Public Administration Book by Lohit Matani IPS

Hello Friends, in 2014 I had written two blog articles regarding the strategy for the preparation of Public Administration optional for UPSC. Apart from that, I also wrote an article regarding the ‘hidden topics’ in Public Administration. The link to these articles are the following:


Many of the students benefited from these articles and qualified in the Civil Services Examination using the Public Administration optional. Many among them have also appreciated my help in their UPSC preparation. I had always been thankful to receive these greetings from upcoming students. However, there were also many students who requested me to write a comprehensive book on Public Administration for UPSC.

Although I had a paucity of time, I took painstaking efforts to write a book on Public Administration namely ‘Public Administration and Public Policy’. The volume 1 of this book is basically dedicated to the paper 1 of the examination. The volume 2 of the book will come out very soon in the market. You can get the book on the following link:

I have written this book as there is no book in the market which deals extensively with the all the topics in the syllabus of Public Administration. Through this book, I have made a humble attempt to share my knowledge with the young students of Public Administration.

This book is strictly aligned on the syllabus of Public Administration prescribed by UPSC. Going along the line of the syllabus, the book deals with all the topics one by one extensively. Having said that, it should be mentioned that there are certain ‘hidden topics’ in the syllabus of Public Administration. These topics may be derived from the existing topics by a senior student but new students may find difficulty in doing that. It is often seen that UPSC asks questions from this ‘hidden syllabus’ which is not directly mentioned in its syllabus. However, a learned person may very well understand that these ‘hidden topics’ are very much a part of the main syllabus as they are connected to the main syllabus. This book helps in connecting the main topics with the ‘hidden topics’.

Dealing extensively with the UPSC syllabus and the topics derived from it, this book makes an attempt to cater to the questions asked in the last 30 years. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of questions asked in the last 30 years from that chapter. Every student should read a chapter and try to find the answer of those questions from that chapter. This is the most important strategy of studying for the UPSC examination. While we parade in Police and Armed Forces, there is a very important command which says ‘आगे बढेगा- पीछे मुड’. It signifies that to go ahead, one has to look back. This command is equally applicable to the young students. In order to be successful in the future exams, one need to diligently analyze and write answer of the last 30 years questions.

Apart from the last year questions, the book contains the unique idea of ‘mind maps’. Mind maps are certain diagrams which help in memorizing a difficult topic. As the syllabus of UPSC is very large and it is very difficult for a normal mind to remember everything, mind maps help in remembering the key concepts. In each chapter, there are certain mind maps which deal with the key concepts. If a student remembers a mind map, he/ she can recall the whole topic in the examination by connecting the concepts in the mind maps.

Moreover, the book is written in a very simple and understandable language. Although, it has discussed about the actual statements, theories and ideas given by various scholars, I have made a genuine effort in breaking down those difficult ideas into easily understandable text. Thus, the book contains both- the difficult ideas discussed by learned scholars and their meaning in lucid language. Wherever possible, I have tried to put ideas point wise and succinctly. This is also done purposefully. When topics are broken down into various points, it is easy to be understood and remembered. If a student remembers only the heading of various points, he/ she can write down good answers in the examination. Remembering the whole text is neither possible nor advisable.

Another unique feature of the book is that it has taken the help of various case studies to explain different theories and concepts. For example, in the chapter on ‘Ethics in Public Administration’, various ethics theories are explained in real life case studies and examples. This helps the students in actually understanding the essence of the text. This also prevents the students in gaining superficial knowledge about any topic.

Moreover, at the end of the book there are four types of lists- (1) Important Terms in Public Administration; (2) Important Books and Papers; (3) Important Scholars and Persons and (4) Important Organizations, Commissions and Conferences. These lists mention the page numbers where the individual items in them are discussed. According to me, these four lists are the most important part of this book as they provide a key to each and every topic contained in the book. If you analyze the questions asked in UPSC, the questions generally contain difficult terms, name of important persons, name of important books and name of important organizations. Many of the students fail as they have not heard those terms before. Thus, book has provided these four lists so that the readers of this book understand all the important terms related with Public Administration. A revision of the terms mentioned in these four lists would be tantamount to a revision of the whole syllabus.

Certain highlighting features of the book are the following:

  • Presents analytical insight on the philosophies of administrative thinkers.
  • Illustrates organizational theories and their applications.
  • Is mapped to the UPSC syllabus of Public Administration- Paper 1
  • Provides chapter-wise practice questions for self-assessment.
  • Guides by including the answers to questions asked in the last 20 years
  • Offers comprehensive list of important terminologies, important scholars, important books and important organizations associated with Public Administration.
  • Presents a trend analysis of the previous years’ papers.
  • Incorporates conceptual mind maps, flowcharts and diagrams in the text for better understanding and retention of the concepts.

In the end I would like to say that this book is neither written with a motive to earn any money nor to earn any name. It is just written with an honest intention to help the students to better understand the subject of Public Administration. Previously, I have helped many students in securing good marks in the subject through my blog Many students, after succeeding in the examination, have also thanked me for that. This book has gone a step further in that direction. I feel extremely humble after completing this book and hope that students will benefit a lot from this book.

1 Comment

  1. Sir in your public administration book in every chapter , some numerical superscript is given what’s that for is it relates to question given at end of chapter?

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