Mains-52: Role of Civil Services in Democracy

Discuss the steps taken by current NDA Government to reorient the work culture of bureaucrats and ministers. To what extent, the steps taken so far have been able to change the complexion of relationship between bureaucracy, political executive and citizens of the country? Critically analyse.

Sardar Patel had called the civil service as iron frame of India. But it is said that in 21st century the iron frame is rusted. And there were frequent calls to reorient the work culture ..

Examine the functional contribution of civil society to good governance.

Good governance refers to how effectively public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources. Civil society can aid the evolution of governance to good governance through: Policy Formulation: Civil society can be voice of ..

A basic principle of management is that the responsibility/ accountability should not be divested from authority; however, generally it is found that there is a mismatch between authority and accountability in public service in India. Discuss suggesting how the congruence between authority and responsibility can be ensured in public services.

Accountability along with authority is necessary for good governance. The congruence between accountability and authority in public service can be ensured by some of the following measures: Stringent rules should be put in place so ..


Initially Civil Services in India were designed to achieve the goals of neutrality and effectiveness, which seems to be lacking in the present context. Do you agree with the view that drastic reforms are required to Civil Services? Comment.

The Civil Services Examination competitive examination in India for the recruitment of various Civil Services of the Government of India that includes Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service. Civil service in ..

The 360-degree appraisal system introduced to replace the ACR/APAR seems to have created widespread resentment among Government servants. Discuss its working and major issues in the light of parliamentary standing committee report.

One of the major criticisms of the (Annual confidential report)ACR is that superior authorities are biased in the assessment of the subordinates. In order to have a better appraisal of the officials, the government in ..