IAS Mains Test Series Public Administration code 3001
Test conducted on 19th Sept
Gurudwara Road, Model Town Hisar 9729327755
Test Series Code M 3001
Time 3 hours Maximum marks 250
Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions:
There are EIGHT questions divided in two SECTIONS.
Candidates have 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.
Answers must be written in English medium only.
Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
Attempts of questions counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off.
Q1. Answer the following questions in not more than 150 words each: 10*5 = 50
- a) What is an output-based performance budgeting system? Analyse this system in the context of India. 10
- b) Indian administration is yet to fully appreciate and adopt the benefits of Information Technology. Elucidate. 10
- c) “Public Accounts Committee conducts a post-mortem examination of Public Accounts.” 10
- d) “Legislative controls over finances are inadequate and incomplete.” Comment.
- e) “Indian planning is highly centralized.” Comment.
Q2. a) “Training is practical education in any profession, not only to improve skills but also to develop attitudes and scheme of values necessary for effective performance.” Elaborate. 25
- b) “In-service training of officers belonging to higher civil services has been perhaps the most conspicuous development in Indian administration.” Discuss with reference to training designed for the Indian administrative service officers. 25
Q3 a) “Information technology, if properly used, can bring about sweeping changes in the nature of governance in India.” Discuss the current status and future possibilities about the use of information technology in the governance of India. 20
- b) “Bureaucracy can exist only where the whole service of the state is removed from the common political life of the people, its chiefs as well as rank and file. Its motives, its objectives, its policy, its standards must be bureaucratic.” Discuss. 15
- c) Democracy and good governance are contradictions in terms. Discuss with examples 15
Q4. a) Civil Service neutrality is a thing of past. Discuss. 25
- b) “The position of Governors towards exercising their discretion has considerably changed after 1967.” Discuss 25
Q5. Answer the following questions in not more than 150 words each: 10*5 = 50
- a) “In the context of liberalization the role of Public Sector and its welfarist approach is being drastically changed.” Elucidate. 10
- b) “The budget is an instrument of coordination.” Explain. 10
- c) Why does the issue of budgeting as politics versus budgeting as analysis remain important in the budgeting process? Do you agree that some synthesis of the two positions seems possible? Illustrate. 10
- d) If goals and objectives are the organizational destination, then the strategies comprise the route that the organization follows to reach its destination. Discuss. 10
- e) The efficiency of the total administrative system depends on the efficient working of its personnel subsystem. Comment. 10
Q6. a) In a dynamic domestic and international situation, a civil service that fails to keep in step with the changing times may well prove to be a great hindrance to social development. Comment. 20
- b) ” In its final form, a classification plan consists of a number of classes adequate to enable a place to be found for each existing position arranged in orderly fashion with respect to each other and supplemented by a set of rules and regulations for its administration, interpretation and amendment”- . D. White. Elaborate the statement. 15
- c) A sound recruitment policy is the key to a strong public service and cornerstone of the whole public personnel structure. Comment. 15
Q7 a) Development and politics are twins. The administrator, instead of avoiding the politician, has to understand ‘ politics’ of development. Discuss 15
- b) Budgeting is draped with the trappings of professionalism, technology and expertise but it is also a system of values and politics -Wildavsky. Comment. 20
- c) Examine sociological, economic and political implications of budget.
Q8 a) what new models of budgetary capacity and incapacity have emerged after the decline of Planning Programming Budgeting and Zero based Budgeting? 20
- b) Career service is essential for efficiency in administration. Elucidate. 15
- c) CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) in recent times have become an instrument of politics. Examine its implications. 15