IAS Mains Public Administration Paper-II 2011

Time Allowed: Three Hours

Maximum Marks: 300


Each question is printed both in Hindi and in English.

The answers must be written in the medium specified in the Admission. Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer-Book in the space provided for the. Purpose. No marks will be given for the answers written in a medium other than that specified in the Admission Certificate.

Candidates should attempt Question Nos. 1 and 5 which are compulsory, and any three of the remaining questions selecting at least one question from, each Section.

The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question.


  1. Attempt the following m not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Over-dependence on bureaucracy for bringing about socio-economic development in India has proved to be dysfunctional. Comment.

    2. The performance of Lok Ayuktas in various States has been uneven. Comment with examples.

    3. Explain with appropriate illustrations the interface between political culture and bureaucratic culture in contemporary India.

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Discuss the evolution of the role of the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) since independence. 30

    2. Administrative reforms get diluted because of constant tinkering on the margin rather than a holistic transformation. Discuss the statement in the context of reforming district administration in India. 30

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. Comment on the following statement: 30 The Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) of India is a prosecutor with a law that hobbles. Its functioning, a judge without the power to sentence and a litigant with no right to appeal.

    2. Indian federalism is passing through a state of potential maturity. Discuss this statement in the context of the views of the Commission on Centre-State Relations (Justice M. M. Punchi). 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. The theme of Police Reforms continues to haunt the Parliament. In the light of this statement, discuss the state of Criminal Justice System administration in India. 30

    2. Performance Appraisal Systems with special reference to the Performance Management and Evaluation System (PMES) are expected to transform the bureaucratic culture of Indian administration. Do you agree? Give reasons. 30


  1. Attempt the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. The real problem of administrative reforms in India at the State and the local levels is that they are imposed from above. Comment.

    2. Discuss the basic principles of New Localism as a part of the global-local debate.

    3. Absence of District Planning Committees in a large number of districts has prevented convergence of planning at the district level. Examine the above statement with examples.

  2. Answer the following questions

    1. Answer the questions below

      1. One Lok Pal, howsoever strong I it may be, cannot eliminate corruption in the, politico-administrative system in India. Comment. 15

      2. Grievance redressal system is perhaps the weakest link in Indias civil service management, Comment. 15

    2. Community policing has become a victim of elite capture. Discuss the concept of community policing and bring out the implications of the above statement. 30

  3. Answer the following questions

    1. Can the holding companys structure act as an institutional change to add to efficiency? Give your answer with appropriate illustrations. 30

    2. Examine the institutional vulnerability of municipal. Governance in the midst of an emerging spectre of multiple partnerships. 30

  4. Answer the following questions

    1. Answer the questions below

      1. Identify the different conceptual categories of disasters. 15

      2. Write a note on the the new culture of disaster management. 15

    2. Disaster insurance is desirable but not an easy proposition to implement. Illustrate with suitable examples. 30