The syllabus of Public Administration is relatively short as well as it is well defined. The study material is easily available and compact in nature. It being a popular and scoring optional subject has got easy availability of experienced guidelines. The scientific and logical nature of the subject helps to prepare the subject for main examination within less span of time. This helps the candidates for the preparation of Essay and General Studies papers with “extra time” and ensures better performance and marks in examinations. Thus, the Public Administration is a popular and successful optional subject in Civil Service Examination.
The students of Political Science have got extra edge in this subject as the Public administration is the offspring of Political Science. Henceforth, there are many similarities between the two in their subject matter. The knowledge and concepts of Political Science are used in this subject for variation in the style of presentation of the answers. It is, of course, more scoring and has got concise syllabus than the other subjects. The portion of Indian Administration is very much related to the constitutional aspects of India. So the study of Public Administration as an optional subject is very much helpful for the Indian Polity portion of General Studies in the Preliminary and Main examination as well. Now a days, the questions of Indian Polity in the examination have got the applied and administrative nature and implications. The Public Administration makes such answers more relevant.
The study of Indian Administration, specifically the units of Local Administration, Administrative Reforms, Indian Law and Order Administration, District Administration, Role of Public Sector in perspective of liberalization etc. helps the candidates to prepare the essay paper with better understanding of problems and solution aspects with practical approach with difference. Of course, the practical understanding gives them an edge in interview as well, which makes the space sure in the final success list. The most important aspect of Public Administration is that it has got relevance in the CSAT in the Preliminary Examination. The conceptual nature of the subject helps the candidates accommodating and retaining the facts easily.