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Public Administration - 2009 (Main) (Paper - II)

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1. Attempt any THREE of the following in not more than 200

words each: 20�3=60


a) �Bureaucracy developed by the British stifled the village

self rule.� Comment.


b) �Comment on the view that despite different contexts,

administrative maxims of Kautilya�s Arthashatra bear

considerable similarity with features of Weber�s ideal

bureaucratic model.


c) �The weakest aspect of Indian Administration is

grievance redressal machinery.� Discuss.


d) � There is no basic contradiction between Civil Service

neutrality and Civil Service activism.� Comment.


2. a) . �Law and order problems of the twenty first century can

not be tackled through legislations and structures of the

nineteenth century.� Give suggestions for transforming the

law and order machinery at the State level. 30


b). � The Recommendations of the second Administrative

Reform Commission on reforming the Civil Service are

radical yet implementable.� Do you agree? 30


3. a). Briefly discuss the main recommendations of any two

of the followings : 30


i). Paul Appleby ( 1953 and 1956 )

ii). Santhanam Committee

iii). Hota Committee

iv). Sixth Pay Commission


b). Examine the role of Finance Ministry of the Union

Government in designing and implementing monetary and

Fiscal policies. 30


4. a). Discuss the relationship between governance and

development in any one Indian state , giving illustrations.



b). Do state Services suffer in comparison with All India

and Central Services ? Suggest measures for enhancing

the role , competence and impact of state services. 30




5. Comment on any THREE of the following statements in

not more than 200 words each: 20�3=60


a) � India has failed to devise a long term strategy for

drought management.�


b) � A fix tenure in Civil Service postings can increase

productivity , accountability and probity in



c) � Sound municipal governance requires a cadre of

specilised municipal services executives equal in status

to state services.�


d) �Administrative talent of a minister determines his



6. a). � The respective roles of the cabinet Secretary of the

Government of India and of the chief Secretary of a state

are similar in certain respects, and dissimilar in others.�

Explain. 30


b). Do you agree with the view that citizen�s Charters in India

have not succeeded in their objective of making of

administrative system citizen �centric ? Analyze and give

your suggestions in this regard. 30


7. a). � The National Human Rights Commissions has done a

commendable job in developing job in developing a sense

responsibility among organization towards the protection

of human rights.� Comment on this assessment. 30


b). In your view , which have been the five most important

administrative reforms implemented after Independence?

What has been their impact?



8.�a). � Value of Indian administration must be rooted in

the Preamble of the Indian Constitution.� Discuss. 30


b). �Many of the programmes of development being

implemented at the state and the local level have been

initiated or financed by the Union Government. This has

transformed the nature of Indian federalism.� Critically

examine this assessment. 30

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