Best books for Public Administration Optional
Public Administration is one of the most popular optional subjects among the UPSC aspirants. So, naturally, we get a lot of queries regarding what to read and in what order. Here in this article, we are going to discuss the books that must be read to get a healthy grasp over the subject.
- Public Administration by Laxmikanth – This book should be the basic ground for your Public Administration preparation because it clears the basic concepts and theories associated with the subject in a lucid format. Do not jump directly towards the other study materials. Give it enough time to absorb because this will lay the basic foundation for your preparation.
- New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya – Once you clear your basic facts correct, you must indulge into this book to polish your preparation with keywords which will shine your answer to bring it at par with other aspirants. It will decorate your answer with a specialist angle and it would give you enough edge over a lot of aspirants who attempt the answers with merely a rudimentary understanding of the concepts.
- Administrative thinkers by Prasad and Prasad – It covers the most important topics of Paper 1 from the Administrative thought section. It is the best book to cover this section because it has plethora of information to give you fodder points for your answers as well as to give you enough clarity about the topics and sub-topics mentioned in the syllabus.
- Indian Public Administration by Arora and Goyal – For Paper II, you must refer to this book by Ramesh Arora and Rajni Goyal. It covers a majority section of the Paper II syllabus and the popular new public administration section that has grown in strength since the last few years. It explains the topics of Indian polity in a sequential format through a historical approach for you to make comparisons and accommodate timelines for your answers. It will help you to write essays as well.
- Governance in India by Laxmikanth – Last, but not the least, this book is quintessential for your subject because it complements the Arora and Goyal book. It will help you with General Studies Paper II also and you can see that the entire syllabus of the Public Administration is covered in detail by the author.
Apart from the above mentioned books, you should also dwell into Personnel Administration Notes of IGNOU, Indian Journal of Public Administration and newspaper articles for value addition, without which you would not be able to compete in the cut-throat competition in the subject. You must be aware of the recent events with an eye to look towards them in an angle that complements your subject. Moreover, answer writing holds the key to success, therefore, the more you write, the more you gain in both knowledge and marks in the examination.
We hope that the above information supplements your preparation strategy. We would love to share interesting tips and strategies for you, so keep writing to us and share your beautiful feedback and queries.
Best of luck for your preparation.
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