Career Options in Public Administration

Public Administration deals with the nature and association of the State, Society and Administration. The subject gives knowledge of the administrative methods, techniques and theories. Today’s competitive world needs strong administrator to control and manage the critical situations and personnel, and to manage all categories of management. The administrator must have the knowledge of management, economics, law etc. to do such a job.

Courses in the discipline:

Graduation, Post Graduation and Ph.D. are the programs under the discipline. Many universities offer the programs in distant mode also.


Passing in 10 + 2 is the academic eligibility for the Bachelor Degree. Any degree from a recognized university is the eligibility for the Post Graduation program. The Post Graduation Degree in the stream is necessary for those who wish to study further in the discipline.

Areas come under Public Administration:

Indian Administration methodology; Development, personnel and Financial Administration -theory and techniques; Public policy and analysis; the relation between State, Society and Public Administration, Public Systems management, Human Resource Management, Electronic Governance, Disaster Management, India Democracy and Development are few of the areas that come under the discipline.

Career prospect:

One who wishes to enter the career must possess the democratic and ethical values, administrative skills, and ability to take up the responsibility. Many of the public servants can be called public administrators. The major responsibilities of a public administrator are

  • Establishing programs for controlling and executing them
  • Management of human resources and directing the personnel
  • Critical analysis of practicability and modifications of the existing policies

The person from the stream has openings in both government and non-government bodies. Even the corporate companies and industries offer a position to the person from the field. The major job titles in the field are:

  • Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Management Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Teacher or Lecturer or Professor

Preparing for civil services is the choice of many aspirants which allows playing major roles of the administration. UPSC is the commission which conducts the exam for the recruitment in All India, Central and State Services. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are few of the services that recruit through the commission.

The one who wishes to settle in the government job may also choose state government and local government administrative organizations.

Teaching is another major option. B.Ed. and passing in TET or CTET are the requirements for the School teacher. Post graduation as well as passing in the National Eligibility Test (NET) is the requirement of lectureship. The test also provides Fellowship.

Ph.D. holders are recruited as Associate Professors, Professors, Readers and Registrars.


The payment depends on the job position of the candidate. For the one who gets recruited by UPSC, the minimum pay is Rs.8000 and above, with all other allowances and facilities. The corporate offices and industries offer Rs.25,000/- and above for the experienced and skilled.

Thus, Public Administration offers a prospective and rewarding career that attracts many enthusiasts to enter the stream and choose it as career.

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