Strategy for Public Administration Paper 2: Lohit Matani

:Friend I am editing some of the sources, according to the insights I have gained in susequent time.

Note:

1. This paper is straight forward and scoring. But one needs to maintain a standard language and cover all the points while writing answers. So its better to decide your sources and read them 3-4 times.

2. Please read any report that is released during the preparation period, e.g., Damodaran Committee Report on Regulation of Business and Planning Commission report on CPSEs.

3. Moreover, watching “Big Picture” on Rajya Sabha at 9:30 pm on Moday to Friday may help in honing your knowledge and making it current based.

4. Nothing is more important than writing answers to the questions asked in last 20 years question papers. Book by KBC Nano provides unit wise division of questions.

5. Again, make notes of material other than standard textbooks, like ARC, reports, and so on. It will make your life easy. 🙂

Unit wise source

1. Evolution of Indian Administration- Very beautifully covered in Part 1 of the book “Indian Administration” by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora. Read it diligently several times.

2. Philosophical and Constitutional framework of government-

a. Salient features and value premises; Constitutionalism; Political culture- Chapter 4, 5 and 6 of the book Indian Administration by Rajni Goyal and Ramesh K Arora.

b. Bureaucracy and democracy; Bureaucracy and development- Chapter 3 and 4 of the book “Social Theory and Development Administration” by Mohit Bhattacharya.

3. Public Sector Undertakings: Chapter 9 of the book ” Public Administration” by M Laxmikanth. + “S.K Roongta Committee” report- http://planningcommission.gov.in/reports/genrep/rep_cpse1912.pdf

4. Union Government and Administration- Read pertinent topics from Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora. + read ARC report on Union Administration.

5. Plans and Priorities- Again pertinent topics from Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora + any new report on the website of Planning Commission. + Read Scenario planning + Read about the recent changes being made in the planning architecture and method of grants disbursal.

6. State Government and Administration- This is a very important topic.

a. Read chapter 9, 16, 17 and 18 from Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora.

b. Read the report of Punchchi Commission. It is very important. One can always quote it.

c. Read the ARC report 15th on State and District Administration.

7. District Administration since Independence-

a. Changing role of the Collector- Chapter 33 of the book ” Indian Administration” by Avasthi and Avasthi.

b. Union-state-local relations- Punchhi Commission report.

c. Imperatives of development management and law and order administration- The first topic is current based and is also covered in the 15th report of ARC. Second topic will be covered in law and order administration.

d. District administration and democratic decentralization- Part 5 of Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora + 15th report of ARC.

8. Civil Services- Already covered in paper 1.

9. Financial Management- Sources mentioned in Paper 1+ Part 7 of Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora.

10. Administrative Reforms since Independence-

a. Major Concerns- Chapter 30 of Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora.

b. Important Committees and Commissions- Just make a summary of all the major reports released after independence. A list of them is provided in the book “Indian Administration” by Avasthi and Avasthi.

c. Reforms in financial management and human resource development- These topics will be covered in ARC reports on financial management and Personnel Administration. Also keep a track on newspaper reports for these topics.

d.  Problems of implementation- This is a dynamic topic. So read newspaper reports for problems in implementing various reforms. 12th plan document would also be very helpful for this topic. Reading it is anyway necessary for GS.

11. Rural Development- Pertinent topic from Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora + ARC report on local governance.

12. Urban Local Government- 

a. Municipal governance: main features, structures, finance and problem areas; 74th Constitutional Amendment;
Globallocal debate- Pertinent topic from Rajni Goyal and Ramesh Arora + ARC report on local governance.

b. New localism- Refer to this link http://swapsushias.blogspot.in/2012/09/what-is-new-localism.html

c. Development dynamics, politics and administration with special reference to city management- ARC report on local governance + Chapter 12 of Nicholas Henry book.

13. Law and Order Administration- “Indian Administration” by Avasthi and Avasthi + ARC report on public order+ Annual report of MHA+ Report on Punchchi Commission.

14. Significant issues in Indian Administration-

a. Values in public service- already covered in paper 1

b. Regulatory Commissions- already covered in paper 1

c. National Human Rights Commission; Problems of administration in coalition regimes- Book by Avasthi and Avasthi + this is a current based topic so please read newspaper articles on this topic+ Big Picture on Rajya Sabha may also help.

d. Citizen-administration interface- already covered

e. Corruption and administration- New Horizons of Public Administration- Chapter 13, 21, 22, 26 + ARC report on ethics in governance & DoPT report on “Values in Administration:

f. Disaster management- One can read the MHA report on Disaster Management. It is voluminous, so making notes once would be helpful.

40 Comments

  1. Hello sir … Thanx for this great help u are doing for the aspirants in their struggle to become a civil servant …. Plz do write abt how u wrote answers in PA paper 2 in the exam .. What shd be the approach

    1. In case of Paper 2, one should write the Introduction, then try to write point wise answers. Try to cover all the points and supplement them with recent developments like the recommendations of a committee. In most of the questions there is scope to suggest for recommendations. So, please clearly understand the recommendations of ARC and Punchchi Commissions, and quote them wherever possible.

      I shall try to upload my paper 2 answers.

  2. hello sir thanks for sharing ur strategy and would be grateful if you share ur ans of paper 2 as i have also given attempt this time but could not surface where to supplement current information except one panchayati raj and municipal govt question and also as a result got 71 marks,waiting for your answers sir,,,,

    1. Hi Shiven… I am working in Bangalore right now. I have many my test series papers kept at my home in Delhi. I will scan and upload them in August positively.

      1. sir waiting desperately for ur uploaded test series paper as they would give clear direction, plus i have a query that whether u mentioned the name– arc or punchi commission in ur answers in the end or not becoz if the content or body of such type of questions is directly lifted from these reports then writing their name in end with recommendation (which i have already given in the body/content without mentioning their name) in question looks redundant……

  3. Hi sir…I got 103 n 96 ..in pub adm…I had prepared wel bt dnt kno y didnt I get less than expected ( expected.230+)..n got air… 535 ..want to further improve ma rank to double digit…plz guide me on pub adm n gs also..

    1. Hi Sanjay.. Congrats for securing 535 rank.

      I think your marks are good in Public Administration. But you can get around 20 more marks in paper 2. For that make notes of ARC, Punchchi commission and any new report related to Public Administration topics. Write answers to last 20 years questions. Otherwise, it is becoming very difficult to score in Pub Ad. Try to improve your marks in Essay ( read frontline) and interview.

  4. sir how much time it takes to cover the syllabus. How did you plan covering pub-ad with geo. when you started writing answers. did you follow any coaching or test series or notes ?

  5. Thanks a lot Lohit bhai. In fact I was searching for something solid on PubAd P2. Feeling lucky to have found your blog:)

    I have gone till interview this year but couldn’t make it to the final list 😦 Thank to my PubAd P2 scores (got a pathetic 50 in PubAd paper-2. My GS scores are better with 280 and essay with 140/250). Last year also the same happened with my PubAd P2 marks 😦 not sure why!

    I am preparing alone and along with job in Taiwan; hence no peer or no coach to talk to. My background is also technical almost same as yours (iit b) but seems like my take on humanities subject is way off the mark. After some self-analysis (read “google search”), I guess the problem might be that I write answers in P2 just like another GS paper (coz the qns seems generic) and not the “pubad way”.

    It would be an infinite help if you could UPLOAD some of your P2 mock answer sheets here? Not only for me but for all of us. Thanks a lot Lohit bhai. In fact I was searching for something solid on PubAd P2. Feeling lucky to have found your blog:)

    I have gone till interview this year but couldn’t make it to the final list 😦 Thank to my PubAd P2 scores (got a pathetic 50 in PubAd paper-2. My GS scores are better with 280 and essay with 140/250). Last year also the same happened with my PubAd P2 marks 😦 not sure why!

    I am preparing alone and along with job in Taiwan; hence no peer or no coach to talk to. My background is also technical almost same as yours (iit b) but seems like my take on humanities subject is way off the mark. After some self-analysis (read “google search”), I guess the problem might be that I write answers in P2 just like another GS paper (coz the qns seems generic) and not the “pubad way”.

    It would be an infinite help if you could UPLOAD some of your P2 mock answer sheets here. Not only for me but for all of us. P1 is also a nice to have 😀 but plzz save my P2!!!

    Kindly remember when you reach your Delhi home 🙂 or any time at your earliest convenience.

    Plzz Helppp…

      1. Thank you so much. Before that, can i plz show one of my mock answersheet of pubad p2 to you? Your feedback will be most valuable. If you dont mind kindly give your mail id….

      2. Dear Lohit,

        I was waiting for August so that you would be free:)

        As you said, I sent the scanned copy of my P2 answer sheet to your mail id. Kindly check your inbox @ lohitmatani2008@gmail.com and provide some helpful feedbacks. Thanks you so much.

        Mail From: Anand Uthaman
        Mail Subject: Request your kind feedback, Lohit.

        Warm Regards
        Anand Uthaman

      3. I haven’t received scanned copy of your P2 answer sheet. Just received a mock paper. BTW, lets connect after pre regarding intensive answer writing practice.

  6. Dear lohit

    Please tell some books to read for pub Ad. As some people said to read only one book but for multiple times rather than buying multiple books. But some people recommended more than 2 books. I am confused which book to buy for paper 1 and 2, please enlighten regarding the same.

    Regard’s
    Nick

  7. hello lohit sir…I have a doubt regarding test series.. since I have to travel almost 3 hrs (to n fro)…how important is test series…can I do justice to subject pub ad by preparing on my own….will test series add to my prepration…please do the cost-benefit analysis…cheers

      1. sure sir..i would do that…thanks for your advice….also sir one more thing ..can I discuss with you about the remarks which I get …I will surely not put the burden on you but few remarks I might need to discuss…will that be alritght!!

  8. hello sir, thanks for such an amazing blog, it would be very helpful if you pls write some model ans of last yr paper or just upload some questions of your test series

  9. Is it necessary to study the 2nd administrative reports cover to cover or only synopsis from online sources will do

  10. I’ve no words to say… but huge “Thanks”for giving us such a clear idea about the subject, even if i’m a post graduate in pub ad. i felt many times difficult to follow upsc questions and change the option, but, your ideas made my vision clear and journey easier. Hope this will help me to clear the exam in the coming year.. Thanks a lot friend…

  11. hello sir, mae pub.ad. liya hu.mera medium hae hindi,hindi mae kaun se book follow karu aur kasae strategy prepare karu.please suggest me.

    1. Yes it is enough to read my book for Paper 1. Apart from that read newspapers for knowledge of current events. I have shared my strategy for Paper 2 on my blog. My book on paper 2 will also be released in the first half of the next year.

      1. Respected sir,
        The book provides questions of previous 30 years . I start reading the book you placed each topic well defined but sir plz wrote book regarding answers of previous year questions, so student like me compare the answers and finish themselve

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