[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Optional Subjects-Public Administration, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics

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  1. Public Administration
    1. Paper1: SECTION-A
    2. Paper1: SECTION-B
    3. PubAd: Paper-2 Section-A
    4. PubAd: Paper-2 Section-B
  2. Other odd optionals
  3. Compulsory Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati language

Public Administration

  • Paper-I and II: Each 3 hours and 250 marks.
  • There are 8 questions divided into two sections, printed in both Hindi and English.
  • You’ve to attempt 5 questions. No.1 and 5 are compulsory and out of remaining, 3 are to be attempted choosing atleast 1 question from each section.
  • Word limit, wherever specific, should be adhered to. (Mrunal- they did not specify wordlimit in questions, except for Q1 and Q5).
  • Attempt all questions in chronological order, unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partially. Any page of portion of the page left blank in the question-cum-answer booklet must be clearly struck off.


Q1 (Compulsory) Answer the following questions in about 150 words each: 10 x 5 = 50 marks.

  1. What are the implications of the post-structuralist perspective on the discrete aspects of Public Administration, coming from its epistemological positions?
  2. “Adaptive, problem-solving, temporary systems of diverse specialists, linked together by coordinating executives in an organic flux-this is original form that will gradually replace bureaucracy”. Discuss, in the light of this statement, the ‘end of bureaucracy’ thesis and its strengths and limitations.
  3. “Karl Marx’s interpretation of bureaucracy was rooted in the history of the nature of the State”. Evaluate.
  4. “The conceptual division between administrative and constitutional law is quite porous, and that along many dimensions, administrative law can be considered more constitutional in character that the constitutions.” How would you justify the statement?
  5. Is Peter Drucker justified in saying, “Management principles should not tell us what to do, but only tell us what not to do”? Comment.

Q2. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. “Governance theory and the nation of governmentality have many points of convergence, but they run on parallel lines.” Comment. 20 marks.
  2. “Taylor’s ideas need modification in the context of post-industrial economies in contemporary era.” Justify with reasons. 15 marks
  3. How does the Strategic Contingencies Theory of organizational design deal with problems arising from sub-unit centrality and non-substituability? 15 marks.

Q3. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. According to Macgregor, “true professional help is not in playing God with the client, but in placing professional knowledge and skills at the client’s disposal.” In the light of above statement, justify how theory-Y is indicative and not prescriptive. 20 marks
  2. the notion of informal organisation is a residual or cafeteria concept of diverse and sprawling contents. How does Gouldner established the need for understanding the interdigitations between the formal and informal organisation. 15 marks
  3. The right to information is not all about citizens empowerment, it essentially redefines the concept of accountability. Discuss. 15 marks

Q4. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. New public management and post new public management reforms initiatives ever affected the balance between managerial, political, administrative, legal, professional and social accountability. Analye.
  2. Delegation to independent agencies has taken place in an interdependent progress driven by emulation. Discuss in the context of independent regulatory agencies in the modern regulatory state.
  3. Voluntary organizations have become tools of sensitization of governmental agencies. comment.


Q5. (Compulsory) Answer following in 150 words each. (5 x 10 = 50 marks)

  1. Critically examine the Riggsian concept of differentiation in context of post-globalisation era.
  2. The term development Administration can be used only in a broad sense to mark the variety of approaches and point of view. Discuss
  3. The bottom line for governance outcome rather than the outputs of government. Analyse in context of e-government and e-governance.
  4. “Policies determine politics as governments constrain.” Attempt a critique of this statement.
  5. Instead of reforms to budgetary process Wildavsky proposes to redefine the role of political institutions and rules by which politics leads to agreement on budget. Explain

Q6. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. The fact that we call something performance auditing means that we imply salient features which can distinguish it from other forms of enquiry. Discuss with reference to the main majors or indicators of performance measurement.
  2. The output studies approach to public policy analyses ovestresses the rational techniques and allocative dimension of public policy. Analyse the statement.
  3. The field of MIS is not necessarily an extension of computer science, but of management and organisation theory. Elucidate

Q7. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. The technical and multidisciplinary nature of e-governance has created an interdependent relationship within government between policymakers, program administrators and technical specialists. Analyse in context of generalist – specialist relationship
  2. Self-help groups have not only empowered women, but have also brought about attitudinal change among all stakeholders towards women development. Discuss
  3. Many African and Asian countries have inherited the colonial idea of civil service as a privileged elite. Hence, the social status of the civil services is an important aspect of the bureaucracy’s unsuitability for change. Comment.

Q8. Answer following (20+15+15=50 marks)

  1. Identify the main elements of program budgeting, output budgeting and new performance budgeting. What do they have in common with PPBS?
  2. According to Y.Dror, “the science of modelling through is essentially a reinforcement of pro inertia and anti-innovation ideas in policy-making.” Comment
  3. British philosophy of Administration is based on a unification of science of Administration with ethics. Analyze.

PubAd: Paper-2 Section-A

Q1. (Compulsory) 150 words x 10 marks each x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Ethics in public services has been the central concern of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. Critically examine the statement
  2. discuss the valuable premise of constitutionalism in India which the bureaucracy cannot violate
  3. the functional role of Prime Minister’s office (PMO) depends on the Prime Minister’s policy orientation, personality and style of administration. Comment on the statement with suitable examples.
  4. Despite the adoption of decentralised planning, participatory initiative remain marginalised and divisive live in many regions. Discuss
  5. the Centre State relations have acquired new dimensions in recent times due to several political parties being in power at the Centre and the States. (Second administrive, commission). Do you agree? Give reasons to support your arguments.

Q2. 20+20+10 marks

  1. “public sector undertakings must learn to survive and be entrepreneurial, without assured government budgetary support.” In the light of the statement give your suggestions for strengthening their autonomy and reviving the health of sick public sector undertakings.
  2. Indian administration is said to be characterised by its three features viz.Weberian structures, Kautilyan practice and Gandhian rhetoric. Examine the statement.
  3. District collector is a legacy of the British Raj and has largely remained insulated from the demands of contemporary professionalism. Discuss

Q3. 20+20+10 marks

  1. gender responsive budgeting has infused greater accountability of planning departments towards women empowerment programs. Examine the statement.
  2. The Gubernatorial position of the Governor is comfortably placed in the fuzzy area between “withdrawal of the pleasure of the Presiden” and “compelling reasons for removal.” Discuss with some recent examples.
  3. Beneath the soft outer shell of democratic administrative framework lies unscathed the steel frame of Indian administration which has survived through ages. In the light of the statement, examine the relationship between bureaucracy and development in the last one decade.

Q4. 20+20+10 marks

  1. management of intergovernmental relations is as important as that of intergovernmental relations. Examine its impact upon the performance of the government.
  2. How far do you agree with the view that national development Council could resonate the demands of the state governments as long as planning commission is Subservient to it? Critically examine.
  3. Critically examine the statement: “Thana (police station) as the last bastion of the waning British administrative legacy in India.”

PubAd: Paper-2 Section-B

Q5. (Compulsory) 150 words x 10 marks each x 5 = 50 marks

  1. Discuss the changes in the powers of controller and auditor General of India, following a recent Supreme Court judgement concerning a private service provider. #Mrunalarticle=10 marks be counted under Bogus Marketing Propoganda.
  2. Parliamentary committees bring about accountability and public expenditure. Discuss
  3. do you think that the role of Panchayati Raj should go beyond development Administration? Give reasons for your answer.
  4. Police – public relations are a story of insincere efforts made both sides. Elaborate
  5. from coalition government to one-party dominance is of the change that is bound to affect the governmental system. Explain why and how

Q6. 20+20+10 marks

  1. Assess the role of honest and upright civil servants in regulatory and development administration in India. Give examples to substantiate your arguments.
  2. “Social auditing of flagship programmes of the Central government facilitates the performance of the Comptroller and Auditor-General.” Elaborate the statement with appropriate examples.
  3. Explain the notion of one hundred ‘smart cities’ and its likely impact on India’s urbanization.

Q7. 20+20+10 marks

  1. Elaborate the features of the grievance redressal mechanism of the civil services in India. Does this mechanism satisfy the objectives of its creation?
  2. The 13th Finance Commission highlighted an indispensable need to improve the finances of rural and urban level bodies. Does this make local bodies more accountable in the discharge of their functions?
  3. “Unimplemented reforms in administration weaken the administrative reforms process most.” Do you agree? Give your answer citing specific cases as illustrations.

Q8. 20+20+10 marks

  1. Discuss the need for civil service neutrality in development administration. Suggest some measures for achieving and strengthening it in practice.
  2. Supreme Court ruling on 31st October, 2013 in respect of bureaucracy’s functioning would help achieve good governance. Analyze this ruling and add your comments on it.
  3. Do you think that the Central para-military police forces have proven more effective than the State police service? Give your answer objectively in a critical vein.

Other odd optionals

UPSC will upload official paper within 35-40 days, like they did after Mains-2013. So no point in filling RTIs. Just wait and watch. and if you already have the paper then upload on google drive and share link in comments.
Some of the papers were shared by readers such as Mathametics, Electrical Engineering etc. you can find them on following folder:

Compulsory Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati language

Exam is scheduled on 20th December and I’ve contacts for all three. Will upload tomorrow night on this same page.

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308 Comments on “[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Optional Subjects-Public Administration, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics”

  1. @ mrunal..pls post agriculture optional mains 2014 question paper

  2. managemnt paper ?

  3. sir please send me civil engg. related questions and notes

  4. sir please send me elecrtical optional paper of ias main 2014 on my gmail provided by me.

    1. please upload electrical engineering paper

  5. pls provide tamil optional paper.

    1. hi i am too waiting for tamil optional papers. do u have it with you ? if yes please mail me > [email protected]

  6. Economics optional paper?

  7. Hi Sir,,,pls send Economics optional question paper 1 & 2 of 2014 IAS mains.

  8. thank you sir…………..

  9. sir please upload public administration question paper both 1&2 in hindi

  10. Hello sir …. we r waiting for hindi language ques paper

  11. Please upload mathematics quertion 2014

  12. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee upload the electrical engineer previous year exam paper and expected this year paper ….. tnx

    1. bhai paper mila kya aapko??

  13. What are the implications of the post-structuralist perspective on the discrete aspects of Public Administration, coming from its epistemological positions?
    please i want answer of this question. so kindly send the answer to my email address.

  14. Sir I m studying in electronics engineering so I wanna try for IAS exam ….plz can you tell me which subjects I have to take and how to prepare for IAS exams

    1. good thinking yr . i want this exm clear.

  15. Rammanna,it was quite generous being with detailed answer keywords jst as like guiding path.

    I have some queries,Can have your email id please?

  16. Hello sir.please upload paper in hindi

  17. I want income tax and central excise questionpaper for upsc preparation plz upload……….In advance thanks………….!

  18. kindly send bengali language paper and agriculture optional paper 2014. thanks

  19. please sir ……..mujhe public administration ka paper 1&2 both hindi language me chahiye please help me sir…….

  20. sir could you plz mail me last 10 yrs question papers( mains ) with sociology as a optional subject.

  21. Sir plz upload the paper 1&2 question paper

  22. I have done BCA and now doing Masters in pub ad from ignou. Now plz tell me what should i take as upsc ias mains optional pub ad or sociology. I have interest in polity and I am good in that but is that enough. plz tell which will be easy for me.

    1. now,which subject you choose optional?

  23. Recommended books go all in vain after looking at this paper. ..

  24. Bhai maine b BCA kiya hai.. public administration is unpredictable subject. . Jitni kitabein pade ga utna pashtaye ga. kuch nahin aata hai kitabun se.. aise hi general type k questions poochte hai public administration k naam par. .

  25. i am very much confuse about exactly what number of question should be attended……….please elaborate….

  26. Anyone upload Economics optional paper both paper 1 and 2…

  27. What are the implications of the post-structuralist perspective on the discrete aspects of Public Administration, coming from its epistemological positions?
    please i want answer of this question. so kindly send the answer to my email address.

    [email protected]

  28. Hi i am waiting for Mathematics optional papers , last years plzzz

  29. hi i m a Bsc student and interested to join civil service so kindly help me regarding how to prepare for that examination

  30. Sir plz upload question papers of public administration 1&2 in Hindi

  31. Hi, Sir, I have completed B.E.(Electrical) and I am strong in electrical engineering but not in general study Please help me and suggest me some idea for preaparing civil servise exam.

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