Ethics Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Examination

Since 2013 UPSC has introduced a new Paper in the Mains Examination on Ethics Integrity and Aptitude.This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach ( Given in 2013 Mains )to determine these aspects.

Lets first look into what is part of the syllabus given in the 2013 Mains Notification.

Syllabus – PAPER – IV – Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

  • Ethics  and  Human  Interface:  Essence,  determinants  and  consequences  of  Ethics  in human  actions;  dimensions  of  ethics;  ethics  in  private  and  public  relationships. Human Values  –  lessons from the  lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;  role  of  family,  society  and  educational  institutions  in  inculcating values.
  • Attitude:  content,  structure,  function;  its  influence  and  relation  with  thought  and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude  and  foundational  values  for  Civil  Service  ,  integrity,  impartiality  and  nonpartisanship,  objectivity,  dedication  to  public  service,  empathy,  tolerance  and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status  and problems; ethical  concerns  and  dilemmas  in  government  and  private  institutions;  laws,  rules, regulations and conscience as  sources of ethical  guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral  values in governance;  ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity  in  Governance:  Concept  of  public  service;  Philosophical  basis  of  governance and  probity;  Information  sharing  and  transparency  in  government,  Right  to Information,  Codes  of  Ethics,  Codes  of  Conduct,  Citizen’s  Charters,  Work  culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues.

Many aspirants have the doubt around this paper on how to go about studying for this paper. The best way to start preparing any paper/subject is to pick up a basic book to start with.

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Ethics Integrity and Aptitude

Book Content :

  1. Introduction to ethics
  2. Western moral thinkers
  3. Ethical ideas in Indian philosophical tradition
  4. Lessons from the lives of great leaders, reformers and administrators
  5. Ethics and human interface: essence, determinants and consequences of
  6. Ethics in human actions
  7. Sources of ethical guidance: laws, rules, regulations and conscience
  8. Ethical qualities through the lens of sages and great thinkers
  9. Ethical reasoning and moral dilemmas
  10. Codes of ethics and codes of conduct
  11. Individual ethics of civil servants
  12. Code of conduct for ministers
  13. Mechanisms for fighting corruption
  14. Fight against corruption: current issues
  15. Multi-pronged approach to reducing corruption
  16. Lokpal
  17. The right to information act
  18. Citizen’s charter
  19. Utilization of public funds
  20. Corporate governance
  21. Attitudes
  22. Political attitudes
  23. Emotional intelligence
  24. International morality
  25. Case studies
  26. Glossary of terms

Some of the Government Sources from where you can get good information for this Paper are listed below for your reference.

  1. Competency Dictionary for the Civil Services [ PDF ] – http://persmin.gov.in/otraining/CompetencyDictionary.asp
  2. 4th report ARC – ‘Ethics in Governance’
  3. 2013 GS Paper – 4 Mains Question Paper
  4. UPSC Sample GS Paper 4

If you are aware of any other sources do share it with us by commenting below.

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