UPSC: Public administration is a popular elective subject among UPSC IAS aspirants due to the nature of the public administration program and its implementation in the public service. The curriculum includes many topics covered in Indian Polity for Prelims / Mains GS II, preparation as an optional subject becomes easy and integrated. Approximately 3,000 to 4,000 applicants choose Pub Ad each year as an optional subject for the industry. Being a popular subject, there are many books and resources available on the subject. However, it is important that aspirants stick to limited study material and focus on multiple revisions. Below we have provided a list of important books and other resources that have been regularly recommended by the best and subject matter experts to perform well in the optional UPSC IAS Mains paper.
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UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Recommended Books for Public Administration Optional
Public administration – Laxmikant
This book is specifically written for public administration and is different from Laxmikant’s “Indian Polity” manual.
?? New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
This book is considered a difficult book to understand. But if the student is able to understand every line of this book, public administration will become easy. The book requires several readings and revisions before the exam.
?? Administrative thinkers – Prasad and Prasad
It is one of the most important books to learn more about thinkers, their ideas and quotes. This book is useful not only for public administration, but also for GS IV (ethics) and dissertation.
?? Public Administration and Public Affairs 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
This book requires selective reading according to the UPSC Pub Ad program. The following topics may be covered from the book.
- Evolution of public administration,
- Organizational forces,
- leadership theories,
- Types of budget,
- Public policy, etc. thoroughly.
?? Essentials of Organizational Behavior 10th Edition – Stephen Robbins
Ideas given on organizational design, communication, motivation, hierarchy, leadership, performance appraisal, etc. can be applied and linked to other questions in Examinations I and II.
?? Public administration: concepts and theories – Basu Rumki
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UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Important Resources for Public Administration Optional
?? ARC Reports
The reports of the Administrative Reform Commission (ARC) are important documents from the perspective of the public service review of UPSC. They contain a lot of useful information important for the IAS exam covering aspects of public administration, governance, public service ethics, conflict resolution, etc.
?? ASPA Articles and Reviews
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is an organization dedicated to the promotion of integrity and good governance, the ASPA, in collaboration with several universities and its members, produces a multitude of books and other publications on public service and administrative issues.
?? IJPA Articles
Indian Journal for Public Administration is a portal where articles and opinions of well-known authors can be read.
To participate in this highly competitive exam, as well as classic textbooks, it is also important to be updated with the latest news and reports related to public administration. It should be noted that the written answers for the optional tests are different from those written for the GS tests. Aspirants can read a detailed strategy for optional articles as well as response writing techniques from the links provided below.
UPSC IAS Mains 2020: Preparation strategy for optional papers
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