IAS Mains Exam 2017: Public Administration Optional Paper 2

IAS mains question papers provide a blueprint for the IAS aspirants to get an overall idea of the requirements for the IAS exam. Here, we have provided the question paper of Public Administration Optional Paper 2 of IAS Mains Exam 2017.


Created On: Nov 14, 2017 15:05 IST
IAS Mains Exam 2017 Public Administration Optional Paper 2
IAS Mains Exam 2017 Public Administration Optional Paper 2

IAS mains previous year papers provide a framework for IAS aspirants to study in the right direction. Here, in the article, Public Administration Optional Question Paper 2017 is given in word format for the students who have pub-ad as their optional subject in the IAS mains exam 2017.

IAS Mains Exam 2017: Public Administration Optional Paper 1


Time Allowed : Three Hours

Maximum Marks : 250


(Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions)

There are EIGHT questions divided in two Sections and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.

Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.

Question Nos. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.

The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.

Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one.

Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to. Attempts of questions shall be counted in sequential order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off.


Question 1: Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) "Constitutionalism is the foundation of the administrative edifice in India." Discuss.

(b) "The status and functioning of the Cabinet Secretariat face a stiff challenge from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)." Argue both in favor and against the contention.

(c) "Effectiveness of local self-government institutions is hampered due to the lack of capacity building of the elected representatives." Elaborate.

(d) "Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India face tough competition from the private enterprises and Multi-National Corporations (MNCs)." Explain.

(e) Do you think that 'All India Judicial Service (AIDS)' would contribute to timely delivery of justice to the citizens? Argue your case.

Question 2:

(a) "The market reforms have not infringed the basic structure of the Constitution of India, but have largely compromised the realization of the ideals of social and economic justice." Comment. 20

(b) "The idea of lateral entry into the Civil Services would energies Indian administration." What are its possible advantages and limitations? 20

(c) “Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) is an innovative project of the Union Government." Discuss its features and modalities. 10

Question 3:

(a) "The position of the Council of Ministers in a State is reduced to that of a body of secretaries in the presence of a domineering Chief Minister. "Critically analyze with examples. 20

(b) "Indianisation of Public Services is a slow but steady process." Explain. 20

(c) "Digitalization of land records is a necessary but not sufficient precondition for ensuring transparent district administration." Explain. 10

Question 4:

(a) "Bureaucracy has to make a balance between the need for environmental sustainability and developmental imperatives." Discuss. 20

(b) "The Chief Secretary is often termed as the alter ego of the Chief Minister." Discuss, with examples, the dynamics of their relationships in State administration. 20

(c) "District Planning Committee (DPC) has been the weakest structure in the local self-government mechanism in India." Analyze with examples. 10


Question 5: Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) "The institution of Grain Sabha has very little connection with the Gandhian spirit of direct democracy." Critically examine.

(b) "There is a need for greater inclusion of technocrats in bureaucracy to ensure effective governance in India." Do you agree? Elucidate.

(c) "Civil Servants should avoid airing grievances in the media." In this context, discuss the grievance redressal mechanism available to the Civil Servants in India.

(d) Do you think that the Public Service Guarantee Acts passed by various State Governments are an extension of the Citizen Charters? Give reasons.

(e) "The Office of the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) is expected to strengthen public financial Management in India." Discuss its mandate.

Question 6:

(a) "The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Public Administration encourage good governance initiatives." Discuss some such initiatives by the Civil Servants in this context.  20

(b) “Implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has led to a paradigm shift in the Centre-State relations, both financially and politically." Analyse with examples. 20

(c) "The Right to Information (RTI) has started its journey but is far from its destination." Comment. 10

Question 7:

(a) "Disaster preparedness and management has become an important component of district administration in India." Discuss with suitable illustrations. 20

(b) In view of the contemporary internal scenario should 'law and order' be made a part of the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India? Justify your opinion. 20

(c) "The image of Indian Police can be improved if its structure and orientations are transformed radically." Do you agree? Elaborate. 10

Question 8:

(a) Discuss, with suitable examples, the emerging challenges faced by the Regulatory Commissions as the arbitrating agents between the State and the market forces. 20

(b) “The 'policy of non-action' regarding the institutional mechanisms and legal provisions to eradicate corruption is a feature of Indian administration." Critically examine. 20

(c) "The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) makes a strong case for the principle of subsidiary." Elaborate. 10

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