OPSC OAS Public Administration Syllabus

Administrative theory


1. Basic Concepts : Meaning, Scope and Significance of Public Administration; Public and Private Administration; Evolution of the discipline; New Public Administration; Public Choice Approach; State versus Market; New Public Management Perspective; Good Governance.
2. Principles and Theories of Organisation : Hierarchy, Unity of Command, Spa of Control, Authority and Responsibility, Coordination, Supervision, Centralisation and Decentralisation, Delegation; Classical Theory, Scientific Management Theory, Bureaucratic Theory, Human Relations Theory, Behavioural Approach, Systems Approach.
3. Structure of Public Organisations : Chief Executives – types, functions; Forms of Public Organisations – Ministries and Departments, Corporations, Companies, Boards, Commissions; Headquarters and Field Relationship; Line and Staff.
4. Administrative Behaviour : Leadership, Policy Formulation, Decision Making, Communication, Motivation, Morale.
5. Accountability and Control: Concepts; Legislative, Executive and Judicial Control; Citizen and Administration; Civil Society, People’s Participation, Right to Information; Corruption in Administration, Machinery for redressal of Citizens’ grievances, Citizens’ Charter.

Section – B

6. Administrative Law and Administrative Reforms : Delegated Legislation; Administrative Adjudication; Administrative Reforms – Process, Techniques, O & M, Work study, Work management, Information Technology.;
7. Comparative Public Administration and Development Administration : Comparative Public Administration – Meaning, Nature, Scope; Models – Bureaucratic and Ecological; Development Administration – Meaning, Nature and Scope; Bureaucracy and Development; Development Administration and Administrative Development.
8. Public Policy: Relevance of Public Policy; Process of Policy Formulation; Policy Implementation; Evaluation.
9. Personnel Administration : Objectives; Recruitment, Training, Position Classification, Performance Appraisal, Promotion, Pay and Service Conditions, Employer-employee relations, Grievance redressal mechanisms, Integrity; Code of Conduct.
10. Financial Administration: Budget – Concepts, Forms, Formulation, Execution; Performance Budgeting; Accounts; Audit.

Paper – II

Section – A

1. Evolution of Indian Administration : Ancient Period, Medieval Period, Modern Period up to 1947.
2. Constitutional Framework : Preamble, Salient Features of Indian Constitution, Federalism, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy.
3. Central Administration in India : President; Prime Minister, Council of Ministers; Central Secretariat; Cabinet Secretariat; Prime Minister’s Office; Ministries and Departments, Advisory Bodies, Boards and Commissions, Field Organisations, Planning Commission, Finance Commission, Election
4. State Administration with special reference to Odisha: Governor, Chief Minister, Secretariat, Chief Secretary, Directorate, District administration, Block Administration.
5. Local Government : Evolution; 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments; Rural and Urban Local Governments in Odisha – Structures, Functions, Finances, Problems and Prospects; Major Rural and Urban Development Programmes and their management.

Section – B

6. Public Services : All India Services – Constitutional Provision, Role, Functions; Central Services – Nature, Functions; Recruitment, Training, Promotion, Union Public Service Commission; State Services; Odisha Public Service Commission.
7. Control of Public Expenditure: Parliamentary Control, Estimates Committee, Public Accounts Committee, Committee on Public Undertakings, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Ministry of Finance.
8. Machinery of Planning : Planning Commission – Composition, Functions, Role; National Development Council; Planning Process – National Planning, State Planning, District Planning.
9. Welfare Administration : Human Rights – National Human Rights Commission; Odisha Human Rights Commission; Machinery for Welfare administration at the National and State levels, Central Social Welfare Board and State Social Welfare Boards, Special organizations for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Welfare Programmes for Women and Children.
10. Major Issues in Indian Administration: Centre-State Relations; Political and Permanent Executive Relations; Administrative Culture and Ethics; Corruption in Indian Administration – Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas; Environmental Issues – Disaster Management; Criminalisation of Politics and Administration; New Economic Policy and Public Undertakings; IT and Indian Administration.

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