Weekly Mains Exam 2014 Answer Writing Challenges- General Studies - IV "MODULE- III"

Weekly Mains Exam 2014 Answer Writing Challenges- General Studies - IV

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Module III (Complete Syllabus)

General Studies- 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 non-partisanship, 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.

Questions :

1. What do you mean by ethics'? Discuss determinants of Ethics in human actions . (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"


(a) What do you understand by the following terms in the context of public service? (250 words) 3x5=15 "Write Your Answer in below form"

(i) Aptitude and Foundational Values
(ii) Emotional Intelligence
(iii) Transparency
(iv) Codes of Conduct
(v) Utilization of Public Funds

(b) “Self Regulation” being an Integral part of Corporate Governance stating that it has to come from within. Comment. (100 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"

3. Emotional Intelligence is an important consideration in human resources planning, job profiling, recruitment interviewing and selection, management development, customer relations and customer service, and more. Give your perception in this regard with due justification. (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"

4. An important requisite for ensuring probity in governance is absence of corruption. The other requirements are effective laws, rules and regulations governing every aspect of public life and, more important, an effective and fair implementation of those laws, etc. How does it help a society in the establishment of true Rule of Law ? (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"


(a) Conscience is the voice of the Self which says 'yes or 'no' when you are involved in a moral struggle. Do you agree Civil Servants have to heed to the voice of conscience? (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"
(b) Narrate one incident from public life when you found such type of crisis (crisis of conscience) and how to resolve the same. (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"

6. Given below are three quotations of great moral thinkers/philosophers. For each of these quotations, bring out what it means to you in the present context: "Write Your Answer in below form"

(a) “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value”. - Albert Einstein (150 words) 10
(b) " When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion".-Abraham Lincoln (150 words) 10
(c) " Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing".- Oscar Wilde (150 words) 10

7. " Trust and transparency have become popular workplace demands as employees seek to be aware of what is real and true". What do you understand by this statement? How can this principle be implemented in public life? (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"

8. "The challenge is not to introduce new provisions, but implementation." Discuss (150 words) 10 "Write Your Answer in below form"

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