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MPSC Main - Public Administration Syllabus

Updated on: Mar 20, 2013

Paper I

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours


Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.


Section - A( Marks - 50 )
1) Introduction :

01) Meaning, Scope and Significance of PublicAdministration, Public and Private Administration, Evolution of thediscipline and its present status

02) New Public Administration Public choiceapproach and New Public Management perspective Good Governance, e-Governance-concept and application
2) Theories of Administration : Nature and typologies; ScientificManagement (Taylor), Classical Theory (Fayol, Urwick, Gulick), BureaucraticTheory (Weber's model and its critique, post-Weberian developments) Ideas of MaryParker Follett and (CI Barnard) Human Relations School (Elton Mayo and others) Behavioral Approach to OrganisationalAnalysis Participative Management; (McGregor, Likert) The Systems Approach;Open and Closed Systems Rigg's Prismatic - Sala, Bazar, Canteen Model
3) Public organisations :Meaning and Definitions, Typologies ofPolitical Executive and their functions Forms of Public organisations :Ministries and Departments : Corporations; Companies, Boards and Commissions;Ad hoc and Advisory bodies Headquarters and Field relationships Principles ofOrganisation
Section - B( Marks - 50 )
4) Administrative Behaviour :Decision making withspecial reference to Herbert Simon, Theories of Leadership, Communication,Morale, Motivation (Maslow and Herzberg)
5) Accountability and Control :

01) Concepts of Accountability and Control;Legislative Executive and Judicial Control over Administration Citizen andAdministration, Role of civil society, People's participation

02) Right to information Administrativecorruption, Machinery for redressal of citizens' grievances Citizens Charter
6) Administrative Law :Meaning and Significance DelegatedLegislation: Types, Advantages, Limitations, Safeguards, and AdministrativeTribunals: limitations and methods of ensuring effectiveness
Section - C( Marks - 50 )
7) Office Administration : Meaning, Nature, Importance and Functions of Office Administration

01) Elements of Office Administration,Planning, Decision-Making, Co-ordination, Communication

02) Office Procedure and Method, OfficeOrders, Notes, Filing, Indexing, Reporting, Disposal of cases

03) Working of Office Administration, Rulesand Regulation, Codes, Manuals, Discipline, Confidential Report

04) Administrative Reforms - Meaning, Process,Obstacles, Techniques of Administrative Improvements, O & M, Work Study,Case Study, Survey, Reforms since Independence Reports of the AdministrativeReforms Commission
8) Comparative Public Administration : Meaning, Nature and Scope Models of Comparative PublicAdministration - Bureaucratic and Ecological
9) Development Administration:

01) DevelopmentAdministration : Meaning and Features, Scope andSignificance, Public Administration as a tool for Development

02) Bureaucracy and Development, Changingrole of Bureaucracy in development

03) Role of Various Agencies in Development -Voluntary Agencies, Co-operative Institutions

04) Peoples Participation and Development -Peoples Participation - Meaning andConcept, New Schemes and Programmes for People’s Self Development andEmpowerment, Public Relation, Pressure Groups
Section - D( Marks - 50 )
10) Public Policy :Relevance of Policy making in PublicAdministration Model of Policy-making, Sectoral Policies (eg Energy,Industries, Education and Transport, Health Policies) Process of Policyformulation, problems of implementation, feedback and evaluation
11) Personnel Administration: Objectives ofPersonnel Administration Importance of Human Resource DevelopmentRecruitment, Training, Career Development, Position Classification,Discipline, Performance Appraisal, Promotion, Pay and Service Conditions;Employer- Employee relations, grievance redressal mechanism integrity andcode of conduct Neutrality, committed Civil Service
12) Financial Administration :

01) Meaning, Importance and Agencies, Monetary and fiscal policies Resourcemobilisation, Taxation policies, Tax and Non-Tax sources Public Borrowingsand Public Debt

02) Concepts and Types of Budget Preparation,Enactment and Execution of the Budget Deficit financing, PerformanceBudgeting Legislative Control, Accounts and Audit Role and Functions ofFinance Commission


Paper II

Standard : Degree Total Marks : 200
Nature of Paper : Conventional Type Duration : 3 Hours


Note : 1) Answers to this paper must be written in English only
  2) This paper will test the candidate's ability to comprehend, to analyse, to interpret, to criticise and to appraise subject matter related to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.
  3) It is expected from candidates to study the latest and recent developments and happenings pertaining to the topics/sub- topics mentioned below.


Section - A ( Marks : 50 )
1) Evolution of Indian Administration :

01) Basic Premises, Evolution of Indian Administration, Administration of Ancient India, Administration of Medieval India, Administration of Modern India(from British Period)

02) Characteristics, Salient features of Indian Administration
2) Constitutional framework :value premises of the Constitution, Parliamentary democracy, federalism, Planning Human Rights: National Human Rights Commission, Landmark Constitutional Amendments and Judgments, Fundamental Rights, Directives Principle of State Policy, Fundamental duties
3) Union Government and Administration : President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers, Cabinet committees, Cabinet Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office, Central Secretariat, Ministries and Departments, Advisory Bodies, Boards and Commissions, Field Organizations, Parliament ( Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha), Union Judiciary
Section - B ( Marks : 50 )
4) State Government and Administration (With Special Referenceto Maharashtra) - Formation and Reorganisation of Maharashtra State, Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary, State Secretariat, Directorates, Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, State Judiciary, Sherrif of Mumbai
5) District Administration - Evolution of District Administration, Changing role of the District Collector : Law and Order, Relationship with functional Departments District Administration and the Panchayati Raj Institutions Role and Functions of the Sub-Divisional Officer
6) Rural and Urban Local Government:

01) Rural Local Government, Composition, Powers and Functions of Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayat Peculiarities of Panchayat Raj Institutions of Mahrashtra, Status Report of Panchayat Raj Institutions and its Performance Appraisal Main features of 73rd Constitutional Amendments Problems of implementation Major rural development programmes and their management
  02) Urban Local Government, Composition and Functions of Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Cantonment Boards, Main features of 74th Constitutional Amendments: Problems of implementation Major urban development programmes and their management
Section - C ( Marks : 50 )
7) Public Sector : Forms of Public Undertakings, their contribution to the economy; problems of autonomy and accountability Changing role of the Public Sector in the context of liberalisation
8) Public Services : All India Services, Constitutional position, role and functions Central Services : nature and functions Union Public Service Commission State Services and the Maharashtra State Public Service Commission Training in the changing context of governance - Yashda, Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy
9) Control over Public Expenditure : Parliamentary Control, Estimates Committee, Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Public Undertakings, Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Role of the Finance Ministry in monetary and Fiscal policy, Composition and function of Accountant General, Maharashra
10) Machinery for Planning :
  01) Development Strategy and Planning - Role of Planning in Development
  02) Planning Commission, National Development Council, State Planning Commission, District Planning and Development Council
Section - D ( Marks : 50 )
11) Administration of Law and Order : Role of Central and State Agencies in maintenance of law and order Criminalisation of Politics Central Reserve Force, Border Security Force, State Reserve Police Force
12) Welfare Administration : Reservation Policy and Social Justice Machinery for Welfare Administration at the National and State levels Central Social Welfare Board and the State Social Welfare Boards Special organizations for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Programmes for women and children National Commission on Women,  Problems of Child Labour Role of civil society Non-Government Organisations
13) Major issues in Indian Administration: Problems of Central-State Government Relations; Relationship between political and permanent Executives Values in Public Service and Administrative Culture Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas Development and Environmental issues Impact of information Technology on Public Administration Indian Administration and New Economic Policy and Liberlisation, Privatisation and Globalisation Perspective, Disaster Management; Population Explosion
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