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ANALYSIS / APPROACH / SOURCE / STRATEGY: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MAINS 2012 PAPER - TEAM VISION IAS
Questions

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Topic

Sub Topic

Level

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e

Primary Source/
Chapter

Secondary Resource/
Chapter

From Vision IAS Test
Series (% comparison/
similarity)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PAPER – I
‘On a more sophisticated plane public choice is concerned with “Pareto optimality”, or at least with “Pareto improvements”.’ Comment.

1(a)

Policy Evaluation
criteria

Diffic
ult

Unconv
entiona
l

IGNOU booklet on public
policy +Public
Administration and Public
Affairs-Nicholas Henry

Unconv
entiona
l

-

15

Public policy

Max weber

Very
Diffic
ult

‘In the canonization of this abstract idea of “Staatsraison’ are inseparably woven the sure instincts of the bureaucracy for
the conditions which preserve its own power in the State’
[Weber]. Explain.

1(b)

15

Administrative
Thought

‘Man’s motives … in different subparts of the same
organization may be different’ [Edgar Schein]. Discuss.

1(c)

15

Administrative
Behaviour

Morale and
Motivation

Diffic
ult

Unconv
entiona
l

Organizational culture &
leadership- Edgar Schein

A Leader role in
organization

Diffic
ult

Unconv
entiona
l

“The social psychology of
organizations” by Katz &
Kahn

Policy making

Diffic
ult

Unconv
entiona
l

The art of Judgement: A
study of policy makingGeoffrey Vickers

Leadership is the ‘influential increment over and above
mechanical compliance with the routine directives of the
organization’ [Katz and Kahn]. Analyze.

1(d)

15

Administrative
Behaviour

‘Policy judgements comprise reality judgements, value
judgements and instrumental judgements’ [Geoffrey Vickers]. Elucidate.

1(e)

15

Public policy

1

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How would you trace the development of Public
Administration in terms of different paradigms from the
politics/administration dichotomy of 1900-1926 to the rise of Public Administration as Public Administration after the
formation of the National Association of Schools of Public
Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in the USA in 1970 ?
In what respects is Taylor’s Scientific Management’ or classical motivational theory different from the classical organizational theory expounded by Gulick, Urwick etc.?

2(a)

2(b)(i)

30

Introduction

Evolution of the
discipline

15

Administrative
Thought

Scientific
management and
classical theory

Scientific
management

Easy/
Mediu
m

Conve
ntional

Public Administration and
Public Affairs- Nicholas
Henry/ IGNOU notes

Easy/
Mediu
m

Conve
ntional

Administrative ThinkersP& P,

TMH Public adminLaxmikant, Mohit
Bhattacharya,Fadia &
Fadia, Ignou Notes

Mediu Unconv
m/Dif entiona
l
ficult

What light does Antonio Gramsci 's critique ofTaylorism throw on its socio-psychological underpinnings ?

2(b)(ii)

15

Administrative
Thought

‘Three features characterize Simon’s original view of bounded rationality: search for alternatives, satisficing, and aspiration adaptation.’ Elucidate.

3(a)

20

Administrative
Thought

Simon’s decisionmaking theory

Easy/
Mediu
m

Conve
ntional

New Horizons of Pub adMohit Bhattacharya, TMH
Laxmikant

‘The essence of the contingency theory paradigm is that
organizational effectiveness results from fitting characteristics of the organization, such as its structure, to contingencies that reflect the situation of the organization.’ Give your reactions to this statement.

3(b)(i)

20...
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