IAS Main 2013:Public Administration: Question Paper II

UPSC IAS Main 2013 Public Administration Question Paper II as held on 7 December 2013.

Created On: Dec 11, 2013 17:01 IST

The IAS Main 2013 commenced on 2 December 2013 with the Essay Paper. The optional Subjects papers were conducted on 7 December 2013 according to the new Syllabus and Pattern of the IAS Main 2013 notified in the Advertisement of Civil Services Notification in March. The Papers are conducted according to the Scheme of Examination notified by the Union Public Service Commission. The candidates can read the review of the new Syllabus and Pattern here.
The Question Paper II of Public Administration is as follows.


Time Allowed: Three Hours             Maximum Marks: 250                                                                                                                                    

                           Question Paper Specific Instructions

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.

Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each Section.

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

Answer 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 answer 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 chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off.

                                          SECTION A

1. Attempt the following in about 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) "The Charter Act of 1853 marked the beginning of parliamentary system in India." Explain.

(b) "Civil service neutrality is founded on the application of the principles of Rule of Law."Comment

(c) "The second generation reforms in the Panchayati Raj institutions have changed Panchayats from an agency of development at local level into a political institution." Discuss.

(d) "Finance Commission in India performs the job of statistics aggregation." Comment

(e) "Planning enables comprehensive and scientific understanding of problems." Examine the statement in the context of planning methodology.

2. (a) "Bureaucratic agencies, characterized by established procedures, specialization, leadership, clear objectives are not ideal to handle disaster management." Examine with reference to the need for administrative flexibility in managing disasters. (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "The liberal-democratic ideology of the West influenced the shaping of value premises of the Indian Constitution." Discuss. (In about 250 words) 20

(c) "Autonomy to public sector undertakings is a myth." Analyse in the context of the use of government expenditures by politicians who control governments at different levels. (In about 150 words) 10

3. (a) "Laws are enacted without involving the police in the conception stage, with the result implementation of these laws leaves much to be desired." Examine the role of police in protection of children. (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "Central Secretariat is the nodal agency for administering the Union subjects and establishing coordination among the various activities of the government." Discuss. (In about 250 words) 20

(c) Is there a need to dispense with the Office of the Governor? Examine in the context of coalition governments. (In about 150 words) 10

4. (a) "There is a tendency of centralism in Indian federalism, but it is not because of its institutional framework but because of its socialist goals and centrally devised plan development." Explain the statement in the context of Union-State relationship. (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Panchayat's function enhances efficiency, transparency and accountability and also induces mass ICT culture." Examine. (In about 250 words) 20

(c) "Judicial review of administrative tribunal's decisions defeats the very objective of establishing tribunals." Comment with reference to Central Administrative Tribunal. (In about 150 words) 10

                                                Section B

5. Attempt the following in not more than 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) "Public Administration today tends to be less public in quantitative terms, but more responsive to public needs than before in qualitative terms." Examine with reference to citizen-centric administration.

(b) Performance budgeting failed because it was applied to sectors/programmes where quantitative 'evaluation was not feasible." Examine the principles underlying performance budgeting techniques.

(c) The design of the Indian Police was to subjugate the Indian People in the aftermath of 1857." Analyse in the context of the Indian Police Act of 186l.

(d) "Reducing the size (geographical area) of the district will provide relief to the overburdened and overworked collector." Comment

(e) "The concept of social audit is more comprehensive than that of traditional audit." Comment

6. (a) "Gandhian model of decentralization is similar to the process of reinventing governance." Analyse in the context of good governance. (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "Accounting is the essence of producing promptly and clearly the facts relating to financial conditions and operations that are required as a basis of management." Substantiate the statement in the context of accounting methods and techniques in government. (In about 250 words) 20

(c) Explain the important recommendations of V. T. Krishnamachary Committee (1962) on Indian and State Administrative Services and problems of District Administration. (In about 150 words) 10

7. (a) "The 73rd Amendment, it is felt, may accentuate fiscal indiscipline by establishing between States and Local Governments a system of transfers similar to the one in place between the Central and State Governments." (World Bank) Comment (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "Municipal Administration in India faces both structural and operational challenges." Examine in the context of post-74th Amendment Act. (In about 250 words) 20

(c) "Self-Help Groups (SHGs) have contributed to a change in the role of rural women in development-from symbolic participation to empowerment." Discuss. (In about 150 words) 10

8. (a) "There is both criminalization of politics and politicization of criminals in India." Examine and identify the challenges they cause for law and order administration. (In about 250 words) 20

(b) "The basic ethical problem for an administrator is to determine how he/she can use discretionary power in a way that is consistent with democratic values." Comment with reference to corruption in administration. (In about 50 words) 20

(c) Justify the constitutional provision to treat certain expenditure as charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India. (In about 150 words) 10

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