Public Administration Optional Paper: Books to read for Civil Services Main Exam

Public Administration is one of the favorite optional subjects of Civil Services Aspirants. As the paper includes many topics covered in Indian Polity for Prelims/GS Mains, the preparation as an optional subject becomes rather easy. Around 3000-4000 candidates take Pub Ad each year as their optional subject for mains.

Being a traditional hot favorite, plenty of books and study-materials are available in the market. To compete in this highly competitive exam, along with the conventional text books, it is also important to be updated with latest news and reports related to Pub Ad. Have look at some useful  Pub Ad books.

Recommended Books for Public Administration Optional – Civil Services Books for Mains Exam

  1. Public Administration – Laxmikanth
  2. New Horizons Of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
  3. Administrative Thinkers – D. Ravindra Prasad
  4. Contemporary Debates in Public Administration – Dhameja Alka
  5. Indian Administration – Maheswari
  6. Introduction to the constitution of India – D.D.Basu
  7. Public Administration: Concepts And Theories – Rumki Basu
  8. A Dictionary of Public Administration – Maheswari
  9. Indian Administration – Pankaj Singh
  10. Public Administration : Theory And Practice
  11. Governance in India for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination – Laxmikanth
  12. Administrative Theories And Management Thought – Sapru

PS: Also check the Public Administration books by Cosmos Bookhive. Link : UPSC Exam Books by Cosmos Bookhive – Book Review.

Extra Tips

  • Indian editions of the imported books may cost you less. But, make sure that the book has not compromised on quality and content.
  • IGNOU Materials, IJPA articles, ASPA articles, Public Administration Review articles etc. are all really good.
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