Union Public Service Commission
Official Sample Questions for IAS Mains GS PAPER V -
Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude
PAPER V - ETHICS, INTEGRITY AND APTITUDE
Candidates may please note that the sample questions below are indicative
but not exhaustive. The range and depth of questions that would be asked may
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 1
What do you understand by ‘ Ethical Human Conduct’? In what way is it
important to be ethical along with being professionally competent?
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 2
What do you understand by the following terms ? Point out their specific
relevance in public service;
(i) Intellectual integrity
(iv) Spirit of service
Indicate two more attributes which you consider very important for public
servants. Justify your answer.
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 3
Which great Indian personality has inspired you the most as a role model and
how have you been able to benefit in your own life by such an inspiration ?
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 4 ( CASE STUDY )
You have been working with your team for almost a year. One
of your subordinates Mr. A is very effective and hard working, he takes
responsibility and gets things done. However, you have heard that Mr. A
makes loose comments about women. Mrs X who is working under A, comes to
you, she is visibly disturbed. She tells you that Mr. A has been making
undue advances towards her and has even asked her to go out for dinner
with him. She wants to give a written complaint seeking action against Mr.
A. what would you do and why ?
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 5 (CASE STUDY)
You have grown up with X, who has been your best friend since
childhood. You have shared your joys and sorrows and have been each
other`s confidante. Both of you are in your final year graduation and
writing your final exams. In the exam you notice that your friend is
copying and cheating a lot. What would you do and why?
SAMPLE QUESTION NO. 6 (CASE STUDY)
You are posted as the Medical Superintendant of a District
level Govt Hospital which caters to the need of poor patients from
surrounding rural areas along with the local people from the district
town. As such the hospital has very good infrastructure and adequate
equipment to cater to this need. It also receives sufficient funds to meet
the recurring expenditure. Inspite of this there have been repeated
complaints particularly from the patients which include the following
(i) Very poor maintenance and un-hygienic conditions in
(ii) The hospital staff frequently demanding bribes from the patients for the
(iii) The negligent attitude of the Doctors resulting in times of casualties.
(iv) Siphoning of a substantial stock of medicine by the staff and selling it
(v) Strong nexus between the senior Doctors of the hospital and the owners of
local private nursing homes and testing labs as a result of which the
patients are strongly misled and dissuaded from availing the hospital
facilities and rather compelled to purchase costly medicines from market
and get medical tests and even operations done from private medical houses.
(vi) There also exist a notorious employee union which puts undue pressure
and resents any reformative step by the administration. Ponder over the
situation and suggest effective ways to tackle each of the above mentioned