Public Administration is one of the optional subjects in the UPSC Civil Services Main Examination. It is one of the popular choices because of its relevance in the job role of an IAS officer. This subject introduces the candidates to the mechanism of public administration which is surely of great use for future administrators. Further, it is one of the concept-intensive subjects. Choosing Public Administration as an optional subject for the UPSC Civil Service examination can be a strategic decision that offers several advantages to aspiring candidates.
Multiple IAS candidates have cleared the IAS exam and secured top ranks with Public Administration as their optional subject. Mr. Pradeep Singh who secured AIR 1 in 2019 is the most well-known among them. He secured 148 & 145 out of 250 marks in his optional paper 1 and paper 2 respectively. These marks have swelled his chances of getting the top rank in the exam.
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The Public Administration syllabus is designed to cover a broad range of topics related to administration, governance, and public policy. There is a wealth of study material available for Public Administration, including standardized notes, reference books, and online resources. This availability can facilitate comprehensive preparation for the exam. The syllabus studies the subject from its birth to its recent evolution. It also touches the areas of public policy, Indian political system and its functioning, roles of civil servants, financial administration etc.
The advantages that Public Administration provide are multi-dimensional. Such as
No doubt, there are many advantages to public administration optional. But there could be a few difficulties also, especially if candidates do not think through before selecting this optional. Such as:
✅ Focus on relevant editorials in the newspapers – they can provide valuable material to augment your answers.
✅ Always give importance to current administrative scenario its challenges and suggestions to solve the issues.
✅ Online sources are very important, especially for dynamic sections of the papers (especially for Paper 2).
✅ Candidates can relate recent developments with theoretical frameworks and add value to answers.
✅ When examples are given, they should be relevant and contemporary.
✅ Don’t be aggressive when putting forward your own opinion, be respectful.
✅ While writing answers for this optional, keep in mind the Four Cs – Compare, Criticise, Contemporary, and Conclude.
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