Ethics Syllabus for UPSC

UPSC mains general studies paper IV (GS-IV) includes Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. It is one of the nine papers of UPSC mains examination. This article covers the Ethics syllabus for UPSC and its structure.

Ethics paper IV covers the following areas:

  • Ethics
  • Integrity
  • Aptitude

This paper examines the candidate’s point of view on the issues based on integrity and probity and how the candidate deals with these social conflicts with public life. It also examines the candidate’s problem-solving approach and quick decision-making on the problematic dilemma.

Examiner tests the attitude of the candidate towards the public in such difficult and social dilemma and how he/she handle the civilians.

  1. Topics of Ethics G.S paper IV
  2. Ethics and Human Interface
  3. Human values
  4. Attitude
  5. Aptitude
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  8. Public or Civil service values and Ethics in Public Administration.
  9. Ethical issues in international relations and funding corporate governance.
  10. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service, Philosophical basis of governance and probity, information.
  11. Codes of Ethics and Citizens’ Charters.

Key Points to cover Ethics Syllabus.

  1. Ethics and Human Interface:

Points must be followed by the candidate.

  • Deep understanding of Ethics and mold yourself according to ideas.
  • Prepare yourself to deal with society.
  • Develop your thoughts to recognize the particular action is ethical or not.
  • Set the principles that are followed by you to recognize the action is ethical or not.
  • Human Values:

Points must be followed by the candidate.

  • Read some books on great reformers that admire you.
  • How do people gain values and the majority of civilians gain values when they read about the reformers, freedom fighters, and leaders.
  • Attitude: 

Points must be followed by the candidate.

  • Content, structure, function, its influence, and relation with thought and behaviour.
  • Moral and Political attitudes, social influence, and persuasion.
  • Aptitude:

Points must be followed by the candidate.

  • Integrity: No compromise on anything if someone lets you bribe.
  • Impartiality:  Do not show preferential treatment either for a political party or a civilian.
  • Non-partisanship: Do not be biased with different political parties. Represent the same behaviour in front of each and every single political party.
  • Objectivity: Always try to be neutral.
  • Dedication to public service
  • Empathy
  • Compassion towards weaker sections to improve their condition.
  • Emotional Intelligence:

As an administrator one should follow the three emotional intelligence procedures.

  • Understand your emotions and control them.
  • Understand other’s emotions and control them.
  • Handle the situation accordingly and solve the matter wisely.
  •  Ethics for upsc  in International relations

Candidates can take the illustration of Afghanistan issues, Unethical steps taken by the Taliban. As a candidate, you can elaborate on how different countries and United Nations deal with this issue to save human rights and ethical principles.

  1. Sharing and transparency in government, Right to information, Codes of ethics, Codes of conduct.
  2. Candidates can refer to central civil services rules, 1964
  3. Citizens’ Charters, Work Culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • The candidate must be aware of how to frame a citizen’s charter and the rules and regulations.
  • A case study must be preferred.

List of Books for UPSC 

  1. Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude: Tirthankar Roychowdhary Sir
  2. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for UPSC GS IV: Niraj Kumar
  3. Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude: Santosh Ajmera and Nanda Kishore Reddy
  4. Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude: M Karthikeyan
  5. Ethics in Governance: Innovations, Issues, and Instrumentalities: Ramesh K Arora
  6. ARC Reports.