Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET)-2010
Syllabus & Sample Questions: (Public
1. Theory of Public Administration
Public administration-Meaning, Nature and Scope, Public and
Private Administration. New Public
Administration. New Public Management. Administrative Thinkers-Kautilya, Woodrow
Wilson, Gullick and Urwick, Max Weber, F. W. Taylor,
Henry Fayol, M. P. Follet, Elton Mayo, C. I. Barnard, Herbert Simon, D. H.
McGregor, Abraham Maslow, Herzberg, Chris
Argyris and Fred Riggs. Theories-Classical,
Human Relations, Bureaucratic Public Choice and Principal-Agent relationship.
Approaches to the study of Public
Administration-Scientific Management, Behavioral, Systems, Structural-Functional.
Decision making, Public Policy and Marxian. Organization-Bases
of Organization. Formal and informal; Principles of Organization-Hierarchy,
Span of Control, Unity of Command, Delegation, Decentralization
and Coordination; Line Staff Agencies.
Leadership, Motivation and Communication.
2. Comparative Public Administration
Comparative Public Administration-Nature of Scope. Theories
and Models of Comparative Public Administration-Contributions of Fred Riggs.
Montgomery and Ferrell Heady. A
Comparative Study of the Administration, Institutions and Processes in U.K.,
U.S.A. and India. Various Control Mechanisms
over Administration in U.K., U.S.A and India. Citizen
and Administration-Machinery for redressal of citizen’s grievances in U.K.,
3. Development Administration
Development Administration-Meaning, Nature and Scope Concept of
Development Administration; Development
Administration and Traditional Administration; Characteristics of Administration
in Developed and Developing Countries. Public
and Private Sectors and their Administration. Planning-Projects
and Plan Formulation, Plan Implementation and Evaluation. Bureaucracy
and Development Administration-Role of Bureaucracy in Plan Formulation and its
Administration-Interactions among Bureaucrats, Politicians, Technocrats, Social
Scientists, Educationists and Journalists. People’s
Participation in Development. International
Aid and Technical Assistance programmes-IMF, IBRD, WTO.
4. Indian Administration
Administrative Legacies at the time of Independence-Civil
Services; District and Revenue Administration.
Organization of Government at Center level-Organization
of Secretariat. Ministries and Departments,
Cabinet Secretariat, P.M.O. Organization of
Government at State level-Secretariat, Role of Chief Secretary. Organization of Ministries, Departments and Directorates. Personnel
Administration-Classification of Services. Recruitment, Recruitment Agencies-
U.P.S.C. and State Public Service Commissions,
Training, Promotion, Discipline, Morale, Staff
Associations. Employer-Employee Relations. Financial
Administration-Budget, Enactment of the Budget, Finance Ministry and its Role,
Audit and Accounts, Comptroller and
Auditor-General. Plans-Five Year Plans,
Formulation of Plans, Planning Commission, National Development Council,
Relations-Legislative. Administrative and Financial, Finance Commission. Control
over Administration Legislative, Executive and Judicial control, Transparency,
Accountability and Administrative Responsiveness.
District Administration-Organization of District
Administration. Role of District Collector in Development,
Local Government-Rural and Urban.Panchayati Raj Institutions and their Role in
Development. Citizen and
Administration-Lokpal and Lokayukta. Delegated
Legislation and Administrative Adjudication. Administrative
Reforms in India since Independence.
5. Research Methodology
Types of Research. Identification
of Problem and Preparation of Research Design. Research
Methods in Social Sciences. Hypothesis.
Sampling-Various Sampling Procedures. Tools
of Data Collection-Questionnaire, Interview, Content Analysis. Processing
of Data. Measures of Central Tendency-Mean,
Mode and Median. Report Writing.
6. Social and Economic
Meaning, Nature and Scope of Social Welfare and Social Justice.
Central Social Welfare Board and State Social
Welfare Boards. Major Social Sectors-Health
and Education. Industrial Policy Resolutions
and Growth of Public Sector in India. Public
Sector-Features, Problems of Management, Accountability and Autonomy. New
Economic Policy Liberalisation-Privatisation and Globalizations.
7. Local Governments-Rural and Urban
Meaning, Nature and Scope of Local Governments. Major
Features and Structures of Local Government in U.K., U.S.A., France and India.
73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments in India.
Functions and Role of Local Governments in India.
State-Local Relations in India.
Paper-III (A) (Core
Public Administration-Meaning, Nature and Scope, Public and
Private Administration, New Public Administration.
New Public Management.
Organization-Bases of Organization-Formal and Informal.
Principles of Organization. Hierarchy, Span
of Control. Unity of Command. Delegation. Decentralization. Co-ordination and
Line & Staff Agencies.
Administrative Thinkers-Kautilya, Woodrow Wilson, Luther Gullick
and Lyndall Urwick, Max Weber. F. W. Taylor.
Henry Fayol, M. P. Follet, Elton Mayo, Chester Barnard, Herbert Simon, D.
H. McGregor, Abraham Maslow. Frederick Herzberg and Chris Argyris.
Theories and Models of Comparative Public
Administration-Contributions of Fred Riggs, Montgomery and Ferrell Heady.
A Comparative Study of the Administration,
Institutions and Processes in U.K., U.S.A and India.
Development Administration-Meaning, Nature and Scope. Concept of
Development Administration, Development
Administration and Traditional Administration, Characteristics of Administration
in Developed and Developing Countries. Bureaucracy
and Development Administration.
Indian Administration-Organization of the Union
Government-Central Secretariat, Ministries and Departments,
Cabinet Secretariat, P.M.O. Organization of
the State Government-Secretariat. Role of Chief Secretary, Organization of
Departments and Directorates.
Personnel Administration-Classification of Services Recruitment,
Recruitment Agencies-U.P.S.C. and State
Public Service Commissions, Training, Promotion, Discipline, Morale, Staff
Associations, Employer-Employee Relations. Financial
Administration-Budget-Meaning, Preparation and Enactment, Finance Ministry and
its Role, Audit and Accounts, Comptroller
and Auditor General.
Research Methodology-Research Methods in Social Sciences.
Types of Research, Sampling, Tools of Data
Structure of District Administration, Role of District
Collector, Local Government-Rural and Urban
: Structure, Functions and Role, Finances; State-Local Relations.
Social and Economic Administration-The Concept of Social
Welfare. Social Justices and Social Change.
The Concepts of Liberalization. Privatization and Globalizations-The
new Economic Policy. Role of Voluntary and
Non-governmental Agencies in Socio-economic Development.
Papers -III (B) (Elective/Optional)
Public Policy-Meaning, Types and Significance. Approaches
to Public Policy. Institutional Arrangements
for Policy-making. Policy-making Process,
Policy Implementation. Policy Education, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation.
Concepts of Social Welfare. Social Justice and Social Change.
Organizational Structure for Social Justice
Administration-Central Social Welfare Board, State Social Welfare Boards, Role
of N.G.O.s and Voluntary Organizations, State Departments of Social
Welfare and the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Reservation
Social Sectors-Health and Education.
Economic Policy in India since Independence. Concept
of Mixed Economy. Industrial Policy Resolutions and Growth of Public Enterprises
in India. Public Enterprises-Features, Problems of Management, Accountability
and Autonomy. Liberalisation, Privatisation
and Globalisation. Disinvestments Policy-The New economic Policy.
Local Self-Government-Meaning, Nature and Scope.73rd and 74th
Consittutional Amendments in India. Organization
and Functions. Finances. State
and Local Government Relations. Challenges
before the Local Self-Government.
Concept of Rural Development, Approaches to Rural Development,
Community Development, Area Development,
Integrated Rural Development, Centralization and Decentralization, Role of
Cooperatives. Process of Urbanization, Urban
Development Infrastructure, Housing, Water Supply, Sewerage, Environment,
Transport. Master Plan, Nation Capital
Region, Development Authorities, Slums.
Sample Questions: Paper-II
1. Which of the
following statements about the meaning of Public administration is correct ?
(A) It is an individual
effort directed towards the realization of a consciously laid down objective.
(B) According to Pfeiffer
and Presthus, administration is the organization and direction of human
and material resources to obtain the results which may not be clearly defined.
(C) According to John A.
Vieg, administration is determined, action taken in pursuit of conscious
administration is not concerned with subject of intellectual study and inquiry.
2. Which of the
following are the common features of comparative administration and comparative
politics as stated by
Ferrell Heady and Sybil L. Stokes ?
(1) Comparative youth of
(2) Effort to arrive at
concepts and theories that are timely universal.
(3) Effort to be
inter-disciplinary in interests and techniques.
(4) General commitment
to the outlook identified with behaviouralism.
Select the correct
answer from the codes given below :
(A) 1, 2, and 3
(B) 2, 3 and 4
(C) 1, 2, 3 and 4
(D) 1, 2 and 4