Public Policy & Planning

As an Public Policy Planner you will be advising and assisting policy makers and governments develop smarter policies and programmes to increase more opportunities for economic growth and development.

What do Public Policy Planners do?

Public Policy planners and advisors oversee and provide guidance in investigating policy and programme implementation to ensure desired economic and social impact. Thay will engage with public and private sector partners and stakeholders to facilitate the harmonization, implementation, and uptake of policy reforms. Through application of economic principles and careful analysis of data and historical events they contribute to substantially improving political decisions.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Identifying legal, ethical and political issues for the purpose of Research and Analysis
  • Checked Conducting surveys and field studies
  • Checked Interpreting and reviewing existing policies and legislation
  • Checked Identifying problems in development sector and preparing project proposals
  • Checked Consulting and collaborating with the interested parties
  • Checked Providing recommendations and advice to Governments and senior managements
  • Checked Preparing speeches, cabinet papers and correspondence for ministers
  • Checked Writing and presenting reports

How to become an Public Policy Planner?

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2 level

Taking any stream at +2 will make you eligible for admission to an undergraduate course in Economics. However studying Economics at +2 level will give you an early introduction to the concepts of Economic planning and policies and also gives you a better chance of gaining admission to good institutions. Mathematics at +2 is compulsory for eligibility to Bachelor’s course in Economics in certain institutions.

Step 2
Take BA/BSc in Economics

Specialisations in Public Policy & Planning are not generally available at UG level in India. However an undergraduate course in Economics would include the concepts of Economic Planning and Public Policy .You may take up BA/ BSc or BA/ BSc (Hons) courses in Economics which are of three years duration. Special point: Economic Planning and Policy is also available as part of some BBA programs.

Step 3
Take MA/ MSc in Economics

After a Bachelor’s qualification in Economics you can take up take MA/MSc Economics which includes Public policy as a course and will allow you to take up entry level careers in this field.

Note :

You may also take up a Master’s in Public policy of 2 years, available in India and various universities abroad. Also available is a Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management of 1 year duration.These programs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Public Policy and Planning Colleges

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Requirements for masters in public policy and planning

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (for admission into Master’s Programme in Public Policy at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru)

  • A graduate degree from any discipline.
  • Based on PAT(Policy Aptitude Test).

Foreign (for admission into MA Public Policy at the King’s College , London , United Kingdom)

  • High 2:1 Class Bachelor (Honours) degree (Average of 65%).
  • An overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill in IELTS or an overall score of 100 with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills in TOEFL
  • Two references are required with at least one academic.

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Skills Required

Communication skills

Communication skills are highly required as they have to communicate clearly to convey their analysis and reports which will be the base for all the planning and policy making.

Analytical skills

Public Policy planners require good analytical skills are highly required as they have to precisely analyse the the data and information and provide recommendations to the officials.

Decision making skills

In public policy and planning, they have to weigh every possibilities and make economically viable decisions.


  • Checked State Planning Boards
  • Checked Public Planning Commision (Niti Aayog)
  • Checked Chambers of Commerce
  • Checked Industrial Associations
  • Checked International bodies