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5 Recommended Public Administration Books for IAS

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Public Administration is by far the most popular optional for IAS Mains and, naturally, has the highest share of successful candidates among all optionals. One of the reasons for its popularity is the relatively limited and well defined syllabus. Correspondingly the books required are also quite limited, more so for paper 2. So which books should you refer for Public Administration? Only five. Let’s find out which five.

1. Public Administration by Laxmikanth

If you’re new to Public Administration I highly recommend you first go through M. Laxmikanth’s Public Administration. This book introduces the basic concepts and theories in a very simple and engaging manner. Many IAS aspirants directly jump to Mohit Bhattacharya’s New Horizons in Public Administration with the result they end up giving up the subject altogether or get the impression that Pub Ad is not their cup of tea.

Public Administration has been divided into twelve chapters which provide a great deal information on each topic like Financial Administration, Theories of Administration among others. A must read book for grasping the fundamentals of Public Administration.

2. New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya

After going through Poly Naidu you should then dive into Public Administration, an indispensable book written by Mohit Bhattacharya, a renowned Public Administration scholar and writer.

This book covers the entire Paper 1 syllabus in different degrees. The chapters where it really shines are Bureaucratic Theory, Public Policies, Development Administration, and Decision Making. These are Bhattacharya’s forte and he has explained these topics really well in his own unique style.

Speaking of style the language in Public Administration might seem a little too difficult to grasp at first but when you have read and re-read the book 2 or 3 times (Yes you have to), you’ll actually enjoy its contents. A must read.

3. Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad

Administrative Thought is probably the most important topic in Paper 1 of Public Administration and you can expect at least two long questions from the Administrative Thought topic every year and the best book to refer for this all important topic is Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad.

It covers all the thinkers like Elton Mayo, Max Weber, Henry Simon etc in the new syllabus including Kautilya for Paper 2. Although quite a  slim book it contains a wealth of information. Administrative Thinkers is a must read book for Paper 1.

Recommended Books for Prelims and Mains

Apart from these Public Administration books, you should also refer these highly recommended books for GS Prelims and Mains.

Personnel Administration Notes of IGNOU

I could’ve listed a book here but why read more when you can make do with less and more effective material? Personnel Administration is a very important chapter from Mains point of view and one question is always asked from it. The IGNOU Pub Ad notes cover this topic quite well. Don’t read all the four volumes, just get this chapter somehow and you’re done.

4. Indian Public Administration by Arora and Goyal

If there’s one book I’ll recommend for Paper 2, it’s Indian Public Administration by Ramesh Arora and Rajni Goyal. An excellent book that covered almost 90 percent of old syllabus single-handedly, it still covers about 70-75 percent of the new Public Administration paper 2 syllabus.

The book explains all chapters really well including the Indian polity part and British administration, Mughal era and Kautilya’s theory.

In fact, you should read Indian Public Administration at least three times to really score well in Paper 2. Such is its significance.

5. Governance in India by Laxmikanth

The final book for Public Administration I will recommend is Governance in India by M Laxmikanth. This book nicely complements Indian Administration by Arora and Goyal recommended earlier. Apart from covering Central, State and District Administration in detail, this book also covers Finance and Personnel Administration topics which are listed in the syllabus for Paper 1. So with Governance in India, the final recommended book, the entire Public Administration syllabus is covered in detail.

IJPA Notes

Indian Journal of Public Administration (IJPA) contains many important articles on Indian Public Administration that you can readily use as case studies for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the exam. IJPA is an indispensable resource for IAS Aspirants and if you have opted for Public Administration then please make sure you go through IJPA articles regularly.  A must read to acquaint oneself with the latest developments in Public Administration theory and practice.

Notes and Newspapers

For the new topics that have been added you should refer to the coaching notes I mentioned above as well as read a good newspaper like Indian Express as it covers administrative news items on a regular basis and Pub Ad requires supporting real life instances, particularly Paper 2. Newspaper reading is thus indispensable.

Quite frankly the above mentioned books and notes are adequate to cover the Public Administration paper 1 and paper 2 syllabus but if there is any new book that opens a new dimension or explains some topics in a better manner, please feel to share them in the comments below.

Recommended Reference Books

GS Solved Papers
General Studies Manual
Manorama Year Book
Oxford Student Atlas

Recommended Topic Books for IAS

Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Ecology and Environment
Struggle for Independence
Brief History of Modern India
Indian Art and Culture
Certificate Course in Geography

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Vimlaksh
 

I am your friend, mentor and guide to help crack the IAS exam. I've cleared the Prelims 4 times in a row and also reached the IAS Interview. I am passionate about General Studies and have scored 377/600 in GS Mains paper (old pattern).

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ramesh

i got an idea to prepare public administration by ur help

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Deepthi

wer do v get iipa and ignou notes??????????

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Neel

Hi Sir, Where can we get the notes from?

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khadar

sir iam studying degree 2 year in ap can u tell me books for public administration and geography prelims and mains which book to start with for basic understanding plese sendme to me my mail id is khadartheias@gmail.com plesse sir

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bijendra meena

hi sir… i m a student of b.tech 2nd year…..can u plzzz tell me that which will be the best optional subject with public ad from art subjects..for me the public ad is fixed but confused about other optional subject…….plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me…………

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    SHEKER

    PL CHOOSE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    IT IS THE BEST OPTIONAL SUBJECT
    OK

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bijendra meena

hi sir…i m a student of b.tech second year(ME)….i want to start my study for ias from now…….confusion is that…..should i read all the books from 11th class to graduation for public ad..for basic in pa…….or just start reference books…….

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Jyoti

Well, i hav gone thru ur colmn n i like the way you have covered all the topics related to the IAS preparation as well as have given answers to most of the queries. I just want to know whther the books you hv prescribed for Pub Ad r sufficient or one needs to go through other material as well in order to get the whole idea. i am a beginner n hav no idea ab the sub. Hope u will guide me abt s same.
thnks.

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vishal

Sir, kindly recommend me books of mains anthropology paper 1 and 2.

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saikumar korivi

saikumar:
i would like write in telugu so plz tell me authors names and book details for public adminstration..
as well as telugu literature…

than q sir…

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Sandeep

sir, thanks for the valuable information you have provided. I want to choose History and Geography as optional subjects, because i am intrusted in them. please tell me if is it okay to go on with them?

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neeraj pathak

sir, sp naidu’s book is no longer availabe on flipkart.com can u suggest any other book for beginners?
thanks

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Nilona

how do i get the access to the indian institute of public administration quarterly journals??

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megha sabharwal

Hi Sir,
Kindly help me out with a query. As i am an aspirant of Civil services, i am suffering from an dilemma that whether i should go for masters in my field( computer sci) or masters in my optional for IAS ( Pub ad)?
Please Revert as soon as possible.
Regards

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tanya

sir are these books still applicable as now …. as ur blog is so old… 2011… plz update this…

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    Vimlaksh

    These books are applicable even today. Post is updated.

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      tanya

      sorry bit paper 2 book of indian administration by arora and goyal is also not avaiable.. any optional for that

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      tanya

      but paper 2 but of arora and goyal is not available now….so any other books for that..???

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        Vimlaksh

        I will search for an appropriate alternative and let you know. Very good book but now out of print.

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manish mohan

sir,
i really appreciate ur work. kindly tell me what to study and what not to for ias 2014. i m confused with the vast syllabus. plz guide me sir

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Harish

tell me briefly the steps involved in writing ias exam as per new rules and regulations….

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saurabh gangwar

sir,
I need a list of books for history for cse mains

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saurabh gangwar

Sir,
I need a list of books for history for CSE mains preparation and also want to know about the preparation strategy for the subject.

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vikas singh

thanks for the useful info,,sir please tel,,if the notes of vajiram is sufficent for the general studies mains and please give the list of books for gs mains like you hvae provided for preliums.

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    Vimlaksh

    GS is very unpredictable now. You cannot solely rely on coaching institutes now.

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manasnayak51@gmail.com

sir i want to prepare by management and public administration , guide me books for this subjects
thanking you sir,

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    Vimlaksh

    Books for pub ad are listed on this page itself!

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rohit

Sir can post public administration book of black swan publication author uma.plz hurry

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JITENDRA

Dear Sir,
I have just beginer of IAS Exam. I want to take Public ad. & Sociology as optional subject. My medium is Hindi. Pls Sir tell me both Optional book in Hindi Medium.
Second thing I belong to village area where news paper are available in only hindi medium like Dainik jagran, Hindusthan, Amar Ujala. In which should I prefer.
I have Complete Science graduation 09 after that I pick a pvt job now a days I resign my job aug 13.
Can this Possible to crack the IAS Exam almost 4 year not tuch in reading only doing a job?

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YOGESH RATHEE

CAN U TELL ME WITCH SUBJECT WILL BE BETTER ECONOMICS OR PUBLIC AD AND PLESE ALSO RECOMMEND BOOKS FOR BOTH SUBJECT ANH PRTE EXAM

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santhosh reddy

hello sir.i am a btech (ECE)fresher. which subject can i choose as a optional

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siddharth sharma

hi.sir i am a student of science background and i want to choose between political science and pub add ..which will be gud for me as my optional for upsc ..please help

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manish

sir,please suggest me,book list in hindi version for public administration paper 1 and 2.as soon as possible.

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    Vimlaksh

    I will need to find this for Hindi.

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Dr.Rajesh.S.P

Ferrel Heady Book on Comparitive Administration is Good. Also Laxmikant books can be make use by the aspirants

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sruthy kp

sir,
i have completed my graduation…i want to start preparation for ias..can u help me to how start the preparations??? pls provide the details for this….

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harinidas

I need notes of history

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priya

I’m a new candidate .. But I love self study. Can yu give me some tips how to prepare since I’m working.

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hemant

Hi,
can you please suggest me the book list for GS pre+mains, pub ad in hindi medium. and which news paper is best in hindi.

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anuj kumar yadav

Sir,
I am Hindi medium student kindly provide details of Public Administration books in Hindi language

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neeraj

dear sir,

As i am taking public administration as my optional what all to read from 2nd ARC report.

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Ram nivash pandey

Sir i have joined indian railway as senior engg.I am 25 yrs old now.I want to prepare for upsc exam. Iam an average student but laborius. Actually i want to know is it right decision to prepare for upsc exam with persuing job and choosing optional paper other than engg. paper

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Dr.Tejashri

sir i m confuse since i m dr whch sub to choose as optional geography or public administration….plzzzz help me… i m new to both

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S Somda

Sir,
Your remcomentation have been very helpful. But,this particular book “Administrative behaviour:Managing organization behaviour” is it a journal or a book? Author or publication name please.

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bldev de

Sir, In Hindi medium which one is best optional subject… (1)pub ad (2)sociology

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Harshvardhan

I am Engineering Student from 1st year . Sir Firstly I, thought that I would keep History as my optional ,sir I love Mordern Freedom struggle the Era from 1800-1947 , but its gets very diffucult to cope up with Medevial and Ancient history
So what should I do keep history the same as my optional or opt for different subject sir plzz guide

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lydia

Hello Sir,
I am currently doing my 2nd year of my UG. I have so far never done anything of Commerce or Economics in my studies. was a Bio Math student from School, and now doing Communicative English. Since my childhood i had no interest in subjects that were dry like History, Geography ,Sociology and so on. But since i have determined to become an IAS on no matter what, after quite some suggestions and things as that, I have decided to take Public Administration as my Optionals and found your blog to be very impressive and helpful. Thank you so much for that. But now my question is, are these books now sufficient enough to clear mains as of 2017′ syllabus? will this optional really be helpful to score marks in the mains? since i know nothing of Public Administration, is it okay to just rely on your book list ? can you please kindly get me clear on that Sir?.

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Roopesh

all related to Polity & Pub.Adm.

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