G S Paper – IV

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam General Studies Paper-IV

General Studies Paper-4 Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. Details of the syllabus as provided by UPSC is as below: 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 to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered:

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-4 SYLLABUS FOR UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS

  1. 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.
  2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  3. 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.
  4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Case Studies on the above issues.

 

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

                                                   

  1. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  2. Probity in Governance
  3. Probity in Governance: Right to Information
  4. Probity in Governance: Philosophical Basis of Governance and Probity
  5. Information sharing and transparency in government
  6. Concept of public service
  7. Codes of Conduct
  8. Challenges of corruption
  9. Citizen’s Charters
  10. Utilization of public funds
  11. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions
  12. Ethics in private and public relationships
  13. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour
  14. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  15. Accountability and ethical governance
  16. 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.
  17. Strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance
  18. Ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions
  19. Corporate governance
  20. Dimensions of ethics
  21. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems
  22. Laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance
  23. Moral and political attitudes
  24. Human Values: role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  25. Social influence and persuasion
  26. Codes of Ethics
  27. Ethical Issues in International Relations and Funding

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