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IAS EXAM PORTAL : Public Administration Papers Topic : Administrative Behaviour

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Public Administration Papers Topic : Administrative Behaviour

Posted: 09 Apr 2021 05:57 AM PDT

Public Administration Papers Topic :  Administrative Behaviour

  • Examine the respective roles of facts and values in the decision - making process. Is it possible to make value- free decisions in the government system ? How can government decisions be made more rational? (60 marks 2008)
  • What is meant by morale ? There is a belief that "moral and productivity go hand in hand and higher the morale, higher the productivity." Do you agree ? Substantiate. (60 marks 2007)
  • 'Man's motives ... in different subparts of the same organization may be different' [Edgar Schein]. Discuss. (12 marks 2012)
  • "Motivation theory is not synonymous with behaviour theory. The motivations are only one class of determinants of behaviour while behaviour is almost always motivated, it is also almost always biologically, culturally and situationally determined as well." Comment. (20 marks 2004)
  • Leadership is the' influential increment over and above    mechanical compliance with the routine directives of the organization' [Katz and Kahn]. Analyze. (12 marks 2012)
  • "Leaders do the right things, managers do them rightly." (Bennis) Comment. (20 marks 2008)
  • Read the following instances carefully and suggest what specific perspectives on organizational psychology of motivation would help the concerned organization to reconcile the needs of the following four persons with the needs of organization: (30 marks, 2013)
  • Mr.A comes to his office with clocklike punctuality; does his work with impeccable honesty and integrity; takes orders from above gladly; responds well to overtures by peers; but neither mixes with anyone himself nor seeks anyone's company. What is more, he seems quite happy in his isolation.
  • Mr.B is an efficient charge hand at the welding shop. He is very outgoing and makes friends fast, but falls out with them very fast too. He is, however, easily pacified when anyone asks him to calm down in the name of the organization.
  • Mr.C is completely happy and absorbed when he is teaching in the classes, and doesn't at all mind when his workload gets heavier and covers new areas. But he gets angry when the finance section raises objection about his medical bills; and is furious that the higher administration is yet to give him full tenure.
  • Mr.D is a metallurgist in the forge shop of the steel plan, and has received honors for his innovativeness in modifying conventional alloys. He also paints well and values his painting skills far more than his metallurgy and is extremely unhappy that company house journal did not finally carry his water sketch on its front cover.
  • "Karl Marx's interpretation of bureaucracy was rooted in the history of the nature of the State." Evaluate. (10 marks, 2014)
  • Is Peter Drucker justified in saying, "Management principles should not tell us what to do, but only tell us what not to do"? Comment. (10 marks, 2014)
  • How does the Strategic Contingencies Theory of organizational design deal with problems arising from sub-unit centrality and non-substitutability? (15 marks, 2014)
  • According to McGregor, "True professional help is not in playing God with the client, but in placing professional knowledge and skill at the client's disposal". In the light of the above, justify how theory Y is indicative and not prescriptive. (20 marks, 2014)
  • Do you agree with the view that the charismatic approach of the mid-1970s is a "new version" of the Classical Trait Theory of Leadership? Give reasons. (10 marks, 2015)
  • "Information constitutes the life-blood of the functioning of an organisation." Explain the utility and significance of communication in decision-making.  (15 marks, 2015)
  • "Morale can drive an organization forward or can lead to employees" discontent, poor job performance and absenteeism". (10 marks, 2016)
  • "Douglas McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y describe two contrasting models of workforce motivation applied by managers in an organization." Examine. (20 marks, 2016)
  • "Blake and Mouton defined leadership styles based on two dimensions-concern for people and concern for production." In the light of statement, discuss the Managerial Grid Model. Explain with reason which one of the styles is the best. (20 marks, 2016)
  • "Leaders do the right things; managers do them rightfully" –(Warren Bennis). Is this distinction by him valid ? Explain (10 marks, 2017)
  • "Abraham Maslow's ' Hierarchy of Needs' and  Frederick Herzberg's "Two Factor Theory" have commonalities in the analysis  of human motivation ." Comment (15 marks, 2017)
  • The Participative Management  School of Argyris and Likert advocates democracy within the administrative system.Will this approach  be equally useful to developing countries with evolving  democracies?  (20 marks, 2017)
  • "A leader is a people's developer" (Napoleon). Which aspects of subordinates' development can be positively influenced by a leader ? Discuss. (10 marks, 2018)
  • "Herbert Simon's book Administrative Behavior presents a synthesis of the classical and behavioural approaches to the study of Public Administration." Explain. (10 marks, 2018)
  • Communication represents the "Nerves of Government" (Karl Deutsch). How can the communication system in the government be made more effective, responsive and motivational ? (20 marks, 2018)
  • "Chester Barnard's model of 'Contribution-Satisfaction Equilibrium' is still considered a logical model of organisational motivation." Do you agree? Give arguments. (15 marks, 2018)
  • "If there is ever to be a science of Public Administration it must derive from an understanding of man's behavior". Explain. (10 Marks,2019)
  • "Chester Barnard in 'The Function of the Executive' injected 'the social' in the study of organization. Explain in this context how the executive is expected to play a much greater role than a manager." (10 Marks,2019) 
  • Performance information use is a form of organizational behaviour that is influenced by individual job, organizational and environmental factors." Critically analyse.(20 Marks,2020)


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Model Questions for UPSC PRE CSAT PAPER SET - 54

Posted: 09 Apr 2021 04:29 AM PDT

Model Questions for UPSC PRE CSAT PAPER SET - 54

1. In which discipline does study?

(a) Electrical
(b) Mechanical
(c) Electronics
(d) Data inadequate

2. In which of the college at least one student studies in Mechanical discipline?

(a) A only
(b) B only
(c) C only
(d) All A, B and C

3. S studies in which college?

(a) A
(b) B
(c) A or B
(d) Data inadequate

Direction: A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H are eight employees working in there departments- marketing finance and production, in an organization with at least two of them in any department Each of them different choice of TV channels from star, ZEE, ESPN, DD, SONY, NDTV, Aaj Tak and BBC not necessarily in the same order D likes ESPN and he works in production department with only G. B and F do not work in the same Department. H likes DD and does not work in marketing department. E works with C in the same department and likes star. B likes Aaj Tak and none of his * in the department likes either Sony or NDTV G likes Zee. F does not like Sony.

4. Which channel does A like?

(a) DD
(b) NDTV
(c) BBC
(d) Zee

Direction: In each question below is given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumption and decide which of the following assumption is implicit in the statement. Given answer.

(a) If only assumption I is implicit
(b) If only assumption II is implicit
(c) If neither I nor II is implicit
(d) If both I and II are implicit

5. Statement: The state administration banned gathering of more than fifty persons at any place during the period of visit of the foreign dignitaries.


(I) People may avoid gathering at any place is the city during the period of visit of foreign dignitaries.
(II) Many people may ignore the prohibitory orders and gather to get a glimpse of the dignitaries.

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Posted: 09 Apr 2021 03:39 AM PDT


Context : 

Recently, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the final result of the Civil Services Examination 2019. The number of total qualified candidates is 829 including the prestigious services of IAS, IPS & IFS, IRS among others.

Key details :

  • A total of 829 candidates are recommended for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among other civil services.
  • Mr. Pradeep Singh secured the first rank while Mr. Jatin Kishore and Ms. Pratibha Verma secured the second and third ranks respectively in the UPSC Toppers list.

Break up of 829 candidates category wise are as under :














  • Out of 829 qualified candidates, 304 are from the General category, 78 from Economically Weaker Section (EWS), 251 from Other Backward Classes (OBC), 129 from Scheduled Castes (SC) and 67 from Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories.
  • The prestigious civil services examination is conducted every year in three phases i.e. preliminary, mains, and interview.

Reserve list :

  • A total of 182 candidates has been put under the reserve list.
  • A consolidated Reserve List of candidates along with the list of recommended candidates is maintained by the UPSC. 
  • This reserve list serves the purpose of the supplementary list which comes after the first main list. Both lists are based on the number of vacancies sanctioned in a particular year.













Significance of UPSC Cut Off score :

  • The minimum qualifying standards/marks secured by the last recommended candidate in various categories at various stages issued by the UPSC are as under:- 











Pre 2019










Mains 2019










Final 2019










UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2019 :

UPSC had conducted the IAS Prelims examination on 02nd June 2019 (Sunday) across the country. There were 2 compulsory papers i.e. General Ability Test (GAT) and the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) of 200 marks each, out of which CSAT is of qualifying nature.

UPSC CSE Mains Exam 2019 :

Those candidates qualified in prelims exams have been invited for the CSE Mains exams conducted in September 2019.

UPSC Civil Service Personality Test (Interview):

UPSC CSE Interview was conducted in February-July 2020. A total of 2304 candidates were invited to appear for the interview round.

EWS quota cut off lower than OBC category :

  • EWS quota was introduced for the first time in the 2019 exam. 
  • The Final cutoff list released by UPSC shows that the EWS category cutoff is lower than the OBC, SC, and ST at different stages of the exams.
  • For instance,
  •  In Pre-exam 2019: EWS cut off is 90 while the OBC cut off is 95.34.
  • In Mains exam 2019: EWS cut off is 696 while the OBC, SC, ST cut off is 718, 706, 699 respectively.
  • In Interview 2019: EWS cut off is 909 while the OBC cut off is 925. 
  • Every reserved category is having its own cut-off list that ultimately depends upon the number of candidates who actually come forward to avail the quota in that category and their subsequent performance. 
  • If few people are availing of the EWS quota, then its cut off is bound to be lower in comparison to other categories.
  • This also indicates that the candidates from the EWS category would have found it almost impossible to make it without quota.
  • It also raises questions over the extent of the differences between the backward among forwards & the other categories.

Way Forward :

UPSC CSE 2019 results have shown a bright & clear path to its future aspirants. It once again shows that quality & hard work is the way out to achieve the dreams of being a civil servant.

Differences among the reserved categories with their cut off now give a new dimension to think about the policies of development of various social groups in the country.

Happy Studies!

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(Audio Notes) Topic: "An exclusive Interview with DG, CRPF Kuldip Singh" 09 April 2021

Posted: 09 Apr 2021 01:34 AM PDT

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Spotlight/News Analysis (09,April 2021):

  • Topic of Discussion: An exclusive Interview with DG, CRPF Kuldip Singh
  • InterviewerAnand Chaturvedi (AIR Correspondent)

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(VIDEO) Climate Change - Developed nations need to step up : Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Posted: 09 Apr 2021 01:26 AM PDT

(VIDEO) Climate Change - Developed nations need to step up : Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Topic of Discussion: Climate Change - Developed nations need to step up : Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate

Expert Panel Name : 

  • Prof. C.K. Varshney, Environmentalist & Former Dean, School of Environment Sciences, JNU  
  • Urmi Goswami, Assistant Editor, Economic Times

Anchor- Vishal Dahiya

उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य GK प्रश्न (सेट -26) for UPPSC Exam

Posted: 08 Apr 2021 09:52 PM PDT

उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य GK प्रश्न (सेट -26) for UPPSC Exam

1. उत्तर प्रदेश का वर्तमान नाम कब पड़ा ?

a. 26 जनवरी 1950
b. 12 जनवरी 1950
c. 14 फरवरी 1950
d. 16 फरवरी 1950

2. उत्तर प्रदेश में तांबा किस जिले में पाया जाता है ?

a. मिर्जापुर
b. बाँदा
c. हमीपुर
d. ललितपुर

3. उत्तर प्रदेश में भारत की कुल कतने प्रतिशत कृषि-योग्य भूमि है ?

a. 22 %
b. 15 %
c. 17 %
d. 19 %

4. सम्पूर्ण भारत का लगभग कितना खद्यान उत्तर प्रदेश उत्पादित करता है ?

a. 30.5 %
b. 15.7 %
c. 11.3 %
d. 21 %

5. उत्तर प्रदेश को कृषि द्वारा लगभग कितने प्रतिशत आय होती है ?

a. 50 %
b. 68 %
c. 80 %
d. 60 %

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