50 MCQs on Public Administration: Everything You Need to Know

50 MCQs on Public Administration: Everything You Need to Know

50 MCQs on Public Administration: Everything You Need to Know

This blog post provides a comprehensive overview of public administration, covering the key concepts, theories, and models. It also includes 50 multiple-choice questions with answers, which can be used to test your knowledge and prepare for exams.

1. The book ‘The Intellectual Crisis in American Public Administration’ deals with

(A) New Public Administration

(B) Ecological Approach

(C) Developmental Approach

(D) Public Choice Approach

Answer: (D)

2. Which one of the following is not Taylor’s mechanisms of Management?

(A) Using a routing system

(B) Employing a mnemonic system

(C) Employing a modern cost system

(D) Using a gang plank.

Answer: (D)


3. Which is not true about the Indian Independence Act, 1947?

(A) Two Dominions were constituted – India and Pakistan.

(B) The Suzerainty of His Majesty over the Indian States would lapse.

(C) The Constituent Assembly would function as the Legislative Assembly for the interim period.

(D) The Governor General would have limited power to assent to any Bill in the name of His Majesty.

Answer: (D)


4. The Royal Commission on Decentralisation was headed by

(A) Lord Dalhousie

(B) Lord HobHouse

(C) Lord Rippon

(D) Lord Mayo

Answer: (B)


5. Who of the following has described authority as the supreme co-ordinating power?

(A) Karl Marx

(B) F.W. Riggs

(C) Max Weber

(D) Mooney and Reiley

Answer: (D)


6. Which of the following are correct?

(i) Theory of Social and Economic Organisation: Max Weber

(ii) Models of Man: H.A. Simon

(iii) Organisation and Management: F.W. Taylor

(iv) Elements of Public Administration: F.M. Marx


(A) (i), (ii) and (iv)

(B) (i), (ii) and (iii)

(C) (ii), (iii) and (iv)

(D) (iv), (i) and (iii)

Answer: (A)


7. Which one of the following is not correct regarding Downs’ categorization of Bureaucrats?

(A) Climbers

(B) Voters

(C) Advocates

(D) Statesmen

Answer: (B)


8. The phrase ‘developmental bureaucracy’ was coined by

(A) La Palambora

(B) Fred. W. Riggs

(C) William Siffin

(D) Edward Weidner

Answer: (A)


9. Which one of the following terms does not apply to the Vice-President of India?

(A) He may be removed by Impeachment.

(B) He may resign by writing to the President.

(C) He may be removed by a Rajya Sabha Resolution and agreed to by the Lok Sabha.

(D) He may seek re-election for any number of times.

Answer: (A)


10. The creation of the post of Policy Adviser in each department of England was suggested bywww.netugc.com

(A) Fulton Committee

(B) Royal Committee

(C) Priestly Committee

(D) Appleby Committee

Answer: (A)

11. Who called the Indian Civil Services as the Steel frame of Indian Constitution?

(A) Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru

(B) Sardar Patel

(C) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

(D) Govind Ballabh Pant

Answer: (B)


12. What is not an advantage of seniority principle of promotion?

(A) It is more objective and easier in application.

(B) It eliminates internal strife for advancement.

(C) It promotes general morale of the personnel.

(D) It affects the self-improvement efforts of personnel.

Answer: (D)


13. A public personnel may face disciplinary action on the following basis:

(i) Inattention to duty

(ii) Inefficiency

(iii) Insubordination

(iv) Integrity


(A) (i), (ii), (iii)

(B) (ii), (iii), (iv)

(C) (i), (iii), (iv)

(D) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)

Answer: (A)


14. Which of the following motion is not related when the demand for grants are considered and passed by the Lok Sabha?

(A) Policy Cut Motion

(B) Censure Motion

(C) Economy Cut Motion

(D) Token Cut Motion

Answer: (B)

15. Civil Services preliminary examination (objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) was recommended by

(A) Hota Committee

(B) Kothari Committee

(C) Satish Chandra Committee

(D) Gopalaswamy Ayyangar Committee

Answers: (B)


16. Which one among the following is not the primary source of data collection?

(A) Interview

(B) Observation

(C) Questionnaire

(D) Historical books

Answers: (D)


17. Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh was the first Chairperson of

(A) Central Social Welfare Board

(B) National Commission for Backward Classes

(C) National Commission for Minorities

(D) National Commission for Women

Answers: (A)


18. Which of the following Committee was constituted on the recommendations of the Growmore Food Enquiry Committee?

(A) Balwantrai Mehta Committee

(B) Ashok Mehta Committee

(C) L.M. Singhvi Committee

(D) Rural-Urban Enquiry Committee

Answers: (A)


19. Article 243-B of Indian Constitution provides for

(A) Constitution of Panchayats

(B) Grama Sabha

(C) Election to the Panchayats

(D) Reservation of Seats in Panchayats

Answers: (A)


20. The Panchayats are described as “Little Republics” by

(A) Metcalfe

(B) Lord Ripon

(C) Lord Hob House

(D) Mahatma Gandhi

Answers: (A)

21. Which one of the following is not correct about International Bank for Reconstruction and Development?

(A) It was founded in 1944.

(B) It was founded to cater the financial needs of poorer countries.

(C) It promotes sustainable, equitable and job creating growth.

(D) It supports long term human and social development needs.

Answer: (B)


22. Which of the following countries are eligible to receive low interest or no interest loans and grants from International Development Association?

(i) India

(ii) Indonesia

(iii) Bangladesh

(iv) Pakistan

Select the correct answer by using codes given below:


(A) (i), (ii) and (iii)

(B) (ii), (iii) and (iv)

(C) (i), (ii) and (iv)

(D) (i), (iii) and (iv)

Answer: (C)


23. Which of the following is not related to Social Welfare Administration?

(A) Central Social Welfare Board

(B) National Commission for SCs and STs

(C) National Commission for Women

(D) National Human Rights Commission

Answer: (D)


24. Which one of the following is not associated with World Trade Organization?

(A) Uruguay Round

(B) Doha Development Agenda

(C) Bretton Wood System

(D) General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Answer: (C)

25. Which of the following statements about Central Secretariat in India is not correct?

(A) It is both a policy-making and executive agency in certain cases.

(B) It is a policy-advisory body.

(C) It is headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

(D) It is collective name for all the Secretariat departments of the Government of India.

Answer: (C)

26. “The Civil Service should be manned by the most promising young men of the day by a competing (Literary) examination on a level with the highest description of education in this country.” This statement is made in

(A) The Macaulay Report

(B) The Northcote-Trevelyan Report

(C) The 1st Administrative Reforms Commission Report

(D) The Appleby Report

Answer: (B)

27. Consider the following about Prime Minister’s office:

(i) It is a think-tank of the Prime Minister.

(ii) It is an extra-constitutional body.

(iii) It was given status of a Department under the Government of India Transaction of Business Rules.

(iv) Administratively it is headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

Select correct answer using the codes given below:


(A) (i) and (ii)

(B) (i) (ii) and (iii)

(C) (i) (iii) and (iv)

(D) (i) (ii) (iii) and (iv)

Answer: (B)

28. The tenure of the members of Public Accounts Committee of Indian Parliament is:

(A) One year

(B) Two years

(C) Three years

(D) Five years

Answer: (A)

29. The district has been placed under the charge of district officer who is empowered to promulgate orders to prevent any danger of breach of public peace. While doing so, he/she is performing the duties as a

(A) District Collector

(B) Administrative Officer

(C) Coordinator

(D) District Magistrate

Answer: (D)

30. Which of the following is not the recommendation of 2nd ARC to modernize the office of the District Collector?

(A) Establishment of Management Information System

(B) Establishment of Computerized District Grievance Cell

(C) Establishment of Vigilance Committee in the office of the District Collector

(D) Establishment of a Forum to interact with civil society group and media

Answer: (C)

31. The Cantonment Boards are classified into how many categories?

(A) One

(B) Two

(C) Three

(D) Four

Answer: (C)

32. “Only a committed bureaucracy could bring about social transformation envisaged in the Five-Year Plans and in progressive legislations.” This statement was made by

(A) Jawaharlal Nehru

(B) V.P. Singh

(C) Chandrashekhar

(D) Indira Gandhi

Answer: (D)

33. Which of the following statements about the functions of Kotwal under Moughal administration is not correct?

(A) He was the supreme authority in magisterial matters in the administration of a town.

(B) He exercised police powers at the municipal level.

(C) He was responsible for managing financial matters.

(D) He had regulatory role in educational affairs at the municipal level.

Answer: (D)

34. “Corruption may help in assimilating new groups into the system and thus serve as a substitute for reform.”

This statement belongs to

(A) Samuel Huntington

(B) Myron Weiner

(C) K. Santhanam

(D) Ralph Braibanti

Answer: (A)

35. Which one of following is not the role of the Chief Secretary of a State?

(A) He is ex-officio secretary to the Council of Ministers.

(B) He has supervisory role for policy implementation.

(C) He can change the Rules of Business.

(D) He is the chief coordinator between Centre and State.

Answer: (C)


36. Which of the following statement about the 33.3% reservation for women in Parliament is correct?

(A) It is yet to be introduced in Parliament.

(B) It has been passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010.

(C) It has been passed by the Lok Sabha in 2010, but remains to be passed by the Rajya Sabha.

(D) It has been passed by Parliament, but has not yet received the consent of the President of India.

Answer: (B)


37. Employee-Employer relation includes which of the following ?

(i) The work environment

(ii) Disputes between employees and employer

(iii) Work schedules

(iv) Health and safety

Codes :

(A) (i), (ii) and (iii)

(B) (ii), (iii) and (iv)

(C) (ii) and (iii)

(D) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

Answer: (D)

38. In which way theory is a tool of science?

(i) It defines the major orientation of science.

(ii) It offers conceptual scheme.

(iii) It summarizes facts into empirical generalizations.

(iv) It does predict facts.

Select the correct answer by using codes given below:


(A) (i) and (ii)

(B) (iii) and (iv)

(C) (i) (ii) and (iii)

(D) (i) (ii) and (iv)

Answer: (C)

39. Which one of the following names is not associated with random numbers used for sampling process?

(A) L.H.C. Tippett

(B) William J. Goode

(C) M.G. Kendall

(D) B. Babington

Answer: (B)

40. The Provisions of the 74th Constitution Amendment Act are not applicable to the Scheduled Areas and Tribal Areas. Under which of the following article of the Indian

Constitution these areas are covered?

(A) Article 241

(B) Article 242

(C) Article 243

(D) Article 244

Answer: (D)


41. Which of following are the initiatives for introduction of Local Government in British India?

(i) Mayo’s Resolution 1870

(ii) Bengal Chowkidari Act 1870

(iii) Rippon’s Resolution 1882

(iv) Royal Commission on Decentralisation 1909

Codes :

(A) (i) and (iii)

(B) (iii) and (iv)

(C) (i), (iii) and (iv)www.netugc.com

(D) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

Answer: (D)


42. Who defined research as “the manipulation of things, concepts or symbols for the purpose of generalizing to extend, correct or verify knowledge aids in construction of a theory or in the practice of an art”?

(A) Karl Pearson

(B) A. Huxley

(C) D. Slesinger and M. Stephenson

(D) G.A. Lundberg and Mark Dewy

Answer: (C)


43. Which of the following is/are the type/s of the probability sampling?

(i) Cluster sampling

(ii) Systematic sampling

(iii) Multistage sampling

(iv) Judgement sampling

Select the correct answer by using codes given below :


(A) (i) and (ii)

(B) (ii) and (iv)

(C) (i), (ii) and (iii)

(D) (ii), (iii) and (iv)

Answer: (C)

44. Which of the following statements about the composition of Ward Committee in a municipal area is not correct?www.netugc.com

(A) Composition and the territorial area of a Ward Committee may be provided by the Law of State Legislative.

(B) State Legislative may also make a provision regarding the manner in which the seats in a Ward Committee should be filled.

(C) In case of multiple-wards, the Chairman of the Ward Committee shall be elected by the members of the Ward Committee.

(D) In case of two or more wards, the Chairman of that Ward Committee shall be nominated by the State Government.

Answer: (D)

45. The State Finance Commission is provided for in which of the following provisions of the Constitution?

(A) Art. 243(H)

(B) Art. 243(I)

(C) Art. 243(M)

(D) Art. 243(O)

Answer: (B)

46. Which of the following has defined “Panchayat as an association of village people for doing administrative, judicial or the other public works’?

(A) Jai Prakash Narain

(B) John Mathai

(C) Mahatma Gandhi

(D) A.S. Altekar

Answer: (B)

47. The scales which express either a favourable or unfavourable attitude towards the given object to which the respondent is asked to react are known as

(A) Rating scales

(B) Thurstone-type scales

(C) Likert type scales

(D) Factor scales

Answer: (C)


48. Which one of the following districts is not covered under Integrated Action Plan for selected Tribal and Backward Districts under the BRGF Programme?

(A) Adilabad (AP)

(B) Bastar (Chhattisgarh)

(C) Dindori (MP)

(D) Banswara (Rajasthan)

Answer: (D)


49. Which one of following is not correct about Civil Services in France?

(A) Conseil d’Etat covers remarkably broad range of administrative activities.

(B) Corps des Ponts et Chaussees is one of the grands corps of the State.

(C) Ecole Polytechnique is very popular and most of population wish their sons to send there.

(D) The recruitment system in French Civil Services is not an elitist one and people appreciate it.

Answer: (D)


50. Which one of the following States has ranked first on Devolution Index (on incremental basis) in the year 2011-12?

(A) Kerala

(B) Madhya Pradesh

(C) Maharashtra

(D) Karnataka

Answer: (C)


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