU notes on public policy (already mentioned in the strategy for paper 1)
    d. View of Indian leaders like Gandhiji, and Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Public Administration.- Views of Gandhiji is mentioned in IGNOU MPA notes; for view of Mao Zedong read about Maoism from the internet and the history of China during the Mao’s period.

    Unit 3: Administrative Behavior
    Nothing hidden.

    Unit 4: Organization
    a. Theories- (a) Critical Theory of Public Organization- Cocered in New Horizonz of Pub Ad by Mohit Bhattacharya

    , (b) Postmodernism- in Mohit Bhattacharya and Poststructuralism in Public Administration.- One can read from this pdf-
    b. General understanding of the following theories of organization- Classical, Neo-Classical, Systems, Structural, Structural-Functional, neo-Human Relations, Pluralist, Organizational- Social Psychological, Strategic-contingencies, Market, Critical.- Already covered in Mohit Bhattacharya and IGNOU notes.
    c. Organisational Culture and its effect on organizational efficiency.- Any MBA book.

    Unit 5: Accountability and control
    a. Judicial Activism- GS topic. One should be awared of recent happenings.
    b. Ombudsman- Lokpal
    c. Whistleblower
    d. Concept of Social Capital.- ARC report on social capital

    Unit 6: Administrative Law
    a. Administrative Law in France, UK, Germany, and US.- Covered in the administrative law pdf I have shared in the strategy for pub ad paper 1.

    Unit 7: Comparative Public Administration
    a. Comparative study of Administrative systems: U.K., France, U.S.A, Brazil and China- recent structures should be emphasized.- It is covered in the book ” pub ad by Laxmikant”

    Unit 8: Development Dynamics
    a. Supermarket State and development.
    b. Karl Marx views on development.- Covered in the book : “Social theory and development administration by Mohit Bhattacharya”
    c. Amartya Sen’s views on development. – Covered in the book : “Social theory and development administration by Mohit Bhattacharya”
    d. Bhagwati Sen and Amartya Sen debate over development.- It is a very general topic; can be read on net; it is also similar to a comparison between Gujarat model of development with the Bihar and Tamil Nadu model.

    Unit 9: Personnel Administration
    Nothing hidden, it is a clear topic.

    Unit 10: Public Policy
    This is a very dynamic topic and UPSC generally asks difficult questions from it. Its good to read more in this topic to be on the safe side. Every year UPSC throws a surprise by asking something different. So, the best one can do is to understand the answers of the questions asked previously.

    Unit 11: Techniques of Administrative Improvement
    a. Social Impact Assessment.
    b. Management by Objective.- In Prasad and Prasad; in the chapter on Peter Drucker.
    c. Program Evaluation ( given nicely in Nicholas Henry, and also read about the program evaluation scenario in India).

    Unit 12: Financial Administration
    The topic is clear and complete.

    Paper 2:

    Unit 1: Evolution of Indian Administration
    a. Comparison on Kautilya with western thinkers like Weber, and so on.- Covered in Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora.

    Unit 2: Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government
    a. Gandhian and Nehruvian approaches to development: critical assessment. – It is covered in IGNOU MPA notes.

    Unit 3: Public Sector Undertakings
    a. Status of Navratna and Maharatna undertakings.- Read India book latest edition for this.

    Unit 4: Union Government and Administration

    a. Regulatory Authorities- SEBI, IRDA, TRAI, and so on.

    Unit 5: Plans and Priorities
    The syllabus is clear and complete.

    Unit 6: State Government and Administration
    a. Emerging Trends in Union-State Relations: Recent trends in inter and intra governmental relations in the context of federalism.
    b. Chief Ministerialization of State Governments in the contexts of liberalization and coalition governments.

    Unit 7: District Administration since Independence
    The syllabus is clear and complete.

    Unit 8: Civil Services
    The syllabus is clear and complete.

    Unit 9: Financial Management
    The syllabus is clear and complete.

    Unit 10: Administrative Reforms since Independence
    a. Important committees and commissions; a critical review of ARC I and ARC II.
    b. Performance Mointoring and Evaluation Systems (PMES) and Results Framework Document(RFD)
    c. Social and political obstacles to reforms.

    Unit 11: Rural Development
    a. Ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Jayaprakash Narain, and so on.
    b. PESA act and problems in its implementation.
    c. Local governance in 5th and 6th schedule areas; status of local governance in all the north-east states.

    Unit 12: Urban Local Government
    Nothing extra.

    Unit 13: Law and Order Administration
    Nothing extra.

    Unit 14: Significant issues in Indian Administration
    a. Tribal development administration.
    b. Water Management.
    c. Environment and Sustainable Development.
    d. Land acquisition for development.
    e. Women in administration – sexual violence.\
    f. Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • For pa no short cuts. Every one have to work hard and smart and these areas are very vital and hidden in syllabus , thanks you made Clear . we can draw more from previous papers . 20 years previous papers answer writing would be good..
  • Yeh leaked sylb kya hota hai ?
  • It is hidden in main syllabus . all these years questions are coming from these specific areas , hence we an draw more attention on these topics too along with main syllabus.
  • Yeh leaked sylb kya hota hai ?
    It is hidden in main syllabus . all these years questions are coming from these specific areas , hence we an draw more attention on these topics too along with main syllabus.
  • @f0rest

    Bro, Thank you for the leaked syllabus thorough analysis. can you share the link for adminstrative law which you have mentioned in the post.
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