Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude 2013: Paper Analysis and
Introduction of the Paper
The Ethics Paper of 2013, that was conducted for the first
time in the history of Indian Civil Services, was full of surprises and shocks.
Defying all the market speculations about the nature of the paper, it looked
comparatively simple and theoretical. Most of the candidates found it easier
than the other GS papers. Thus, Ethics paper became a source of mark-booster in
the Mains Examination.
However, for those who did not have a clarity of concepts in
Ethics, the paper became a nightmare. Thus, to help the student community,
UPSCPORTAL presents a detailed analysis of the Ethics paper, along with the
Since the Paper was very long, we would be coming up with the different
sections of the paper in very few days. So please wait for the upcoming articles
for a comprehesive analysis of the paper.
The Paper consisted of 2 broad sections-
Section A- dealing with theoretical and value
based questions. It expected the candidates to express themselves, while
writing the answers. As against the market speculations, the paper did not
go into the technicalities of the issues of ethics. There were no questions
asked from the government reports or international agreements. Thus, most of
the coaching institutes failed in speculating the exam pattern. However, the
nature of the section A was such that a candidate, with a clear
understanding of the issues of ethics, would have been able to answer the
questions without going into much problem.
Section B- dealing with situation-based
hypothetical questions. This section was clearly framed to judge the
analytical and decision making ability of the candidates. The questions
asked the examinees to write down the various options that might be
available in a given situation, and to choose the most appropriate course of
action. This section, though mentioned in the syllabus, given by the UPSC,
came as a surprise, as the weightage for this section was 50% of the total
marks (125 marks).
Overall, the paper consisted of 14 broad questions, covered
in the two sections. Interestingly, all the questions were compulsory. While the
questions, in Section A carried 10 and 15 marks; those of Section B carried as
high as 20 to 25 marks.
Analysis and Solution of The GS Mains Paper-IV (Ethics):