Public Administration is one of the favorite optional subjects of Civil Services Aspirants. If you look at the current syllabus of General Studies in Civil Services Exam, You will find a lot of overlap with the optional paper of Public Administration especially in GS-II and GS-IV. Choosing Public Administration will also prepare you for writing answers in the way that is required in the GS-IV. Being a traditional hot favorite, plenty of books and study-materials are available in the market.
Books for Public Administration Optional For UPSC – English
- Indian Public Administration: Institutions and Issues
- Public Administration by Laxmikanth
- New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya
- Administrative Thinkers by D. Ravindra Prasad
- Public Administration by Fadia and Fadia
- Administrative Theories And Management Thought by Sapru
- Public Administration and Public Affairs by Nicholas Henry
Books for Public Administration Optional For UPSC – Hindi
- Lok Prashasan by M Laxmikanth
- Lok Prasasan by Mukesh Maheshwari
- Lok Prashasan Ke Naye Ayam by Mohit Bhattacharya
- Prashasnik Chintak by Prasad and Prasad
- Prashnottri Lok Prashashan (Paper I & II) by Arihant
Why One Should Choose Public Administration Optional For UPSC
- Pub Ad covers nearly 18% of the General Studies in political system, public policy, Rights Issues and Governance – Constitution
- Pub Ad covers 50% of the General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Policy, and Social Justice)
- Pub Ad covers 50 – 60% of the Paper – IV (Ethics – Emotional Intelligence concepts, Public/Civil services values and Ethics, Probity in Governance, Code of Conduct, Quality of Service delivery)
- Pub Ad covers a major portion of compulsory Essay Exam
- In overall you canScore 280 – 315 marks in General Studies by having Public Administration as an Optional.
- Along with Optional it covers around 800 out of 1750 (46%) in Mains Exam.
Few Tips to Remember For Public Administration Optional
- The most important thing in Public Administration is conceptual clarity.
- Until and unless you have conceptual clarity you won’t be able to understand the question in the first place
- All of us write answers in pub-ad and feel that we have written it well but the problem is most of us interpret questions differently and end up writing different answers.
- The correct interpretation of question will only happen if your concepts are clear