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Public Administration


Public Administration deals with the aim to study development, organization and implementation of government policies and prepare civil servants for their work. The understanding of this subject helps in increasing the efficiency of human, financial and material resources, and also helps governmental institutions become more efficient and organized.

Career Opportunities in Public Administration

  • Administrative Officers
    A wide range of government occupations, from civil servants to legislature to intelligence bodies, are available for those with a major in Public Administration. Administrators in Central, State and Local Government are engaged in administration and management of functions of the Government.
  • Consultants
    The consultants conduct research relating to budgeting and financial analysis, public relations or marketing, shaping organizational policy, program development and implementation. Consultants may be employed in public or private sectors who lead different organizations.
  • Teaching Professions
    Employment opportunities for individuals with public administration majors are available at the school level and at the college level.
  • Corporate Manager
    Corporate Managers are employed by government agencies, small businesses, health care and educational institutions. As a public administrator graduate is trained in these skills, he may seek positions in organizational management or programme management in the public or private sector.

How to Pursue a Career in Public Administration

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in any Stream Pursue Bachelors in Public Administration/Political Science for 3 yearsPursue Masters in Public Administration for 2 years in India or Abroad to become a public administrator.-
Path 2
Clear Class XII in any Stream Pursue B.A.(H) Public Administration/any subject for 3 yearsPursue Masters in Public Administration for 2 years in India or AbroadPursue M.Phil in Public Administration for 2 years and/or Ph.D in Public Administration for 3-5 years

Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.

Leading Institutes

Top Public Administration Institutes in India
College Location Website
Banasthali University Jaipur www.banasthali.org
M.C.M D.A.V College for Women Chandigarh www.mcmdavcw-chd.edu
D.A.V College Chandigarh www.davchd.ac.in
Jamia Milia Islamia University New Delhi www.jmi.ac.in
Madras Christian College Chennai www.mcc.edu.in
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi www.bhu.ac.in
Jagran Lake University Bhopal www.jlu.edu.in
Top Public Administration Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Harvard Kennedy School United States www.hks.harvard.edu
Princeton University United States www.princeton.edu
London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom www.lse.ac.uk
Northern Arizona University United States www.catalog.nau.edu
National University of Singapore Singapore www.nus.edu.sg

Important Entrance Exams

Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Jamia Milia Islamia Application form start- Feb Exam- last week of March Objective question- • Indian Constitution Government and Politics in India • Current Affairs • Public and Private Administration in India • Budget, Planning etc. www.jmi.ac.in/polscience/admission-procedure

Work Description

  • Maintaining public well being
  • Manage city budgets, develop policy and legislation, draft and implement policies
  • Analyze data to determine and solve public needs and ensuring security, etc
  • Evaluate programmes and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations
  • Implementing information technologies.
  • Analyzing information and conducting safety inspections

Pros & Cons of a Career in Public Administration

  • Great option for entering into fields like Law, Politics, Government services etc.
  • Helps in critically analyse and review public policies of the government.
  • Scoring subject and a good foundation course for government services
  • Not a professional course
  • Needs administrative skills to be sharp
  • Needs Master’s degree for good job opportunities
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