Wednesday, December 24, 2014




UPSC has been asking questions from topics not directly mentioned in the syllabus. These topics may be derived from the existing topics by a veteran player, but newcomers may find difficulty in doing that. UPSC can also ask questions from these hidden topics, as and when it wants to “punish” the aspirants opting for Public Administration.
I have tried to make a list of these hidden topics. If any of the veteran players find something wrong or something extra please mention that so that I can correct it.
P.S : I got a clue of some topics from the “speculated new syllabus”, which was never released by UPSC. :)
Paper 1
Unit 1: Introduction
a. British and French philosophy of Public Administration.
b. Minnowbrook 3 and its comparison with Minnowbrook 1 and 2.
c. Public Administration: emerging crisis and new directions.
Unit 2: Administrative Thought
a. Karl Marx
b. Dwight Waldo
c. Yehezkel Dror.
d. View of Indian leaders like Gandhiji, and Chinese leader Mao Zedong on Public Administration.
Unit 3: Administrative Behavior
Nothing hidden.
Unit 4: Organization
a. Theories- (a) Critical Theory of Public Organization, (b) Postmodernism and Poststructuralism in Public Administration.
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.
c. Organisational Culture and its effect on organizational efficiency.
Unit 5: Accountability and control
a. Judicial Activism
b. Ombudsman- Lokpal
c. Whistleblower
d. Concept of Social Capital.
Unit 6: Administrative Law
a. Administrative Law in France, UK, Germany, and US.
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.
Unit 8: Development Dynamics
a. Supermarket State and development.
b. Karl Marx views on development.
c. Amartya Sen’s views on development.
d. Bhagwati Sen and Amartya Sen debate over development.
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.
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.
Unit 2: Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government
a. Gandhian and Nehruvian approaches to development: critical assessment.
Unit 3: Public Sector Undertakings
a. Status of Navratna and Maharatna undertakings.
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.

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