Public Administration (Optional) Mindmaps

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Referred Sources

Hello readers, welcome to the mind map of public administration provided by the IAS EXPRESS. The content provided in these mind-maps are compiled from the best sources & are self-sufficient for understanding of the subject & simultaneously helpful for faster revision but still for enthusiastic readers, we’ve mentioned some books which you can refer:

Booklist for Paper 1:

  • Mohit Bhattacharya: New Horizon of public administration
  • Administrative Thinkers by Prasad & Prasad
  • Comparative public administration: R.K Arora
  • Public administration by M. Laxmikanth
  • Public administration paper 1 by RB Aribam

Booklist for Paper – 2:

  • Indian public administration by Ramesh K Arora & Rajni Goyal
  • Public administration paper 2 by RB Aribam
  • Government reports (2nd ARC , Punchi Commission reports , NITI aayog
    recommendations )
  • Newspapers editorials


Update Log

  • July 2, 2020 – Paper 2: State govt and administration added.
  • June 25, 2020 – Paper 2: Public Sector Undertakings added.
  • June 18, 2020 – Paper 2: Plans & Priorities Added. Paper 2 – Civil Services >> Good Governance Initiatives added.
  • June 11, 2020 – Paper 1 – Personnel Administration Added.
  • June 4, 2020 – Paper 2 – Civil Services Added.


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Paper-I (Administrative Theory)

First two topics are FREE. Open them as samples.

1. Introduction


3. Administrative Behaviour


4. Organisations

  • Theories – systems, contingency
  • Structure and forms (ministries & departments, corporations, companies, boards, 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

Paper-II (Indian Administration)

2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government

  • Salient features and value premises
  • Constitutionalism
  • Political culture
  • Bureaucracy and democracy
  • Bureaucracy and development


4. Union Government and Administration


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
  • democratic decentralization


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
      • 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
  • 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
              • 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


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Kala Saw
Kala Saw
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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