UPSC Mains Exam – General Studies (GS) 4 Paper 5 Syllabus Civil Service

UPSC Mains Exam – General Studies (GS) 4 Paper 5 Syllabus Civil Service

If you are one of the candidates appearing for General Studies 4 Paper, take a look at the Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Details of 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 utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.

The following major areas covered can help them to answer:

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
-The role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.


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2) Attitude:

-Its influence and relation with thought and behaviour
-Moral and political attitudes
-Social influence and persuasion.

3) Aptitude

– 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 world.


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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
– Utilisation of public funds,
– Challenges of corruption.

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For more information one may go through the case studies on above issues:

1) The Handbook on Building Motivation and Positive Attitudes in Government Organisations published by the Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad.
2) Moral Attitudes.
3)Probity in Governance
4) Law Ministry.
5)Corporate Governance
6) Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
7) Emotional Intelligence in Bureaucracies.

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