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Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

How do you prepare ethics integrity and aptitude? What is ethics and integrity? What is the meaning of Aptitude in ethics? Which book is best for GS 4?

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude, Fourth Edition, is conceived for the aspirants of the Civil Services Mains examination – General Studies Paper IV (GS – IV). It comprehensively covers the syllabus and helps aspirants in in-depth preparation for this paper. Written by the Director of a successful coaching institute, this text benefits from the fact that author teaches this subject to students and his day-to-day interaction gives him the required insights into the students’ requirements.

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Human Values
  • Attitude: Content, Structure, Function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; Social influence and Persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Services
  • Contributions of moral thinkers from India and the world
  • Western philosophy and Indian philosophy related to Ethics
  • Public or Civil Service Values
  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Ethical issues in international relations and funding corporate governance
  • Probity in Governance
  • Emotional Intelligence – concepts and their utilities and application in administration and governance

Mains Syllabus for 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 utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  2. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  3. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  4. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  5. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  6. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  7. 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;
  8. Ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  9. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information
  10. sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s
  11. Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  12. Case Studies on above issues.

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