Career in Public Administration

Public Administration is one of those few courses which are multifaceted and are dependent on other courses and subjects for its theories and concepts. The course is synonymous to policies and frameworks of economics, political science, administrative, management, law, sociology and many other such related subjects. This field is mainly concerned with developing and implementation of government policies.

For someone who is thinking of making their career in Public Administration, should think twice and assess whether they have the people’s skills. Working in this field requires the person to have good administration skills along with a concrete understanding of finance, accounts and an apt knowledge of how the government works around its policies. After completion of their studies, individuals of this field can think of working with non profit and welfare agencies as well apart from local government bodies, state government and public service organizations.

Aspirants of this field can find the opportunity to work in administrative management sector; industrial sector; personnel management sector; legal sector and social service sectors as well.

It is the duty of theses individual to maintain the personnel and public administration at par and fit with the present guidelines. It also falls under their work description to increase the efficiency of human, financial and material resources under them. It is also up to them to maintain an effective public administration through the medium of education.

Eligibility for Public Administration course

For admission to Public Administration course in a Bachelor’s degree the candidate is required to complete higher secondary education or 10+2 examination. Mostly, the duration for the bachelor’s degree program in Public Administration is three years.

For pursuing of Public Administration course for their Master’s degree the candidate is required to complete his/her graduation in any discipline. Usually, the duration for the master’s degree program in Public Administration is two years.


Some of its specializations are: –

  • Personnel and Industrial relation Management
  • Administrative Management
  • Social Services
  • Law, Investigations and Inspections

Scope of Public Administration in India

A student with who chooses to specialize in Public Administration can later join the public or private sector as per the opportunities presented to him. A lot of jobs are offered to candidates at state and local government level to those from the Public Administration fields. Different specializations in Public Administration will lead to job openings in different departments.

Also there is an option of preparing for UPSC examination to apply public administration.

As students of this field are instilled with the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programmes it is a part of their duty to resolve important societal problems while addressing organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges. MPA graduates work in a wide variety of public service fields and in all levels of government service, and in non-profit organizations, in the international arena and the private sector.

There is also an option of getting into teaching.

Jobs offered in the field of Public Administration

  • Management Analyst
  • Public Works
  • Social Worker
  • Labor Management Relations Specialist
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Economic Development
  • Administrative Officer
  • Emergency Services
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Municipal Planning
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Customs Inspector
  • Police
  • Foreign service offices
  • District administrators
  • Police offices
  • Audit and revenue officers

Salary Expectancy

For the All India Civil Service Cadres, candidates are normally appointed in junior scale selection grade and can earn up to of Rs. 30,000 per month, initially. Whereas an experienced candidate can later on in their career draws up to Rs.80,000 at senior grade scale.