UPSC Civil Services Exam GS Paper IV: ETHICS Syllabus

• 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, Utilisation of public funds,
challenges of corruption.

• Case Studies on above issues.



For the convenience of coverage of entire Ethics syllabus, we have divided the entire syllabus into following sections:

  1. Introduction (Ethics and Human interface)
  2. Attitude
  3. Aptitude and Foundation Values
  4. Ethics in Governance
  5. Case Study