How Should I Prepare For The Ethics GS4 Part Of The UPSC Mains Exam?

PHASE I- Proposition

Ethics GS4  is each about thickness between your studies and suggested conduct, which must be in line with what’s generally considered to be right/ good/ noble. The subject involves factors from three broad areas-Public Administration.

The Ethics GS4 paper has two parts- Part A, which is Proposition and Part B, which is Operation in the form of case studies. Consequently, prepare for ethics in two successional ways.

PHASE I- Proposition

  1. Begin with any one area. Go through the syllabus for that area and first acquire a correct abstract understanding of the terms and generalities. For this, it’s judicious to use your class notes rather than any book.
  2. As you cover the area, pay particular attention to exemplifications. A good illustration can add a lot of value to your understanding as well as to your answer. Wherever you find a good illustration, note it down for ready reference when needed.
  3. Condense your class notes with fresh, dependable textbooks similar as the 4thReport of the Alternate Bow, Patrick Sheeran’s Book, the Nolan Committee etc.
  4. (I would not recommend any book available in the request since utmost of them are simply a compendium of papers sourced from the internet-they warrant clarity, aren’t well systematized and, in the worst of cases, are indeed conceptually wrong).In this manner, cover all three areas. This ensures syllabus content of the theoretical part.
  1. When you finish the theoretical part, revise it Incontinently. This will help you identify and consolidations-linkages between the different areas. e.g. from a philosophical perspective, Plato says that “ the discipline of those who don’t share in govt.
  2. is to suffer the govt. of bad minion Public administration, this is what emphasizes the significance of participative governance, tone- governance, citizen-centric administration etc. From a cerebral perspective, this is what’s appertained to as a popular station.
  1. Prepare a compendium for quick modification right before the test. This should include

  2. i) Delineations of important generalities and values. Try to note brief and applicable exemplifications for each of them.
  3. ii) A list of Thinkers/ Proponents, with their important benefactions and citations compactly noted down.

iii) A list of great people (Gandhi, Lincoln, Kalamata.) with stories from their lives. This will come                     great fodder to illustrate a value.

iv) Some good particular values you retain, along with a brief description of where you used them                  fruitfully.


  1. Begin by getting a compendium of answered and unsolved case studies.(Being an bigwig, I would recommend the Ethics Integrity and Aptitude Book for Mr. Tirthankar Roy Choudhary Case Studies).
  1. First, go through some Answered case studies.

  2. Read the case, but do n’t go through the result.Jot down many points that you believe you would write in your answer. Now, go through the model answer and compare your points with it.Identify areas for enhancement. what fresh points can be added, applicable exemplifications/ citations/ terms, choice of words in presenting the answer etc.
  1. In this manner, go through 15-20 answered case studies. The focus shouldn’t be on giving an answer. Rather, it should be to understand how to diversify and enrich your present answer.
  2. AFTER you have gone through the answered case studies, pick up some unsolved cases and write FULL answers. This will educate you expression, donation and time operation.

Ethics paper (General studies paper-4)

is one of the scoring paper if you approach paper rightly. The problem with ethics paper is that we apply our diurnal perception to question. Now a days UPSC molds Question in similar manner that it coincidences with our diurnal perception. One should avoid these miscalculations.

Ethics also have it definite boundaries.

So to maximize score one should concentrate on following effects-Focus on vocab and generalities, clear meaning of vocab is must to secure good marks. clear clarity of conception is crucial factor after vocab. Using similar vocab in demanded question could help to cost good marks.

Use measured Diagrammed, inflow map, sketch, Free hand diagrammed to represent small small affiliated data this could reduce world limit by furnishing further space to write answer. this also leaves good print over monitor.

Exercise a lot, to moxie one should join good coaching classes like EDEN IAS Mr. Tirthankar Roy Choudhary they critically concentrate over the points mentioned over. Position of there test series is also veritably fine.

Also Read: Ethics Integrity and Aptitude

Applicant frequently confused in case study. rehearsing a lot could avoid similar fear. I noticed that at EDEN IAS case studies are practices a lot.

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